Here’s your opportunity to drive with ADS and USE Judge, Dana Bright, and to glean gems from her forty-five years of driving experience!
Sign-up as a Participant through the Equine Affaire website before February 15th.
Dana is a “Drive with the Best” clinician at the 2017 Equine Affaire held in Columbus, Ohio on April 6th – 9th.
Dana’s clinics will be held on Saturday (April 8th) and Sunday (April 9th) in the Voinovich Center, Breed Pavilion. This is a busy venue with lots of on-lookers. It’s a perfect venue to prepare yourself and your equine partner for a season of equine activities, but it is not a venue for green ponies or horses. You and your partner need to be able to work away from home in a congested and active indoor arena. You will also need a person available to assist you on the ground.
Here’s the Scoop.
Session 1: (Saturday, 11:30- 12:30) Driving Equitation: Focus on Driver’s Appearance and Effectiveness from Rein Handling to Posture. Participants should be familiar with basic school figures and gaits, working and slow trots, lengthenings and transitions.
Session 2: (Saturday, 3:15 4:15) Why Didn’t the Judge Like My Pleasure Driving Horse? Here participants should turn-out for a pleasure driving show. Tweak your turnout before the first show this season!
Session 3: (Sunday 11:00-12:30) Why Didn’t the Judge Like My Dressage Driving Horse? Focus will be on improving basic dressage with emphasis on gaits, simple figures, bending, and changes in topline.
Session 4: (Sunday 2:15 -3:30) Using cones to School the Driving Horse More Effectively. Here’s a chance to practice with cones and obstacles. Speed work is not anticipated, but participants will need a navigator or header.
Equines of all sizes and breeds are welcomed! A variety is desireable because it demonstrates that driving is open for all. Up to six participants can join each session, so make your plans to come and bring a friend!
This will be some of the richest and least expensive instruction you will receive in your lifetime. Not only will you and your equine experience the activity, sights, smells and sounds similar to a show, you will have the experience of a live performance in front of an engaged audience. Priceless experience! Costs for each session are $80.00. And the costs include 24 hour stabling and admission! What’s not to love?
If you are not already completing the Application on the Equine Affaire website, here’s more about Dana.
Dana works with all types of drivers, recreational, pleasure, and competitive, to achieve the drivers’ goals. She uses dressage as a progressive framework for educating and developing partnerships with our equines. She is well equipped to do so.
Dana is first a horse lover and competitor. She started her competitive career in eventing and dressage before moving onto driving ponies where she competed at the advanced level. In her 30 year career as a judge, she was honored to judge at the most elite pleasure driving shows, Walnut Hills and Lorenzo. In 2016 she was asked to judge the USEF (now USE) National Pairs Championship for combined driving.
Dana is a graduate from Michigan State University’s Animal Science Department and Morven Park International Equestrian Institute in Virginia. She served as a US Pony Club District Commissioner for many years, as regional director for the ADS, and committee member for the USE. She received the ADS President’s Award in 2006.
Dana and her husband, Stephen, a second generation farrier, reside at Cubbyhole Farm in Felton, Pennsylvania.
Her many accomplishments aside, Dana’s passion and love for the sport of driving, her commitment to bringing new drivers to the discipline, to advancing present drivers, to growing and to elevating the sport of driving engages her daily. We mid-American equestrians welcome Dana, and are grateful she is here to share her wisdom with us.