One such was World Championship and European Olympic Sports Festival dressage competitor Pamela Goodrich of Boscowen, N.H., who facilitated a winter tune-up for students bundled up in a barn near a portable heater during the ice-covered weekend of Jan. 20-21.
An infrared heater donated by Buddy’s Rental of Amherst, N.H., made the clinic possible, as did friends who brought in food.
Goodrich has competed in the World Championships in Toronto, two Olympic Sports Festivals in Europe and throughout the United States. She has coached students who have competed successfully, from training level through Grand Prix, in venues that include the Pan American Games, Olympic Sports Festivals, World Cup, World Equestrian Games and the Olympics.
Goodrich houses many of her student’s horses in New Hampshire for training, but she also has many who arrive in trailers on a weekly basis. During winter months, she packs up her barn and some of her clients and heads to Florida, where they train and compete on the southern circuit. She will be back in Pepperell Feb. 24 and 25, and again March 17 and 18.
Participating riders and horses included Brittany Lincoln with Tai Pan; Nancy Eason and Margalo; Susan Deenik and Pippen; Kim Richmond and Rough Cut; Rhonda Piper and Oxbow; Cynthia Varney and Solange; Sue Chaney and Just Because; Michele Foley and Champ; Donna Battif and Lord; Gail Paquin and Volar; and Orintha with Rocco, Padixa and Tirza.
On Jan. 25, Barend Heilbron, a Dutch-born clinician that Silva said is well-known throughout New England and New York, paid a visit to the farm. A graduate at the highest levels of the Dutch Equestrian Center NHC, he has spent the past 20 years training in the United States. — Don Eriksson