Upcoming 2019 Dates:
April 30 (starting at noon) - May 3

Next clinics will be in the fall.

Length of each clinic depends on number of sign-ups with a maximum of 4 days.

If a clinic has filled, cancellations do come up regularly, so don't hesitate to sign up for the waitlist.  We are often able to fill spots from the list.  Auditors are always welcome, just come by and it is free. 

Contact Amy Bresky978-270-3880 (cell) for more information 

Click here for clinic schedule (updated 4/29)
Click here for directions to Friendship Farm. 

Please note important parking instructions for all vehicles below. 

Dressage clinics with Verne Batchelder are held regularly at Friendship Farm.  Amy has worked with Verne for over 18 years.  "I am always impressed by his ability to bring out the best in both me and my horse, without ever feeling forced. He is gifted in his abilities as a genuine teacher and finds creative, successful approaches in developing horse and rider.", Amy notes. 

About Verne:
erne Batchelder approaches dressage instruction with an articulate, technical yet compassionate system. He transfers to his students the ability to be patient and persistent in their training with their horses. He is quick to provide his students with training exercises so they are less likely to take it personally when all does not go well. Verne is comfortable teaching riders of all ages and aspirations. His student base includes a wide variety of riders from those motivated by showing to those who just enjoy the training process and choose not to show. Amy has personally watched him teach pre-Training Level riders through FEI competitors, and he treats each with the same respect and enthusiasm.

Verne, along with his wife and one of his daughters, Nora, operates River House Hanoverians, in Williston, Florida. This program has produced eight horses that have competed at Grand Prix and many horses that have been Champions or placed highly at Regional Championships, the National Dressage Finals and the Festival of Champions.  Verne is now a highly sought after clinician, teaching all up and down the East Coast from Maine to Florida, presenting clinics to avid riders 150 - 200 days a year.  Verne also appreciates the talents of all breeds of horses and has experience working with many non-traditional breeds as well.

Session Cost:
Sessions are $95 each for 45 minutes.  If rider is unable to take their spot(s), then every effort will be made to fill it from any waitlist but if the spot cannot be filled, then the rider is responsible for the cost.  Payment is at the time of the sessions and please make check out to Verne Batchelder.

How to sign up to ride:
Please contact Amy Bresky by e-mail or call 978-270-3880 (cell),  if you wish to sign up or have any questions. 

Parking :
To make it safer for all, cars and trailers may not be parked on Firleigh Rd. or Youngs Rd.  Please read the instructions below to park your vehicle.

Please pull all trailers into Firleigh Rd. and park in pasture with open gates on left.  All trailers will enter in one gate and exit in the other.  This pasture is treasured horse pasture, so please treat it with great care and remove all hay, manure and shavings when you leave.  There will be signs to direct you.  Please do not pull into other farms' driveways.
Cars:  Cars please park in the farm driveway in designated area.  There will be signs to direct you.

Helmets and Releases:
All riders must wear a helmet with a chin strap while mounted on the property (no exceptions).  A release form must be signed before riding on the property.  The form is in a mounted container on the right when entering the ring and the completed form may be left in there.

Auditing & Dogs:
Auditors are welcome for free. Chairs are available by the ring and there is a PA system so you can hear him teaching.  Auditors are also welcome at the potluck supper (see below).  Sorry, no dogs are allowed on the property, including in vehicles (I have too many of my own!).

Inclement Weather:
For the May clinic only, the clinic will be held in the covered arena at Buckhorn Farm, if we have any inclement weather.  Many thanks to Bridget and Colin McNair for the use of the covered, while Cross Country Lane (the road Fox Lake Farm is on) is in need of repair for potholes. 

Sugar Baker has graciously offered the use of her indoor arena at Fox Lake Farm at 305 Cross Country Ln. if it is raining.  Check this website for posting of any change of venue because of weather and parking directions.  Click here for driving and parking directions.

Potluck Supper:
There will be a potluck supper on one of the nights at 6:30 PM at Amy’s for all who would like to attend... Verne is a very social guy!  Please check the schedule for the night.

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