May 05, 2005

Horse-riding skills clinic set for Saturday

by Tom Woolf

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A workshop designed to improve horse-riding skills will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Horse Center, 2194 Union Hill Road.

Horse trainer Mark W. Schwarm, an SIUC graduate, regularly leads clinics that can help riders of all disciplines with horses of any breed. Using respect and communication techniques, his workshops also focus on helping riders solve specific problems they may be having with their horses.

Riders, who must show proof that their horses have negative Coggins test results, will pay $65 for the session. Those who want to sit in on the sessions will pay $15. Participants should bring lawn chairs and sack lunches.

For more information, call Stephanie Speiser at the horse center at 618/453-2024 or 618/453-1773, or reach her through e-mail at

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