Linda Allen returning to Aiken to conduct clinic Thanksgiving weekend

  • Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 6:27 p.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, November 16, 2012 6:30 p.m.

Internationally renowned horsewoman Linda Allen is returning to Aiken, and will once again conduct a clinic at Lisa Darden’s facility on Stiefel Road. Ann Thal’s Snaffles Inc. is the organizer of the event.

Auditors are welcome at the event, but a donation of $25 is suggested, with the proceeds from the auditors fees going to Friends Of The Animal Shelter. Allen has conducted several clinics in Aiken during the past year.

“I’m thrilled to be able to bring Linda Allen back to Aiken,” said Thal, in an e-mail. “She now knows many of the riders who keep coming back, so it’s fun to continue working with her. My goal is to bring educational opportunitites to Aiken.”

Allen’s breadth of knowledge and experience is wide ranging, having spent more than four decades in the industry, and she has exceled in a variety of capacities, making her one of the most sought after professionals in equestrian sport.

A master practitioner, whose commitment to excellence, and dedication to the industry has earned her the respect of her peers, Allen was the inaugural winner of the Chronicle of the Horse’s Show Jumping Horseman-of-the-Year in 1989. The Federation Equestre Internationale certified course designer has won the prestigious United States Equestrian Federation’s Walter Cox Trophy four times for Course-Designer-of-the-Year.

“I’m so grateful to Lisa Darden’s generosity in using her amazing facility,” said Thal. “She is dedicated to higher learning and continuing education as well as hoping to raise money for FOTAS.”

Allen’s experience spans the entire spectrum as an official, course designer, technical delegate, trainer, competitor, clinician and judge, and is able to provide those horseman participating in the clinic with a different voice and perspective.

The clinic will be conducted in a two day format, with groups composed of not more than five riders. Each session will last one and three-quarters hours. The groups will start at two feet six inches, with more experienced and advanced level rider/horse combinations doing three foot six inches and up. The clinic is being held in a private 100 foot by 200 foot covered ring.

The cost for riders participating in the clinic is $400 for two sessions, and is $250 for one session. There will be private lessons and semi private lessons available on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27. The cost will be $100 per lesson for those who’ve participated in the clinic, and $140 for those who haven’t.

Greystone Farms’ Sharer Dale, Performance Equine Vets’ Dr. Sabrina Jacobs, Estrella Equine’s Dr. Sarah Thompson and Jumping Branch Farm’s Julie Zapapas will be providing meals for the riders, said Thal.

For more information about the clinic, you can access the following website, snafflesinc.com.

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