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Black horseBetter Riding Thru Body Awareness


CLINICIAN: Sandra Sokoloski, Physiotherapist

ALL DAY: Friday Sept. 28th and Saturday Sept. 29th, 2012

Open to All - Clinic Filling Quickly, Please Contact Deb Schnubb To Reserve Your Place

For the third time in two years, VHF is excited to present the High Performance Equestrian Specialist Physiotherapist, Sandra Sokoloski from Calgary. Sandra will be at VHF for two days, to deliver her unique assessment and performance enhancement workshop.

Open to riders of all levels, Sandra will be using lecture and practical format; group feedback sessions in the music hall, small group mounted analysis using immediate feedback and video analysis, individual unmounted physiotherapy treatments and or exercise prescriptions sessions. The mounted session will be in collaboration with trainer Lorraine Laframboise and will interface the body-work with specific riding skill applications.

Besides working in a number of sports at the elite level, Sandra is also a competitive rider and has worked with all levels and disciplines with riders and coaches including the Alberta High Performance Rider Program with Lorraine, as well as National Olympic Team level athletes in all equestrian disciplines and other sports.

Throughout the workshop, Sandra will also be conferring with VHF’s specialist equestrian fitness and physical trainer Sam Warskett. Sam conducts ongoing fitness classes twice a week at VHF and has made significant improvements with our riders here in matters of core strength, balance, body symmetry and effectiveness. We are grateful to Sam for providing this continuum for all our riders.


  • Closing Date: Monday September 24th
  • Participants: $185 plus taxes ($212) for the two days, or $100 plus taxes ($115) for a private assessment & physiotherapy treatment ONLY.
  • Auditors: $40 plus taxes ($46) for the entire clinic, questions, comments, and exchange welcome
  • Registration form in the VHF Stable Office, on website (download/scan/email),or through Debbie Schnubb
  • $50 non-refundable registration fee


Please complete the Clinic Registration Form and mail it with your payment to:

Debbie Schnubb, Clinic Secretary
Venturing Hills Farm
440 Cregheur Rd.
Pontiac, Quebec J0X 2G0

Please contact clinic secretary Debbie Schnubb: or 819.243.1204

Please indicate to Debbie any time restrictions for Friday or Saturday in regards to the scheduling of any of the group or individual sessions included in your fee:

  • semi-private riding session
  • unmounted group video & strategic analysis session
  • individual physiotherapy or exercise prescription session

We prefer that you bring your own horse and we have stalls available at no cost, but we do have horses available for use for an additional fee of $35/day.

Lunches can be ordered through Demeter Catering: $15/person taxes included. Please advise regarding food allergies. Sheila McCrindle:

Please contact us by email or phone to sign up or if you are interested in receiving additional information.

Thank you for your interest, we cannot recommend this experience highly enough. We will be sending you by email the proposed schedule by mid September.


Black horseStrength Classes for Equestrians

CLINICIAN: Samantha Warskett, a personal trainer for 17 years, spinning and aqua instructor, 30 years as a recreational equestrian, level 3 cycling coach.

Improve your core and overall strength to make the most of your riding. Through weekly collaboration with Lorraine (Head Trainer) and Korah (Assistant Trainer), Sam develops individual programs which address problems specific to riding. The classes start with a warm up of Tibetan yoga, then strength for the whole body with extra focus on the core, stretch and cool down. Lots of fun with noticeable results quickly.


  • Maximum 10 participants per class
  • Classes will be between 1 hr and 1.5 hrs long
  • Held in the Music Hall at VHF
  • Open to all
  • Schedule: September-December  Tuesdays - 5:30, Saturdays - 12:30


  • $105 for 8 week session
  • Drop-ins welcome if class is not full - $20
  • all auditors $40 incl. taxes per day or half day


Please contact Samantha at or or sign up in the office at VHF.