One of the many reasons why I wanted to go to Pony Finals was the chance to participate in the free clinics. Every year, I wished the clinics would be recorded and posted online for everyone. This year, I was fortunate enough to go to Pony Finals on the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family grant and it was a life changing experience. In an effort to pay it forward to the numerous riders back home who are also interested in learning, I took notes and want to share them!
The model clinic is a well known perk for those that attend Pony Finals. The model is an critical part of the pony hunter division, so those competing at Pony Finals have probably modeled many times. However, there is plenty to learn from these helpful notes whether you have been to Pony Finals multiple times, or aspire to compete in the pony hunter division and maybe even someday Pony Finals.
I had the opportunity to attend the model clinic twice - first with my pony and the second time to audit. I learned a lot both times and would recommend going at least once with your pony if you can. Remember to sign up in advance at the welcome dinner as early slots fill up fast.
Before you attend a clinic, I recommend you start by practicing at home; you can ask your trainer or a friend to help you. Personally, I practice my jog 3 times a week on the way to my trailer to load (which also serves to check soundness before hauling all the way to a lesson), and I now make it a habit to practice modeling during free times.
Here are my notes from both model clinics, feel free to message me (Ella Doerr) if you have any questions.