Each day, before the first morning jump sessions started, a few riders headed to the Dressage court to take advantage of a little private time with Hawley. Kammy Bhala, Caroline Dein, and myself all benefitted greatly from these highly intense sessions on the flat. No detail goes unnoticed by Hawley, nor do you finish a movement until it is done exactly, and I have the sore abs to prove it.
What is most striking about Hawley's teaching style over fences is her ability to push a rider/horse combination further than their comfort zone and ultimately to success. Although her exercises can be set by anyone, it is her keen eye and overwhelming positive energy (mixed with a little "I'm-going-to-make-you-do-it-whether-you-want-to-or-not") that encourages even the timid rider to swing away, to use a baseball term. Even in challenging the riders or horses to do more difficult jumps than they are used to, perfection is her goal and it will be achieved by the end.
Team Dragonfire will miss Hawley as she heads to the East Coast in pursuit of her own intensive training towards the Olympic Games this Summer in London. We wish her the best of luck and the ride of her life!
|Everybody's favorite Rider/Rugby Player, Ian Diery, guides Oscar thru the hard turns|
|Kaitlin Hall and Holly Wenzell represent Three Bay Farms with great rides|
|Earl McFall guides young Merriewold Kasey in his first clinic|
|Natalie Jensen and Wrigley working towards the CIC1*|
|Makena Graber gives Mr. Chew a good ride thru a grid|
|High Times and Jennifer McFall are looking towards the CIC 2** after a great clinic|
|Cori Davis gets it done aboard "Big Willy"|
|Earl McFall takes four year old home-bred, Rouge et Blanc DF, over his first skinny|
|Meghan Lawrence giving a great ride in the tidy two stride|
|It was business time for Taylor McFall this weekend|
|Hannah Jarvis is classic on her lovely mare|
|Four Year Old OTTB, Lady's Comet is as bold as they come with Jennifer McFall|
|Merissa Underwood and Danny California had a wonderful clinic with Hawley|
|Four year old Highland Empress shows the quality of her irish breeding as she displays outstanding ability with Earl|