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14 Thursday, February 27, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette 9 by Patti Babcock A synergy of horse and rider. Moving as one. Bend- ing, flexing moving in the natural direction of the horse. Cantering - turning left, now right, up, down, appearing to barely touch the ground. Gliding effortlessly in a dance of natural, graceful move- ment. Horse and rider, one with each other. Musically, artistically and spiri- tually creating an equestrian ballet. This is the goal set by Ronnie Zielenski and her riding students. Zielenski knows the thrill, the beauty, the fulfillment of being so in touch with your horse you move and feel as one. She was seven years old when she be- gan riding. At nine she received the horse she would grow with. Sir Corporal Billings, an open jumper, was a palomino gelding standing 16.3 hands. A big horse for a little girl. Show- ing in equitation, hunter and open jump- ing classes, the grand horse with the great heart carried Zielenski from child- hood to a place on the United States Equestrian Team. From 1964 to 1967, she trained on the 3-day team. A different event is featured each day to test the endurance, stamina and athletic ability of horse and rider. The first day&apos;s riding is roads, track and steeple chasing. The second day is cross country jumping. The third day is stadium jumping with heights set at three feet, six inches; four feet and five feet. Health problems forced Zielenski to leave the team one month before the world championship compe- tition in England. By 1969, the equestrian was able to return to training and teaching in a New Jersey facility operated by a U.S. Olympic riding coach. In addition to teaching -- riding, she also con- An equestrian ballet drug, alcohol, food and other addictive illnesses. Zielenski limits both her counseling practice and her riding instruction to motivated people who seriously want to improve. Commitment and dedication are pre- requisites. The instructor will accept students of all ages and levels of experience, but she does limit the number. The teacher stresses that she does not train horses and says the student must have a reliable horse who knows something. Lessons are given at the student's fa- cility. Instruction is lim- ited to what is popularly thought of as English cs and judged horse p Veterinary Hospital shows. One of the ze- niths in Zielenski s Tonopah Clinic equestrian career was Dr. Lind will be " Tonopah 1  when she and her stu- March l; dents competed in the I] Front downstairs office- 42 Belmont St. ]l II Appoinlments/Info, Call 482-6453 after 5 p.m. I| II Dr. Linda will be in everv other Wednesdav II II 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.: Dogs, cats and other small animals, II |] including spays, neutering, dentistry, minor surgery, etc. ]| I[ 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.: Horses, cows, etc. 1[ 00G,,T,:L,Mc '00q00lll I/ 'nop5:30p.mtoT:30p.. tl |/ Round Mountain: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. I1 l/ _ Same dates as Tonopah Clinic II point shows at Madison Square Gardens. Building her career as a clinical psychologist consumed the bulk of Zielenski's time and energies after she com- pleted college. She be- came the Assistant Di- rector of Youth and Family Services for the State of New Jersey. She moved on to Ulster County, New York where she was Director of Social Services. Plagued by continuing health problems, Zielenski decided to move to a warmer, drier environment. In No- vember 1991, she moved to Las Vegas where she became di- rector of outpatient counseling at Westcare. Seeking the amenities of a more rural atmo- sphere, the counselor moved to Pahrump in April 1992 and estab- lished a private practice to counsel people with | ii Pahrump Valley Janitorial 727-6094 Licensed Insured, Bonded 727-8150 Upholstery Cleaning Water Removal Free Estimates Stain Removal Odor Removal Free Furniture Moving Scotch Guard Pet Stain Removal All Work Gauranteed  Everyday Prices (j $35.90 2 Rms I Cleaned up to 500 Sq. Ft. $49.85 3 Rms ' Cleaned up to 800 Sq. Ft. $63.80 4 Rms < Cleaned up to 1100 Sq. Ft. $119.95 Entire House i i riding. Zielenski says she teaches the European Lat- eral Method. "Everything comes from a good, se- cure, deep seat," she says. The rider should depend on muscles and limbs not on riding aids such as stirrups. During training, Zielenski longes the horse while her student rides without stirrups or reins. The rider is posi- tioned on his/her "sit bones" with el- bows over the hips, much as one sits in a chair. Balance is from the top of the head down into the spine and into the hands positioned at a 45 degree angle creating a straight line to the horse's mouth. The horse is trained from behind for- ward riding the horse into the hands. The horse will collect, move the neck up, round and come back moving in a rounded, rhythmic movement. Using the hands, legs and body the rider learns to go to the natural movement of the horse. Becoming one with the horse in- volves more than riding ability. Zielenski encourages riders to communicate verbally with the horse. Talk- ing and whispering are part of developing the bond- ing and trust essential for horse and rider t function as one unit in perfect balance. 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