Monday, March 7, 2011

Common Ground Riding Clinic

Andy will soon be on his way from Whitney’s Wild Oak Ranch in California to the upcoming Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in Denver, Colorado. He and Regina Wendler, an English riding instructor from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, will be presenting four Common Ground Riding Clinics March 18-20th. at the Equine Event Center at the National Western Complex.

Andy and Regina founded the Common Ground Riding Clinics here in Steamboat a year ago after Regina attended one of Andy’s riding clinics at the Kurtz Ranch. They both realized that, while the disciplines of Western and English riding are quite different, the fundamentals of horsemanship in each are very similar, and an understanding of each approach can improve one’s riding skills. As a result, Andy and Regina have officially and appropriately named their clinics: Common Ground Riding Clinics: Where East Meets West.

Each clinic will include an overview of their approach, hands on instruction with horse and rider on a specific riding skill, and a time for questions and answers. Common Ground will also have a booth at the Equine Event Center so visitors will have an opportunity to meet Andy and Regina and discuss the Common Ground riding philosophy.

Praise from previous clinic participants:

“This is a clinic that any rider can get something from no matter your specific discipline. Regina and Andy did a great job of pulling together the common foundation to sound horsemanship; and put together a fun and informative clinic. You are a dynamic duo. Thank you!”
--Cheril Trousil, Humble Ranch

“Riding with Regina and Andy reinforced the common ground that exists amid many different riding styles. The concepts presented gave my horse and I the support and direction to be the best we can be…no matter what discipline we ride!”
--Joan Ryan

We wish Andy and Regina the very best at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo!

(The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is sponsored by the Colorado Horse Council. Please visit them at: for more information about the Expo.)

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