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Horsemanship Clinic is Saturday at Sunny Creek Stables

November 12, 2010
The Inter-Mountain

Would you like to better understand your horse's behavior and body language or just want to learn more so you can better handle your horse?

Helen Dionne, one of West Virginia's most experienced horse trainers, is hosting a Horsemanship Clinic and lunch on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunny Creek Stables, located on Hacker's Creek Road in Upshur County near Weston and Jane Lew off of Interstate 79. The clinic will be customized and structured around the questions and needs personally submitted by attendees, allowing them the opportunity to have their own horse issues addressed.

This unique event and horse demonstrations will be under roof so attendees won't need to worry about the weather.

The importance of proper foot care with Barbara Volk, specializing in equine applied podiatry/proper fit, types and usage/demonstrations will be presented throughout the day.

Mid-day lunch will be provided for all attendees. Following the clinic, a tack sale will be available to participants. Door prizes will be provided by Tractor Supply Co. in Weston.

Register early to reserve your seat, as attendance is limited.

Fact Box

If you go ...

What: Horsemanship clinic for want-to-be owners, new or established riders looking for helpful horse information.

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Sunny Creek Stables on the Hacker's Creek Road in Upshur County

For just a nominal fee, it will be a day well spent for any horse lover or enthusiast and packed full of horse demonstrations and helpful information, an official said.

Some of the topics that will be presented and items provided will be: understanding behavior and body language; basic training needed to start a young horse; re-schooling an older horse that hasn't been ridden in years; importance of proper tack fit; hands-on demonstrations, when appropriate; question and answer opportunities after each session and West Virginia Equine informational handouts.

Dionne is an experienced professional horse trainer and riding instructor who works every day with horses. She got her first horse when she was 33, in 1968, and began barrel racing and endurance riding. A member of the West Virginia Arabian Horse Association for the past 19 years, she has had champions in all divisions.

She loves all horse breeds, but feels closest to Arabians, and states "Arabian horses are misunderstood and get a bad rap."

Dionne encourages those interested in horses to come see for themselves how wonderful Arabians truly are.

Sunny Creek Stables provides boarding, private riding lessons, horse training and Summer Day Camp for children and adults.

For more information, call Dionne at 304-472-5249.

Contact Helen Dionne, Sunny Creek Stables, Route 1 Box 160, Hackers Creek Road, Buckhannon, West Virginia 26201.



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