South Florida
Dressage Association

David Collins Clinic December 4 and 5, 2021 at Buttonwood Farm

David Collins riding Heinrikka’s stallion Teukka

We were excited to present this wonderful clinic opportunity to ride with David Collins on December 4 and 5, 2021 at Buttonwood Farm.

David Collins with Hiromy and Rocky

David’s resume is long and impressive. His education includes his 20 year training relationship with Eicke von Veltheim, international competitor and classical dressage trainer of more than 40 horses to Grand Prix and 60 to the small tour level. David also spent time at the world renowned Stromsholm Riding School in Sweden to become an instructor and developer of young horses. He also worked for Heinz Lammers, Reitmeister FN and USA Olympic coach in Germany. Reitmeister Lammers certified David to train horses to Grand Prix according to FEI standards.

David’s large tool bag of experience was demonstrated well with our range of riders and horses in the clinic over the weekend. We had FEI level school masters, and a youngster not yet backed, amateurs just learning the ropes, and professionals working with clients horses for David to work with. What was clear and consistent in David’s work was starting each session with relaxation and suppling exercises to then allow the horse’s body and mind to move freely forward into better balance and engagement. Every horse left the arena happy and the riders learned so much.

We had a nice crowd of auditors who asked great questions and found some good take-aways to bring home to their own practice with their horses.

SFDA is very thankful to Jennet Cook Linn for organizing and hosting the clinic at her Buttonwood Farm. In addition, Jennet arranged with Finish Line Feed and our local Purina and Triple Crown rep, Susan Sandall to cater our lunches both days. Susan also brought us product samples and discussed with us which ones that might be helpful to add to our horses diets.

Susan Sandall at her table of goodies

It was great to get to know Susan! We asked her to be our impartial name picker for our free membership since we had reached our goal of getting 25 new or renewing members to start the 2022 membership year which started on December 1. Congratulations Laurie Tuchman for being our lucky winner!!

We also celebrated Becky Lamas’s birthday and Susan generously gave her a large bag of Purina Outlast.

Congratulations Laurie!

Happy birthday, Becky!

We look forward to having David back February 12-13, 2022. Remember to get your entries in early!

Becky, Brio and David
Verena and Sunny
Ringside with David

SFDA also thanks Melissa Sandness for all her help over the weekend. She earned a boatload of volunteer hours!

Melissa at the registration table

Please enjoy the photos from Daphne Plug and Raija Itzchaki who beautifully recorded our weekend.

Sammie and Sarah ask you to click here for the gallery

If you would like to contact Susan Sandall to learn more about Purina and Triple Crown feeds and supplements, here is her contact information:

c 704/254-7972, p 954/920-1414




** Non-Member Fee will be waived for members of Parkland Horseman’s Association,
and Southwest Florida Dressage Association
*** Non-SFDA members are welcome and warmly invited to participate in the horse show but are not eligible for other SFDA member benefits. Should you like to join, membership forms will be available at the show and your membership will be immediately active.

Entries must be postmarked or received by closing date and must include all show fees and copy of negative Coggins.

Late entries with late fee accepted at management’s discretion.
Refunds after Closing Date will be at management’s discretion. No credits to future shows.

Could we also add (it’s not in the trifold) that we follow USDF? I am too tired tonight, but could we say something like: SFDA follows the USDF rules and guidelines concerning regional schooling horse shows.