Riding clinic teaching stock seat in Cornerstone

PRINCETON – Cornerstone Ranch was on a spree of equestrian activities during a three-day riding clinic last month with instruction from Ron McLoughlin of the Classical Stock Seat School in Arizona.

“We love hosting clinics, because in this area it is difficult to find riders who ride classic stock benches or know any of Foreman’s methods, so we love spreading our knowledge and hope to reach more of the equine community over the coming years,” said Julia Connell, who teaches classes in She rides, organizes and leads trail tours, and works on Dodds Lane’s ranch owned by her mother, Susan Connell.

McLoughlin, who travels all the way to Massachusetts from Arizona to attend the annual clinic, has been hosted on the farm for eight years. Susan Connell grew up riding the same styles with Monte Foreman, and knew McLoughlin as a little girl.

“In 2010, we found out that Ron was working in clinics at a facility in New Hampshire, so we went there a few times for rides, and then we started bringing Ron to Princeton for clinics,” Julia Connell said.

Ron McLoughlin of Classical Stock Seat School in Arizona, left, studies during a clinic at Cornerstone Ranch in May.

This year they had 14 passengers at the clinic, which was held from May 13 to 15. Participants ride about six hours a day, and when they’re not riding, McLoughlin holds classes where they “discuss the importance of good and correct equipment, care and care, the equipment and methods we use and why we use them, what ‘classic riding’ means, and the importance of balance and a correct seat,” said Julia Connell.

Her mother said they hold the annual clinic “as part of our commitment to be good riders and horses.”

“As part of the learning and bonding routine, we usually go out to eat on Friday night, which is the first day at the clinic, and Saturday is dinner available on the farm,” said Susan Connell.

Riders circle the ring under the watchful eye of Ron McLoughlin of Arizona's Classic Stock Bench School, center.

On a Friday night outing, they decided to travel by horse and wagon for dinner and drinks at Lilac Hedge Farm in neighboring Rutland. Three chariots and three teams of horses brought everyone to the famous local brewery and restaurant.

“With gas prices soaring and a celebration of our great land, we can do something very energy conscious,” Susan Connell said of the inspiration behind the mode of transportation.

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