Reno, Nevada - January 13, 2020
- Julie Winkel, renowned judge, trainer and clinician, will be teaching clinics in 11 states in 2020. Her clinic dates are confirmed, and she'll be traveling from coast-to-coast to teach for associations, private farms and other professionals.
"I'm passionate about teaching riders and horses, and each year I look forward to returning to see those whom I've taught and how they've improved, and to meeting new people who are striving to improve their riding and horsemanship skills," said Winkel.
Winkel, who believes strongly in stressing the basics, enjoys teaching all levels of riders and helping them to build their skills, from the ground up all the way to the Hunter Derby and Grand Prix show jumping rings.
"I usually start with the lowest group in height, and build up, and I'll do something different with each group," she said in describing her typical clinic schedule. "I like to spend half of each lesson on flatwork that pertains directly to what we're going to do over jumps, so the riders can master the basics on the flat and then use those tools with the exercises over fences."
Winkel believes participants get more out of clinics by signing up for the level they're most comfortable doing, then perfecting themselves and their horses in preparation to move up. "My suggestion is to be at the top of the lower group instead of the bottom of the higher group," she noted.
Winkel's schedule includes many clinics open to all, including auditors, so please contact the trainers and/or farms for space availability and more information.
2020 Julie Winkel Clinic Schedule
10-12 - Imagination Lane/Nicole and Kendall Bourgeois in Aurora, Oregon
17-19 - Encanto Farms/Morgan Carr in Seattle, Washington
7-9 - Fountain Valley
in Pueblo, Colorado
15-16 - Burkwood Farm/Paige Wagter in Blaine, Washington
28-March 1 - Fuerza/Conner Hinckley Patrick in Fall City, Washington
9 - USHJA Hunter Breeding Judge's Clinic in Ocala, Florida
12-13 - Oldfields School in Glencoe, Maryland
1-3 - Adult Ride & Whine Camp at Maplewood in
10-11 - Alpine Ridge/Rebecca Bradley in Sparta, Michigan
23-24 - Hunterville Stables/Patty Ball in Penryn, California
29-31 - Cottonwood Riding Club in Littleton, Colorado
9-12 - USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session in Katy, Texas
19-21 - 5 Star Equestrian Clinic at Maplewood in Reno, Nevada
28-31 - USHJA
Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session in Tryon, North Carolina
1-6 - Young Horse Trainer School at Maplewood in Reno, Nevada
7-8 - Sport Horse Conformation Seminar at Maplewood in Reno, Nevada
9-10 - Course Design School at Maplewood in Reno, Nevada
11-13 - Hunter/Equitation Judge's School at Maplewood in Reno, Nevada
14-15 - Trainer's Retreat at Maplewood in Reno, Nevada
8-12 - Adult Ride & Whine Camp at Maplewood in Reno, Nevada
16-18 - Circle C Ranch/Christy Cramer Clinic in Longmont, Colorado
24-25 - Knightsbridge Farm/Mary Babick Clinic in Middletown, New Jersey
5-6 - Marion Nelson Equestrian Clinic in Petaluma, California
"I think that it's really important to stress that the attitude about riding and competing should be, 'What can you do for your horse and not what can your horse do for you?' " said Winkel. "I think that at the end of the day that all we do should be for the good of the horse."
Julie Winkel owns and operates Maplewood Stables Inc., a 200-acre training, showing, sales and breeding facility in Reno, Nevada. She's also the founder and president of Goodtoknow Horses, a nonprofit organization with the mission to "educate people for the good of the horse."
Winkel is one of the foremost trainers, judges, clinicians and educators in the country. She's held her United States Equestrian Federation R-rated judges license in Hunter, Hunter Breeding and Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation since 1984 and has presided over many of the country's most prestigious horse shows, such as Devon, the Pennsylvania National, Washington International, the National, Capital Challenge, the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, the USEF Pony Finals and the USEF/Sallie B. Wheeler National Hunter Breeding Championships, just to name few.
She's also designed courses and judged the ASPCA Maclay Finals, the USEF Medal Finals and the New England Equitation Championships.
Winkel is one of the first United States Hunter Jumper Association Certified Trainers and has trained and shown hunters and jumpers to the top levels, nationally and internationally. She has many Grand Prix show jumping wins as well as hunter championships throughout her career.