A local trainer, Betsy Shelton, who left our area and who has now returned, sent me a message and asked if anyone would be interested in a clinic. I certainly was, but I didn't know if I could round up enough other riders to call it a clinic. A few emails and Facebook posts later, a Casual Clinic was formed.
Since the event is being hosted by Bakersfield Dressage, also known as ME, I opted for a casual approach that would welcome riders of all levels. I sent a few messages and connected with CT, Bossy's Mom. She immediately volunteered her awesome arena for the event, and we were off and running.
A Casual Clinic with Betsy Shelton is scheduled for April 21st. We have seven of the eight rides tentatively filled right now with room for at least one more. I am hoping that an eighth rider will appear to fill out the day. If you're interested, drop me a line!
CT and I have talked about hosting a clinic in the past. Since the opportunity sort of fell into our laps, we decided to run it our way which just means a friendly atmosphere with no DQ attitudes. I've only participated in one other clinic, hosted by the local CDS chapter, so I don't really know how they're actually conducted.
We're setting up a food table, of course, and hope to have a relaxing day of riding and visiting. CT is cooking tri-tip sandwiches which we're serving with chips and drinks. More food might get tossed in if CT gets a wild hair! My sweet tooth is acting up so I may toss in a few sweet treats to round out the menu.
The best part of the event is the price: The ride with the clinician is a very affordable $75; lunch is $5.00; auditors are welcome at no charge; and drinks and candy are on the house! Come join us.