Full Board Equestrian Facilities Wellington and New Jersey

A Clinic with Purpose

What is the difference between a rider and a horseman? Are they interchangeable? How do you define ‘With Purpose’?

Discover the answers to these questions and more at the inaugural
From Horseman to Rider: A Clinic With Purpose. River Run Farm (RRF) is proud to present a new platform for learning, featuring Traci & Carleton Brooks of Balmoral. Over two days, a full spectrum of horsemanship will be introduced, discussed and put into practice “in the tack” and “on the ground.” Embrace the importance of why you do what you do with your horse.

Traci and CB
Traci & Carleton Brooks - photo by Jennifer Taylor

Approaching horses and riders from the vantage point of a deeper purpose, Traci and Carleton have a mission to impart: why we put the horse first, pick particular pieces of tack, and create routines, as well as the how to think like a horse, find the distance, win at the mental game, and much more.

Experience this first hand this December in Wellington and purchase a signed copy of their soon-to-be-released book With Purpose: The Balmoral Standard. Every participant will not only receive two days filled with tips, talks, and thoughts, but also walk away with a collection of memories including a notebook for takeaways and a new perspective.

On December 10-11, 2022, Phoebe Weseley, owner of River Run Farm, will host this one-of-a-kind, boutique clinic at her farm in Wellington. The clinic will include time “on the ground,” “in the barn,” as well as time “in the tack.” Sandwiched in between will be an evening of questions and conversation with Traci and Carleton. Choose the best fit for you and your horse in one of four height sections – 2’-2’6”, 2’9”-3’, 3’3”-3’6” and 3’6” & above.

Phoebe explained her choice for this first year. “I picked Traci and Carleton because they are consummate trainers. They have a long history of success from green horses to high performance. And they have impeccable attention to detail.”

All attendees must complete an application and release. Applications are due by November 11, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

A concept developed by Amateur rider, horseman & barn owner Phoebe Weseley, this educational opportunity will immerse riders in horsemanship. To embrace what that means, why it’s important and how to practice it mentally, in the tack and on the ground.  If you aspire to be a better rider, owner, competitor, trainer, manager or groom, this opportunity is for you.

“There are fewer and fewer horsemen. The knowledge is getting lost, and we need to impart this knowledge or we will have only riders and not horsemen.”
– Phoebe Weseley

Phoebe has asked Traci & Carleton Brooks of Balmoral to be the inaugural clinicians this year.  Excellent horsemen and extremely successful trainers of both horses and riders, they seek to impart their knowledge on a broader scale. Their book, With Purpose: The Balmoral Standard, which will be released this Fall, is an ideal complement to the clinic.  Each participant will have the opportunity to purchase a signed copy at the clinic.

This clinic is a unique merging of minds, including “in the tack,” “on the ground” and “in the barn” aspects, as well as an evening of Questions & Conversation. Whether you are a seasoned amateur, a young professional or a veteran in the field, intertwining riding and horsemanship creates a valuable and impactful perspective for all levels. Education for the rider as well as for the horseman will be equally valued in this clinic and attendees can learn the power of how each aspect informs the other.

A Clinic With Purpose will span two days and one evening at River Run Farm in Wellington, Florida. Groups will alternate between “in the barn,” “on the ground,” and “in the tack” sessions between 8am to 4:30pm on Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11. There will be four groups, split by fence height (2’-2’6”, 2’9”-3’, 3’3”-3’6” and 3’6” & above). We encourage participants to watch sessions they aren’t riding in.

On Saturday evening, participants will be invited to Questions & Conversation with Traci & Carleton. Drinks and appetizers will be served. Light breakfast fare, snacks, and lunch will be available on both days.

Based on the knowledge Traci and Carleton have garnered over decades, A Clinic With Purpose attendees will learn how to bridge the gap between being a rider and a horseman, and how the two are closely intertwined. Discover and discuss why we put the horse first, the keys to conformation, why we use particular pieces of tack, the importance of forward, why we create a routine, how to play the mental game – all aspects also covered in their soon-to-be-released book, With Purpose: The Balmoral Standard.

The clinic is open to junior, amateur, and professional riders, as well as managers and grooms, who are dedicated to the horse and eager to connect the dots between horsemanship and sitting in the saddle. Bring your green and your experienced horses, all will benefit. When jumping, the height options will be divided into four sections from 2’-2’6”, 2’9”-3’, 3’3”-3’6”, and 3’6” & above. Auditing is available for those who don’t ride; applications and releases are required for all who attend.

Applications and the waiver/release forms for participants and auditors are available here. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 11, 2022. Space is limited and participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis, so we encourage early application submission. Participants will be notified no later than, and likely before, Monday, November 14, 2022. Those who receive a confirmation email will need to accept and pay within 48 hours in order to hold the spot.

If the clinic fills before we receive your application, please know that we intend to offer all of those who apply by the November 11 deadline an opportunity to audit. If available, the audit fee of $175 will apply to auditing on both Saturday and Sunday, an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book, as well as admission to the evening of Questions & Conversation. The clinic will only be open to additional auditors after the November deadline if space is available, to be determined and announced by Friday, November 18, 2022.

The two-day (four sessions) clinic and Saturday evening event is $800 per horse. In addition, one auditor to be named on the application can attend for a discounted audit fee of $140 (20% discount). If a rider would like to bring a second horse, the second horse fee is $680 (15% discount). A second rider per family is discounted to $680 (15% off). 

We encourage you to ship over or ride in. If you need a stall, we recommend purchasing stabling at Wellington International showgrounds. Note that stabling deposits at WEF are due in November. River Run Farm is a ten-minute walk from the back gate of the facility.

If opened beyond the November deadline, the auditor fee will be $175 for two days, $100 for Saturday only, and $100 for Sunday only. Please note: only two-day auditors ($175) can attend the Saturday evening Questions & Conversation.

Yes! Thanks to the generosity of the USHJA Zone 4 Committee and Sotheby’s-Wellington, we are offering three full-clinic scholarships this year, valued at $800 per scholarship. See the clinic application for details on how to apply for the scholarship.

Important scholarship notes: 

  • Two scholarships will be awarded to members of USHJA Zone 4. 
  •  Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the host of the clinic, there will be no cash exchange with the recipient. Stall fees are not included.
  • Winners are chosen at the discretion of the sponsors and clinic host. Decisions are final.

The audit fee of $175 and clinic fee of $800 will cover light breakfast fare, snacks, and sandwiches on both days as well as appetizers and refreshments at Saturday evening’s Questions & Conversation. Participants will be responsible for their own housing. Wellington books up fast, so if you are coming to town for the clinic we recommend booking a hotel or AirBnB ahead of time.

No matter your discipline, the majority of the mounted instruction will be tailored towards riders who seek to take their horsemanship to the saddle. The horsemanship aspect of the clinic as a whole is applicable to any rider, trainer, manager, or groom in the hunter/jumper industry. We encourage riders from any discipline to try it, you may like it (and you will definitely learn something)!

An open mind!

Media

Listen to the Plaidcast episode featuring Phoebe Weseley discussing the upcoming Clinic with Purpose, and read these articles about Carleton Brooks… click the images for more!

Learn more about Traci & Carleton Brooks and Balmoral here.