Ann Marie Gregoire will be "judging" a "Ride-Critique-Ride" clinic at Shallowbrook Equestrian Center on April 22nd, 2018.
Start the year off by utilizing this clinic to set a clear path for the next show season, get feedback on your current program and learn more about about the judge's perspective.
At your designated time, you will enter the arena and start your dressage test of choice. After your final salute we will spend 15/20 minutes going over a few key movements and concepts to enable you to get better scores and communicate with better harmony. You will then re-ride your same test, working to improve the parts we discussed.
A little about Ann Marie:
I earned my USDF Bronze Medal on horses that I bred and trained, and have trained and competed through FEI levels. My medal scores were earned on my horse, the farm’s namesake, Silvercryst (affectionately known as "Britches" ). Britches and I competed successfully through the Preliminary Level of Eventing before taking up dressage. We were nationally competitive through 4th Level dressage before an old injury sidelined him.
In addition to my competition credentials, I am a USEF-licensed dressage and eventing judge. For over twenty years I have been judging shows, training riders and horses offering clinics in the northeast region and beyond. My judging experience helps me give my students an edge in competition as I am able to give an accurate picture of what the judge expects in competition.
I have studied with many fine riders including Lois Heyerdahl, Bruce Davidson, Pam Goodrich, Dorothy Morkis, and Dr. Van Scheik. A four-time participant in USDF Instructor Seminars with Major Anders Lindgren, I received 7’s and 8’s for my knowledge and instruction. I am also certified in Centered Riding Instruction. My knowledge of teaching is not limited to the equine arena; I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a Physical Education Major. This background has given me an excellent understanding of how a rider’s body must work in order to balance correctly and have an effective position when riding.
Although dressage is currently my primary discipline, I am knowledgeable and experienced in many other types of horsemanship. I have ridden and trained three- and five-gated saddle horses, hunters, jumpers and even western reining horses. I find dressage to be the most fascinating discipline, as one can use traditional dressage training to improve every horse, no matter what his ultimate job is. Furthermore, I believe that any breed of horse can do dressage. Some breeds may have more potential than others, but in the lower levels, correct training can and should enable most horses to compete successfully with even the best of movers. Dressage is, after all, training - not just fancy movement. For example, in addition to my Trakehners, I have successfully competed Arabians, Quarter Horses, Draft Crosses and even a North American Spotted Draft in the dressage ring.
When teaching my students, I emphasize that a correct position is the basis for becoming a good rider. Without a good, correct seat a rider will find it difficult to get very far in dressage, or any other equestrian discipline. For this reason, I focus on seat first then move on to more specific aspects of competition.