Unique Training Clinic and Trail Challenge in Ocala

Lynn Palm and Cyril Pittion-Rossillon have paired their two day Training with Natural Obstacles Clinic with a third day of training, competition and fun in an AQHA Trail Challenge.

While the teaching duo has conducted clinics at their Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, FL focused around the training arena with natural obstacles and terrain, these will be the first events coupled with an AQHA Trail Challenge.

The Training with Natural Obstacles Clinic improves the partnership between horse and rider through two days of instruction including rider’s position, natural aids communication and controlling the horse’s balance over various natural obstacles and terrain.  The instruction will prep horses and their riders to participate in the AQHA Trail Challenge on the third day. On that day, the course will be open for organized practice and a short coaching session prior to the start of the competition.

The Trail Challenge is a judged course that tests a horse’s and rider’s ability to work as a team and navigate through natural obstacles they might experience on a trail. The purpose of a Trail Challenge is to enhance the horsemanship skills riders need while encouraging education, safety and fun on the trail. There are generally six to 16 obstacles, depending on the land and terrain.  A judge or judges are located throughout the course evaluating a rider’s skills to maneuver his horse through the obstacle.

Each horse and rider team gains or loses points, depending on their ability to navigate the course. The partnership with the highest overall value is declared the Trail Challenge winner in each division.
Like the clinic, the Trail Challenge is open to all breeds of horses and levels of riders.

For clinic participants, convenient, on-site lodging, healthy meals prepared by Lynn, plush stabling and fun evening activities are included in this great weekend with an added bonus of the DVD training series TrailAbility valued at $75. Those participating in the Trail Challenge are welcome to extra amenities on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on the clinic trail challenge weekends on November 2-4 and November 30-December 2, please visit http://www.lynnpalm.com

About Lynn Palm

Palm’s career highlights include 2007 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horsewoman of the Year, a record four AQHA Superhorse wins, AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year by the Women’s Athletic Association, named one of the top United States clinicians by Horse & Rider magazine, over 34 AQHA World and Reserve World Champions, over 50 bridleless dressage exhibitions at events including the National Horse Show, 1989 World Cup and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and World Cup.

Palm and Cyril Pittion-Rossillon are co-founders of three horse industry companies: Palm Partnership Training, Women LUV Horses, and Alliance Saddlery USA. Palm is the author of the new release, The Rider’s Guide to Real Collection.  Being the first female with an equine educational  TV show, Palm’s training show airs on HRTV Dish 404 Tuesday evenings with additional airings throughout the week and on demand at HRTVlive.com.

About Cyril Pittion-Rossillon

Pittion-Rossillon hails from Paris, France, where he earned his Riding Master Degree from the French National Equestrian School. With his extensive equine background and thirty years of experience, Cyril brings an ideal background to his instructor duties.

His credentials include: Trained under members of French Olympic Team, French Junior Jumper Circuit, French Open Jumper Circuit (Levels 5 and 6), Eventing Preliminary Division, AQHA & USEF Hunter Division, Youth & Amateur Coach for USEF & AHSA competition, Co-Director and Instructor Palm Partnership Training Clinics, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Alliance Saddlery