The Mounted Clinics program is 2 days in length and open to D-3 (FL/TRAD/HSE/DR/WST) and above members who are at least 10 years old. Each participant in the Mounted Clinics program will have four (4) riding blocks and the opportunity to attend any of the Unmounted Workshops of their choice from our diverse schedule of offerings.

Riding groups are matched both by riding level and age whenever possible. The age groupings will be 10-13, 14-16, 17-21, 22 and up.

The Mounted Clinic groups are as small as possible to afford the greatest concentration on individual skills. For example, six riders for a Show Jumping or Cross-Country lesson, and eight riders for Polocrosse, and we will be offering semi private and private Dressage lessons. This will give the clinicians a chance to really get to know each participant!

2020 Festival Education Mounted Clinics

Cross Country 

This is your chance to ride with many advanced level competitors! These clinics will give you the opportunity to school the wide variety of fences at the Kentucky Horse Park, work on pace, terrain and techniques necessary to compete in horse trials and 3-day events. Learn from outstanding clinicians; all very successful Eventers. We will again include the newest level; ‘Intro to Cross Country’ with all the regular levels still available: Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, or Preliminary level. This is NOT a ‘moving up’ situation and you will benefit most from riding at the level that matches your skills.

Distance Riding

Learn how to be successful in Distance Riding. This will be a fun, comfortable, entry-level trail ride over the easy terrain of the Kentucky Horse Park. This will be a half day block and each session will include instruction. You will be walked through the procedures used in Distance Riding from pace to conditioning tips and TPR skills. The pace is based on a steady trot. The ride will be approximately 7-10 miles in length and the riding time will be a maximum of 2 hours. For this ride no extensive preconditioning is required. You should be riding your horse a minimum of 5 days a week for about 1 hour (similar to conditioning for other disciplines). Bring 2 buckets and a sponge labeled with your name for the half-way point. You and your horse will have a great time!

Dressage

The goal of the dressage clinics is to develop your riding skills and improve your knowledge of the components necessary to successfully ride dressage tests. Select the level that you are currently riding: Training Level 1 & 2, Training Level 3 & 4, First Level 1 & 2, First Level 3 & 4, Second Level, or Third Level and above.

Games

Whether you are an experienced player or just want to give games a try, we guarantee you will enjoy this clinic. Our expert clinician will share coaching secrets to make even the trickiest games look easy. Horses and ponies welcome. Beginner and experienced players all welcome. This is a great opportunity for DCs, CAs and parents to get some ideas for developing a games program in their club or center.

Ground Work and Horsemanship

Learn to apply natural horsemanship principles when handling and riding. A natural horsemanship clinician will work with you and your horse in groups of 4-6. These sessions will be taught by the Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police and they are awesome!

Polocrosse

Have you been reading about how much fun Polocrosse is? Well here is your chance to try this exciting sport. Experienced players will have an opportunity to develop your skills under excellent instruction while having fun playing with others from around the country. The following levels will be available: Beginner or Intermediate/ Advanced.

Show Jumping

For Show Jumping competitors. In these clinics the emphasis will be on equitation over fences and show jumping course riding skills. Select the level that you are currently riding: under 2’6”, 2’6” to 3’, 3’ to 3’3”, 3’3” to 3’6”, over 3’6”. This is NOT a ‘moving up’ situation and you will benefit most from riding at the level that matches your skills.

Western

Western Dressage, Gymkhana, and possibly Western Trail will be offered during Festival Education.


2020 Festival Additional Mounted Opportunities

D Camp

D Camp during Festival Education: This camp is designed for the Pony Club youth member up to the D-2 Level.  This is an exciting opportunity to ride your mount twice a day in small group instruction. Besides riding there will be unmounted instruction in the barn and a chance to experience taking care of your pony while at the Kentucky Horse Park. There will be limited number of slots for D Camp.  MUST REGISTER for D Camp via the Pony Club Festival Education Registration.

Early Morning Foxhunt

Ride with members of a local Kentucky Hunt Club. You and your horse will have a terrific time at the early morning (6:30 a.m.) Foxhunt on Monday, July 20th. Formal hunt attire preferred, but not required, and please carefully assess whether your mount is suitable to ride in a large group. SPACE IS LIMITED.  MUST BE REGISTERED as a Mounted Education Participant. Does NOT count as one of your rides.