Dressage Clinic Wrap-Up
by Berni Moauro, NODA Co-Education Chair
On behalf of NODA
and Lake Erie College, I would like to thank the riders who
participated in the Reese Koffler-Stanfield clinic this past
weekend. The nine clinic riders displayed a mix of
backgrounds and abilities, riding horses that spanned the
levels from Young Horse to Grand Prix. Everyone showed
obvious improvement from Reese’s classical, back-to-basics
approach, a nd enthusiastic encouragement.
Auditor turnout was disappointingly low, but I want to thank
all attendees and volunteers for their support of this
educational program. Feedback from all the riders and
auditors was extremely positive.
We are grateful
to Dr. Elizabeth Giedt and Nicole Van Dyke of LEC for their
assistance and the use of the LEC Equestrian Center.
The spotless dressage ring was adorned with mums and
provided a festive fall background for the clinic, and the
classroom was a very comfortable location for the Saturday
Welcome reception and lecture. We are also grateful to
the The Dressage Foundation which provided financial support
with the Violet M. Hopkins Fund for our educational dressage
clinic open to all riders and auditors. Special
thanks go to Dee Liebenthal for her help and photography
skills all weekend, and to Marcia Doyle, co-chair partner
with education activities.
Finally, we send
a big thank you to Reese for sharing your extensive dressage
knowledge and education in such a focused, positive, and
enjoyable manner. We hope to have you visit us
"I would absolutely ride with Reese again. My trainer
attended Sunday morning and was very impressed with her.
Reese’s insights, exercises and ideas are all in sync with
what we work on at home. We worked on
straightness Saturday and collection (simple changes, etc.)
Sunday. It was productive and educational. Thank
you Reese, LEC and NODA!"
Linda Cooley, OH
“Thank you to Berni, NODA, Reese Koffler-Stanfield and Lake
Erie College for hosting a top quality educational event.
My horse and I enjoyed a great weekend of learning and
camaraderie. The clinic was well organized.
Reese was a wonderful instructor to work with, and Lake Erie
College an exceptional facility to ride at. I look
forward to attending future NODA and Lake Erie College
~ Karen Pikovsky, Darby
Downs Equestrian Center, PA
I would like to thank NODA, Dee Liebenthal, Berni Moauro
and the volunteers for bringing such an engaging
educational opportunity for its members! It was an
honor for me to participate with my new horse, Arabella.
I was delightfully surprised at her focus on the training
scale and her training experiences with Conrad Schumacher
were readily apparent in her methodology. Reese was
honest but tactful. With her vast experience and sharp
eye, she was able to make marked improvement to
the riding skill of each rider.
Reese is an extremely
accomplished and talented professional who is very
approachable and kind, yet persistent in her teaching
approach. My only regret is that more members
did not make time to participate in such an inexpensive, yet
very worthwhile dressage learning experience. Those
of us fortunate to have befriended Reese, will most
certainly root her on to FEI greatness in the years ahead,
and implement her wonderful training suggestions!
~ Regina Sacha-Ujczo, OH
"Thank you for hosting a
wonderful clinic. Reese was a refreshing clinician
that gave me the "ah ha" moment I needed to move my horse
forward. I look forward to riding with Reese again!"
~ Krista Warnick, OHo