Bridgette Harwood -- Trainer for Horse & Rider - Children's Summer Riding Camp

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Horse Trainer Incorporates Unique Methods at Children’s Summer Riding Camp -- Several Openings for New Campers

Bridgette Harwood, owner of Bridgette’s summer riding camp, and an instructor since 1995, uses unique methods to train not only the horse but the rider. Harwood explains, “I believe in teaching students (even very young ones) as soon as possible how to train and not just ride well. I will often use a horse that is green in a certain area in order to teach the student how to go through the steps to communicate something new to the horse. I believe that this method not only makes for a better rider, but more importantly, makes the student become extremely aware of their horse thus learning to train through the mind of the horse, allowing its body to follow (unity) and not by forcing the body causing conflict of the mind (disunity.) This kind of training also creates a real appreciation and partnership for both the horse and the rider.”

    In a recent interview, Sally O'Leary, Director of Workers' Compensation/Safety for the Adecco Group commented about Bridgette’s training methods: “Bridget persevered week after week, never letting me give up on myself. We now are cantering and posting and I am living my dream. Bridget continues to train all of us and we continue to improve. On a scale of 1 – 10 Bridgette is an 11, not only as a riding instructor and horse trainer but as a person. Her quiet confidence and ability are apparent both to horse and rider.”

    The summer riding camp is a great way for kids to learn in a fun and natural way. Horses offer students the opportunity to learn many important things such as learning to become aware, respectful, appreciative, confident, how to deal with fear and apprehension, and how to better communicate and become a leader. There are four different camps to meet everyone's needs, from the beginner who has never had even had a pony ride to the serious showing student. The camp functions as both a sleep away and a day camp. Campers will learn safety, riding, grooming, tacking, feeding, bathing, handling, and roping. They are invited to bring their own horses or use the camp’s horses. Delicious meals are provided three times per day.

    Additional details can be found on the camp’s website, http://www.bridgetteharwood.com

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