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Sue Hughes Clinic Report By Halle Clause


orthern Ohio Dressage Association (NODA) has started the new riding year out right with a bang by sponsoring a classical and western dressage clinic on March 25, and a ride-a-test on March 26,2017. The clinic was held at the beautiful Chagrin Valley Farms.

Allison Morris, Susan Fogarty, Seana Fortune, Maria T Temperini, Noell Sivertsen, Mila Sambunjak, and Sue Hines. Everyone had a great time using Sue's tips to get their mounts in front of their legs and improving the swing in the back. Wendy Gruskiewicz rode her beautiful Riften. It was amazing to see how different tips changed how he carried and used his neck. The last rider was Lindsey Sheppard. She is Samantha Terry’s student from Columbus. Lindsey rode western sidesaddle! Lindsey had a great lesson and showed how to bend on both sides of her horse. Look for Lindsey to be showing sidesaddle all season. She evens plans to do some eventing that way too!

Sue Hughes is a very accomplished dressage judge. She has a USEF “r” dressage card, USEF/ WDAA Western dressage “R”, USDF L graduate, and retired event judge. She is also a level 3 Centered Riding instructor. Sue is also the VP of the Michigan chapter of the WDAA. Sue was also chosen to judge the 2016 WDAA World Championship Show. She will be judging the 2017 The Ride a Test on Sunday was again a very busy day for Ohio State Fair dressage show and NODA's 2017 Schooling everyone. This as the first competition for many riders this Show Championship this October. season. NODA schooling show officials Sally Burton and Gwendolyn Samuels used this day as practice for the 2017 The clinic started out with a Western dressage schooling season. The volunteers were Elizabeth demonstration featuring NODA members Judy Jacobson Bodnovich, Danielle Bolm, Gale Browning, Lynn Fry, Kathy on her painted walking horse, Modige and myself on my Kirchner, Lesley Matt, Diana Shale, Jana Tuckerman, Lara half Arabian paint gelding, Master the Art. Sue had us Young, and Deb Winkler. show the correct gaits that are required for western dressage, and how to get both of our horses to work over The Ride a Test had their backs and in front of our leg. Sue explained the 18 ride times that correct rules for western dressage and tack. She also had ranged from western many stories to tell about judging the WDAA dressage, event and championship and the different classes that were offered many levels of such as the rail classes. The auditors enjoyed all of the classical dressage. WDAA hand outs she brought with her. Sue Hughes is The riders rode their such a wealth of knowledge. first test in front of Sue then came forward for The rest of the day had 13 lessons. There was Western comments on the dressage lessons with NODA member, Niki Sackman and Samantha Terry from Columbus. The youth riders, Evelyn test. Sue gave each Tyner and Katharine Delorean had a great lesson and left rider the option to ride the test again or with slots of home work. There were group lessons with NODA News 2017 Page 9

Issue 5, 2017  
Issue 5, 2017