Greetings From The Farm!
Fall is upon us, but we're heating up, both in the show ring and at home with some great events. Read on to learn about our successful outing to the USEF National Championships, plus a fabulous upcoming clinic on rider biomechanics. And we've also secured our winter teaching weekend dates, which will likely include WINTER ADULT CAMP! Dates are below; mark your calendars now! Read on to learn all about it.
What's Up
Our trip to the USEF Festival of Champions was a resounding success! I learned a ton aboard The Elvis Syndicate's Guernsey Elvis, by far one of the greener horses in his division, culminating in a 5th place finish in the Developing Grand Prix test and a 7th place finish overall against the country's top young Grand Prix horses. I'm thrilled with that finish, and can't wait to develop this exciting young horse further into the open Grand Prix ring! Thank you to our supporters and Syndicate members who made it all possible!

We've enjoyed a little downtime, but it's back to work as we approach the Region 1 Championships next month. We have horses qualified from Training Level to FEI both in Open, Amateur and Youth divisions, and we're primed and ready to ride our hearts out!
What's New
After Regionals, we're excited to welcome my longtime friend Suzanne Galdun for a clinic on rider biomechanics. Suzanne Galdun is one of only 9 currently accredited Ride With Your Mind biomechanics coaches in the United States. With an incredible eye for detail, Suzanne works to bring riders to a new level of awareness and understanding of what they are actually doing in the saddle, and how to communicate more clearly to the horse. Her lessons include creative language and hands-on resistances as well as open dialogue between coach and rider. Auditing is $35/day and includes lunch; sign up on Strider! We will be capping the number of auditors due to COVID, and they're flying off the shelves, so sign up today!

We're also gearing up for an exciting winter clinic series. Both assistant trainer Karrigan Norris and I will be heading to Florida this winter, but we'll be returning home for some exciting teaching weekends! We're still working out exactly what those weekends will look like - we're learning towards our wildly-popular Winter Adult Camps - but we are 100% sure of the dates, so mark these on your calendar: Karrigan will be home January 8-9 and February 12-13, and I will be home January 29-30 and March 12-13. Watch this space, as well as our Facebook page, for details and sign up as we put them together!

A few changes to our operating protocol, in light of the gravity of the Delta Variant: if you're unvaccinated, we ask that you are masked everywhere on the property, indoors or out, and let your instructor know that you're unvaccinated so we can prepare accordingly. If you've been vaccinated, thank you! We still ask that you wear a mask when you're in an indoor space - restroom, tack room, pantry. Lest you were curious, 100% of our stable staff, and 100% of our boarder clients, are vaccinated. Thank you all so much for your compassion, your patriotism, and your understanding!

Another request: it is still warm out, but we are so lucky as to have fantastic well water. Please treat yourself to a reusable water bottle and feel free to fill it from our tap, rather than using a single-use plastic bottle. If you do bring disposable plasticwear, please recycle in the containers in the indoor arena or in the barn.

As usual, we are open for trailer-in folks, in the afternoons and evenings, and we have limited stall space for short-term or long-term training horses. I also offer virtual lessons worldwide; all you need is a solid internet connection, a cell phone, a camera holder and a pair of wireless headphones. No fancy Pixem or Pivo required! (Though I teach on them, too, of course.) I have virtual students across North America! Email me to learn more.

And you can expand your education for just pennies a month by joining the Sprieser Sporthorse Elite Club. The SSHEC is a members-only experience for dressage enthusiasts, offering an all-access pass to the development of horses from foal to FEI! Head over to Strider to join.

We are all confident that we can help you and your horses advance safely and responsibly, and look forward to seeing you!
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Lauren Sprieser
Sprieser Sporthorse
6782 Olinger Road
Marshall, VA 20115