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An Excellent Clinic with Kyle King

KyleKing1January 19, 2013

Kyle King Clinic 2013

Quail Run Horse Centre began the New Year with a bang by hosting an excellent clinic with Grand Prix veteran Kyle King on January 4-6, 2013.  This was Kyle's inaugural visit to Quail Run and we were happy to see an excellent turnout. 

The first day of a new clinic is always a bit suspenseful as the participants aren't really sure what to expect.  However, it seemed that in this case everyone was pleasantly surprised.  Kyle had every group on the first day perform some warm up flatwork and some small gymnastic type exercise all while using only one hand on the reins.  He said that "horses are rear wheel drive vehicles" and that too many people try to ride the horses from the front to the back.  So having the reins short and in one hand forced the riders to ride to their hands instead of from them.  Some of the riders were a little skeptical at first, but it was truly amazing to see how happily the horses went, and how much better in balance the riders were. 

EmmaS-KKC2013The one handed riding continued throughout the course of the clinic, however the exercises increased in difficulty.  The second day included some bounce work, which is excellent for the horses and the riders, all using the one hand technique.  As we started to put some technical exercises together Kyle let the riders use both hands on the reins, but it was certainly interesting to see how much better horses and riders were going from doing the one handed work. 

The third day of the clinic used a completely different format that was designed to mimic being at a competition.  A whole course was set in the indoor ring, with the North end left for just one warm up fence on center line.  Kyle then worked with each rider individually helping them with the warm-up fence and then attacking the course. While Kyle was working with one rider over the course, the next rider would be on beginning to warm up and prepare for their turn.  This pattern continued throughout the day until each rider had their chance to work one on one with Kyle over the course.  This format was of benefit to each horse and rider because it enabled Kyle to modify the course to the specific needs of each horse/rider combination. 

ZiggyKatieD_-_Kyle_King_2013Overall it seemed that everyone was very pleased with the outcome of the clinic.  Kyle was very knowledgeable, positive, laid back, and very much a pleasure to work with.  We hope to have him back in the future!  Thanks Kyle!


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