Rodrigo Pessoa is one of the most decorated riders of all time, having won the Olympic Individual Gold Medal, the World Equestrian Games Individual Gold Medal, three-time, consecutive World Cup Final Winner and countless other titles throughout his remarkable career. Rodrigo has also become a vocal leader in the sport, serving as the President of the International Jumping Riders Club and as the rider representative on the FEI Show Jumping Committee.
The clinic will take place in the Grand Prix Arena Monday, August 1st and Tuesday, August 2nd between HMI Equestrian Classic I and Giant Steps Charity Classic. Rodrigo will teach three sections of five riders at jumping heights 1.15 meters, 1.25 meters and 1.35 meters. The Monday sessions will focus primarily on flatwork and Tuesday will incorporate a jumping course.
A gourmet Breakfast and Lunch will be served both days to all those auditing and participating in the clinic. Rodrigo will host a question and answer session during lunch each day and will speak about his riding philosophy and his winning strategies.
“We are so excited to welcome Rodrigo to Sonoma Horse Park to host his first ever clinic in America. He is such an inspiration and his career accomplishments have been astounding. To have Rodrigo come and share his insight and knowledge with our competitors and trainers is so fantastic. The West Coast has many talented riders and trainers and we want to give them access to the best in the world so that they continue to develop into National and International Champions,” says Ashley Herman-Griffin, manager of Sonoma Horse Park.
Amateurs, Juniors and Professionals are encouraged to apply for the clinic. Auditors must also register in advance. Details surrounding eligibility for the clinic and auditing can be found at www.sonomahorsepark.com.
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The 2011 show dates at Sonoma Horse Park:
– HMI Equestrian Challenge (A) – May 18 – 22, 2011
– HMI June Classic (A) – June 15 – 19, 2011
– HMI Equestrian Classic I (AA) – July 26 – 31, 2011
– Giant Steps Charity Classic (C) – August 3 – 7, 2011
– HMI August Classic (A) – August 24 – 28, 2011
– Strides & Tides (A) – September 14 – 18, 2011
For more information on Sonoma Horse Park please visit www.sonomahorsepark.com