One of the lovely things about the Green Bean movement is an upsurge of
interest in Endurance 101 clinics.
|A good excuse to stay indoors in February: learning!|
Doctor Susan Garlinghouse led a two-day course of instruction last weekend at Griffinwood Stable in Olympia, WA.
|Dr G talks a *lot* with her hands. |
Here's one of the only pictures we took of her when
she doesn't appear to be Warding Off Attack Owls.
Unlike most of my more-informal Q-and-A clinics (which usually take place in the shade of somebody's rig the day before a ride), Dr G's sessions include Powerpoints and lots and lots of research, punctuated by hilarious stories and sharply pointed anecdotes of Things Gone Horribly Wrong.
|Rapt audience: Brains On Fire|
|Mary K talks about crew bags and what she puts in them|
Including a Practice Vet Check
|Maria and Eve learn proper trot-out technique in a no-pressure environment|
|A 3.5 mile loop, followed by a vetcheck and 20 minute hold,|
and then a repeat of the 3.5 mile loop.
Some experienced riders escorted Green Bean horses and riders through the process.
|Heading out: a nice quiet start line|
|Since we weren't keeping track of finish times and weren't giving "placings,"|
we opted for a staggered start to keep the excitement down
|Val and Sage returned quietly at the end of the loop, just as Dr. G taught!|
Some riders borrowed horses so they could see the trail.
|Eileen wanted to try riding a gaited horse, so Amy loaned out the beautiful Kate.|
|Bobbi's horse stayed home, so she took Duracell the stick pony out for a loop.|
|Santa Jim was the "ride manager" for the event, with me as assistant|
|Duana wanted to learn the use of her brand-new bright orange stethoscope.|
Turns out that Rosemary isn't dead, but her heart isn't very loud.
|Dr. G gave a tutorial on parts of the steth|
|Janice and Anne-Marie figure out how this pulsing thing works|
|Fashion is never an obstacle: Patty got to be the timer for our event.|
|Endurance peeps are good at eating, and the food was plentiful!|
HINT: Dr. G is a complete sucker for good eats.
If you want to lure her to your event, you might mention food.
|It's rare to see Gretta out of the saddle, but she was an outstanding|
helper-monkey on the ground all weekend!
When all the riders were back in camp, Duracell demonstrated the Best Condition exam.
|Dr. G talked about the reasoning behind each part of the BC exam.|
|Duracell was deemed very sound. The rider in the purple shirt, slightly less so.|
Santa Jim launched his new business venture:
|Selling stuff we all need|
|Closeup of the store. His inventory includes copies of Endurance 101 and some|
of Monica's Understory Shirts, as well as tiny flashlights that will wrap around
your tack, solar chargers for your phone, and brightly-colored stethoscopes.
At the end of the weekend, the riders were given completion awards.
|A Useful Completion Award:|
a tiny wrap-around flashlight with a custom logo applied.
On the way out the gate, one of the new riders told event organizer Anne-Marie that she "thought she could probably do this thing!"
Sweet words. Sweet words indeed.
So, readers: who wants a clinic?
Dr G and Anne-Marie and I are all on the AERC Education Committee, and we're determined to get new riders the information they want and need. Send me a note or leave a comment. We are paying attention!
And that is, of course, Good.