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NOVAWE Working Equitation Clinic with Melissa Smith

UPDATE 6/21/21: Two openings at 9:30 for Intro or Newbie. Please email Biddie Lowry, to receive the Passcode to enter. This is so that the event is no overscribed.

This clinic is organized and offered by Northern Virginia Working Equitation (NOVAWE), an Affiliate Organization of USA Working Equitation and focuses on Working Equitation (WE) obstacles as well as flat work exercises to improve execution.

NOVAWE members receive reduced prices and advance registration notification to NOVAWE events. If you would like to join NOVAWE, please visit

Clinician Melissa Smith:
Melissa's equestrian background began in South Africa where she started riding at a young age. In 1998 Melissa moved to the United States to attend college as an Equestrian Business Major. For 11 years she taught professionally at a large lesson barn in Maryland, teaching students of all ages and levels in both dressage and eventing. Over the past three years Melissa has been delving into the world of Working Equitation, introducing riders and horses to the enjoyment of obstacle courses and judged shows. Teaching is her passion, and she loves to help riders progress and obtain their individual goals whether they are competing, improving their horsemanship, or just for the love of being with horses.

-Four 1.5 hour group sessions, starting at 9:30, 11:00, 1:30, and 3:00
-Each group will have 5-6 riders.
-Riders organized into Newbie, Intro, and Novice groups. Some groups may be combined.

Session Description:
-NEWBIE: This group is for riders/horses that have never done Working Equitation (WE) obstacles before. All work done in walk and trot. Riders generally attend at least one Newbie clinic before signing up for an Intro group.

-INTRO: This group is for riders/horses that have some experience with the WE obstacles. Work will be done in walk and trot.

-NOVICE: This group is for riders/horses that have experience with the WE obstacles. Work will be done at walk, trot, and canter.

-Auditors are welcome (no charge) as this is a covered arena with lots of ventilation! Please bring your own chair, food & water. Please park on the gravel, not the grass.

***Additionally, all riders must pay a $20 ring fee to Blue Top Farm on the day of the clinic (cash or check).***

Organizer Notes

If you see "WAITLIST", then that means that all of the allocated slots have been taken. Please email Biddie Lowry to be put on the Wait List along with which group that you want to be in (Novice, Intro, Newbie).

No refunds after Closing Day of June 22, 2021.

Please email Biddie Lowry your current Coggins or upload your horse's current Coggins (within one year of clinic date) to this site. Bring printed and signed releases for NOVAWE and for Blue Top Farm to the clinic.

MEDIA RELEASE: By entering a Northern Virginia Working Equitation (NOVAWE) sponsored event, I agree that as a condition of and in consideration of acceptance of entry, NOVAWE may use or assign photographs, videos, audios, cablecasts, or other likenesses of me and my horse taken during the course of the event for the promotion, coverage, or benefit of the event or NOVAWE. Those likenesses shall not be used to advertise a product and they may not be used in such a way as to jeopardize amateur status. I hereby expressly and irrevocably waive and release any rights in connection with such use, including any claim to compensation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, or to misappropriation.


Novice A Rider


Non-member Clinic Fee


Administrative Information

  • Ride Time: Your group session time will be emailed on June 23, 2021.
  • Trailer Direction: TRAILER DIRECTIONS: Follow GPS to find the farm.
    There is a one way loop to the covered arena. Please park as directed on the gravel. Do not park on the grass or allow your horse on the grass.
    Please pick up all manure at your trailer. We appreciate Blue Top Farm allowing us to use their facility, and we want to be responsible visitors!
  • Change Policy: Changes are not permitted.
  • Refund Policy: Refunds are permitted up to 4 day(s) before activity begins.
  • Entry Option(s) Secure Spot: Pay in full via STRIDER