Sacred Springs Farm presented a
series of Equitation Clinics under the leadership of World
Cup rider, Guillaume Ducos, in the fall of 2004. The
clinics were an overwhelming success. Stay tuned for future
clinics in 2006.
Guillaume is a Grand Prix, World Cup competitor
who has developed a prestigious training program in Belgium.
He represented Belgium in the Concours International at CDI***Saumur
(France); CDIO Mondorf les Bains (Luxembourg); CDIW Mechelen
(Belgium) and CDI**Pompadour (France).
When asked about his training philosophy,
Guillaume explained, "My belief is that excellence in riding
begins with the development of your relationship with the horse.
The horse has not asked to be for us what we have made him;
therefore, he deserves our respect. In nurturing your personal
connection with your horse, you also strengthen the connection that
will create a long-lasting riding partnership with your equine
"Although my family has been involved with
horses for 4 generations, it was not until I discovered dressage
with my first horse that I began to understand what riding was all
about. I have learned that dressage takes years of patience,
practice and discipline, both for the rider and the horse.
Unfortunately, some people try to 'dress' their horses more and more
rapidly, forgetting how important basic, everyday training is to
maintain the foundation from which you and the horse work."
"The same respect that I ask riders to show
for their horses, I show to the rider while training. To be a
good trainer requires patience, interest in the rider/horse
relationship and respect. Both the rider and the trainer must
adapt to the horse and its capacity, not the other way around."
"By using seat, position and the employment
of appropriate aids, jointly with the rider I develop those
approaches to the horse that will have the greatest positive impact.
My training objectives are to increase the horse's elasticity and
engagement with the rider, while at the same time resolving any
problems that you may be experiencing with your horse. As
such, I provide instruction from the ground, but may ride
your horse in order to correct a particularly difficult issue."
"Ultimately, I want to see my students
progress toward their riding goals, whether those goals include
becoming a Grand Prix competitor, or a solid recreational rider.
Remember, your relationship with your horse can and should be a
wonderful, unique and enjoyable journey!"
If you are interested in future clinics, please
us or telephone us for information. (540)