Youth Clinics

2012 Youth Driving Camp 

The  ADS Midwest Young Drivers' Camp held July 27- 29 at Hickory Knoll in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, was another successful, satisfying and fun-filled event.  The 13 campers learned a great deal about horse care, handling and competing.  They learned the skill of long-lining in a circle, the strategy of gambler's choice, and the skills involved in driving a cones course.  They learned about driven dressage and drove their own dressage pattern before a judge.  They drove their horses in a mini-marathon course that included two hazards.  Everyone won ribbons for the various competitions.  Thanks to Dr. Jennifer Thompson for leading the camp and to Chet Thomas, Susie Koos-Acker and Myrna Rhinehardt for serving on the planning committee.  Thanks to John and Betsey Frieburger for hosting the event.  Thanks to all the mentors and volunteers for making the event possible.  

Photos from Sunday.

 

2009 Youth Driving Camp

Wow!  The Midwest Young Drivers' Camp was awsome!  A huge thanks to the many Dairyland Driving Club members who made it possible.  You can get a flavor by viewing photographs from the camp held June 12 -14, 2009, at Domino Stables, Baraboo, Wisconsin.  For a detailed story about the event, see below.

Photos from Friday evening.

Photos from Saturday.

Photos from Sunday.

 

THE MIDWEST YOUNG DRIVERS’ CAMP
By Jane Licht
 
By every measure, the first Midwest Young Drivers’ Camp was a huge success. Sponsored by the American Driving Association (ADS), the camp was made possible by the dedication of many members of the Dairyland Driving Association (DDC) who served as committee organizers, mentors, and volunteers, and by a generous donation from the Lyall Mathison family and friends.
 
The organizing committee was chaired by DDC board member Myrna Rhinehart and other committee members were Chad Rhinehart, Wes and Jane Licht, Susan Koos Acker, Sharon Makurat and Donna Crossman. The instructors at the camp were Wes Licht, Sharon Makurat, Mary Ruth Marks, Myrna Rhinehart and Dr. Jennifer Thompson.
 
Mentors who were each assigned two campers were Susan Koos Acker, Donna Crossman, Loren Gettelman, Marge Gettelman, Sara Licht, Dani Oster, Chad Rhinehart, Megan Riley, and Chet Thomas. The mentors were really key to the success of the program as they provided their horses for the campers to use and developed great rapport with their young students. They also imparted a great deal of knowledge and practical advice.
 
ADS Advertising director Stacey Carlson and her daughter Mariah planned and prepared excellent meals that satisfied the hunger of all the teenagers as well as the adults. Volunteer Linda Faivre assisted with all the meals. No one went hungry!
 
Current or former DDC members living in the area opened their homes to provide overnight accommodations to campers and mentors. They were:  Eleanor Chiquoine, Linda Faivre, Myrna and Chad Rhinehart, and Tom and Elaine Smiley. DDC member Lora Dadum opened her family guest house to six campers and two adults who stayed overnight there in the lovely countryside near Loganville, Wisconsin.
 
The organizing committee had decided on using Domino Stables near Baraboo, Wisconsin, because it had all the necessary resources for the camp. Proprietors Gary Allen and Susie Weiss made sure that all was ready for the campers. Their large pasture where most of the activities took place was mowed, a dressage field was set up, permanent obstacles were ready for use, and stalls set aside for the camp horses were in good order.
 
Wes planned a schedule that the organizing committee approved. Jane, Myrna, and Wes wrote a manual for young drivers with Susan Koos Acker and Sharon Makurat doing the editing. The manual was placed in a binder notebook and many other handouts were added so that the campers could refer to their books as needed. Susan used the Lyall Mathison memorial fund for producing the youth driving manual and for camper scholarships.
 
The camp began on Friday afternoon where campers were met by volunteers Mary and Bob Hathaway at the registration table. After an organizational meeting, Wes gave a long-lining demonstration and invited the campers to try long-lining his horse Lady. Several took the opportunity as others watched, receiving applause for their efforts.  After supper, the 17 campers were divided into three rotating groups. One group started with Sharon who talked about proper reinsmanship and turnout. Another group practiced proper harnessing with Myrna and Chad, using both their miniature horse Patriot and Pinto Arabian, Spyder. The third group worked on long-lining in a circle with Wes and four mentors with their horses on long lines positioned in the four corners of the large outdoor arena at Domino Stables. 
 
A light rain fell through the night but ended Saturday morning when the campers returned.  The clouds cleared and gave way to good weather. The campers all got acquainted with their assigned mentors and the horses that they would use for the rest of the camp. They practiced ground driving through the obstacle courses and the two hazards that would be used later for the mini combined driving event (CDE). Then they hitched to vehicles and practiced their planned routes with scurry, gamblers’ choice, the hazards, plus 40 or 20 meter circles for dressage. 
 
In the afternoon, Mary Ruth Marks explained the principles of driven dressage. She used the American Driving Society’s Training Level 2 test as an example. The students had copies of this dressage test in their notebooks. Mary Ruth judged mentors Chad and Susan as they did the test with their horses the first time and then the students judged them the second time. 
 
After a short break, the students reported to Dr. Jennifer Thompson who discussed equine health and good conditioning. Susie Weiss volunteered some of her horses to be lunged and then Dr. Thompson demonstrated how to take pulse and respiration. Next, she invited the campers to take the pulse and respiration of Susie’s horses. Wes talked about distance driving and the Midwest Distance Driving Association. Horses that do distance driving or a CDE marathon must first go through a conditioning program that provides the added benefits of good health.
 
After supper, the first competition of the Midwest Young Drivers’ Camp was held: Line Driving Obstacles. The campers needed to attempt every obstacle in any order without a knockdown to achieve a high score. It was a timed event so the campers had planned their strategy for going efficiently through the course. After their official numbers were pinned to their backs, the camper in turn directed their horses using the reins and running along behind. There did not seem to be any problem with horses breaking into a canter since the young campers had to keep up with their trotting. The young campers gave it their all and many were momentarily out of breath after running through the course with their horses.
 
The next morning there was a beehive of activity as campers fed and watered horses, cleaned stalls and made preparations for the events that would begin at 9 AM. Wes organized the volunteers, assigning some to be judges, timers and others to observe the drivers for any faults they might make on their courses. As the morning went on, he moved the volunteers from their stations at the Scurry and Gambler’s Choice Obstacles to the dressage arena, numbered cones and hazards for the mini combined driving event. The folks who volunteered their time on Sunday were Bob and Mary Hathaway, Linda Faivre, Donna Thomas, Karen Currie, Peggy Bong, Terri Delke, Dani Oster, Eric Smith and Lucie Duriez. 
 
The campers began by starting with the Scurry or the Gambler’s Choice Obstacles that ran concurrently. Next, they did the Reinsmanship classes with Sharon judging the pony division and Wes and Myrna judging the horse division.
 
Then the mini CDE began as it always does with the dressage competition. Sharon judged the dressage for both ponies and horses.  Dani served as her scribe and wrote down all the comments Sharon made as she observed each driver do six different movements in the dressage arenas. The horse division used the standard-sized dressage arena while the pony division used a smaller arena, one established for very small equines.
 
Next was the timed cones portion of the CDE. Each camper drove their horses through 5 sets of numbered cones. Those with horses used the larger course marked with blue paper plates while those with ponies looked for the yellow paper plate markers next to the set of cones. 
 
After completing the cones course, campers reported to Bob Hathaway who gave them a green card and started them on their marathon course. He sent out competitors (including horse, young driver, and mentor) about every 3 minutes. The horses had 10 gates and 2 hazards to drive through while the pony course had 7 gates and the same 2 hazards. Myrna observed the walk section at the end of the course, and took the green card from each competitor. The mentor was to report any break of gait along the rest of the marathon. All 17 young drivers completed the CDE successfully. 
 
Many parents and siblings were on hand to cheer on their young drivers and marvel at the skill and confidence they had acquired in such a short time with the new horses and ponies. After the last driver finished the marathon, everyone was invited for a buffet lunch.
 
ADS Executive Director Susan Koos Acker presented special gifts for the campers from sponsors. Myrna recognized all the people who made the Midwest Young Drivers Camp possible. All the campers in the pony division were asked to come forward while Myrna announced the winners of the various competitions. After the ribbons were presented to those in the pony division, campers in the horse division were asked to come forward to receive their awards. Two special ribbons were presented. Mariah Minten won the “Most Improved” award and the “Sportsmanship” award went to Jasmyn Gettelman. Links to photos of the event are available on the Dairyland Driving Club website.
 
The results from the classes at the first Midwest Young Drivers’ Camp were as follows:
 
PONY/MINIATURE HORSE DIVISION
 
Ground Driving Obstacles
1st – Marcia Bisbee
2nd – Dedra Wellman
3rd – Melinda Anderson
4th – McKenzie Minten
5th – Allie Parker
 
Gamblers’ Choice Obstacles
1st – Marcia Bisbee
2nd – Melinda Anderson
3rd – Dedra Wellman
4th – Taylor Westendorf
5th – McKenzie Minten
 
Scurry (Pick Your Route)
1st – Marcia Bisbee
2nd – Melinda Anderson
3rd – Dedra Wellman
4th – Talor Westendorf
5th – McKenzie Minten
 
Reinsmanship
1st – Dedra Wellman
2nd – Talor Westendorf
3rd – McKenzie Minten
4th – Allie Parker
5th – Abby Westendorf
 
Dressage (CDE)
1st – Dedra Wellman
2nd – Marcia Bisbee
3rd – Abby Westendorf
4th – Talor Westendorf
5th – McKenzie Minten
 
Cones (CDE)
1st – Marcia Bisbee
2nd – Melinda Anderson
3rd – Marcia Bisbee
4th – Abby Westendorf
5th – McKenzie Minten
 
Hazard 1 (CDE)
1st – Dedra Wellman
2nd – Melinda Anderson
3rd – Marcia Bisbee
4th – Abby Westendorf
5th – McKenzie Minten
 
Hazard 2 (CDE)
1st – Dedra Wellman
2nd – Marcia Bisbee
3rd – Melinda Anderson
4th – Abby Westendorf
5th – McKenzie Minten
 
HORSE DIVISION
 
Ground Driving Obstacles
1st – Tyler Hale
2nd – Chris Smith
3rd – Jennifer Filen
4th – Demi Anderson
5th – Kimberly Marek
 
Gamblers’ Choice Obstacles
1st – Melissa Keller
2nd – Kim Kester
3rd – Demi Anderson
4th – Jennifer Filen
5th – Tyler Hale
 
Scurry (Pick Your Route)
1st – Tyler Hale
2nd – Rachel Peterson
3rd – Melissa Keller
4th – Demi Anderson
5th – Kim Kester
 
Reinsmanship
1st – Demi Anderson/Kimberly Marek
2nd – Kim Kester/Rachel Peterson
3rd – Tyler Hale/Jennifer Filen
4th – Jasmyn Gettelman/Mariah Minten
5th – Mellisa Keller/ Chris Smith
 
Dressage (CDE)
1st – Mellisa Keller/Demi Anderson
2nd – Jennifer Filen
3rd – Tyler Hale/Kimberly Marek/Mariah Minten
4th – Kim Kester
5th – Chris Smith
 
Hazard 1 (CDE)
1st – Tyler Hale
2nd – Jasmyn Gettelman
3rd – Demi Anderson
4th – Rachel Peterson
5th – Kimberly Marek
 
Hazard 2 (CDE)
1st – Tyler Hale
2nd – Jasmyn Gettelman
3rd – Demi Anderson
4th – Rachel Peterson
5th – Kimberly Marek

 

 

 

 

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