Portugese event riders are set to benefit from the expertise of double Gold Olympic Gold medallist Sir Mark Todd.
The Portuguese Equestrian Federation (FEP), Sociedade Hipica Portuguesa (SHP), and the Portuguese Eventing Association (ACCE) have announced Joint Clinic the New Zealander as part of a series of events and changes planned by the ACCE and the FEP to improve the state of eventing in Portugal.
Mark Todd, Double Olympic Gold, Open European Champion and multiple times winner of both Badminton Horse Trials and Burghley Horse Trials, will work with 15 combinations on their flatwork in one-on-one sessions during the first two days of the clinic. The last day of the three day intensive training weekend will be followed by group sessions with four riders and will be focussed on jumping skills, including jumping some fantastic portable/knock-down cross country fences to test accuracy and other important skills in the cross country phase of eventing.
Riders taking part in the clinic will include national long-listed young rider and senior combinations already identified by the FEP as having potential to begin preparation for a set of international objectives agreed between the FEP and the ACCE for 2019 including European Championships. But riders from all disciplines are welcome to register for the clinic and benefit from this unique opportunity.
FEP Vice President COL Filipe Santos Correia, responsible for eventing in Portugal stated that, “We are absolutely delighted to have an eventer of this calibre work with our riders and help us to put Portuguese Eventing back in the spotlight. We are looking forward to working with the ACCE now and in the future to turn the sport around.”
The President of SHP, Mr. José Manuel Figueiredo stated that, “SHP is a strong supporter of riding clinics that promote learning with the best and is very happy to host this important event welcoming eventers and riders from all disciplines to take advantage of this unique opportunity to work with a genuine equestrian super star.”
ACCE President Augusto Calça e Pina said “We, the ACCE Board, have been given an opportunity by the members of the ACCE and by the FEP to make a success of eventing in Portugal. We are determined to do our absolute best to do just that and bring eventing back to the level it deserves to be at. We are incredibly grateful to the FEP and to SHP for their support, for this event, but also the support they have shown in the past and have promised for the future. This special clinic is just a first step in a series of innovative ideas and plans we are working on with the FEP and our supporters, like SHP.”