Janet Schrader, Democrat Reporter
If you've ever wanted to learn to jump or need to brush up on those skills before competing, a jumping clinic will be hosted by Wellborn Quarterhorses on June 15. The instructor will be Dean Graham.
Graham owns a training facility called the Avalon Equestrian Center in Lake City. He is originally from New Zealand where he grew up on his mother's farm. Graham's mother raised and trained warmbloods for dressage, hunting and three day eventing. As a boy, Graham was competing and hunting on his mother's horses by the time he was 8.
Graham has been living in the U.S. for a number of years and is now competing in Combined Training to Advanced Level. He starts and trains horses in Lake City on his farm. Graham has taken several horses to the Advanced Level and is ranked one of the top 25 riders nationally.
Graham conducts clinics and coaches students throughout the eastern United States. He is well known for getting young horses started and giving them confidence over fences.
Graham is also a successful equestrian photographer and is the official photographer at many events in the east including the Foxhall Cup and Rolex.
The clinic will be broken down into groups of no more than three riders. The cost is $35 per person. Groups will be Beginner (never jumped before or haven't jumped in a while), Intermediate (have shown and jumped at 2'-2'6"), advanced (everyone else). Groups will be added as needed.
Wellborn Quarterhorses has a great facility with stadium jumps as well as cross-country-type jumps in a grass arena.
For more information call Andrea Haller or Joe Schomburg at 386-963-1555.
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