“Dressage for Jumping” Clinic featuring U.S. Olympian Laura Graves and Kama Godek LLC’s Team Kama a Success

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U.S. Olympian Laura Graves conducted "Dressage for Jumping" clinic for Kama Godek, LLC's Team Kama as grand prize for 2017 Washington International Horse Show Barn Night video contest.

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Team Kama with U.S. Olympian Laura Graves

This was such a great opportunity and we can’t thank Laura, Barn Manager, and WIHS enough for making this clinic possible.

On Tuesday, August 14, Team Kama welcomed U.S. Olympic Team Bronze Medalist Laura Graves to their training barn at Ohana Equestrian Preserve for a special clinic as grand prize for winning the 2017 Washington International Horse Show Barn Night Video Contest.

Sponsored by Barn Manager, Ms. Graves provided one-on-one flatwork instruction for nine riders of Team Kama (Piper Tyrrell, Erin Gilmore, Nicole Butchko, Kama Godek, Maya Aryal, Casey Osborn, Stefanie Obenhaupt, Abby Grabowski, Stefan Parker). Ms. Graves explained, “It’s really interesting to see that whether you’re jumpers or eventers or just dressage people, everyone is struggling with all of the the same things: getting the horses in front of the leg and getting the horses straight and the main reason I find that holds people back is because we’re so afraid of mistakes…”

Kama Godek, professional show jumper and lead trainer of Team Kama said, “This was such a great opportunity and we can’t thank Laura, Barn Manager, and WIHS enough for making this clinic possible. It is always great to learn from other trainers and being able to train across disciplines, in this case dressage for our jumpers, has shown me and my riders how much we all have to learn from each other.”

The clinic was live-streamed via USEF Network and can be watched on demand via https://www.usef.org/network/coverage/2018WIHSBarnNightClinic/. The clinic open to auditors free of charge and was listed online at Event Clinics, about 150 auditors attended. Members of the WIHS Junior Committee volunteered their time to help manage the event. Kama’s young riders, lead by barn manager Laurie Pitts, worked hard to prepare the barn and the team’s horses for the clinic. Kama couldn’t be more proud and says, “This really was a TEAM effort.”

About Kama Godek, LLC:
Kama Godek has competed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world up to the CSI5* Grand Prix level including the HITS Million, Lanaken World Championships for Young Horses, WEF, Wiesbaden, Hamburg, WIHS and The National Horse Show.

In 2007 she started her own international equine sales business: Kama Godek, LLC where she helps International customers find European horses. Many horses which she has produced and shown have been sold to leaders in the equestrian industry including Paul Schockemohle, Scott Stewart, Andre Dignelli, Devin Ryan, The Ehnings and Dahlma Malhas (the first female Saudi to show internationally).

She has spent over a decade teaching and showing in Europe and obtained a German Trainers certification from the Westfalian Rider and Driving School in Münster Germany. Her extensive knowledge comes from growing up around horses and working with former Olympians and top international riders Laura Kraut and Katie Prudent. Originally from Fairfax Station, Virginia, Kama Godek is a graduate from the College of Charleston with a focus on international markets. She currently operates out of Ohana Equestrian Preserve in Aldie, Virginia and at independent facilities in Wellington and Ocala, Florida.

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