Feb62016-HCBC-2471Horse Council BC brought their annual Horse Sport Symposium back to Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC on February 6th & 7th to an eager crowd of riding enthusiasts. The annual Horse Sport Symposium has proved to be a popular event, bringing people from across British Columbia and even across the border from the USA to attend. This year Jec Aristotle Ballou was the clinician, bringing her wealth of knowledge about classical dressage, jumping, and western dressage training exercises.

Horses of varying disciplines were put through their paces doing lots of trot poles and cavaletti work in combination with classical exercises to increase balance and to encourage the proper use of muscle groups. Jec also showed some bodywork movements for horse owners to do with their horses to help release tension and assist with nerve connection. Results happened in real time as the audience was able to see riders and horses improve and correct errors right before their eyes.

The audience definitely appreciated the symposium format and was encouraged to participate through asking lots of questions during the two day symposium. Jec’s books are available to purchase through HCBC, visit www.store.hcbc.ca to order online.

Photo Credit: Cara Grimshaw