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Riding clinic to be held April 7 near Geneseo

Published: Friday, March 16, 2012 11:20 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, March 30, 2012 3:47 p.m. CST

GENESEO — The Arabian Horse Distance Riding Association (AHDRA) will host a Novice Distance Riding Clinic on April 7 at Run Along Farms in Geneseo.

The purpose of the clinic is to help horse enthusiasts learn more about the equine sport of distance riding. Topics will include an introduction to the sport, feeding the distance horse, shoeing and conditioning. A hands-on session will help attendees learn how to use a stethoscope or hand-held heart monitor. A mock vet-in and a walk through of a competitive ride will also take place.

Speakers will include Dr. Wesley Elford from Mayville, Wis. Elford is a world-class distance-riding judge. Rick Nelson from Harmon, a 40-year veteran of the sport and founder of AHDRA, will also speak. Other speakers will include AHDRA members who have ridden distance for decades and amassed thousands of sanctioned miles, winning numerous regional and national championships.

All ages are invited, and those with any breed of horse will enjoy the program. Attendees will not bring their horses, but there will be veteran distance horses there for demonstration. Clinic cost is $25 and includes an informational package. Lunch will be provided. Clinic will take place rain or shine as Run Along Farm has an indoor arena. Preregistration is preferred but not required. For more information, see ahdra.org or contact Lori Windows at 815-699-2318 or Kickbuttshaman@cs.com/.

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