2010 Clinics & Symposium Reports

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A Visual Guide to the Daily Vocabulary of Riding using Demo Riders and Horses
USDF University Accredited

Thank you to everyone who attended this NODA Education Event with Charles de Kunffy.   Feedback from participants was very positive regarding the information shared by Charles, as well as the delicious food provided by the Education Committee.      NODA wishes to extend a very special thank you to Charles de Kunffy, Janeen Langowski-Grava, and Topline Stables, as well as NODA President, Dee Liebenthal, for snapping the photos below. 


Education Committee Co-Chairs, Marcia Doyle and Berni Moauro, greet attendees at the Sign-in Table

The lecture and discussion with Charles was followed by a visual  demonstration using demo riders and horses. 
Demo Riders (L-R) Sue Hines, Heather Soones-Booher, Janeen Langowski-Grava, Regina Sacha


Diane Progl of Irwin, PA, was the
lucky door prize winner of a beautiful
saddle pad.  

Charles de Kunffy's equestrian credentials and reputation are as difficult to abbreviate as they are to duplicate.  He is a much-appreciated clinician, sought after dressage judge, author of several books, many articles, and introductions to the writing of others.  He was born and raised in Hungary as a member of the nobility whose parents were eminent horse breeders with derby winning racehorses.  Mr. de Kunffy started riding as a child, always under expert supervision and instruction.  His riding masters were educated during the golden age of equitation 1900-1945.  Cross-country riding, jumping and dressage were melded into one comprehensive riding theory and methodology.  Mr. de Kunffy was schooled with the strictest adherence to classical training traditions based on scholarship and a profound respect for the horse.   Learn more about Charles de Kunffy at

USDF University Accredited

~ Correct Lungeing of Horses and Cavaletti Work
~ Correct Lungeing of Rider with Horse, including Exercises to Improve Independence of Seat & Balance

Note from Education Co-Chair, Marcia Doyle
Education Co-Chair, Berni Moauro and I would like to thank all attendees for making our Charles de Kunffy clinic a big success.  A  very special thank you to Charles, Janeen Langowski-Grava, and her Topline Stables staff for all of their efforts.   Thank you to Lisa Pollari for baking beautiful and delicious cupcakes to share.   The Paddock Saddlery donated a book written by Charles de Kunffy and two tote bags for our raffle -- thank you Lisa Gorretta and Carrie Smith-Wilson.  A special thank you to NODA president, Dee Liebenthal, for showing us the ropes of organizing an NODA education event, and then walking them with us!  Last but not least, thank you to Charlene Tillman for her assisting at the check-in table.

Photography by Lora Szloh and Dee Liebenthal
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CHARLES DE KUNFFY begins his Lecture & Demo


1)  Charles explains the right way to coil and hold the Lunge Line with Janeen Langowski-Grava
2)  Demo rider, Lauren Hunter, and "Visa" await their turn to ride
3)  More Lungeing discussion, rider/horse warming up in background

                                            Raffle Winners & Photos with Charles de Kunffy
1)   Marcia Doyle (right) & Terry Mardell (far left) watch while Charles autographs his books
      for the Raffle Winners
2)   The lucky raffle winners with Charles de Kunffy
3)   Lora Szloh, Liz Biddick, and Rob Ellins from Rocky River Stables, pose with Charles de Kunffy

                                                    Plenty of seating was available for everyone!

Charles de Kunffy is a retired FEC "C" Judge, author of numerous books and videos, and a world renowned Master of Dressage.   He is appreciated for his scholastic depth, academic expertise, clarity and vigor of delivery.  
Quotes from Charles de Kunffy:  
            For the Rider - Enter into the horse's movement rather than traveling on it.   
            For the Horse - Engagement is conditional on the horse being through in the neck and back

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