Renowned Trainer Hosts Riding Clinic

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Nationally recognized horse trainer Steve Sikora could be returning to the Rim country.

"We are talking to him about coming back in October for a three-day clinic," town recreation specialist Charlene Hunt said. She said she'll announce the dates in the Roundup when the plans are finalized.

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Nationally recognized horse trainer Steve Sikora, a John Lyons/Wrangler Select Certified Trainer, recently hosted a clinic in Payson and is expected to return in October for a three-day session. Sikora's clinics are designed to give hands-on lessons tailored around building a better working relationship between rider and horse.

Sikora made his first appearance in Payson July 24 at the Payson Event Center where he conducted a one-day horsemanship clinic. A field of 10 equestrians enrolled in the class.

"We could have had more (than 10 riders), but that's all he takes in one class," Hunt said.

Sikora, a John Lyons/Wrangler Select Certified Trainer, says he has years of professional experience in equine training and educating horse owners and other professional trainers. The clinic was designed to give hands-on lessons tailored around building a better working relationship between the rider and horse.

Among the skills taught were trail riding, crossing obstacles, ground manners and trailer loading.

Sikora also worked on teaching the horses to hold still to mount and dismount, stay calm in spooky situations and obey one rein stops. He taught riders how to use the five points on a horse's head and neck to soften and increase responsiveness.

Sikora is known in training circles for his calm and patient demeanor.

For more information, call Sikora at (602) 625-1961 or Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext 7.

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