Western Loudoun may be accustomed to the equine culture, but it’s not every day that an Olympic medalist visits and interacts with local riders.
That was the case yesterday at the Ohana Equestrian Preserve in Aldie, as 2016 U.S. Olympic dressage team bronze medalist Laura Graves visited to hold a “Dressage for Jumping” clinic for members of the Team Kama equestrian team, which is made up of junior riders and led by accomplished equestrian Kama Godek. Graves’ four-session clinic emphasized the fundamentals of dressage and was aimed to improve the performance of horses and riders alike. Graves was also on hand afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.
The clinic was arranged for the team as a grand prize for winning the 2017 Washington International Horse Show Barn Night Group Video Contest, for which it produced, directed and starred in a video focused on the theme of “equestrians around the world.”
This year’s 60th annual Washington International Horse Show will be held Oct.23-28 at Capital One Arena, again hosting the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup.