Welcome to Crosby Stables!
Crosby's Grand Prix Showjumping Clinic is a one-week advanced course for showjumpers looking to expand and deepen their knowledge about the sport. It's aimed towards both human and equine athletes who are competing on 5* level or plan to rise in the ranks. It's not a course for beginners!
Internationally recognized trainers and successful riders give insight into their experiences and knowledge through daily workshops and lessons - both theoretical and practical. Ridden lessons are ndividually fitted to each rider's and horse's needs in small groups of 5 max.
Horses are boarded in the guest tract of the stable, while riders can book either single or double rooms in two shared guest apartments (one kitchen per apartment, each room has a separate bathroom). The guest quarters are in the main building, but have their own separate entry.
Three meals per day are included in the booking price.
Peter Crosby, 54, owner of CS, retired showjumper-now-trainer.
Catherine Crosby, 56, owner of CS, active eventer
Georgia Bal-Thibodeau, 37, showjumper and trainer
Janet Hurst, 29, dressage trainer
Day 1 - Sunday
Day 2 - Monday
9:00 - 12:00 am | Outdoor Riding Arena | The Higher Classes - Theory/Practice with Peter Crosby
An introduction, followed by about an hour-long jumping lesson with medium-high obstacles to determine each rider's level.
2:00 - 3:30 pm | Indoor Riding Arena | Back To Basics - Ground-/Flatwork with Catherine Crosby
A solid foundation is absolutely necessary.
Day 3 - Tuesday
10:00 - 12:00 am | Outdoor Jumping Field | Seeing The Stride with Peter Crosby
Every equestrian walks the course before the show - but what are we doing, really? A seminar on finding the right distances for different jumps.
2:00 - 3:30 pm | Outdoor Riding Arena | Course Jumping with Peter Crosby
Tips and Tricks on clearing long and difficult courses.
Day 4 - Wednesday
10:00 - 12:00 am | Outdoor Riding Arena | Rhythm and Distance with Peter Crosby
A workshop about how to keep the right rhythm throughout a course and how that is the very essence in getting through a course as smoothly and perfectly as possible.
2:00 - 4:00 pm | Indoor Riding Arena | Advanced Dressage for Showjumpers with Janet Hurst
A showjumper shouldn't only be trained over jumps. Janet Hurst on why dressage is important for your horse and how you can apply that to your training.
Day 5 - Thursday
10:00 - 12:00 am | Seminar Room | Theory: Physics of Showjumping with Catherine Crosby
While the horses get to enjoy a well-deserved break from intense training, riders get a glimpse at their sport from a more theoretical, scientific point of view.
Day 6 - Friday
9:00 - 10:00 am | Seminar Room | Theory: Collection with Georgia Bal-Thibodeau
10:30 - 12:00 am | Indoor Riding Arena | Practice: Collection with Georgia Bal-Thibodeau
Having a controlled and attentive horse is key in showjumping. This workshop offers theoretical insight and practical exercises to help achieving that.
2:00 - 4:00 pm | Outdoor Riding Arena | The Perfect Combination with Georgia Bal-Thibodeau
A lesson on how to keep your horse alert and powerful throughout combinations. Mrs Thibodeau will share different approaches to planning and execution of this supreme discipline of showjumping.
Day 7 - Saturday
9:00 - 11:30 am | Outdoor Jumping Field | Course Jumping with Peter Crosby
Tips and Tricks on clearing long and difficult courses - with a focus on double and triple combinations.
2:00 - 3:30 pm | Outdoor Jumping Field | Course Jumping with Peter Crosby
Final round of the Course Jumping workshop. Each participant gets to jump an entire course on 5* level to finish the clinic.
Day 8 - Sunday
How To Participate
Crosby's GP Showjumping Clinic is open for everyone! It doesn't matter if you are a registered HARPG stable or an independent player.
There is no registration, no qualification - just go ahead and draw your characters joining. Please add it to the HA-Champions-League gallery, so we all can admire it!
However, please keep in mind that, even though there is no formal registration or required experience, your horse and rider should at least be fit to jump those heights from a roleplaying point of view - else an expensive clinic wouldn't make that much sense.
For roleplaying purposes, the clinic takes place in the first week of every second month, but you're welcome to enter at any time.
Qualifier for the HARPG Champions League
Now here's the interesting stuff!
A successful completion of the GP Jumping Clinic automatically qualifies participants to register for the HA-Champions-League.
The catch is, "normal" qualification for the League requires at least three pictures - via the Clinic, you get the opportunity to qualify by only drawing two pictures. That way, you can get new characters into the competition much easier!
The following pictures are mandatory to complete the clinic:
ONE picture showing your horse and rider during the workshop "Course Jumping" on Saturday,
ONE picture showing your horse and rider during a workshop of your choice.
These pictures have to be fullbody, fully coloured, and need to have a background.
If qualifying more than one horse or rider, both can be shown in and qualify with the same picture. (in that case, they don't both have to be shown jumping or performing)
Extra pictures are not required, but encouraged! This is an excellent opportunity to socialize and roleplay with fellow entrants, why not make use of it?