February 06, 2006

Horse riding skills workshop set for Feb. 18

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A workshop designed to improve horse-riding skills will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Horse Center, 2194 Union Hill Road.

Horse trainer Mark W. Schwarm, an SIUC graduate, relies on respect and communication in his work. He regularly leads clinics designed to share his knowledge with students and with clients in racing, dressage and ranching. His workshops also focus on helping riders solve specific problems they may be having with their own horses.

Riders, who must show proof that their horses have negative Coggins test results, will pay $60 for the session. Those who want to audit will pay $15. Lunch is not provided, though participants may bring a sack lunch.

While pre-registration is not required, organizers would like to know how many horse-and-rider combinations to expect for planning purposes. Registrants may call Stephanie Speiser at the horse center at 618/453-2024, leave a message for her at 618/453-2329, or they may reach her through e-mail at sspeiser@siu.edu.

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