September 22-23, 2012
Dressage athlete and Olympian Michael Barisone graciously traveled to Albion College to conduct a two-day dressage symposium for riders and auditors from all around the Midwest. The event was held at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center on September 22-23, 2012.
Barisone instructed 11 different riders and their horses in the two-day period while auditors watched and learned from the sidelines. His skill in coaching the riders also extended out to the spectators as he explained theories and demonstrated objectives with the horses. After the weekend of fun and learning, everyone seemed to go away with a renewed inspiration to work on the standards that Barisone had introduced.
Riders with close Albion College ties were amongst those that participated in the symposium. Students Hayley Gerber and Paige Gustafson rode college-owned school horses “Albion College Big Rapids” and “Albion College Romulus” respectively. Held Center staff member Randi Heathman rode her gelding “Ricochet” as well. One of the Held Center’s main lameness veterinarians, Rob van Wessum, DVM, from Equine All-Sports Medicine Center, also brought his horse “Touch-And-Go” to the symposium.
At the conclusion of the event, Barisone offered high praise to the riders and the facility, and he complimented everyone on the high caliber of horses that were presented over the weekend.
The local dressage community enjoyed Barisone’s instruction so much that they have invited him to return to mid-Michigan in December 2012 for another clinic to be hosted by Dr. van Wessum at his facility in Mason, Mich.