Tunbridge--Equestrians of all ages are invited to participate in the Orange County 4-H/Open Horse Clinic, June 8-11 in Tunbridge.

The event, hosted by Orange County 4-H, will be held at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. It is open to both 4-H and non-4-H club members, ages 8 and up, in the state as well as adults interested in fine tuning their English or Western riding and jumping skills. Instruction will be provided for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. The weekend also will include several workshops, crafts, a themed parade, Friday pizza lunch and Saturday potluck.

Registration is $45 although the fee will be pro-rated for youths unable to attend on Friday due to school. Camping at the fairgrounds will be $36 per tent or RV without hook-ups or $60 with hook-ups for the three nights.

To register go to http://go.uvm.edu/horse-clinic-orange. Applications are due by May 29.

Sami Savage, owner, manager and head trainer of H.M. Savage Farm in Chester, will lead sessions throughout the weekend for English riders. Western riders will receive instruction from Laura Pratt, Cedar Ridge Farm in Barre.

Horsemanship and obstacle workshops will be led by Jeannette Cole, Northfield, and Connie Hare, Marshfield. Geoff Nelson of Cooperative Insurance in Middlebury will provide hands-on training on use of a fire extinguisher in a barn safety workshop.

Members of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club of Tunbridge will teach a workshop on how to make a rope halter. Participants also may create stall signs or do other equine-related crafts and projects.

Prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated stalls based on the theme, "The Sea Life for Me." Horses and riders also will take part in a themed costume class parade on Sunday.

Clinic sponsors include University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, the Orange County 4-H Foundation and Catamount Solar in Randolph.

Questions? Contact Allison Smith, UVM Extension 4-H educator, at (802) 476-2003, ext. 205. If needing a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by May 29.


Allison Emily Smith