Local riders taste circus life
Animal trainer Jennie Vidbel praises her team of Arabians after a morning training routine at the Big Apple Circus in Lake George Thursday, July 19, 2012. Vidbel performed her training session and then sat down with riders from Riding Right Farm to explain training methods and answer questions.
MEG HAGERTY -- email@example.com
July 26, 2012
LAKE GEORGE ♦ Horsing around at the circus has its perks.
Advanced students of the Riding Right Farm and Equestrian Center of South Cambridge recently were treated to a rare look at animal trainer Jennie Vidbel and her behind-the-scenes work with the horses that have been starring in the Big Apple Circus at the Charles R. Wood Park.
Riding Right owner Hollie McNeil surprised the riders in her summer camp program with a field trip that gave them a glimpse of a career in the horse world they might not have considered before.
One of my students was saying she wanted to do something with horses, but she’s thinking of horse nutrition. You see there are so many different places you could work in the industry. We might throw the word circus trainer out, and you might say it doesn’t exist. Well, it exists, and it’s a unique job — and you can see how cool it is,” McNeil said.
Horse trainer Jennie Vidbel runs her Arabians through drills while riders from the Riding Right Farm and Equestrian Center watch at the Big Apple Circus in Lake George Thursday, July 19, 2012. Riding Right owner Hollie McNeil brought her more experienced equestrians to the training session so they could see a different job description within the equestrian world.
The girls watched intently as the petite Vidbel held court in the air-conditioned arena, putting six Arabians and six ponies through a morning rehearsal, using nothing more than voice command and an occasional light flick of a whip she held in each hand.
The stunning animals didn’t fail to impress as they bowed, weaved in between each other, pranced in pairs and sixes and reared up on hind legs.