What's Happening at Team Symphony
I recently had the pleasure of traveling to both Gilroy and Bakersfield over the same weekend for riding and yoga ball clinics. All I can say is What a weekend, and thank goodness for Starbucks!
On Friday evening, my daughter Morgan and I drove 300 miles from Moorpark to Gilroy, California. I spent Saturday with some lovely ladies, first working on the yoga ball, and then moving on to under saddle work.
The ladies in Gilroy were attentive and enthusiastic. I always enjoy working with different breeds, and Donna's OTTB and Stacy's saddlebred didn't disappoint.
Many thanks to Lehanne and Donna for arranging the Gilroy clinic, and additional thanks to the rest of the riders and yoga ball participants. I would be delighted to come back for more yoga ball and clinic fun!
After finishing up on Saturday afternoon, Morgan and I made a quick detour to the Ariat store at the Gilroy Premium Outlets. From there, we headed the 225 miles back down the valley, arriving in Bakersfield at nearly 10:00 p.m.
Lessons in Bakersfield were to begin at 7:00 a.m. Even after stopping at Starbucks and dropping Morgan off to check on her pony, Louie, I still made it right on time for Sunday's marathon of a day!
The Bakersfield clinic was actually a series of lessons that took place at four different barns! Throughout the day, I worked with 10 riders and their 13 horses.
It was so wonderful to see dressage thriving in the mid-state! To my Bakersfield ladies, thank you so much for having me; I look forward to future clinics.
If you or your CDS Chapter are interested in a yoga ball or riding clinic, including western dressage, please contact me here. I'd love to meet you and your horse!
Team Symphony continues to shine, this time at the Dressage Association of Southern California's Championship Show in Santa Barbara, California.
Jersey Beach and Sophia won again! That team has been so successful all year. They just walked away with yet another First Place Championship win. Sophia and Jersey Beach earned DASC Junior/Young Rider Champion at First Level with another 68% and Training Level Freestyle Champion with 70%!
On Sunday, Dazzle and I scored a 68% in her first Intermediare 1! Then, Jackie Duncan killed it with Habanera in their First Level debut with a 71% and a 74%!
To finish the day, Sarah Bishop and Enzo brought home Reserve Champion at Training Level!
As always, I am so proud of both my juniors and adult amateurs. Way to go, Team Symphony!
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Chemaine Hurtado, owner of Symphony Dressage Stables, professionally trains horses and riders of all levels. Chemaine holds her Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals with the United States Dressage Federation. In addition, she has also earned her USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze Freestyle Bars, a feat accomplished by very few riders. Team Symphony, her group of junior and amateur riders, has also enjoyed many years of success in both English and western dressage.