WAGENER ¬­-- Riders were given an opportunity to train with one of the nation's best, as United States Dressage Federation Gold medalist J.J. Tate returned to Toi Trent and Sandy Harris' Quintynne Hill Farm last weekend. There were several dressage riders participating in their first clinic with Tate. Dr. Maria Glinski brought her homebred mare to the clinic, said Trent. "She hadn't ridden with J.J. before," said Trent. "She has a nice, sensitive mare. And although the mare was pretty green, she did very well. J.J. helped her a lot with her position." Tate has been conducting clinics at Quintynne Hill for the past 11 years, said Trent. Becky Shealy from Camden also rode at the clinic and brought a young horse that she had imported from Europe and just started showing at the Prix St. Georges Level, said Trent. "It's always great to have Tate here for a clinic," said Trent. "She's coached me through the schooling of three Federation Equestre International horses, and now Tyberius is the first horse that I have trained up the levels to FEI." Trent and Tate trained with renowned dressage instructor Charles de Kunffy for many years, and that was the foundation of their training relationship, said Trent. "We have such a long history, even though I may only get together to train with J.J. four times a year, the training is seamless," said Trent. "We speak the same language. At this clinic she said, 'You don't need a trainer to teach how to ride. You have and know all the tools.'ââ" A supportive team can also make a difference. Trent also rides with trainer Jim Kofford. Southern Equine Service provides her horses with veterinary care and are responsible for playing a large role in keeping Tyberius sound, she said. "They (Southern Equine Service) surprised me on Friday with a beautiful saddle pad from Legend," said Trent, whose farrier is Bill Martin. "The hardest working part of my team is my family, students and friends who have the job of trying to keep me confident and sane." Contact Ben Baugh at bbaugh@aikenstandard.com.