Clinic at LillyWood Show Stables

August 26-27, 2018


Please join LillyWood Show Stables in the Heather Richardson Clinic August 26 and 27th!!!! HEATHER RICHARDSON is the Head IHSA and ANRC coach of Emory and Henry College in, Emory, VA!

Heather has over 30 years of experience in every aspect of the Equine industry. She specializes in sport horse training and showing USEF Jumpers and Hunters winning numerous year end awards. Heather‘s horses and clients are usually started at the beginning of their careers and have competed successfully at USEF shows including Pony Finals and Jr. Hunter Finals. She has over 15 years of experience coaching collegiate riding with the IHSA and ANRC teams at Emory & Henry College and Virginia Intermont College. At these two prestigious institutions Heather has consistently coached college riders to Regional championships, Zone Finals Championships and National Championships. In addition to the Collegiate success Heather has continued a presence in the regular industry with her own sale horses and clients as well as maintaining a personal breeding program.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity! $330 for in Barn riders and $380 for outside riders. Please contact Karen Useman-Patton for more details 719-661-2105

Don’t miss a chance to train with an Olympian


Chris Kappler Clinic July 10th, 11th and 12th at Forest Edge Farm in Colorado Springs, CO.

Sections 2.6/3.0/3.3-3.6. – $300 per session.

Chris would like riders to ride all 3 days .

Contact Karen Goodell for information and to reserve your spot – 719 339 0085

Train with FEI World Cup, Grand Prix & USHJA Hunter Derby Winner

September 20- October 1, 2017

Lillywood Show Stables/Two Hawks Ranch


All over fences skill levels welcome!

$375.00- In barn

$400.00 – Outside of barn (includes haul-in fee and day-time stall)

$275.00 to audit – One FREE auditor per rider


Call Karen at 719-661-2105 or Kat at 719-502-5786 to RESERVE your spot

About Allison-

  • 53 Grand Prix wins to her name
  • Qualified and competed at 6 North American Young Rider Championships
  • Studied in Germany

August 1- August 5 at The Colorado Horse Park

Join us at The Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado, with renowned clinicianKip Rosenthal and stable management expert Nanci Snyder. The deadline to apply for this Regional Training Session is May 5.

During the extensive five-day EAP Regional Training Sessions, riders have the opportunity to work with top riding clinicians and some of the country’s leading stable managers, where instruction focuses on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances and course work, as well as an intensive stable-management curriculum that incorporates proper care and grooming, horsemanship skills, and barn management. Riders provide their own horses for the Regional Training Session and are expected to provide all necessary care themselves.

Auditing for this session is available for $50/day. Contact Vivien Van Buren at (303) 883-6560 to reserve a spot today.

For more information on the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, including eligibility requirements and to apply, visit

Learning From a Master: Bernie Traurig Brings His Expertise to the Colorado Horse Park

By Hacked Horse Contributor Kristina McCombie

Parker, Colo. – Riders from California, Colorado and Arizona were treated to a clinic with one of the nation’s best riders/trainers/clinicians Bernie Traurig on July 3rd and 4th. Traurig, founder of, has a storied career spanning decades in hunters, jumpers and equitation, as well as in Dressage and 3-Day Eventing. Traurig’s quick trip to Colorado was not for vacation; 20+ riders and even more auditors were treated to Traurig’s teaching during the two-day clinic held at the Colorado Horse Park.

Jill Pelzel looks on as Traurig selects a bit from his bit bag.

Katie Pelzel and her horse Caspian jumping in great form.

The groups were split into homogeneous sections – first was the 1.10m and up jumpers, then the Big Eq (3’6”) group, a 3’-3’3” equitation group, and a 3’ hunter/equitation group. Many riders from Colorado took advantage of this clinic, but many other riders here to show at Summer in the Rockies found themselves in ring 7 learning from the master. Traurig went on to say that the second group (Jaden Olsen-CO, Katie Pelzel-CO, Abi Kelly-CO, Tali De Jong-CO, Caitlyn Lovingfoss-CA, Emery Volkert-CO) was the best group he’s ever taught.

Abi Kelly takes a jump as Bernie Traurig watches on

Traurig met with each rider before beginning the groups and inspected tack – especially bits. He brought a bit bag with him, and switched many horses from their current bits to one he thought might bring more success for horse and rider – and in many cases he was correct! Traurig discussed the differences in bit use from schooling to showing, and happily explained his choices for each bit change to riders, trainers, and auditors. Some horses were changed two to three times, others not at all. Trainer Jen Duffy found her 1.25m jumper happily jumped around the second day in a fat snaffle after working with the bit a day before – a suggestion from Traurig. He also checked riders’ stirrups and made a few adjustments, mostly longer. Traurig discussed the recent trend of “posting” the canter, instead of creating a soft seat, and said that stirrup length has a lot to do with a rider’s ability to control their seat.

Arizona-based rider Fallon O’Connell gets her stirrup checked by Traurig before her session begins.

During the two days, Traurig also talked about numerous things he sees in the show rings today, told stories about horses and riders from his past, and even asked the audience to get in on the fun. The second day was all about courses, and the first group competed in a jump-off, with the fastest time being the “winner.” Everyone watched the rounds, and guessed the time based on the track, with Traurig explaining to the riders and auditors why certain horses had certain times. He was also happy when a Thoroughbred won, as that is one of his favorite breeds. During the second group, riders competed over the same course as the jumpers, only this time as a “mock medal” round. Judges were in the audience, and riders came back to test over a crowd-designed work off.

Jen Duffy and Eloun

The top things learned over the clinic:

  • Walking: According to Traurig, there are two ways to walk a horse: with a long rein so they can stretch, or with contact and a following arm.
  • Flatwork: Two things should always be part of your flatwork regimen – leg yield and haunches in. And flatwork should always be a part of a horse’s training plan.
  • Flying Changes: Why should we sit for changes? Since we should ride our courses with a light half seat, we should teach our horses to get changes in this seat. We shouldn’t have to change our seats just to get a change.
  • Making a turn to a big jump: When the jumps get bigger, we need to be smarter about the track. It becomes difficult for a horse to turn from less than three strides. Practice at home over a pole making a parallel turn and finding it three strides exactly.
  • Practice makes perfect: Horses don’t need to jump everyday, but riders need to practice their eye. Use poles on the ground during your flatwork and practice finding a distance out of the step. Strengthen your eye over poles – your horse will thank you during your next time jumping.
  • Use your resources: The Internet has provided us with a plethora of resources including videos of the medal finals, and almost every grand prix from all over the world. Watch the best of the best – watch their hands, their seats, and their legs. Watch and learn. Then watch again.
  • Visualize: The top riders in the sport visualize themselves doing their course. Why can’t we? Traurig gave each rider time to visualize their course before beginning – a practice he thinks should be more commonplace.

 Julie Winkel’s USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic

By HH Contributor Kristina McCombie

Clinician Julie Winkel works on rein aids with Nicole Davis and her junior hunter, Bond.

Northern Colorado learned from a legend on June 5th and 6th when judge, rider and trainer Julie Winkel (Reno, NV) brought her expertise to Fall River Farm in Ft. Lupton for a USHJA Trainer Certification Program clinic. Winkel taught groups for two days, and participated in a lunch and evening round table session each day that was well-attended by auditors and trainers alike.

The clinic was presented in conjunction with Jill Pelzel’s Fall River Farm and Jen Duffy’s Colorado Horse Sales who ensured everything was just right. There was plenty of covered seating (though the wind tried to change that), audio for auditors, a beautiful course, and breakfast and lunch was provided for all attendees. Riders were grouped according to ability level, and it was a well-balanced group of green horses, green riders, and more seasoned of both throughout the day.

Riders rode in 90-minute groups where Winkel brought it back to basics – track, pace, and straightness. Together with their equine partners, riders worked on the different rein aids, approaches to jumps from different angles and comprehensive flat work, to name a few. The second day even featured an open-water session, where Winkel taught how to introduce horses to the ever-daunting open water jump.

“I’ve been to a lot of clinics, and to see how Jill (Pelzel) and Jen (Duffy) prepared for us today is great. It is so nice to see freshly painted jumps, a beautiful course and a clean property. It shows the respect they have for their clients and their business” Winkel said the second day.

Clincian Julie Winkel looks on as Katie Pelzel and Chase begin an exercise on straightness and track.

The clinic was a nice balance of learning for riders – and for trainers. Winkel was very intentional on explaining her rationale behind exercises for horse and rider to the over 15 trainers in attendance. Many frantically took notes to take back to their students and programs. At the end of each day, a wonderful question-and-answer session took place where trainers and riders asked the questions they’ve been dying to know answers to – everything from judging preferences to helping specific issues with horses and riders who did not attend the clinic.

One thing Winkel spent time explaining was the USHJA’s Trainer Certification Program (TCP) and the changes she anticipates it bringing to the sport. Currently, most European countries require “trainers” to have some sort of earned certification before designating themselves as such. The US does not currently have this requirement, meaning once someone declares themselves a professional, they have no further requirements to attend to before becoming a “trainer.” The TCP program, Winkel explained, seeks to change this, not only to help trainers get the training and experience they need, but also to connect the horse community in ways it hasn’t been before. She explained an idea of a leveled system – where a new trainer would be at the bronze level, working towards a silver level, gained from experiences, shows, and TCP clinics, for example. Levels would be public to help a new rider connect with a trainer who could best meet their needs, and trainers would need to continue learning and evolving as the sport does.

Jensen Visser and her Mod Am Jumper Jasper tackle the open water lesson with ease.

Listening to how passionately Winkel spoke about the future of this sport we all love was inspiring. Her vision for the future and her depth of knowledge on horses, riders and trainers was an absolute treat to learn from. She offers a number of other opportunities for learning at her Maplewood Stables in Nevada (including an Adult Whine and Ride camp!). You can learn more about Julie and her stable at