On March 13 and 14, Danny Warrington and Jonathan Holling will host a special LandSafe Clinic at Holling’s farm in Ocala, Florida. This LandSafe Clinic is sponsored by a grant from the United States Eventing Association and is focused not only on educating riders on the importance of fall safety, but also educating parents.
“There was a fall recently that was very close to both Johnathan and I,” said Warrington. “We got together in a short amount of time to put this together.”
Warrington explained that they’re not just concerned with educating riders on fall safety and defensive riding, they also want parents to understand how valuable this training can be. “We’re trying to reach the parents and get them to understand the importance of this,” he said.
“It’s not just learning how to fall, it’s a defensive riding issue,” said Warrington. “Emergency dismounts are something we practice and go over and talk about during our clinics. It’s not just rotational falls. It’s not just tuck and roll. It’s a full on 8-hour seminar.”
“Safety in the sport of eventing is a multi-layered system, and the LandSafe program is an integral part of rider safety,” said Holling. “If you compete in cross-country competition, then statistically you are at some point going to fall. With all the effort we put into riding it’s time we put some effort into what to do when things go inevitably wrong. It’s the responsible thing to do for yourself, your horse, and our sport.”
Thanks to the support of the USEA, the price for this clinic has been reduced to $225. The clinic is scheduled for Tuesday March 13 and Wednesday March 14 so as to not conflict with any events. Register on the LandSafe website by clicking here.
Want to learn more about what participants in a LandSafe Clinic can expect? Check out this helpful video:
Five-star eventer Kim Severson taught a show jumping clinic in January at Milestone Sport Horses in Lovettsville, Virginia where she instructed riders on the importance of forward riding for successful jumping. In this exercise, which Severson progressively adds additional pieces to, riders are instructed to focus on the quality of their canter.
On Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central time, join Eric Dierks for a live stream interview with David O'Connor. David was an alternate for the 1988 Summer Olympics, and riding Wilton Fair, was part of the U.S. team at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, where he placed 35th individually and the team finished fourth.
Billy Jackson was introduced to horses at a young age through his local 4-H program. “One of my mom's close friends was a large animal vet and she really encouraged me to stay with it,” Jackson said. As an adult, he is a Marketing Project Manager, and when he’s not at work, he’s a lower level eventer based at Poplar Place Farm.
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