How did one eventer feel about her Jay Duke clinic experience? “Ecstatic” was the word she used!
Canadian Equestrian Team veteran and renowned clinician Jay Duke recently conducted a clinic with 16 riders at Niceview Sporthorses in Bozeman, Montana. Niceview Sporthorses specializes in three-day eventing under the direction of trainer Melissa Thorson and she booked Jay to help its riders polish their stadium jumping skills. Clinic participants included riders from varying levels from 2’6″ to 3’6″ and focused on overall style, effectiveness, and success of both the horses and the riders.
Jay Duke (left) with Niceview Sporthorses trainer Melissa Thorson (center) and clinic organizer and participant Tara Munroe (right). Photo courtesy of Tara Munroe
|“Our riders were ecstatic and that’s the only word I can use to describe our experience. We feel like this was the best clinic we have ever attended because the quality of training, educational components, and the tips and tools we gained from Jay produced a visible change in many of the riders and horses.
As eventers, we feel education is important in every discipline, but stadium jumping is what makes you or breaks you because it comes last and you can be hanging by a rail, which is why we like to find the top clinicians in each discipline of eventing to ride with. Jay breaks down everything into bite-sized pieces that everyone can absorb and accomplish.”
~ Clinic participant Tara Munroe
“I have ridden in clinics with a lot of upper level eventers and show jumpers, but what I appreciated most about Jay was that he wanted to get to know the horses individually and really figure out what would work well for each specific horse.
I rode four very different horses that were all at various levels. Specifically, my prelim horse is very difficult and sensitive and I have been struggling to get him rideable for stadium jumping. Within 10 minutes, Jay changed a couple things with my equipment as well as a little change with my position and the horse was completely different. I just returned from an event and he has never gone better. Jay wants both you and your horse to be better.”
~ Niceview Sporthorses trainer Melissa Thorson