Robert Taylor works with local riders on their mounted games technique during his 2014 clinic. He will be back April 8-9 at the Rodeo Grounds for another session. Participants and observers are welcome. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Pony Club will be hosting nationally renowned equestrian trainer and instructor Robert Taylor over the weekend of April 8 and 9. Community members are welcome to come and observe the event or participate in the mounted activities.
Taylor, of TaylorMade Stables in Maryland (link) will be in town to coach both show jumping and mounted games competitors of all levels. This has become an annual event for local riders, who greatly enjoy his gruff humor and superb training skills.
Taylor has been a fixture in the show jumping, competitive driving, foxhunting and mounted games communities internationally for many years, and his daughter Mackenzie won the International Mounted Games Association World individual Championship under 17 in 2012.
Morning sessions for the Los Alamos clinic will be at the jump arena (behind the main rodeo facility) and focus on jumping skills for horse and rider, and then each afternoon the club will set up for mounted games practice. Mounted games participants can sign up to participate even on the same day of the clinic. Both English and Western tack is permitted, as long as everyone has helmets and boots.