Vaulting Clinic Overview: May 6-8, 2011
The clinic offers something of importance to all of its attendees, whether vaulting enthusiasts, kids or parents of kids with special needs, riders wishing for an improved seat, therapists looking for a new approach, or folks just looking for inspiration.
Rick Hawthorne's techniques on Friday, May 6, will be most appreciated by therapists and members of the medical community wishing to expand their knowledge, and for parents, care takers, and caseworkers of individuals with disabilities. Rick will be working with handicapped and non-handicapped participants of Root Farm’s adaptive vaulting programs as well as members of Root Farm Vaulters. This day he will also schedule private sessions for riders wishing to work on centered balance.
Private lessons with Rick, for riders or vaulters, may be scheduled by calling the farm at 315-363-6124.
Saturday, May 7, is geared toward vaulters, competitive and recreational, who wish to benefit from Rick's coaching skills, as well as observers wishing to start their own vaulting programs and understand the sport from a recreational / therapeutic standpoint. This part of the clinic will be held in conjunction with Root Farm’s annual “Fun at the Farm” fundraiser, with ongoing activities throughout the day for children and adults: games, music, food, pony rides, petting park, and more.
Sunday, May 8th, a barrel competition will be held with divisions for special needs children and adults, special pairs, and all skill levels. If last year’s competition is any indication, some of the folks that first heard about vaulting the day before will be competing! We will have a great time. This year, our judge will be silver Medalist Lindy Deal, and Rick will be on hand to coach the competitors in technique and presentation. It is a unique opportunity to compete and learn from advice before and instant feedback afterwards!