A Whole Lotta Learning Going On
If Hansen Dam Horse Park’s first foray into staging educational events is any indicator, there will be a lot of learning going on at the Lake View Terrace boarding, training and event facility. On Jan. 5-6, the Larry Langer-managed venue hosted international show jumper Ashlee Bond for a weekend of intensive jumping instruction and flatwork exercises. The clinic filled up immediately and was a phenomenal hit with riders and auditors alike.
Ashlee’s clinic was held in HDHP’s Grand Prix Arena, freshly footed with geotextiles. “I love the jumper arena at Hansen Dam Horse Park,” she said in a recent interview with California Riding Magazine. “I used to show here as a kid when I did ponies. The HDHP Grand Prix Arena reminds me of Ocala with the trees and beautiful backdrop. The geotextile footing is incredible. It’s such a professional setting. The Langers have set the bar high and I’m honored to be a clinician here.”
The high-energy clinic demonstrated the Horse Park’s ability to provide an ideal environment for learning. Perfect footing, a good sound system, ample space for classroom instruction and presentations, a large viewing platform and oodles of spectator seating are among amenities that enable participants to maximize educational opportunities.
Hansen Dam Horse Park occupies 38 acres on the edge of the Hansen Dam Recreation Area. The space is spacious, shady, quiet and peaceful, even when there are horse shows going on. Parking is plentiful, temporary stabling is available and food service or catering is easily arranged. RV hook-ups are available for out-of-towners and there are many nearby hotels. Another asset is the numerous permanent restrooms that are convenient to each arena and meticulously maintained.
Hansen Dam Horse Park’s Clubhouse Arena and 2,000-square foot Clubhouse also comprise a unique educational space. The jumping-size arena and fully-enclosed clubhouse building are connected by a large, shaded viewing platform. For organizer and participants, that makes for easy staging and flow between riding demonstrations, classroom instruction and socializing or dining in between – fancy or casual.
The physical amenities are great. But HDHP’s greatest asset as an educational venue is its Managing Director, Larry Langer. He’s worn many hats in the equestrian world, but his favorite chapeau is the one he dons when helping advance any kind of horsemanship knowledge.
Larry was a horse nerd himself, he admits: “When I was growing up and learning to ride, I read every horse book I could get my hands on.” As a young professional, he created and operated the pioneering Pacific Horse Center in Northern California. Along with a 120-horse training program and riding school, the Pacific Horse Center conducted year-round horsemanship education accredited by Cal State Sacramento, an outside world validation that’s rare among horsemanship programs even today.
Since then, Larry has had a hand in many educational programs and he’s currently chair of the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Emerging Jumper Rider Task Force. As Managing Director of HDHP, Larry enhances its amenities as an education venue with unrivaled wisdom and experience. He’s applied it to all aspects of the property and is happy to offer guidance to event organizers as desired. A robust website, semi-monthly e-newsletters, and a social media presence across platforms augment an organizer’s promotional efforts.
Ashlee Bond was thrilled to be the first Hansen Dam Horse Park clinician since Larry took over management of the facility in September of 2017 and the very first clinician to christen the new geotextile footing in the Grand Prix Arena. Having recently competed in the World Equestrian Games, being the mother of a two-year-old and maintaining a full schedule of training and showing her own horses, Ashlee stays busy to say the least. However, she has already committed to doing this clinic again next year.
The boarding side of the horse park property is home to 175 horses training in various disciplines including reining, dressage, and hunter/jumper. Larry anticipates that clinics can be equally well staged in a variety of riding styles and HDHP is equipped with footing and arena equipment at the ready to suit many needs.
Hansen Dam Horse Park encourages clinicians of all disciplines, breed associations, Pony Clubs and more to consider HDHP as home to their next educational event.
To inquire about hosting a clinic or special event at Hansen Dam Horse Park, contact HDHP Director of Events, Vernell Carranza at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 896-6514. Be sure to follow Hansen Horse Park on Facebook to stay abreast of upcoming events! Visit www.hdhorsepark.com to learn more about the facility.
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