The Jacksonville Equestrian Center hosted The Walkabout Tour with Clinton Anderson over May 19-20 in the Indoor Coliseum. Australian native Anderson is a world-renowned clinician, best known for helping people to have a better relationship with their horse. Anderson and his Walkabout Tour are all about inspiring and educating his loyal followers so that they can accomplish their horsemanship goals.
Anderson has developed a system that is based on mutual respect and understanding between the rider and their horse. It gives the rider the knowledge necessary to train their horses to be safe, dependable and enthusiastic partners in and out of the arena. By creating a made-for-TV horse-training program, an Internet TV site, exclusive DVDs, The Walkabout Tour system and his No Worries Club, Anderson has made his training available all over the world. In addition to being a top clinician, Anderson also breeds, trains and shows his own cow and reining horses at the highest levels of competition.
The course spanned two days going step-by-step on how to get started and then refining Anderson’s methods, as well as demonstrating basic behavioral problems and how to correct them. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s large indoor arena was the perfect set up for the working pens, trailers, horses and auditors alike. Saturday began with colt starting, and then following a lunch break taking in the picturesque equestrian center, the group learned about training on the trail and advanced riding. Sunday started out with “beyond fundamentals groundwork”, One-on-One help, and a charity ball toss benefiting Hope Therapy. The afternoon was about desensitizing horses to spooky objects, training performance horses, and how to load a horse on a trailer.
The Jacksonville Equestrian Center staff enjoyed having Anderson and his followers in house for a wonderful weekend, “The Jacksonville Equestrian Center was excited with an excellent turnout of spectators from all over the southeast. We would welcome the return of Anderson in the future.” said Tim Jones, Executive Director at the equestrian center. Auditors came from as far away as the panhandle and Kissimmee, FL for this special weekend. Up next for the equestrian center is the FQHA Memorial Circuit Quarter Horse show on May 26-28.
Over the coming months the Jacksonville Equestrian Center will be undergoing some new renovations as they add on to the already impressive structure. The new construction will boast a second covered arena, attached via a cover to the current coliseum, and a covered livestock pavilion. The facility hosts a wide range of popular, family-friendly gatherings throughout the year, such as car shows, family fun days, dog agility trials, bicycling events, and equestrian competitions for every breed and riding discipline. For nature lovers, the 80- acre property also features miles of hiking and riding trails as well as a picnic pavilion.
Known for its extensive amenities and ideal location, which is only a short drive to the city and beautiful beaches, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a premier facility for events of all sizes. For more information and to learn more about upcoming events, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call (904)-255-4215.
Photos courtesy of Down Under Horsemanship