This past weekend Legacy had three members of the Kerron family on the property when Joan Curtin came to teach a clinic.
With all groups of riders, Joan focused on the straightness and balance of both horse and rider and worked through exercises to encourage horses to be light to the hand and leg. In the upper level group, Joan set courses that asked riders to have elasticity in their horse's step and be precise with turns and transitions. A forward four-stride with a quick transition to make some trot poles challenged a few riders, but by the end everyone had sharp and smooth transitions all around.
Joan also stressed how believing in yourself is one of the most important steps in being able to achieve a difficult exercise.
"Confidence is a gift you give yourself"
Thorough the clinic, Joan constantly reminded riders that "confidence is a gift you give yourself." This especially resonated with Junior Hunter rider Johanna Sixl, who said, "For me it's important because gifting myself confidence helps me overcome my nerves and any doubts I might have. Just believing that I can do it has really improved my riding and helped me feel calmer and more focused before my rounds,"
Few teachers are able to encourage confidence the way Joan does, and we are extremely lucky to have hosted her at Legacy and to have her helping our team at upcoming shows.
Legacy Hunters and Jumpers offers riding lessons and hunter jumper competition training serving Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville. Legacy is owned and operated by Shelly Kerron and located in Woodinville, WA.