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The Ridge Farm Gears Up for Two Clinics with Olympian Nona Garson

Lebanon, NJ – September 21, 2006 – Olympic veteran Nona Garson will be offering two clinics for all levels of riders at The Ridge Farm in Lebanon, NJ and at The Ridge Farm in Wellington, FL. The Lebanon clinic will take place on October 14 and 15, while the Wellington event will occur on December 27 and 28.

“I love to work with all riders to help them realize their full potential,” stated Garson. “I also enjoy working with the clinic riders’ trainers so that there is an integration between my philosophies and what the equestrian is being taught by their own trainer. It is very important that the rider and their trainer get as much as possible out of the clinic.”

Riders will be grouped by ability level in Hunters, Hunter Seat Equitation, and Jumpers. Ponies are encouraged to join in for this wonderful clinic experience. Sections include a Low Section with fences 2'6" and under; an Intermediate Section with fences about 3'; and an Advanced Section with fences set at 3'6" and above. Sections will also be added or divided as required, and auditor space is available. For more information and to make reservations, please call The Ridge at (732) 681-4379 or go to their website at http://www.theridgefarm.com.

“Nona has both a kind and comfortable way of communicating that puts all riders at ease,” shared Janet Rizzo. Rizzo, an adult amateur hunter rider, and her daughter both ride on a regular basis with Garson. “Nona has a way of making you feel good about yourself and about what you’ll be able to accomplish in the future. For me, this is the mark of a truly gifted instructor.”

Riding since the age of five, Garson is as well-known for her tenacious riding as her cheerful personality. Garson and her father, George Garson, established The Ridge Farm, a full service sales, training, and riding facility in Lebanon, NJ. In recent years, Garson has teamed up with top horseman George D’Ambrosio and expanded the business. Garson and D’Ambrosio now split their time between New Jersey and Florida and ride show jumpers and hunters throughout North America. They are also proud to coach riders of all levels from leadline up to Grand Prix. Through the years, Garson has spent significant time working under the tutelage of George Morris, a veteran of the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET), top coach in the tough world of international show jumping, and current Chef d’Equipe of the United States Show Jumping team.

Garson’s first big USET success occurred in 1995 when she was a member of the Bronze Medal winning team at the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina aboard Derrek. Over the coming years, more success followed on such horses as Giacomo, Edward Himself, Capital S, Susdal, Wildana, Grace, Superman, New Flame, Cilthe Z, Languster, Morgan, Amarone, Complete, and many others. Garson has been assisted and supported throughout the years in purchasing many of her star horses by Toni and Leon Andors, the Kamine Family, Rod and Dianne Ryan of Ryan Automotive, and most recently Gigi Stetler of R.V. Sales of Broward.

Perhaps her best known horse is Rhythmical, on whom she competed in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. The bright chestnut jumper was at one point in his career traded for 150 washing machines in Russia. This story and the subsequent pairing of Garson and Rhythmical was both magical and hard to beat.

With D’Ambrosio, Garson runs an annual sport horse auction. The 2007 InterContinental Sport Horse Auction will be held at The Ridge Farm at Palm Beach Point in Wellington, FL on January 27. For more information about this exciting event, please e-mail info@interconsporthorse.com or call the office at (732) 681-4379. This event is for both buyers and sellers, and all are encouraged to call the office for more information.

Garson works with several sponsors whose products she has tested and approved. The Prestige Nona Garson Saddle made by La Selleria Italiana was created after an extended process of study and testing between Garson and a world class group of Italian saddle craftsmen. Garson also helped create and design The Nona Garson Signature Line of Tropical Rider breeches. These breeches are both elegant and extremely durable.

Garson is represented by Phelps Media Group, Inc. International (PMG). PMG offers a customized promotional plan for each client is to gain coverage in print, broadcast and televised media outlets. By delivering consistent international media attention to the people and events it represents, PMG creates public awareness of the client’s message as well as a positive and recognizable image for the client. PMG’s ultimate mission is to assure success for its clients’ endeavors with the public.

Photo Credit: Olympian Nona Garson and Languster. Photo © 2006 Jennifer Wood/PhelpsSports.com.


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