The USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic is returning to West Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday, Feb. 15, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. The clinic is open to all amateurs and juniors who are active USHJA Zone 4 members. In addition, all auditors are welcome to the clinic as well. Randy Roy, FEI and USEF R judge, course designer and acclaimed nine-time author, will be this year’s clinician.
Having worked with top riders and trainers such as Ian Millar, Eric Lamaze and George Morris, Roy is undoubtedly an experienced horseman and equestrian with years of valuable insight to offer participants of the clinic.
“I really like helping young riders and I love teaching,” said Roy. “I think I have some good things to offer, and I’ve had a lot of good mileage with some great riders. I like giving back to the industry in any way I can because of what the industry has done for me.”
Roy is looking forward to working with riders on solidifying the basics of riding throughout the clinic, which will run from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and consist of four groups of eight riders at varying fence heights. Session one (8 – 9:30 a.m.), a children’s group, will be set at a fence height of 2′ – 2’6″. Session two (10 – 11:30 a.m.), an adult group, will be set at a fence height of 2’6″ – 3′. A lunch break and question and answer period with Roy will follow the first two sessions from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The clinic will then pick back up with the third session, set at 3′, from 1 – 2:30 p.m., and the final session, set at 3’6″, will run from 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Roy’s training philosophy is centered around the concept of less is more. He plans to first assess riders on the flat and provide direction for improvements, followed by further instruction over gymnastics and coursework.
“Basics are really the groundwork for everything,” said Roy. “I like to work on basics, foundation, position and a nice release. I want to help the riders be generous in giving and going with their horses and I try to get them as comfortable as possible and enjoying what they’re doing. I always think, when I get a whole group in a clinic, if I can give them one thing to come out with, I’ve accomplished what I should be there for.”
The USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic will be an opportunity for riders and horses to step out of the show ring and go back to the basics of training.
“Everybody has something to learn,” said Roy. “Participants need to come with an open mind. My hope is that trainers will bring their students to the clinic and they’ll all get something out of it and spread it around. Hopefully I can make everybody a little bit better or give them something to work on to help them move forward in their careers and where they want to go in the equestrian world.”
In preparation for the clinic, Roy emphasizes the importance of turnout for both horse and rider as well as riders focusing on being themselves.
“Don’t try to be something that you’re not,” said Roy. “Just ride the way you know how and do what you do and it’s for me to pick up on. I’ll either reinforce it or bring something up about it. We’ll also have a good time, I promise you!”
For more information on how to sign up for the USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic with Randy Roy, email Carrie Buxton at [email protected]
. A $100 deposit is required to reserve a spot, which will be refunded upon arrival at the clinic on Feb. 15
. Stalls are available upon request for $30.