Wellington, Fla. – June 10, 2017 – Olympian David Marcus and international Grand Prix rider Nicholas Fyffe pride themselves on being approachable instructors to riders who are passionate about dressage at all levels. In the beginning half of 2017, Marcus and Fyffe enjoyed imparting their knowledge as featured dressage clinicians at multiple equestrian symposiums.
In April, Fyffe held a symposium at the Equine Affaire Symposium in Columbus, Ohio, and his training approaches received high praise from participants and spectators.
“We soaked up Nicholas’ teaching and I really appreciated his riding insights, his approachability and his care for both the horse and rider,” said Elizabeth Ann Rowe, a spectator at Fyffe’s Equine Affaire symposium. “Thank you for being a part of the Equine Affaire experience and for sharing your knowledge!”
As the featured instructor at The Mane Event symposium in London, Ontario, May 12-14, Marcus discussed dressage training concepts and practical application with the participating riders. Riders learned how to effectively use their aids to influence their horses, how to most efficiently warm-up and how to develop self-carriage. To wrap up the busy weekend of education in Ontario, an Olympic Experience question and answer meeting was held, as well as a session on how to determine when a horse is ready to introduce higher level movements.
“I was thrilled to be back in Canada – it was great to catch up with many equestrian friends and also meet new dressage riders,” Marcus said. “It was an honor to be invited to teach at The Mane Event.”
On May 26-28, Fyffe had a wonderful time as the featured dressage clinician at The Mane Event symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was greeted by riders ready to soak up the knowledge he offered. The topics he covered included setting a positive tone in the warm-up, creating a horse that is in front of the leg, improving the acceptance of contact and dressage test tips.
“It was exciting for me to teach in a new part of the world that I have not visited yet, but what is interesting is that even in a new place, the issues, the goals and the desires in dressage are the same,” Fyffe explained. “The symposium is different than a private clinic because I work with two riders at once, while also catering to the spectators. For me, it is very important that not only the riders learn, but that the spectators receive helpful information for all disciplines.”
Still ahead, Marcus Fyffe Dressage will teach many clinics across North America throughout the summer.
If you are interested in hosting a clinic with either Fyffe or Marcus, please reach out to them at firstname.lastname@example.org with dates that you are available.
“What an amazing experience with such an incredible teacher who gave me confidence. The most fun thing I’ve ever done with my horse! What an amazing experience; I cannot thank “Nicholas enough for the education, inspiration and confidence-building skills he’s given me in three sessions. I’m looking forward to our continued trajectory of increased responsiveness and training with each aid. Such an incredible weekend.”
-Jill Graf, rider at Nicholas Fyffe’s Mane Event in Scottsdale, Arizona
“Thank you Nicholas Fyffe for the amazing weekend where we learned so much! It’s not very often that a clinician opens up such a public event to a para-dressage rider. Nicholas is a fabulous coach with a super eye for details. Thank you for opening doors!”
-Kate Shoemaker, rider at Nicholas Fyffe’s Mane Event in Scottsdale, Arizona
“At the age of 12, riding with David Marcus was an opportunity that most only dream about. I was so nervous and wanted to ride my best, and his positive comments increased my confidence. He explained things so I could understand at my level of riding, yet others watching could understand and relate. It is a cherished memory! I can’t wait to ride with him again one day!”
-Ava VandenDool, rider at David Marcus’ Mane Event in London, Ontario
“Riding with David was as exceptional opportunity for my horse and I to further key issues in our training and build confidence. David assisted each horse and rider in a very supportive manner pin-pointing key areas for improvement, and provided the spectators with explanations that kept them involved and able to visualize the development of each horse and rider in the theme for each session.”
-Wendy Inch, rider at David Marcus’ Mane Event in London, Ontario