Debbie Bowman will be back at Solstice for her next clinic, March 22-24, 2019. Please check back for soon for official dates. This is an excellent opportunity for trainers to work with an Examiner of the Certification Program, and a great time to get exceptional training locally! Please contact us at info@Solstice-Farms.net if you would like more information or want to book your spot to ride with Debbie. More information about Debbie and her clinics at Solstice is available here.
“New Year, New Tests, New You”
Dr. Lisa V Hardin, Psy. D, and Marie Morgan, USDF Certified Instructor and “L” grad, and 2x Teaching Excellence Award winner, team up to help you take your showing to a new level in 2019. Join us to explore the new USEF tests with demo riders and learn strategies for dealing with competition stress.
This seminar will be at Solstice Farms on Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 10:00am - 1:00pm. Registration begins at 9:30am. The cost is $50, (discounted to $30 for Pony Club members). We will have demo riders to help illustrate discussion points; snacks will be provided but please bring a chair!
Solstice Farms is very proud and excited to announce that Marie Morgan is the recipient of the 2018 Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award!! Marie also received the inaugural presentation of this award back in 2009. All of Marie's students and everyone at Solstice Farms wishes Marie a sincere congratulations! She received her award at the annual Region 9 Championships dinner on Saturday, October 6th.
Meg Flemming presents Marie her award.
Marcella and Mighty Mouse!
Snow Day at Solstice Farms! December 8, 2017.
Our annual Halloween Show was a huge success this year, thanks to all of our awesome competitors, judges, and volunteers! Many thanks to Kristie Nichols of Moonfyre Photography for the above photos.
The Solstice Farms crew had an excellent showing at the 2016 HDS Schooling Show Championships. A huge congrats to all of our riders; the Friesian Pas de Deux definitely stole the show! Laura & Zane, Lauren & Marcello
Solstice Farms is excited to congratulate Marie Morgan on being presented with the Charlotte Raisbeck Memorial Award for Exemplary Sportsmanship from HDS!!
Solstice Farms' Gryffindor made his show debut at the Windy Knoll Summer Show the weekend of July 25-26 2015, where he also received his official USDF Pony Card. He cemented his rock-star status with scores of 69.77 and 67.95 at training level while competing in the National Dressage Pony Cup - Pony Power! Not to be out done, Mighty Mouse had a wonderful weekend showing at Grand Prix, earning rave reviews from the judge. Big congrats to Marie, Mouse, and Gryff!
Teaching Excellence Award
The “Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award” was established at The Dressage Foundation in 2009. The purpose of the award is to showcase and honor excellence in dressage teachers. Dressage instructors are nominated by students or peers, and then submit an application that is reviewed by a prominent Selection Committee. In addition to being a USDF Region 9 member in good standing and a Region 9 resident, the recipient must also demonstrate adherence to sound dressage principles and have the ability to communicate these principles of training so that students develop themselves and their horses in a logical, progressive, and humane way up through the levels. The recipient should also have a reputation for honesty, integrity, and community service.
Meg Flemming (TX), originator of the award, said that Marie “shows a clear understanding of the training pyramid and an excellent logical and progressive teaching methodology. She has years of experience teaching all levels of riders on all types of horses, and has significantly contributed in various ways to developing the health and well-being of dressage education in our Region.”
“I’m so proud that USDF Region 9 has taken the lead with this $5,000 Annual Award for Teaching Excellence,” said Bess Reineman, Regional Director for USDF Region 9. “We hope this recognition of teaching excellence will inspire our Region’s dressage instructors to further enhance their teaching,” Reineman added.
“It is a privilege for The Dressage Foundation to provide the stewardship services role for this award that is given annually to a deserving dressage instructor,” said Jenny Johnson, Administrative Manager for The Dressage Foundation.
For more information about the Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award or The Dressage Foundation, please contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585 or visit www.dressagefoundation.org.