The Wieringa family inaugurated their new riding shed with a horse clinic Saturday and Sunday that attracted 16 horses and about 60 people who gathered for the opportunity to learn from a pro.
Peter Frost, a world-renowned show horse trainer, left his Minnesota home to spend the weekend at the Wieringa’s shed to share his expertise on horse behaviour, training, and the art of competing with show horses.
“He touched on so much everybody learned something,” said Colleen Wieringa. She and her husband, Gerald, recently had the new indoor riding arena built on their property to allow them to ride year-round as well as hold events like last weekend’s clinic.
The number of people in the area interested in show horse competitions may be on the rise as many young riders took in Frost’s advice during presentations and on an individual basis.
Although the main focus of the clinic was show horses, many of the participants also were able to improve their handling skills. “A lot of people were there with young horses and he gave them training tips,” said Wieringa.
The weekend clinic was a family event as much as a learning session as parents and children took turns handling their horses as spectators and riders took in Frost’s suggestions.
Most of the participants were from the surrounding area but one rider attended from Dryden.
Frost has placed in the top three at a number of worldwide horse shows, including a third-place finish in 1999. His life revolves around horses and within moments, he could identify areas of improvement for each horse and rider.
In fact, the Wieringas already are hoping he’ll come back for a second clinic next year.
“We’re already planning on it and everybody wants him back because he’s so good. He’s good with kids and he never makes anyone feel stupid,” said Wieringa.
The a barbecue was held in conjunction with the clinic Saturday night.