A few weeks ago, Gayle Lampe gave a saddle seat clinic in my area. She was kind enough to come talk at Stepping Stone for a few minutes. I totally geeked out.
As she was talking, I kept looking at her and thinking, ‘Wow. This woman is a NAME in saddle seat. Instructor, author, rider. I would LOVE to interview her.’ Then, she asked for questions. Questions? Questions! Sure, I got questions!
Brain: um, sorry, i can’t think of any.
Me: What do mean no questions? This is what you DO.
Brain: well, mathilda got hurt last week. you’ve been bathing me in corticosteroids for five days. it’s sludge in here.
Me: Think, dammit.
Brain: hmmm …
… Jeopardy music …
Brain: okay, maybe i can adapt from the usdf interviews.
So I asked, If you could give one piece of advice to every saddle seat rider, what would it be?
Lampe: “Enjoy each ride.”
Good advice for all riding styles.
To adult riders, particularly adult beginners: You are not learning to be horse trainers. Keep it fun. Share any physical limitations with your instructor.
To show moms: Stay out of the way. Be supportive of your child. Let the instructor tell the rider when it’s going badly.
After her talk, she had a tour of the barn to greet our furry faces. After meeting, I must assume, thousands of horses, Lampe was still deeply interested in all the horses, wanting to know what they did, their breeding, and where they came from.