What I didn't expect was having the Man, the Myth, the Legend, Boyd himself, chauffeur me around the XC course!
|Chatting with his students|
I packed along copious amounts of sunscreen, ice, and a notebook and pen to cover a portion of the clinic for Area I's Optimum Minutes, and off we went. While I'll be detailing more of the clinic itself in an upcoming newsletter for Area I, I was really interested and excited to see his coaching and how he would individualize the clinic experience for not only each horse and rider team's level of experience, but also down to the jump style of each horse and rider. They all came away with a positive, educational experience that pushed boundaries but didn't frighten horse or rider.
|Sandy pilots her TB over some steps with Boyd looking on|
|Monica navigates a spooky ditch on her cute Appy|
As always, Fitch's Corner went above and beyond, giving riders an experience, not just a clinic. Considering the fact that they're hosting the 2012 Area I Championships this year, the riders had a chance to work with one of the best riders in the world, on one of the best courses on the East coast. And while I thought I would be green with envy, it was made just a bit easier to bear by being able to pepper Boyd with questions and have a candid conversation with him, every time we moved to a new area on course.
I did make sure to tell Boyd that next year, Matt will be wearing the baby and I'll be riding. Mark my words!