CVDA 2023 Clinics

Jane Karol Clinic

May 20 & 21 at Huntington Farm, South Strafford, VT
Registration is open from April 29th to May 6th, first come first serve.
Please read Clinic Participation Criteria above.

Jane Karol

Jane is a USDF bronze, silver and gold medalist. She has trained ten horses to Grand Prix. She has brought  numerous Adult Amateurs and Young Riders up through the levels. Jane Karol is a doctoral level psychotherapist,  and works with children and adults in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. 
Jane says

, “it is important that we focus on what we do right and what the horse has done well and build on that with positive reinforcement. For you, as the rider, this means allowing yourself to attend to what felt right so you can repeat your success. This does not mean giving yourself or your horse recognition only when something is done exactly right. It means acknowledging the moment things are going even incrementally in the right direction. You should attend to and reward each part of the development of correct balance or the execution of a perfect movement.” 

Kathy Connelly Clinic 

August 12th & 13th at Pirouette Farm, Norwich, VT
Registration is open from July 15th to July 29th, first come first serve.
Please read Clinic Participation Criteria above.

 Kathy Connelly is a renowned and highly respected international dressage rider, trainer, coach, clinician,  live stream broadcast commentator, author, and USEF “S” Judge.  A world-wide ambassador for the sport  of dressage, Kathy is known for her amicable and approachable nature, integrity, good sportsmanship, and deep concern for the well-being of every horse and rider.  Her latest book, “The Art of Long Lining” published by CVDA's sponsor, Trafalgar Square PressKathy has always believed strongly in the importance of continuing education in classical dressage. As a result of her record of success, her commitment to learning in all aspects of the sport of dressage, and her warm good humor, Kathy is a very sought-after instructor and clinician who brings her deep font knowledge to her work with riders and horses at all levels.  

Throughout her career Kathy has paid special attention to the close connection between the physical and mental comfort of the horse. 


The rules pertaining to dressage competition prohibit the use of appliances, devices, and drugs. Instead, the emphasis is on progressive training and a cooperative partnership between horse and rider. As part of its mission, CVDA offers educational programs which explore and demonstrate classical and humane training methods. 


Any returned check will incur an additional $40 fee.  The person is then not eligible to participate in any CVDA activities until the indebtedness has been paid in full with a bank/cashier’s check.  Once the indebtedness has been cleared, payment for any future activity must be paid with a bank/cashier’s check. 


At any CVDA event, it is compulsory that all riders mounted at any time or anywhere on the competition/event showgrounds, competing at any level, wear properly fitted protective headgear which meets or exceeds current applicable ASTM/SEI (American Society for Testing and Materials/Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag “Protective Headgear,” with chin strap secured.

For riders under 18 years of age, it is the responsibility of the parent, guardian or trainer to insure that the protective headgear worn complies with appropriate safety standards for protective headgear intended for equestrian use, and is properly fitted and in good condition. Riders over age 18 are responsible for their protective headgear complying with the standards. Central Vermont Dressage Association and the facility hosting the CVDA event are not responsible for checking equestrian helmets for such compliance.

Any rider without protective headgear will immediately be prohibited from further participation in the CVDA event until such headgear is properly in place and/or, at CVDA’s sole discretion, may be prohibited from participating further in the CVDA event.

Central Vermont Dressage Association and the host facility make no representation or warranty, express or implied, about any protective headgear/equestrian helmet, and cautions riders that death or serious injury may result despite wearing such protective headgear as all equestrian sports involve inherent dangerous risk and as no helmet can protect against all foreseeable injuries.

Central Vermont Dressage Association, Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software