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MAY, 2017

Fine Print Farms Welcomed Landsafe Equestrian

Landsafe... Reducing the Risk of Injuries.

Danny Warrington working the simulator while his wife, Keli, works with Kelly McGary of San Antonio Danny Warrington working the simulator while his wife, Keli, works with Kelly McGary of San Antonio.
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Danny Warrington working the simulator while his wife, Keli, works with Kelly McGary of San Antonio Danny Warrington working the simulator while his wife, Keli, works with Kelly McGary of San Antonio.
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If you ride a horse, it's almost inevitable that you will fall off at some point. Learning to protect yourself can reduce the risk of injury. The most important element in reducing the risk of injury is learning how to fall safely and rolling out of the way.

Recently Lori Seitz and John Knotts invited Landsafe Equestrian to conduct two clinics at Fine Print Farms, a new facility dedicated to the equestrian sport of eventing, which includes dressage, show jumping, and cross country jumping.

Landsafe Equestrian is the culmination of husband and wife team, Danny and Keli Warrington. In a sport where fear tends to make riders instinctively use their arms to break their fall, Danny and Keli have developed a program to train riders to safely dive, tuck, roll and get away from the point of impact on the ground as soon as possible.

The clinic is very physical and consists of two half-day sessions. The half of the session consists of tumbling and gymnastics skill building where the rider will learn the correct way to position arms, legs, body for a dive roll. The second half of the session consists of putting the tumbling skills to work to safely dive off the simulator horse. The second day builds upon the tumbling skills and building speed and difficulty on the simulator horse. Repetitive work on the tumbling builds confidence and muscle memory to where the actions come naturally and quickly.

The simulator is impressive! Danny controls hydraulic simulator to recreate real-life fall scenarios at speeds to allow athletes to practice fall response techniques in a safe and repeatable environment. The 24 foot track enables riders to approach a fall at variable speeds, 360-degree fall options, including simulating rotational falls - all surrounded by fully padded air-equipped mats to ensure rider safety.

Keli Warrington was a very accomplished gymnast, who was nationally ranked for over 10 years, and recently received the U100 certification in gymnastics. Before shifting her focus to eventing, Keli graduated from West Chester University with a degree in business management. She has served as a rider and groom for top riders such as Jane Sleeper and Stuart Black, and she has ridden through the CCI* level. Keli has spent the last 10 years as owner/operator and business manager of Warrington Eventing. Keli's passion for gymnastics and love for equestrian sports has made this an amazing opportunity to combine both skills and create a program that supersedes expectation. In her own riding career, she has on many occasions seen the benefits of body awareness through the use of basic gymnastics skills. Her ability to "stick the landing" has been admired by many a fellow rider!

Danny Warrington is a former leading steeplechase jockey turned international advanced three-day eventer. He has spent most of his life learning from the best. In his racing years, he spent time with hall of fame trainers Johnathan Sheppard and Mikey Smithwick as well as Janet Elliot. When it came to eventing the same approach was taken, riding only with the best including Bruce Davidson, Karen O'Connor, Jimmy Wofford and Phillip Dutton. This gave him the comprehensive education becoming not a 'jockey' or an 'eventer' but a horseman. A deep passion for safety and personal responsibility has lead him to this point. Growing up with a fox hunting and racing back ground as well as an ex-marine father, he learned the hard way. Danny's goal is to bring riders as much knowledge in self-preservation as possible in a safe and controlled environment. He has spent years watching, studying and developing an understanding of riders' reactions, both instinctual and learned, this gives him the ability to teach what is missing between reaction and response.

Danny and Keli Warrington of Landsafe Equistrian working with students
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Danny and Keli Warrington of Landsafe Equistrian working with students Keli Warringtonworking with Cynthia Newman of Fair Oaks Ranch.
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Danny and Keli Warrington of Landsafe Equistrian working with students
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Danny and Keli Warrington of Landsafe Equistrian working with students
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Danny and Keli Warrington of Landsafe Equistrian working with students
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Danny and Keli Warrington of Landsafe Equistrian working with students
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For more information about Landsafe Equestrian, you can visit www.landsafeequestrian.com. You can also contact Fine Print Farms at 210-363-6826 or visit www.FinePrintFarms.com for upcoming clinics.



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