Friday, November 20, 2015

Equine Affaire

2015-2016 Physical Education Course Description:

Bi-Weekly Equestrian lessons at XX Farm, XX Connecticut.                                                                         Volunteer for their summer camp program (20 hours)                                   Volunteer for Fall at the Farm Fundraiser (6 hours)                                Attended Draft Horse Exhibition at Wright’s Farm, Orange, CT (1 hour)                                                                                                                               Attended Equine Affaire: Equine Affaire’s legendary educational programs form the cornerstones of the events.  Attended clinics, seminars, and demonstrations on a wide variety of equestrian sports and horse training, and health. Equine Affaire’s rosters of presenters include Olympians; World and National Champion riders; Pan Am Games, WEG, and NFR competitors; popular equestrian TV personalities; authors; course designers; judges; veterinarians; professors, and other top industry professionals from throughout the United States and beyond. (13 hours)

This is how I write up our course descriptions.  This year is more comprehensive than last year.  When we have the opportunity to attend something related to an area we are interested in, currently studying, or have studied in the past, we do our very best to go!  

This was our first visit to the Equine Affaire.  It is a four day event full of lessons, workshops, demonstrations and seminars, not to mention buildings full of vendors, colleges, rescues, and artists.  I printed the schedule of events and asked the girls to pick their top choice events.  We attended a seminar on the use of essential oils in the barn, a demonstration on liberty training, a seminar on photography, a workshop on trotting/loping, and a workshop on problem behaviors.  

We spoke to some local rescues, like the Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue and some not so local, like one based out of North Dakota, The Nokota Horse Conservancy, which works tirelessly to preserve the Nokota breed, decedents of the horses taken from Sitting Bull’s Lakota people by the US Army in 1881.

We met the biggest horse we have ever seen who weighs in at a whopping 2,300 lbs.  

And we giggled like little kids when we rode on toy horses that were much more of a workout then we were expecting!

It was so nice to be able to do this with the girls.  We have to plan carefully for days like this now.  The two days prior were spend at home resting to conserve energy for the amount of walking required.  Energy levels are beginning to rebound, but are still not where they were prior to pneumonia.  We came home with another event to add to our academic resume and our class description but we came home with so much more; information, interests, new knowledge, and a shared memory.

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