Our judge for the Carriage Division is Larry Poulin, a nationally known driver, judge, trainer and coach. With Margaret Gardinerís Kennebec Morgans and, more recently with a pair of warmbloods, he won the National Pairs Driving Championship five times. Many of us have seen and learned from his two driving videos using the Morgan, Kennebec Count.
Mr.Poulin has agreed to provide personal coaching to a small number of drivers in a clinic immediately following the completion of the carriage competition at the North Star Morgan Americana.
Eight individual coaching sessions will be available on Sunday, July 5th, 1998, between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. The cost is $80 for an individual lesson (approximately forty-five minutes). Clinic participants will provide their own horse: singles, pairs, tandem or four-in-hand turnouts are welcome. Mr. Poulin will be wired for sound so that everyone in the audience will be able to follow the lessons. Auditors are welcome, the charge is $10 for either the morning or afternoon session ($15 for all day)
One place in the clinic will be reserved for each horse and driver combination entered in the North Star Morgan Americana whose application is received and paid for by the closing date for entries. Substitution of horses and drives is permitted: you could compete with a single horse and bring your pair to the clinic . No driver will be allowed to register for multiple lessons until and unless all applicants have been scheduled for a lesson.
The clinic will be held outdoors in the West Ring, used for driven dressage, west of the judging arena at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Stabling is available on the grounds for an additional fee of $75. Trailer parking is available at no charge near the West Ring for those who would rather come in and out on the day of the clinic. All horses remaining on the grounds overnight must be stabled.
Participants are strongly encouraged to wear suitable safety equipment, including an approved helmet.