Over 20 Chestnut Hill riders participated in a fun, challenging and rewarding clinic with veteran trainer and judge, Otis Brown on July 12 and 13. Divided into four divisions – equitation, ponies, children’s hunters, and adult hunters – each session lasted 90 minutes. A firm believer that riding is “60% mental, 40% physical” Brown set up courses and exercises designed to keep riders focused on riding the track, the horse’s responsiveness, stride and pace. Reinforcing his belief that riding is a mental game, Brown left behind a long quote that is now posted in the barn. The first lines read, “A winner is part of the answer, a loser is part of the problem. A winner has a program, a loser has an excuse.” Author, unknown.
Chestnut Hill trainer Beverly Jovais was profiled in the July issue of Sidelines Magazine, a well-known magazine that is “devoted to the people and personalities that make the horse world exciting.” Each issue, the magazine features prominent trainers in different equestrian sports in a “Five Questions” column. Beverly talks about her move west from the east coast, obtaining her “r” judges license, what to look for when selecting a pony, and her show philosophy. To read the article, copy and paste the url into your browser: http://www.sidelinesnews.com/new/current/5q-horseshow.html