The Raging River Riders are organizing a series of clinics to help Valley riders of all disciplines find harmony in their riding, with help from skilled local instructors.
The first clinic is Saturday, April 19, at the community horse arena at Fall City Park, put on by instructor Jane Judson.
The second clinic is Saturday, April 26, with instruction at the arena by Nichole Walters. Group lessons are at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. both days.
Cost is $10. Classes are open to all riders. Seats are filling fast, and new classes will be added if needed.
The clinics are focused on how to synchronize the rider’s movements with their horse, and to use aids at the right time to get a better, relaxed response from your horse. The goal is to improve horse and rider fitness, develop patience, centering, listening skills, achieve rhythm, connect, posture, balance and confidence in the saddle. Required attire includes helmets and boots with heels.
Walters has been teaching for 15 years and is based at Cadbury Farm atop Tolt Hill Road. She was a Pony Club examiner who loves to teach quadrille to riders. Walters’ goal is to see a rider achieve harmony with their horse, where the horse has a swinging tail, soft eyes and ears, and moves in a liquid fashion.
Judson, also a resident of Tolt Hill, is a local area dressage instructor-trainer with 20 years of experience, whose students are local riders. Judson’s core belief is that good teaching improves horse-rider communication. She is currently preparing for both U.S. Dressage Federation Instructor Certification and judging credentials.
To register for the clinics, call Susan Miller at (425) 222-0790.
The group is planning a future jumping clinic to be taught by an international-caliber instructor.