MUSCATINE, Iowa — Tina Kaven takes seriously the fun of western-style horse training and riding.
And Kaven, 43, who has developed a national reputation for training horses at her ranch in Gordonville, Texas, will conduct a clinic beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Muscatine Agricultural Learning Center.
District I of the Iowa Quarter Horse Association will host the clinic, which is being held as a fundraiser for the Emily Bohnsack Memorial. Bohnsack, 16, died Dec. 5 in a car crash near Durant. She was an award-winning rider who belonged to the Muscatine Saddle Club and Iowa Quarter Horse Youth Association.
“You can expect a full day filled with a variety of knowledge and activities for riders and spectators of all ages,” organizer Jill Voss — who boards three horses at the center with her parents, Richard and Sue Voss — said of the clinic.
Joel Edge, events coordinator at the center, says the clinic will provide area riders an opportunity to observe one of the most-talented horse trainers in the country.
Kaven — a multiple American Quarter Horse Association world champion, all-American Quarter Horse Congress winner, and National Snaffle Bit Hall of Fame inductee — will conduct what she calls a Got Game clinic on the sport of western pleasure riding.
“I don’t train horses in the traditional sense,” Kaven said. Instead, she said, she “focuses more on the bond” between the horse and rider.
Her goal is to develop a horse that wants to do its job, Kaven said.
What: Tina Kaven’s western-style horse clinic.
Where: Muscatine Agricultural Learning Center, 3200 Lucas St.
When: 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Cost: $35 per day or $60 for the weekend. Breakfast and lunch will be served with the cost of attendance.
To attend: Spots are limited to those who want to bring horses. Contact Joel Edge by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (319)-540-1731