Story & Photo: Sarah Ward
A Dressage Clinic was held last weekend at four venues in Gaborone.
These were Herbie’s Haven Stables, Havenspride Stud and Penndragon Equestrian Centre at Ruretse, and Stone Ridge Stables, Crocodile Pools at Notwane.
All the arenas were raked and watered and were in excellent condition.
The visiting instructor was Andrea Harrison whose return air ticket from South Africa was sponsored by the Horse Society of Botswana (HSB).
Andrea started teaching her lessons at 7.00am at each venue and taught throughout each day in cool temperatures with glorious winter sunshine. She had a short break over lunchtime and to travel between the venues. The schedule of riders was organised entirely by Debra Freeman to the times and venues that suited each rider. This clinic was perfectly timed for the on-going FEI World Dressage Challenge which will be held at Notwane Equestrian Centre.
On Saturday late morning and all of Sunday morning Andrea gave lessons at Notwane Equestrian Centre in order for the horses and riders in the Challenge to ride at the show venue.
Andrea Harrison has been instructing in the discipline of dressage in Botswana since 2013. She trained in Germany for six years. During this time she was competing for South Africa. She has Protea Colours, SAEA gold silver and bronze badges. She also won her Provincial Gauteng Colours and she has been selected on a number of occasions to represent Gauteng. She is inspired by teaching dressage at all levels and to all ages and always hopes to help her clients to their fullest potential. She uses a small intercom system speaking quietly from her own mouthpiece to a speaker attached to the rider’s ear. This is a very effective method of communicating with the rider. Andrea has her own yard in Glenferness, Kyalami, where she has twenty-four horses, mostly owned by clients whom she trains and teaches. Andrea is a regular competitor on many horses at the big shows in South Africa.
The riders were more than thrilled by the experience.
“Absolutely loved the lessons! I learnt a lot and will definitely travel again for the next clinic,” one said.
Another declared: “I utterly enjoy riding with Andrea as my boy and I improve with every bit of information she gives us to take home and work on until the next clinic. She urges you constantly to do better and is extremely supportive in the goals you aim towards. I am always excited to travel for her clinics”.
Yet another rider said: “Andrea is a world class instructor. Her years of passionate instruction are evident as she calmly and positively achieves the best possible results from any difficult horse”.