A Dressage Clinic was held recently at three venues in Gaborone. These were Penndragon Equestrian Centre, Ruretse, Herbie’s Haven Stables and Havenspride Stud, and Stone Ridge Stables, Crocodile Pools, Notwane.
The visiting instructor was Andrea Harrison with the Horse Society of Botswana having sponsored her return air flight from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Andrea was accommodated at Ruretse by Sean and Belinda Irish and at Notwane by Per Erik Bergh and Sandy Davies.
Andrea started teaching at 05.50 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and at 05.30am on Monday (January 28) and taught throughout the day with a short break for lunch or to travel between the venues.
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 her Protea Colours, SAEA gold, silver and bronze badges. She also won her Provincial Gauteng Colours and 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 at the big shows in South Africa.
Most riders enjoyed the experience.
“I loved having a lesson with Andrea having been off for so long from my riding. She makes everything so exciting and her explanations are just excellent. She paints a complete picture in your mind making it so easy to perform the asked aid on your horse,” said one rider.
Another declared: “Another fabulous lesson with Andrea. The main point I took from my lesson is that if it is not working, ask another way, and then go back to the original question. After all, isn’t the definition of madness repeating the same action and expecting different results? I thoroughly enjoyed every minute”.
Yet another chipped in: “I really enjoyed this Andrea clinic. I felt my seat had improved so much and my pony was round. I had amazing transitions from trot to halt as my pony stayed round during most of my transitions”.