CVDA Events/Clinics

Our clinics are designed to inform and educate our members (and attending non-members), whether riding or auditing.

We always welcome suggestions from our membership. If you have suggestions about clinicians, educational topics or events, or event venues, please share your thoughts with us.

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Please note! Information for some of our events may have been gathered before dates were finalized. Please contact the secretary of the event if you have any questions.

July 22, 2017
Download CVDA 2017 Summer Development Day SCHEDULE

Juniors! Download CVDA Braiding & Grooming Critique Form

Opening Date: June 10, 2017  •  Closing Date: July 3, 2017
Location: Green Mountain Horse Association, South Woodstock, VT
Clinicians: Katie Rocco (“L”) • Catherine Hill Waterman (“r”)

Secretary: Terri Satterlee
  PO Box 286, Ludlow, VT 05149
  (802) 228-2103 
Manager: Louise Duda
  (802) 558-5519

Summer Development Day offers lessons focused on test riding: ride your test of choice, which the clinician will judge, just like a schooling show. The clinician will then give a verbal critique and a mini-lesson focused on areas that need work (riders have the option of re-riding their test). Tests are returned to the rider at the end of the lesson with written comments. Clinic attire.

Preference will be given to CVDA members & to those riding in the show the next day.

Fees:  CVDA Members: $55 Non-CVDA Members: $75 
Refunds after closing date made only if space is filled, minus $15 office fee.
Entries may not be postmarked prior to Opening Day. 

• PLEASE NOTE: Current Coggins MUST accompany all entries •  

GMHA Stabling: $32/night
Bagged shavings may be purchased 4 days in advance from GMHA (802-457-1509) for $10/bag.

Clinic with Lauren Sprieser

Download Lauren Sprieser Clinic Entry Form

This clinic will be held on Sept 2-3, 2017, at Orchard Knoll Farm in Tunbridge, VT.

Katherine Adams (CVDA's 2016 Volunteer of the Year) has been awarded the 2017 CVDA Grant to host a clinic with Lauren Sprieser, well-known competitor, trainer, writer and blogger. Auditing is free for CVDA members, thanks to this grant. 

Lauren is a USDF bronze, silver and gold medalist, well-known for producing Grand Prix horses from the ground up, including Clairvoya (winner of the 2009 Young Rider Grand Prix at Gladstone), Victorious (4th at the 2012 USEF Developing Grand Prix Championships), and Ellegria.

Lauren trains horses and riders from the grassroots to the international levels of both dressage and eventing from her home base in Marshall, Virginia. She is known for talent, knowledge, humility—and humor!

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Educational Events at Smoke Rise Farm
(South Woodstock, VT)

Please see our Local Events and Classified Ads page for full information!


Clinic with Anne Gribbons

August 5-6, 2017

Opening Date: July 5, 2017 • Closing Date: July 28, 2017
Location: Pirouette Farm, 96 Hogback Road, Norwich, VT

About Anne Gribbons: Anne served as the USEF Technical Advisor for Dressage from 2010 to 2012. She developed the USEF educational dressage pipeline and guided US Riders through the World Equestrian Games, Pan American Games, and London Olympics.

Anne is an FEI 5* judge, USEF “S” judge, and USEF “R” Sports Horse Breeding judge. She has officiated at numerous CDIs worldwide, selection trials for the Olympics and World Equestrian Games, three FEI World Cup Finals, and the 2009 European Championships in Windsor, as well as in Aachen in 2015.

She has trained and shown 16 of her own horses from start to competing at Grand Prix, and a number of others for her students. She competed and trained extensively in Europe under the direction of Harry Boldt, Herbert Rehbein and Dr. Volker Moritz. She rode in ten USET Championships and was a member of the US Silver Medal team at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina. From 2010 through 2012, she was a member of the FEI Dressage Committee. In 2013, Anne was inducted into the USDF Hall of Fame.

Anne and her husband, David, own and operate Knoll Dressage, a training facility near Orlando, Florida.

CVDA is subsidizing over 50% of each ride in this clinic to make this a more affordable educational opportunity for our members.

CVDA members have the opportunity to audit this clinic for free! 

Fees per day: CVDA Members: $245.00 • CVDA Junior Member: $195.00
Non-Members: $350.00 • Jr. Non-Member: $275.00

Make check payable to CVDA. 

• PLEASE NOTE: Current Coggins MUST accompany all entries •

“Horse Speak” with Sharon Wilsie

April 29, 2017 • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (followed by lunch)

Opening Date: March 1, 2017 • Closing Date: March 28, 2017
Location: High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program at Schleicher Farm
138 Horse Farm Road, Box 278, Sharon, VT 05065 

The Equine Human Translation Guide: Conversations with Horses in Their Language 

Horse Speak is a practical system for “listening” to and “talking” to horses... in their language, instead of expecting them to comprehend ours. “Horses communicate with us all the time in ways so subtle we don’t notice.” 

Horse Speak can be used by anyone who works with horses. It promises improved understanding of what a horse is telling you, and provides simple replies for you to use to tell him that you “hear” him, you “get it”, and you have ideas you want to share with him, too. 

The result? Conversations! Soon, the all-too-common misunderstandings that occur between horse and human will evolve into civil discussions, with positive and progressive results. 

About Sharon: Sharon Wilsie is a professional animal trainer and rehabilitation expert who regularly works with horses for private clients and at equine rescues. She develops and teaches equine-assisted learning programs at the high school and college level. Wilsie is also a Reiki Master/Teacher. She runs Wilsie Way Horsemanship from her base in Westminster, Vermont ( 

This seminar will include a talk and demonstration by Sharon, followed by 3 sessions (both mounted and unmounted). 

CVDA is offering this educational event to our members for $5/person (including lunch). CVDA is financially supporting this event. 

Non-members may also attend for $20/person (Juniors: $10). 

Pre-registration is required!


Stressless Riding:
Train Your Brain for a Confident Ride!

Clinician: Andrea Waldo • Download Stressless Riding Entry Form

April 15, 2017  1:00pm - 4:30 pm
Opening Date: March 20, 2017 • Closing Date: April 10, 2017
Location: Fairfield Inn, 102 Ballardvale Drive, White River Junction, VT

Do you struggle with confidence when you ride at home, in lessons, or at shows? 

Come learn how to tame your Lizard Brain (the “Fight or Flight” part of your mind) and ride effectively and confidently! You’ll identify ways to reassure your “inner lizard, ” escape from negative Brain Traps, and “own” your abilities. This is an unmounted workshop, appropriate for all levels and riding disciplines.

About Andrea Waldo:

Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in counseling, and was a practicing psychotherapist for 18 years. She is a riding instructor, trainer, and co-owner at Triple Combination Farm in Ferrisburgh, VT, where she trains riders and horses of all ages and abilities in eventing and dressage. Andrea has competed through the Advanced level of eventing and through 3rd Level in dressage.

CVDA is offering this educational event to our members for $10/member and no charge for Junior members. CVDA is financially supporting this event. Non-members may also attend for $75/person and $25/Junior non-members. Pre-registration required. 

CVDA Member: $10.00 • CVDA Junior Member: No charge
Non-Member: $75.00 • Jr. Non-Member: $25.00

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