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NOVAWE Working Equitation Clinic with Melissa Smith

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

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

Clinician Bio:
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 9:00.
-Each group will have no more than 4 riders.
-Riders organized into Newbie, Intro, and Novice groups.
-Clinic will be held in the Indoor.

Choose the session that corresponds with the level that you want to ride.

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.

-Office Fee is non-refundable.
-Auditors are welcome (no charge).

Bring your own water for your horse/pony. Please clean up around your trailer and take poop/hay home with you.
Contact organizer, Biddie Lowry, with any questions.

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 the name of the group that you want to be in.

No refunds after Closing Day of 9/4/22.

You can either upload the three documents or email the three documents to Biddie Lowry. If you have already sent in these documents to NOVAWE for 2022 from another event, you do not need to send them again.
1. Coggins within 1 year of event.
2. NOVAWE Release
3. Almeda Farm Release

- Restroom is in the main barn.
- Snacks and water will be available at the check in table. This will be in the breezeway between the barn and the Indoor.
- Bring your own water for your horse.
- Please leave your dogs at home.
- Auditors, please bring your own chair.

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.

Newbie: 9:00 am - 10:30 am


Intro: 10:40 am - 12:10 pm


Intro/Novice: 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm


Novice: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


  • Office/Admin Fee$10.00

Administrative Information

  • Ride Time: You are signing up for a ride time, but there may be a slight change for unforeseen circumstances. The final group session time will be emailed on 9/14/22.
  • Trailer Direction: Follow GPS to the farm. Please park in the grassy field next to the outdoor arena which will be on your right when you come down the driveway. NOVAWE has not rented the outdoor, so please do not use it.
  • Change Policy: Changes are not permitted.
  • Refund Policy: Refunds are permitted before registration closes.
  • Entry Option(s) Secure Spot: Pay in full via STRIDER