Vern Sapergia Clinic in the Chilcotin

SUBMITTED BY SHARON GATES

Vern Sapergia

Vern sliding Walking With Wolves. Photo by  Jordan Grier

For the ten riders in the Vern Sapergia clinic July 27-29, it was a weekend not to be forgotten. Semi-private classes 1 ½ hours long provided opportunity to learn from a clinician with insightful understanding of the horse’s mind and body born of thousands of hours of practical experience.

Vern Sapergia

Vern with Sharon Gates and Donna Boyce. Photo by Jordan Grier

Reiners, Ranch Competition competitors and those just looking for better horsemanship signed up early for Vern’s 2012 clinic at Wildwood Reining Horses with participants from Armstrong, Terrace, Williams Lake and Riske Creek. Although dark skies threatened rain, the weather could not have been more perfect. Even a sharp shower Saturday night was just what was needed to wet down the arena dust!

Cindy Reid, of Terrace BC. Photo by Sharon Gates.

Spectators gathered at arena edge every day to learn as much as they could from Vern’s matter-of-fact, no-nonsense style of coaching as riders refined, perfected and corrected under his guidance. Clinic participants camping under the Douglas firs enjoyed each other’s company during and after the clinic and, at the Saturday night potluck around the fire pit, a special treat – Vern picked up the guitar and entertained everyone with a few cowboy songs!

Vern watching Donna Boyce strap spurs on Shannon Page. Photo by Sharon Gates.

Although Vern Sapergia is Canadian, he now resides in Austria and is one of the most respected reining trainers in Europe. His accomplishments there include Equitana Reining Cup Champion, German Open Futurity Championships and multiple NRHA bronze trophy championships. He has also represented Canada on the Canadian Reining team at the World Equestrian Games and has qualified for the finals at the NRHA Futurity.

Vern with Sheila Downy. Photo by Sharon Gates.

Vern is one of the most popular reining clinicians in Europe and his clinics are limited in Canada due to his commitments there. British Columbia is indeed fortunate – for the past three years, as he has come to the Chilcotin!

Vern roping at Chilco Ranch after clinic. Photo by Crystal Grier.

At the end of three days, everyone was eager for more and Vern for something different. Demonstrating he is a man of many skills, he changed his “reining hat” for a “roping cheap cialis online hat” at Chilco Ranch, team roping with the cowboys there!

Wildwood Reining Horses will be hosting a Vern Sapergia clinic next year again. Watch the web site for information Wildwood Reining Horses.

Comments

  1. Dodie Piche(sapergia) says

    Hi Cousin Vern Sapergia

    I surpise u workin there with some alot of people who teachin them and that s awesome and I can see that you really well in austrila awesome,Surpise,Never thought u would teach anyone I m shocked,I m proud of my cousin vern sapergia, please email me back later how thing go with ur all family and daughters and son also the grandkids????
    love ya
    Cousin Dodie Piche…
    I got married Paul Piche and we have 3 boys and 4 kids too…also we have a grandson too I hope I could hear from you!!

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