In which we prep for endurance season by stuffing our heads (and mouths)
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.