Olympian Laura Graves conducted four clinics at Ohana Equestrian Preserve located just east of the town of Middleburg on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Olympic bronze medalist Laura Graves.

Olympic bronze medalist Laura Graves.

Graves who represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics won a bronze medal in the team dressage competition. She worked with riders of all levels and later shared her experience with them in a Q&A session followed by an autograph signing session.

Even grand prix show jumpers can learn a lot from dressage! Show jumping competitor Kama Godek of the clinic winning group, Kama Godek LLC, learns from Laura Graves aboard HHR vd Elsakker at the Ohana Equestrian Preserve.

Even grand prix show jumpers can learn a lot from dressage! Show jumping competitor Kama Godek of the clinic winning group, Kama Godek LLC, learns from Laura Graves aboard HHR vd Elsakker at the Ohana Equestrian Preserve.

Ohana owners, Melissa and Jim Pankas, recently completed a new facility which includes a 100′ x 200′ indoor riding arena with Attwood TerraNova footing, 20 horse stalls, office/viewing space, restrooms, laundry and multiple tack, feed, grooming and wash stall areas.

Laura Graves took time to sign autographs and pose for photos with riders who came out to the Ohana Equestrian Preserve for the clinic.

Laura Graves took time to sign autographs and pose for photos with riders who came out to the Ohana Equestrian Preserve for the clinic.

The state-of-the-art training facility in Aldie includes an outdoor regulation 20×60 meter dressage arena, gazebo for viewing, stone dust pathways and paddocks with hydrants and electricity.

 

Photos by Jump Media

This article first appeared in the September 2018 Issue.