March 9, 2004 - On the weekend of March 6th & 7th, riders drove to Armstrong from Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kamloops, Kelowna, Oliver and Clearwater to a reining/horsemanship clinic with Terry Lee Sapergia-Heidebrecht. The clinic was hosted by Don & Sharon Williams (Wildwood Reining Horses) at their facility on MacDonald Road just outside of Armstrong.
Terry Lee’s step by step program of simple logic, repetition and consistency is backed up by a lifetime of experience in the horse industry. Amateur to professional riders and green to finished horses benefited from Terry Lee’s quiet, no-nonsense approach to training. When the weekend was over, everyone agreed the clinic had not only helped the horses, but also motivated riders for the up and coming show season. Terry Lee was at times assisted by her husband, Randy Heidebrecht, giving riders great value for their registration fee.
The clinic “hooked” several people on reining. Spectators were welcome and the viewing area above the arena was often filled with eager reining enthusiasts who could listen to Terry Lee via the sound system, visit with others and snack on coffee and cookies at the same time.
Randy, Terry Lee and daughters, Sage and Casi, live in Okotoks Alberta and operate Sapergia Training Stables and Stallion Station. They stand several top stallions at their facility and breed, train and show reining horses. It is very much a family business and Terry Lee and Randy refer to themselves as “The Team”.
On Saturday evening, riders, spouses and friends gathered at Don and Sharon’s house for an informal potluck supper. The lively group of people, many who did not know each other before the weekend, chatted with the “The Team” swap horse stories and chow down a truly fantastic supper.