Wednesday, December 12, 2012

AERC & NATRC Team Up For Distance-Riding Clinic - Full Article

Dec 10, 2012

When the Executive Administrator of the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) sends you an email, asking about providing representatives at a ride clinic, one would be wise to agree. This is exactly what happened when the “Arizona Triple Crown” ride managers received emails from Laurie DiNatale, asking if they would please represent NATRC at a clinic on November 27, 2012, in Benson, AZ. “Where,” you may be asking yourself, “is Benson, AZ?” Benson is a small town, about 45 minutes southeast of Tucson, AZ.

Despite the small-town location, there was nothing small minded about the clinic host, Heidi Vanderbilt, owner of Lucky Pup Ranch where the clinic was held. Heidi received assistance from Marilou Balloun, Southern Arizona Arabian Horse Association, and originally planned for the clinic focus to be for riders interested in learning about American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) competition. However, Vanderbilt has hosted and participated in numerous clinics, both at her ranch and around the country, so she decided to change things up for this clinic. She invited presenters from varied backgrounds to talk about the value each person feels they have gained from competing in either or both NATRC and AERC rides.

When asked how she felt the different components of the clinic fit together, Vanderbilt said that this format was her favorite. “I liked the balance of topics and presenters: Endurance, Heidi Vanderbilt; NATRC, Cris Ballard & Cathy Peterson; Endurance/NATRC/Ride & Tie, Wynne Brown (former NATRC National Champion); competing-on-the horse-you-have, Adele Youmans and her mustang Dream Weaver! (AERC Decade Team recipient); The value of crewing, Rhella Spearing; and nutrition for the distance horse, Patti Kuvic.” She went on to say that she felt that all of the approximately 25 participants, who came to listen to the presentations, seemed especially eager to soak up as much information as possible about both styles of distance riding...

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