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Show jumper: Equestrian star to give clinics in ABQ

Horse enthusiasts will have a chance to pick up a few tips from U.S. Equestrian Team show jumping veteran Mark Leone, who will be coming to Albuquerque for the first time this month.

bright spotLeone, a Grand Prix rider, will conduct clinics on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, at Lakeview Farm, a hunter/jumper equestrian facility at 2325 Cherry Tree Lane SW in the South Valley about 10 minutes south of Downtown.

Lakeview Farm owner Laura Simpson grew up in New Jersey near Leone’s Ri-Arm Farm training facility. She has been in Albuquerque since 1996, teaching and competing.

Leone is the owner and head trainer at Ri-Arm Farm in Franklin Lakes, N.J. He has been a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team, has ridden in 29 Nations Cup competitions for the United States and has been a winner in Grand Prix CSIO (Concours de Saut International) competitions in New York, Washington, D.C., and Toronto.

The two-hour clinics will concentrate on a different level of experience for the riders, from novice to advanced. The maximum capacity for each clinic is eight riders. The cost for horse and rider for Saturday and Sunday is $425. Those who wish to come and watch are welcome. Food and beverages will be offered at the stables.

For registration and information about the clinics, contact Laura Simpson at 505-450-4897, or email, laurasimpson2@gmail.com.

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