Susan Harris Clinic Organizer Information

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Clinic Organizers--ask me about:

 

  • Clinic Organizer Grants for Centered Riding Clinics from Centered Riding Inc and the Dressage Foundation (up to $1000)

  • Scholarships for attending Centered Riding clinics, Updates and Instructor Courses

  • USDF University credit for Anatomy in Motion demos and workshops

 

Types of Clinics: 

 

I teach Centered Riding clinics, including: 

  • Open Centered Riding Clinics--open to all riders and disciplines

  • Centered Riding Instructor Courses

  • Centered Riding Instructor Update Clinics

  • Combined Open/Instructor Update Clinics

  • Advanced Centered Riding Clinics (for advanced riders and/or those with extensive experience in Centered Riding

  • Centered Riding specialty clinics, with an emphasis on Centered Jumping, dressage, hunter seat, Pony Club, western, gaited horses or other specialties.

  • Centered Riding workshops, expo demos and speaking engagements
     

I also teach:

  • Anatomy in Motion /The Visible Horse demos, clinics and workshops

  • Lectures, expo demos and speaking engagements

  •  Anatomy in Motion/ Horse and Rider Biomechanics Clinics

  • Horse Anatomy workshops

  • Western Dressage Clinics

  • Pony Club clinics (flat work, jumping and dismounted sessions)

  • Instructor workshops

  • Draw Horses equine art workshops

 

The information below is for Centered Riding Clinics, but most of it can also apply to other types of clinics and workshops. For information on art workshops, please click on Susan E Harris Artwork. 

All clinics can be adjusted to meet the needs of your group. Please contact me by phone (607)753-7357 and I'll be happy to discuss your clinic needs.

 

Length of Clinic
Clinics are normally 3 days (minimum 2 days). A typical clinic consists of 5 sessions per day, including one groundwork session ( 1 to 1½ hours) and up to 4 riding classes (1¼ to 1½ hours each), with a lunch break.

 

Introductory Lecture
(This lecture is optional but recommended; it is included in the clinic fee at no extra charge.)
The Introductory Lecture (approximately 2 hours, usually the evening before clinic) is an introduction to Centered Riding, how it applies to various kinds of riding, and what the clinic will cover, with audience participation and time for questions. This is a good time to meet the clinician and make sure riders are prepared. It is open to clinic riders, auditors, instructors, parents, and the general public. It may be held in a hall, classroom, or in good weather, in an indoor riding arena. Some clinics open this lecture to the public and charge an admission fee.

 

Groundwork Sessions
Centered Riding Clinics begin with a daily Groundwork Session (dismounted), for all clinic riders. This session includes body awareness and other exercises which support the mounted work. Auditors are welcome to participate. May be held in a classroom or in good weather, in an indoor or outdoor riding arena. Auditors are welcome and may participate in ground exercises.

 

Number of Riders
Riding classes are limited to 5 riders. (Smaller classes are optional.) Maximum clinic size is 20 riders. All riders should ride and attend groundwork sessions on all clinic days. New riders may not join a class after the first day.

You can also plan a clinic with private or semi-private lessons, but this increases the cost per rider.

 

Clinic Schedules

 

Below are two typical schedules for Susan Harris Open Centered Riding clinics:

(Actual times for starting, riding sessions, lunch break, are determined by the Clinic Organizer. I’m flexible!) 

 

 

Evening before the clinic:

7:00  - 8:30 PM  Introductory lecture

Centered Riding Clinics typically begin with an introductory lecture the evening before the clinic, for all clinic riders and also open to Auditors and the public. This may be held at the clinic site or in a hall or meeting room, whichever is more convenient. The introductory lecture usually lasts approximately 1/1/2 hours.     There is no extra charge for an introductory lecture. It is recommended but it is not a requirement.

 

Each Clinic Day:

For Centered Riding Clinics, each Clinic day starts with a Groundwork session for all riders (1 to 1 ½ hours). There should be a short break (15 – 30 minutes) to allow riders in the first group time to tack up their horses.

 

 

SAMPLE CLINIC SCHEDULES:

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Riding Groups (classes):

 

  • Open Centered Riding Clinics are typically scheduled for 4 riding groups per day. 

  • A maximum of 5 riders may be scheduled in any group.

  • Riding groups are usually scheduled for 1/12 hours (90 minutes) or 1 ¼ hours (1 hour & 15 minutes). 

  • All clinic riders should ride and participate in groundwork on both days. They are encouraged (though    not required) to watch at least one other riding session.

  • New riders cannot be added to a clinic group on the second day, as this is not fair to the new rider or the other riders.

 

Auditors or Spectators

 

Auditors or spectators are welcome at all sessions, and may participate in groundwork exercises. The PA system allows auditors to hear as well as riders. Clinic organizers may charge whatever fee they wish for auditing.

 

Rider Levels

 

I am happy to work with riders at any level, but as a minimum, clinic riders must be able to ride safely in a group at walk and trot. Horses must be safely manageable in a group. Riders should be scheduled in appropriate groups for their level, riding interests, and whether an Introductory or Continuing Centered Riding class. Clinic riders should fill out a questionnaire on their riding experience and what they hope to learn from the clinic. This questionnaire should be available for the clinician to review before the clinic, and will assist the Clinic Organizer in placing riders in an appropriate riding group.

 

Clinic Forms

 

Below are some clinic forms availablej. Click on the form name to download:

 

CR Open Clinic Brochure

Clinic Organizer Class List

Open CR Clinic Registration Form

Susan Harris Bio

Organizing a CR Instructor Update Clinic

CR Clinic Feedback Form

CR Instructor Course Application

CR Student Rider Application

CR Updating Instructor Registration Form

 

 

Booking A Clinic

 

To book a clinic, please contact Susan Harris by telephone 607-753-7357, so we can discuss your needs, clinic costs, and clinic dates with our calendars at hand. Most clinic dates are booked approximately a year in advance. A deposit is required within 30 days of booking in order to reserve the clinic date. Sorry, I do not book clinics by email, nor can I send a list of available clinic dates, as these change quickly -- please contact me by telephone.

 

Facilities for a Clinic

 

  • Riding arena (preferably covered arena available in case of bad weather) with good footing, suitable size for number of riders in a group. 

  • Hall, classroom or other suitable place for introductory lecture and for daily groundwork. 

  • Trailer parking and/or stabling facilities for clinic participants’ horses. 

  • Seating for spectators (or ask them to bring their own chairs), parking, bathroom facilities. 

  • Cold or hot drinks and lunch available at the clinic site are appreciated by all. 

  • A PA system with wireless microphone is helpful (I can supply one if you do not have access to one).

 

Safety and Insurance

 

I carry professional liability insurance and can provide a certificate of insurance on request. The sponsor and facility owner should carry their own liability insurance for the clinic, and should have participants sign a liability release. Riders must wear safe riding attire, including safety helmet and safe riding footwear. Horses must be able to be ridden safely in a group. Clinic organizers should inform participants of any regulations regarding health papers and other requirements.What to ChargeClinic fees  vary, depending on the costs of organizing a clinic in your area. Clinic organizers may charge whatever clinic fees they wish. I recommended that you require full payment in advance to hold a space in the clinic. Payment, cancellation and refund policies should be clearly stated.

 

Clinic riders should fill out and return a registration form with information on their age, experience, riding interests and other information, along with payment for the clinic. They should be sent clinic information including a clinic schedule, directions, information on stabling, rules and requirements, local motels and any other important information. A sample registration form is available to download. 

 

What to Charge


Clinic fees  vary, depending on the costs of organizing a clinic in your area. Clinic organizers may charge whatever clinic fees they wish. I recommended that you require full payment in advance to hold a space in the clinic. Payment, cancellation and refund policies should be clearly stated.

 

Clinic riders should fill out and return a registration form with information on their age, experience, riding interests and other information, along with payment for the clinic. They should be sent clinic information including a clinic schedule, directions, information on stabling, rules and requirements, local motels and any other important information. A sample registration form is available to download.

 

Publicizing Your Clinic

 

Confirmed clinic dates are listed in my Clinic and Demo Schedule and also on the Centered Riding Clinic Schedule and website. Most clinics are filled through local publicity and contacts with stables, instructors, riding clubs and equestrian newsletters. Clinic flyers and application forms should be sent out at least 2 months before the clinic, and distributed to tack shops, feed stores, stables, etc. Many equine publications (such as the Chronicle of the Horse) will list your clinic for free in their Coming Events calendar; 1 to 3 months lead time may be required. Pony Club sponsored clinics may be listed on the USPC Calendar.

 

Publicity photos and a sample press release are available on request. You may also use information and photos downloaded from this site to publicize the clinic.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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