Best Helps Prepare Riders Set to Compete at New England Equitation Championships
Wellesley, MA – October 19, 2016 – The Dana Hall School’s Equestrian Program welcomed back their future head coach Greg Best, a U.S. Olympic medalist, for a challenging two-day clinic held on October 11-12 at their Karen Stives ’68 Equestrian Center.
A total of 19 riders participated in Best’s clinic which included 13 current students, 3 prospective students and 3 adults. As many of the participants were headed to the New England Equitation Championships the following week, Best focused on a course with different options and challenges similar to a Finals-type course. Best had the students walk their course and decide which would be the most optimal route, based on their individual horse’s strengths and weaknesses, to produce their best performance. Best not only challenged the riders, but also left them feeling more confident and prepared, especially those heading off to the Finals.
Best is a two-time U.S. Olympian who earned Individual and Team Silver medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and a Team Silver at the 1987 Pan American Games, all aboard his famous grey mount ‘Gem Twist.’ Beginning in May 2017, he will be serving as a full-time trainer for six months of the year at the Karen Stives ’68 Equestrian Center. His clinics are being presented as part of the legacy of Best’s fellow Olympic medalist, the late Karen Stives and Dana Hall is looking forward to Best’s return to their campus in February 2017 for two weeks of clinics.
Dana Hall is one of only a few New England schools to offer a comprehensive riding program and riding has been an option at Dana Hall since the 1930s. Located right on campus, the Karen Stives ’68 Equestrian Center offers complete stable facilities and classes ranging from beginner to advanced with instruction to suit every level of rider. With an emphasis on confidence, safety and control at every level, Dana Hall riders build confidence, self-discipline and teamwork. Approximately 100 students participate in the school’s program each year. The school currently houses 45 horses on the property with half of those boarded by students and half school horses. Students in the program compete at local and A-rated shows in the Northeast such as Saratoga, the Vermont Summer Festival, Lake Placid, Grazing Fields, and Fieldstone as well as the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Dana Hall is consistently represented at all the top equitation finals including the New England Equitation Championship, WIHS Equitation Finals, Capital Challenge, USEF Medal Finals and the Maclay Finals.
Founded in 1881, Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., is an independent boarding and day school for girls in grades 5-12. Placing emphasis upon sound academic education and the preparation of each individual for college and for life, the School balances exposure to new ideas and the challenge of analytic and creative thinking with concentration on the development of self-esteem, leadership, and respect for others. As a school for girls, Dana Hall provides female students with a particularly advantageous environment for both education and self-development. For more information please visit www.danahall.org