The South Dakota Horse Council will host a spring driving clinic May 11 at the SDSU Animal Science Arena in Brookings, S.D. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with plans to complete the day around 3 p.m. Joe Biren of Iona, Minn., will once again be the day’s clinician, having presented at two previous driving clinics held by the South Dakota Horse Council. He has been involved with driving his whole life having grown up in a family that raised, worked, and showed Belgian draft horses. Joe is an agriculture education teacher at Murray County Central Schools in Slayton, Minn., and is the driver of the Dakota Thunder Shire Hitch and also has a Belgian breeding program.

The South Dakota Horse Council would like to invite up to five teams or single horses to participate for hands on instruction at the clinic. This will be on a first come basis so don’t delay to reserve your spot.

All breeds and driving disciplines are welcome. We also encourage those who are new to driving or looking for a refresher course to attend as well as there will be plenty of seating to observe the day’s activities. Cost to bring a team or single horse is $75 and $30 for individuals to audit. Youth ages 10-18 have a reduced fee of $15 and those aged 9 and under are free. Noon lunch will be served and is include in the entrance fee.

For more information or to sign up to bring your horse or horses please contact Brandon Kinney at 605-695-0132 (after 6 p.m. central time) or Mike Olson at 605-690-9992.

Following the driving clinic, the South Dakota Horse Council will host their annual meeting. All are invited to attend. We look forward to seeing you May 11 in Brookings, S.D.

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