Two experts representing both human and equine psychology will present a two-day clinic highlighting emotional fitness for both horse and rider Nov. 14 and 15 at Wilmington College’s Equine Center.
WC’s Horseman’s Assn. is presenting the clinic, titled “The E-Factor: Energy, Emotion and Excellence,” during the Saturday/Sunday event, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the equine facility, 1589 Fife Ave. Cost is $125 for both days if registered in advance and $75 a day for walk-ins.
Sport psychologist Dr. Jenny R. Susser and Mette Larsen, professional equestrian and dressage trainer, will conduct the clinic, which is designed as a hands-on learning opportunity in which attendees will actively participate.
Susser holds a doctoral degree in clinical health psychology with a specialty in sport psychology. She is a Certified Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and is listed on the U.S. Olympic Registry. Susser was an All-American swimmer and assistant coach at UCLA that swam on two national teams and the 1988 Olympic Trials.
Her work with equestrians includes serving as sport psychologist with the 2012 United States Equestrian Federation Olympic dressage team, in addition to working with American athletes at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.
Larsen is an amateur rider that has experienced success on the national level. She and Ulivi, a gelding she bought as a three-year-old and trained herself, won the 2014 U.S. Champions for the KWPNNA Adult Amateur Intermediare-1 and the Prix St. George Champions and Reserve Champions in the Intermediare-1 2013.
Teaching and training horses is her passion and her “mission in life is to transform how horses are trained and make this world a better place for them through trust and partnership.”
Riders will, among other things, have an opportunity to gain confidence, “supercharge” self-esteem and learn how to approach uncomfortable emotions and use one’s inner voice constructively, while they will take home strategies that can lead to increases in their horses’ happiness, emotional fitness, confidence and performance.
Interested persons can obtain registration information and reserve a spot in the clinic by contacting SjoukjeJ@gmail.com or 937-602-0323.