Three days per year we will offer an equine symposium in which we hope to develop horsemen. By the end of the day, you should have a broad understanding of all care that goes into horses as well as an in depth look at the world of show jumping. There will be several booths available for you to pick and choose from, which will have a guest speaker. Each seminar will last an hour and a half, of which half an hour will be reserved for questions!

Guest speakers will include local professionals, vets, farriers, chiropractors, massage therapists and USEF Officials.

Lunch will be provided mid day. Please email if you have any special allergies or requests.

The Four Winds Equine Symposium:
Day Pass Registered for in Advance:               $180
Day Pass Purchased Day of:                                $200

Booth Times:

8:00am  Welcome – Introduction and Overview, Registration
8:15am - 10:45am - All Classes Offered
11:00am - 1:30pm -  All Classes Offered
1:45pm - 2:15pm - Lunch
2:30pm - 5:00pm -  All Classes Offered

Booths Offered:

  1. Theory on Riding Mechanics – Form Verses Function

  2. Tack Parts and Fitting, Leg Protection (Splint Boots, Polo and Standing Wraps) – Tutorial and Trial

  3. Philosophy of Bits – Different Bits and Uses

  4. Jasmine Throckmorton: USHJA Horseshows: Disciplines, Attire, Judging, Etiquette, Rules, the Office; USHJA vs CHJA

  5. Elisabeth Hare: Hunter/Jumpers Braiding (Plaits vs Hunters) and Grooming

  6. Charles Throckmorton, USHJA “R” Course Designer: Course Designing

  7. Erin Contino, DVM: Lameness – Evaluation, Pre-Purchase Exams, Serviceably Sound verses Lame

  8. Equine Medical Services and Allen Landes, DVM: Basic Vet Care – Dental, Wound Care, Emergencies, Bute and Injections

  9. David McClain, DVM: Equine Acupuncture

  10. Jackie Bishop: Equine Massage Therapy

  11. Michael Allen: A Farrier’s Perspective

  12. Tanja Hess MV, MSc, PhD: Equine Nutrition   

  13. Becoming A Professional Equestrian – Industry Tips with a focus on Training
                         I.     Trainer and Instructor: English (Dressage, Eventing, Saddle Seat, Show Jumping), Western (AQHA, ARHA, etc)
                        II.     Overview of the Trades:   
                                     i.     Horseshows (Course Designer, Management,
                                                   Office, Ring Crew, Awards, Steward, Judge)  
                                     ii.      Barn Management
                                    iii.      Farrier
                                    iv.      Massage Therapist
                                     v.      Chiropractor
                                   vi.       Vet
                                  vii.       Vet Tech
                                 viii.       Groom or Rider

If you have further questions, feel free to contact us by filling out the form below!

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