Testimonials from SWVADA Campers
I believe that this camp is the best educational opportunity for dressage enthusiasts in our area and the biggest reason that I continue to contribute so much of my time to SWVADA. The generosity of spirit and goodwill that is exhibited at these camps keep me coming back year after year.
- Marie Klimchuk (Veteran Camper and 2010 Camp Coordinator)
I had a marvelous and meaningful time. It was a transformative experience in many ways, certainly in my partnership with my horse, but also in other ways as well. As a first outing together it was a huge success as I came away with not only much more confidence, skills and knowhow, but also with friends and support way beyond what I would have imagined. Never before have I felt the love of clapping during several awesome moments of roundness and coming through at the trot, and the support that ultimately helped me and Pepper so much in developing increased confidence and competence as a partnership.
- Vicki Kirch (Centreville, VA)
Camp was my vacation every year and I so looked forward to it. Spending time with my horse, enjoying wonderful friendships, and receiving top dressage instruction made for the best weekend escape ever!
- Gary Goodale (Former President of SWVADA)
The first SWVADA Adult Dressage camp was held in '96 at Penmeryl Farm and I went with a borrowed horse, Battle Beam, and little experience. I was very much an intro rider and ended up rooming with one of the instructors! Had to miss the 2nd year since my husband, Tom, had been in Hungary for 7 months...felt it would be nice of me to stay home! As the years have gone by, I missed one other due to my favorite horse, Bailiwick, being injured. Missing a camp is hard...the friends we have made and the instruction are special! After that, I have not missed a year of going. I, always, signed up for camp, looking forward to it and really excited about it. This year, 2010, I kept regretting the thought of going...have been not riding as much after a big scare riding at a show. No more showing for me, so, I just decided to stay busy with being a SWVADA volunteer. But, after witnessing and helping to organize a ride for a sight challenging dressage ride, my desire for riding suddenly came back. The fear seemed to subside and I rode at home determined to make the camp. Camp 2010 was wonderful....made me realize that it is important for me to take time for myself....probably was the best one that I ever attended. Going to camp....it's just one of those things that I do for myself and for supporting SWVADA.
- Blanche Mahoney (Former Treasurer of SWVADA)
Dressage camp. It is not the number of breaths we take that matters, but the number of moments that take our breath away or so the saying goes. That is what comes to mind when I think of dressage camp. I went to camp feeling so inadequate to be there as dressage was new to me and recovery from a fall prevented me from being in good riding shape. The instructors were beyond anything I could have imagined. They firmly but gently helped each individual and horse and improved each and every one. And, the "campers" were supportive and kindly in a manner which I have never experienced in my horse experience. As I reflect on the joyful times of my life, I will always breathe deeply and thankfully remember this experience.