The Dripping Springs Ranch Park and Event Center hosted the Summer 2019 Footing Academy 101 on May 21-22 in Dripping Springs, TX and there were nearly 30 participants who attended.
“I had wanted to have a Footing Academy here in Texas because there are a lot of members in the area,” explained League Board Member Lynne Dickinson who runs the Dripping Springs Ranch Park. “We had attendees from Texas, Arizona, Missouri, and South Carolina.”
First-time Footing Academy attendees received a valuable education. “All of the students brought samples of footing from their facilities,” said Jeffery Storms, one of the instructors at the Footing Academy. “We gave them feedback on their footing and ideas on how they might best make changes to improve their footing. We covered the basic types of soil, moisture levels, and depths that are required based on specific disciplines.”
Students also had the opportunity to hear from various speakers about the importance of footing, including an equine veterinarian and a few horse show managers. “Our speakers added some great information,” Jeffery said. “The veterinarian explained how footing affects the soundness of a horse. The horse show managers spoke to the importance of good footing and how it can make or break your facility economically.”