Dutch dressage trainer Eddie Hoekstra passes along knowledge to dressage clinic participants.

Dutch dressage trainer Eddie Hoekstra passes along knowledge to dressage clinic participants.

Bringing a horse and rider closer together

Nine dressage riders in Williams Lake were treated to a three-day clinic last week with Dutch dressage trainer Eddie Hoekstra.

Nine dressage riders in Williams Lake were treated to a three-day clinic last week with Dutch dressage trainer Eddie Hoekstra, now based out of Ontario.

Organized by Sally McCarthy and Shirley Sarac, the rides were split between two well-groomed arenas, donated by local riders.

Some memorable quotes the riders came away with were: “If you want your horse to listen closely; speak softly,” or, “If you want your horse to be a butterfly, then you have to ride it like a butterfly. Always ride as if you have an ocean of time.”

Hoekstra, who worked tirelessly for three days with all levels of riders, when pressed, said of himself: “I love sharing what I have learned. I love teaching all the horses and riders. I enjoy what I do.”