Cindy Sydnor on Rose Diamant in Raleigh, N.C. in September 2010. (photo by WNC)

Sydnor gives clinic on training scale April 13-14

Published 10:53am Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cindy Sydnor will give a riding clinic at Jeanne Ahrenholz’s farm in Landrum on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.
Sydnor has been riding since she was 12 years old, and she said she was lucky to have a classical dressage background. She has ridden in America, Germany and Austria. Her instructors were Dutch, German, and Austrian.
Sydnor has been a professional since she was 30.  She lives with her husband on a 500-acre cattle farm in Snow Camp, N.C. Three children later, she is still riding, teaching, competing and judging dressage. She is also an examiner for the United States Dressage Federation Instructor Program.
The upcoming clinic will consist of 45-minute lessons with horses and riders of various levels. The theme of the clinic will be the training scale or pyramid. There will also be some exercises for the horses, which can do the counter canter and flying changes and extensions in the trot work for a better development of the trot.
These exercises all have their place, according to Sydnor, but they are more a test for the correct forward riding exercises.
“The essence of good riding is being forward, according to the old masters,” Sydnor said.
Call Jeanne Ahrenholz for more info at 864-457-3776 jmahrenholz@yahoo.com.
- article submitted by Barbara Childs

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