Miranda Scott
Miranda Scott

Kathy Kusner has done clinics for me for over 15 years. I Learn something new every time.  She is my teacher, my mentor and my best friend.  I have accomplished things I never thought possible because of her teaching and her encouragement.

Dorna Taintor hosted our October clinic at her historic Belmont Farm in Waterford, VA.   We had a morning session and afternoon session Saturday 10/10 and Sunday 10/11.  Participants brought their young horses from Maryland and Virginia.  Windsor Farm brought a few of their young horses from Upperville, VA and Lizzy Traband from State College, PA, who Kathy named “Lizzy the Fierce” rode in every session.  Kathy’s longtime great friend, Joe Fargis, sent some of his students Emily Day, Alison Wichman and Allen Richards.  Dorna Taunter rode in every session as well as her students, such as  Bailey Doloff from Maryland. Teresa Ramsay came to photograph the fun.

DSC_7428 Group of Riders
Dorna Taintor, (Waterford, VA), Alison Wichman, (MD), Iris, (Windsor Farm, Upperville, VA), Kathy Kusner, (Los Angeles, CA), Miranda Scott, Jessica Matelis, (Washington, DC, Zone 3 Finals Champion), Lizzy Traband, (State College, PA),Bailey Doloff (MD).

Every person who rode in the clinic seemed to walk away with a new change for the better.  Kathy’s teaching style is definitely unique; all sorts of doors to possibilities open, and things that seemed impossible to do are easily accomplished!  A big lesson we learn from her is to not limit ourselves, and to believe “it can be done!”  I grew up with limited funds, I never thought I would be able to compete and place, in the jumper division, much less, show and place in Grand Prixs and International 1.40 – 1.50 m classes in Wellington, FL, but I have!!!  It is because of what I have learned from Kathy.

Dorna Taintor has offered to have Kathy back in the spring.  I encourage anyone who can, to be a part of this learning, inspiring and fun experience.