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The 3rd edition of the Global Dressage Forum North America will be held in November 2016 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank CA. This much anticipated educational gathering will present some of the world's foremost dressage trainers, riders and educators in the world. Blow is a video of Ingrid Klimke with her appearance at the GDFNA in the past.

As a review of 2nd gathering of the 2014 Global Dressage Forum North America (GDFNA), it was held on Saturday February 15 and Sunday February 16, 2014 in West Palm Beach Florida presenting on stage demonstrations, lectures, discussion interactions between clinicians, audience members and panels consisting of some of the world's most recognized dressage experts and educators, in a two day extensive program featuring 10 of the world's foremost international dressage trainers, 4 dressage expert lecturers and 2 panels consisting of some of the world's internationally recognized trainers and judges plus shopping, connecting and lots of fun in the Florida SUN,

The stars leading the 2nd GDFNA 2014 are International Judge and expert horseman Stephen Clarke, international rider Jan Brink, Sweden's super star Tinne Vilhelmson-Silven with Sweden's Olympic Coach Bo Jena, world renowned German dressage teacher Conrad Schumacher, dressage balance and German Educator Christoph Hess, Canada's super star 6 time Olympian Christilot Boylen with Germany's foremost dressage trainer Udo Lange.

The Lecturers are: author of multiple books on correct riding Susanne von Dietze, Freestyle expert Terry Ciotti Gallo, equine movement expert Jochen Schleese and one of the Europe's most admired experts for centered riding Sue Leffler.

The Panelists debating on stage with clinicians and lecturers were U.S. international rider and judge Charlotte Bredahl, world class horseman Volker Brommann, U.S. international trainers Kathy Connelly, Pam Goodrich, Anne Gribbons, Mette Rosencrantz, Betsy Steiner, George Williams, three time Olympian from Canada Leslie Reid along with the international ambassador for dressage education Arthur Kottas.

One of the highlights of the GDFNA 2014 was the Life Time Dressage Achievement Award which is being awarded to FEI Dressage Judge General Stephen Clarke and this was presented to Mr. Clarke by U.S.D.F. President Mr. George Williams, Dressage Canada and the Dressage Foundations's Judith Noone..

The Global Dressage Forum North America 2014 presented the highest profile educational gathering ever to be held in North America encouraging every dressage rider from across the U.S. and Canada to come and participate in this educational gathering representing Dressage Education in its highest form.

 
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Posted by admin On January - 19 - 2017

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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present Jan Ebling, riding and lecturing aboard Feliciano, a 9 year-old stallion training Grand Prix. 

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Watch Jan Ebling riding and lecturing aboard Feliciano, a 9 year-old stallion training Grand Prix. 

This video is a must for those who would like to see grand prix stallions ridden under snaffle.    Simply watching the powerful Feliciano executing changes and half passes in relaxed confidence with light aids and in a snaffle bridle, is reason enough to watch the video.  It proves Jan’s practices for training horses to grand prix is sound.  Moreover, this video shares one of the clearest descriptions of the half pass and shoulder in aids.  It’s worth the investment if you need more clarity and it’s worth the review for those that would like to master the technique of the half pass and shoulder in.

Jan coaches how to ride the half pass at the trot and canter.  Jan reminds us to focus on the inside aids – the inside leg with the outside rein guiding the lateral direction.  “It is important for half pass, haunches in, travers to really have your dominant aid to be the inner leg,” explains Jan.  Shoulder in also explained by using the outside rein and inside leg aids with flexion requested of the horse using the inside rein.

Throughout the video, Jan shares his skill and ability to read the stallion and ride relaxation and rhythm into the horse.  Many times Feliciano rocketed forward wanting to catch a glimpse at a horse in the neighouring ring.  Jan masterfully underreacts every time allowing the training to be about light aids, not curbing enthusiasm.

Jan is of the philosophy that there is ‘no reason to cause a fight’ and that there is ‘always tomorrow’ to train our horses.   “If corrections are too much and they get afraid or resentful, that is not a good place to be,” he affirms. 

Jan also values frequent walk breaks throughout training to relax the horse physically and mentally.   “A little break helps [the horse] to feel that this whole dressage thing is a game,” he shares.  “Once the horses think dressage is a lot of work and not so much fun, then that is a problem.  You always want to make sure the horse enjoy what they do.”

JanEbeling (2)It is a pleasure to watch Jan ride this lovely stallion under snaffle.   And it looks as Jan has kept to his training practices as Feliciano looks to be enjoying his role under Jan’s guidance.

Jan’s resume extends back to Germany where he earned his berreiter, a German licence to train horses.  In 1984 he moved to the USA where his competition successes include clinching Gold for Team USA in 2003 at the Pan American Games.  His expertise in riding was demonstrated when he rode a Grand Prix freestyle performance bareback in a snaffle which is a true testament of his skill riding and training horses.

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Posted by admin On January - 9 - 2017

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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present Hartwig Burfiend, riding and lecturing aboard Calimero M, a 5 year-old gelding by Contentro at Level 1. 

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Watch Hartwig Burfiend riding and lecturing aboard Calimero M, a 5 year-old Contentro gelding training level 1. 

This is an impressive video showing what three weeks of training looks like on a talented horse that, in Hartwig’s words, had ‘no idea about dressage’. His work aboard Calimero M has already been rewarded with acclaim received from judges. Watch this video to gain a perspective of Hartwig’s young horse training philosophy to create your own grand prix horses.

Here are Hartwig’s 8 Tips you’ll learn when training young horses.

1. Light Pressure

First and foremost, Hartwig’s fundamental rule with young horses is to use light pressure.  He begins with having Calimero listening to his soft half halts and soft and gentle leg aids.    This was not always the case as Hartwig shares how Calimero arrived leaning and heavy in Hartwig's hands.  Hartwig shares in this video how an independent seat and hands produces a horse that now  responds to little pressure.   ”When I’m soft and light in the reins, there is nothing to lean on,” says Hartwig.  “That is the goal.”

2. Keep Flexion

Hartwig is careful with green horses that “I’m keeping –constantly-a little flexion in the jaw to the inside to make sure they are bended around the inside leg,” he shares.  “I can use my inside leg and they understand what it means to be bended around it.”  This early establishment of flexion cements the concept of bend in horses paving the way for training higher level movements.

3. Repetition

Hartwig also shares that his success in competition is the repetition of all exercises not just the difficult movements.  He repeatedly practices the simple movements – even with his older grand prix horses. 

4. Walk pirouettes

Hartwig explans that the walk pirouette is a necessary exercise for his young horses to move off his leg aids.  When practicing the walk pirouettes, Hartwig ensures the neck of the horse is controlled, the horse is not against him or hollowing his back and he simply "feels the horse with his lower leg" to encourage the horse to move off the leg.  This allows the horse to be comfortable in the gentle aids and develops trust between horse and rider. 

5. Start the Lateral Work

Hartwig believes it is very necessary to start early with lateral work such as half pass and shoulder in at the trot. “They have to learn to listen to the aids.”   Hartwig trains Calimero in his lateral work in a easy tempo at the trot so that Calimero can be controlled and the tempo preserves the horse’s energy and good mood.

6. Keep the Good Mood

Hartwig encourages a positive mood aboard his horses; always protecting the horse’s mental wellbeing during training.  He shares that training is a balance of relaxation and tension and that the rider must support the horse to find relaxation again whenever postive tension is presented.   “When you play with a horse in this way, they are never getting tense, they are always staying in a good mood, and when you are competing, they trust you.”

7. Underreact

Throughout his ride, Hartwig reminds us to stay relaxed.   Many times, Hartwig underreacts when Calimero responds to his aids.  This technique produces a relaed, willing and happy horse that is confident in trying more more difficult movements.  This develops trust between horse and rider and progresses the training rapidly and in a joyful way.

8. Be Playful with Big Concepts

Hartwig is not afraid to get Calimero reacting to half steps.  He reminds us this playful work most be short, be requested in a relaxed way, and be rewarded when the slightest reaction is given by the horse.  “We must be happy with little things to show progress,” says Hartwig.  “Everything needs time."  He shares that many concepts can be introduced in a playful way early on then be developed and perfected with relaxed repetition over time.  

102x142-HartwigBurfiend_profileHartwig’s philosophy is to create your own grand prix horse in body and mind.   Hartwig’s masterful training is being proven with Calimero M and he is well on his way to grand prix with this impressive young horse. 

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Posted by admin On January - 3 - 2017

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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present Elizabeth Ball, riding and lecturing aboard Unitario, a 12 year-old Lusitano Gelding training Intermedaire 1-1, 1-2 and Pre. St. George.

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Watch Elizabeth Ball riding and lecturing aboard Unitario, a 12 year-old Lusitano gelding training Intermediare 1-1, 1-2 and Pre. St. George.

This video is a beautiful lecture and demonstration showing how this 15.3 hand average gaited horse, through Elizabeth’s philosophy and technique, can produce suspension, engagement and lightness in Unitario’s trot, passage, piaffe, and flying changes.

Imported from Brazil, Unitario is owned by Julie Bullen who rides her horse at the Intermediare level.  Elizabeth rides Unitario twice a week at the grand prix level to ensure he’s capable and ready for Julie’s riding progression. Elizabeth and Unitario have ridden together for a year. 

Here’s what Elizabeth teaches in this video aboard Unitario:

  1. Balance

Elizabeth explains balancing which is the ability to bring the horse into an improved state of balance that is off his forehand by encouraging the bending the hind upper joints of the horse and carrying more weight there.    “Balance is being able to sit in and influence the shape of the horse’s body and their first stride.”

To demonstrate, Elizabeth asks Unitario to transform is flat trot though half halts into a suspended trot.  Then by reducing the speed and increasing the activity – passage and half steps emerge.  By going forward, we see a lengthening trot.  All these variations of balance and speed create variation in the gaits.

  1. Forward – in front of low heels

Elizabeth visualizes her horse moving forward in front of her low heels.  Elizabeth shares the importance of keeping a deep, supple seat.  This is another way of saying the horse is in front of your seat.  She reminds us to stretch into your stirrups while keeping your deep seat as it becomes very important in collection work.

  1. Correct and Release

“Corrections shouldn’t become maintenance,” she affirms. “If you have to hold them together and squeeze them together.  “Once you’ve half halted, can you release and hold it on your back on your soft seat and neutral hand?  Or are you dependent on holding him up?”   We should be providing only a moment of correction aids.  In essence the horse should do his job and carry himself.   This leads into the final point: Trust.

  1. Trust

Trusting our horse to do his job is a key component to training.   “Letting go and trusting that he stays where you taught him to be, it opens up the possibility that he could fall apart or make a mistake but then you are in a position of being able to correct it and then reward the improvements.”  She then shares “Making mistakes is not a problem, it’s part of the proof that you are allowing him to do his part.”

ElizabethBall RidingElizabeth reminds us of the importance of adhering to the classical techniques and principles of dressage.  She is focused on using dressage principles in a fair and systematic way to see sound progress in her horses.  “It’s a lot easier said than done however,” she reminds us.  “One lifetime isn’t necessary enough to figure it all out,” she jokes. “The more we learn, the more we realize how much there is to learn.”

Congratulations to Elizabeth for her clear and beautiful way of sharing her classical principles of dressage.

 

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Posted by admin On December - 23 - 2016

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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present Bill Warren, assisting Courtney Fanara aboard her horse Brighella, a 13 year old Hanoverian gelding training Pre St. George. 

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Watch Bill Warren assist Courtney Fanara aboard her horse Brighella, a 13 year old Hanovarian training Pre. St. George/Intermediare I.

Courtney has a wonderful seven year relationship with her horse and Bill, a USDF medalist, brings creative and playful exercises to this lesson to ensure the horse and rider are both loose and happy in their riding.  Today, Bill focuses on develop the pirouette and uses the cavaletti to develop the working pirouette with keeps it fun for the horse and for the rider as well.

Bill, a USDF medalist and operator of Warren-McMulin Dressage, introduces the horse and rider team.  Courtney has a wonderful 7 year relationship with her horse which is supported with Bill’s creative and fun coaching exercises. 

Bill’s philosophy is simply staying creative with our riding no matter the level.  He reminds us to keep it fun for the horse and also fun for the rider as well.   “We can put so much pressure to get somewhere, soon it can become an unhappy picture.”

They begin in a long loose trot over the cavaletti and embark on suppling exercises to stretch not only the horse, but Bill emphasises this time is also for stretching out the rider’s shoulders, back and neck as well.

Canter depart is confirmed which is practiced with imperceptible aids which bill shares is a good indication of how flying changes will be performed. 

Courtney’s aids, though subtle, are further refined with Bill’s coaching from the ground .  “I want you think about it and ride precise,” he coaches.  “I want clean, light, invisible aids.”

He also is a master of detecting tension in the horse and rider and coaches relaxation into the lesson.  “Think about your own relaxation.  No pressure on the horse.  Riding does not mean wrestling.”  He often encourages less use of the spur and less resistance in the hands to a bracing neck as it often increases the tension in the horse.

Shoulder fore into renver is perfected in the trot then halt-trot transitions are confirmed and refined.

Now begins the use of the cavaletti to encourage a forward canter after collected canter is achieved.  The horse rides into the corner, performs a working pirouette, then rides forward and playfully bounds over two cavelettis placed in the centre of the arena.  The horse then rides to the opposite corner and collects again performing second working pirouette.  Success!  As a reward, they stretch into a beautiful medium canter down the long side then collect again performing the exercise a second time.

102x142_Bill Warren Profile Image 2011Bill shows us how to add fun and playfulness to the lesson while maintaining relaxation.  Courtney and her horse happily progress in the arena performing a stunning, uphill medium trot at the conclusion of  the lesson.  Bill provides a lovely compliment to the pair. “I’ve known the two of them a long time and they both worked hard and it is a pleasure, from the teaching standpoint, to watch them both grow.”

 

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Posted by admin On December - 22 - 2016

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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present Jan Brons, riding and lecturing aboard Zonneglans a KWPN 9 year old gelding by Ruben Royal training Pre St. George/Intermediare I.

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Watch Jan Brons riding and lecturing aboard Zonneglans a KWPN 9 year-old gelding by Ruben Royal training Pre St. George/Intermediare I.

Jan is a well-respected FEI trainer who operates Jan Brons Dressage out of Wellington, Florida.  He has won many USDF medals, ridden many horses to National Championship titles and is a demanded teacher and clinician.

Jan has his work cut out for him with this beautiful, strong-minded gelding. His introduction of the horse includes stories of his wild and sometimes rude behaviour that often resulted in him being sent to ‘detention’ where he worked out his frustration in the lunging ring against side reins until he’s ready to come out and be ridden again.

Jan has his work cut out for him with this talented, dominant horse.  His focus: developing ridability in Zonneglans.

This video would be of tremendous value to those that have a horse that often pulls heavily on the hands and forces their agenda on the rider.  Jan, a confident and rock solid rider, never lets Zonneglans over rule his requests and spends much of the ride reinforcing his invitation for the horse to ‘wait for him’.

This video takes you into a regular training day with Jan Brons who ensures that Zonneglans is given clear instruction and then is corrected if the activity is now what was asked for.  Zonneglans comes with an unflappability as he remains calm with the sound of planes flying overhead, which Jan values.   However, this horse also comes with a tremendous power which he constantly brings to each stride. 

Jan’s job is to remind Zonneglans that what is asked for: smaller, relaxed, willing movement.

Jan frequently places walk breaks into the one hour ride to ensure Zonneglans is relaxed and ready for each stage of work.  Canter begins collected as the horse wants to rider bigger, changes are repeated to ensure the horse doesn’t lunge into the new canter stride, and trot is often halted as passage naturally comes forth from this athletic horse.   

As mentioned, Jan wants to develop a willing, ridable horse that says with the rider, doesn’t anticipate movements, and responds to the aids of the rider in a soft way.   “I don’t know how long that’s going to take”, comments Jan.  

102X142_Jans-BronsIn this video, we see the use of clear correction with calm determination.  Jan’s confident repetition of requests begins to soften Zonneglans as the horse gives to the bridle and the leg with less resistance.  Jan is perfect for the job.  It’s his calm, determined manner that lets this dominant horse know who is boss and what is requested of him.

Good luck Jan with this powerful horse.

 

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Posted by admin On December - 21 - 2016

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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present this video of Anne Gribbons, assisting Karen Lipp, the owner and rider of this 9 year old Dutch mare named Baxamiliana training Grand Prix. 

 

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Watch Anne Gribbons assist Karen Lipp on her 9 year-old Dutch Mare training Grand Prix.

Anne’s coaching for Karen and her honest, willing mare focuses on the canter work for Grand Prix movements.  Not surprisingly, Anne offers Karen three clear learning tips with exercises to strengthen Baxamiliana.  Anne coaches on the importance of balance, the use of piaffe and the value of staying quiet and out of the horse’s way. This is an ideal video for those that have that talented, willing horse that is ready and willing to find their own balance in the turn and get stronger in self-carriage while performing upper level movements.

  1. Balance

Anne enforces the requirement of balance in this video.  Exercises like changes on the circle and in serpentines gives the horse the opportunity to practice finding her own way of keeping in balance.  “Horses hate to fall”, says Anne.   And with a balanced horse in the turns, we have a horse that can keep their own tempo which is ultimately what the judges want to see in the ring.

  1. Use the Piaffe

Use the piaffe to train for the higher movements.  Anne explains how the piaffe can develop strength in the horse and was often used to develop the capriole and levade when training war horses.  “Piaffe was the preparation for a major effort” says Anne.  “They had to start somewhere”.   She explains at adding the piaffe before performing other movements challenges the horse to bring their hind legs under themselves and is to be encouraged to continue into the next movement – thereby building strength and power.  In the meantime Anne explains “the piaffe will develop and be very happy because there is never really any pressure.”

  1. Stay Quiet

Finally, Anne coaches Karen to find quietness in her riding.  “You’re too entirely engaged in the change”, coaches Anne.  “She can’t wait for you to get out of her way.”    Anne shares that Karen is riding the horse too much and interfering with the horse’s job of balancing and finding her self-carriage in the work.   Anne then continues to coach Karen to ‘sit heavy', 'sit back', 'sit quietly’ with beautiful results.  The horse naturally does the work of balancing herself.

Anne concludes that Karen is on the right track and more strength, more consistency, and more trust in her horse will yield wonderful results and comments on Baxamiliana.  “She is just a delightful horse.”

102x-NEW_Pic_Received-by-ANNEGRIBBONS_May192015Anne’s resume is heavy with experience as a FEI 5 judge and competition success with over 16 horses trained to Grand Prix under her seat and many more under her leadership.  She’s competed extensively in Europe and was a member of the U.S Silver medal team at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina.  Anne and her husband own and operate Knoll Dressage in Orlando Florida.

 

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Available at DressageExtensions.com The Global Dressage Forum NA has released a Limited Edition of a 5 DVD set. The GDFNA is North America’s leading educational platform for the international dressage world. Twenty-Two of the World's Top International dressage trainers and educators had gathered together in Florida to present…Arena Demonstrations, Face to Face Interviews and Panel Discussions with Moderator and Founder Andreas Stano  as the visionary leader.

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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present this training video of Geunter Seidel, assisting Sarah Christy riding Shakesperel, a 6 year-old Oldenburg gelding back in training after a year in the pasture.. 

With less than two months of riding underway, Guenter guides Sarah in schooling Shakesperel into 1st level frame and tempo. 

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Watch Geunter Seidel Assisting Sarah Christy Riding Shakesperel a 6 year-old Oldenburg – Click on the Player. 

Guenter brings a wealth of knowledge to the ring delivering coaching tips with clear, simple instruction complete with detailed observations..  Since immigrating to the U.S. in 1985, he’s consistently raised the quality of dressage riding all over North America..  His kind, rewarding feedback and clean riding style have many seeking his coaching guidance. Geunter Seidel is considered as one of the best and most knowledgable dressage trainers in the world and DressageClinic.com is proud to present him to the membership.  

Here are Guenter’s top 3 tips he shares with Sarah for training young horses returning to 1st level work.

  1. Warm Up Gold

Guenter wants to see specific qualities in a horse as they warm up.  He wants to see a horse that is rhythmical, loose, relaxed, in good frame with self-carriage.  Sarah hits the mark.  “I like the way this horse is going,” he says. “That is a good way to start and have him warm up.”  Through out the video Guenter points out very important aspects for developing dressage horses.

  1. Let the Horse Carry You

The majority of the work in the video focuses on bringing Shakesperel into a more carrying and uphill presence.  Guenter warns to keep the hands low and to keep the rein length shorter to connect from the hind end.to the front.  Each minute of the lesson has the horse gradually accepting more positive contact and making stronger steps resulting in Sarah being carried by the horse – and bringing about more powerful steps.  “Let him carry you not run though you, “ reminds Guenter.

  1. Protect the Horse

Guenter explains in the video he is extremely conscious of the fitness and strength of this horse, which is just coming back into training.  He reminds Sarah to take a walk break if she feels Shakesperel tiring and encourages short riding periods as he returns to work after a year in pasture.   He’s aware of the strength that is required of Shakesperel, the current status of his conditioning, and constantly guards against overwork.

Guenter Seidel Riding on a horseThis video is vital for understanding the process of bringing back horses from a long rest and most informative as it shows us what is important when working with our youngerters.  Guenter sees great potential in this young horse and Sarah performs well to bring it out.  Great work.

This is a very important training video to study and watch over and over again. It is a foundation resource for every dedicated dressage rider.

 

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Posted by admin On September - 18 - 2016

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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present this video of Stephen Clarke, a tremendous coach who is extremely sought after in the dressage world.  Currently, Stephen holds the position of most senior dressage judge in the world.  He is known as a fair evaluator with balanced and consistent assessments, which has earned him the esteemed Judge General role.  He continues to enjoy departing his wisdom to numerous top riders in the industry.

Today’s lesson is focused on gaining immediate reactions from our young horses using light aids.

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Watch Stephen Clarke assist Judith Sloans on the honest 4 year-old Rusty. 

Judith, a competent and dedicated rider, is blessed with training this honest coming 14 year-old  Hanoverian named Rusty who offers his whole heart to the work. 

Stephen, who has coached Judith earlier, is clear with his work for Judith today: the priority is to  ‘be deadly consistent’ in remaining still in the body and having the horse react to a light aid.  He reminds Judith to be still and ‘sit like a church mouse’ and let him react and do the work.

“What you need to think,” he says, “is you need to train him so a little old lady could ride him.” He wants the horse feather-light to the aids.  Stephen reinforces this by his observation of the para-riders who have little bodily strength yet have horses that instantly respond to their light, subtle cues. 

Stephen looks for the horse to respond with a change of energy within the gait and not race forward thereby losing his balance and rhythm.

Moving in between trot and canter work, Stephen requests slight modifications of Judith: to work light on his back by riding in rising trot so not to push the horse with the seat.  This allows Judith to remain focused on the priority: having Rusty react to light aids. 

They end with practicing turning on the forehand and having him rewarded for his first reaction.  “Make a game of it,” says Stephen. 

Stephen comments to the owner from the sidelines: “he’s lucky he’s with you two because a lot of people would take advantage of this horse.”    He recognizes the beautiful temperament of Rusty and reminds us to take our time as many ask for too much too soon from these young, big-hearted horses.

102x142_Profile of Stephen ClarkeIt is a pleasure to have a piece of Stephen’s precious time.  His warm and sunny demeanour fills the lesson with lightness and diffuses any difficult messages with a warm comment and clear instruction on how to improve the progress of horse and rider.

Stephen’s kind spirit is a pleasure to witness and we look forward to watching him continue to mentor a vast assembly of riders and their horses straight to the top.

 

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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present this video of Leunis Van Lieren, a well-known developer of many grand prix horses who often focuses his time training his own homebred stock in the Netherlands.  Hexagon, a 5 year-old gelding, is one of Leunis’ horses that is progressing well in his training as Leunis shows what he can do in a double bridle completing 3rd and 4th level movements.

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Watch Leunis Van Lieren ride and lecture aboard Hexagon, a 5 year-old KWPN gelding at 3rd-4th Level. (link needed)

The training with Hexagon is done in a very short time as Leunis ensures Hexagon is never tiring in the work.  Leunis explains that most people tire their horses before they do the work and that is when injuries occur.   “As soon as he is not fresh anymore, I quit working,” he says.

 Leunis is confident that because of this diligence in ensuring his horses stop working before they get tired, he can assure that they will remain healthy and injured to grand prix. 

And in 16 minutes Leunis brings Hexagon from travere into halfpasses and extended trots and even some willing passage and piaffe steps inbetween canter work.  In the end, Hexagon is far from tired.

“It's important for me that I can work again tomorrow,” says Leunis.  “I want him as supple as he is today – tomorrow.”  

Leunis philosophy with horses is that training is to be playful and fun.  In the canter work, Leunis remarks that changes is not work for a horse as long as you teach them in a playful way.   And throughout the training, Leunis is well on his way of making a portrait_van_Lieren 102x142willing athlete out of Hexagon and likely one of the first horses of his year to grand prix.   “I think he would be the first grand prix horse of his year,” he says. “Because he makes the work right.”

This is certainly an exciting and talented horse and proven rider to follow to grand prix. 

Congratulations to Leunis for breeding the talented horse and ensuring his grand prix career is protected by keeping him fresh while developing him with playfulness.

 

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Posted by admin On September - 14 - 2016

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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present this video with Sharon McCusker, who brings us the extraordinary experience of showing her progress with her exceptionally talented Wrigley – a 9 year-old gelding training grand prix.

Wrigley and Sharon are earning top marks every time they enter the ring.  Wrigley is strong and supple and Sharon is slowly developing the quality gates that win competitions.  Her current goal is to move Wrigley up into the Grand Prix ring.   

This year her training with Stephan Stephen Peters and Debbie McDonald, to name a few, produced the following feedback: they are all extremely optimistic about their future.  And after watching their progress in this video, their future certainly looks bright.

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This video is satisfying as it can be compared with the work recorded a year ago, which shows the real investment of training a top-level horse. 

The investment is time in the training ring using clear, honest and fair cues which errors on the side of caution.  Sharon is cautious of her training work of Wrigley as she does not want to lose any elasticity in his body.  Sharon wants strong but loose muscles in Wrigley and is always making sure she is working him in a relaxed, elastic, yet powerful way.

Sharon comments that Wrigley has changed from last year’s video and he’s now more balanced, has more elasticity, greater groundcover, and is lighter off the ground.  Click here to watch Sharon McCluster and Wrigley one year ago. (link needed)

And Sharon shows his progress in today’s video.  She tests Wrigley to ensure he is with her on half halts, on both reins, and has the uphill balance that produces quality gaits and superior movements. 

Sharon works Wrigley on a few elements required of grand prix horses including canter half pass and tempis as well as piaffe and passage. 

‘The trot was the last thing to come together’, she states. 

Sharon is an excellent rider to watch as she can share her decision-making and aid use while working Wridley.  Her fairness in training shines though as she comments on how late cues by the rider are not the fault of the horse and rewards Wrigley for good, honest hard work and when quality gaits are achieved.  The proof is Wridley happily providing solid piaffe and passage movements.

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We look forward to watching these two stars rise to the top.

So far, they are enjoying the journey.  Congratulations Sharon and Wrigley.

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Posted by admin On September - 11 - 2016

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Dressageclinic.com  is pleased to present this video with Kathy Connelly, a woman who needs little introduction in the dressage world.  Her experiences in Europe aboard top horses, her coaching of many FEI level riders, and her involvement in international arenas has her wisdom sought out among many dressage enthusiasts.

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This video is for the rider who wants to gain power, lightness, and forward movement in their upper level horses and Kathy has the coaching and tools in this video to bring that about.  She values the horse that moves with an ‘uphill attitude’.

In this video, Kathy coaches Sarah Diggin aboard Don Camillo a lovely 11 year-old Westphalian Gelding schooling Pre St. George.   Sarah, a devoted rider scoring 67 and 70 in her recent tests, shares her enthusiasm for continuing her journey of the art of dressage with Kathy.

Kathy coaxes forth the ‘electric energy’ she wants to see coming from Sarah’s horse.    She wants Sarah to move her horse with the mind of thinking ‘forward’.  Kathy also shares that forward is a result of two elements.  It is a combination of positive tension with relaxation.  Getting the right balance of both positive tension and relaxation is the art of achieving  ‘electric lightness’.

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Through out the 33-minute video, Kathy uses her visualizations, descriptions and examples to Sarah to bring this electric lightness to the ride.  Kathy also brings her knowledge into the training ring when she adds an aid from the ground: a neutrally held lunge whip to bring that energy to the gelding. 

Kathy’s vast experience and wisdom in training horses and coaching riders come forth in this focused session with Sarah which include lateral work, tempis, and canter half-passes all with electric lightness.

The work is brief yet effective.  Kathy works well with Sarah to get the job done which include upper level work with an energetic, forward horse.  Super.

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Posted by admin On September - 8 - 2016

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Dressageclinic.com is proud to present Heather Blitz one of North America's most talented dressage trainers. We have the opportunity of seeing Heather in the training video of her Riding & Lecturing on Rip Line, a 4 year old Danish Warmblood stallion.  At the beginning of the session, Heather begins with explaining Rip Line’s favorable temperament, confirmation, and three super gaits.

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“He’s an exciting young horse for me”.  Heather confesses during  the ride.  This young natural athlete shows willingness, energy, and confidence.  He flows around the outdoor arena with a sense of natural balance as a 4 year old.  This is truly a valuable training video for those interested in riding young horses or interested in understanding the procedure for riding young horses, especially stallions.

Heather explains as she trots around the ring, “I feel that it is my job to stay out of this horse’s way and let him work.  He is so natural!”

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“He’s just such an easy going, very ridable, balanced, natural athlete,” says Heather.  “It makes my job really easy.”

And she does excellent work with Rip Line.  This video exemplifies the easy way we can ride our horses – in a simple, relaxed way to develop their confidence and bring out their natural movement.  Sometimes simple is best and less is more.

Heather takes us through her routine of keeping contact and flowing and reaching in the walk.  Heather focuses time on the walk as she feels the rest of the training improves if there is great connection in this gait.   The right amount of power and tempo in his legs gets the reach in the walk Heather likes to feel.

Heather also begins showing her halt exercises.  She reminds us to keep our horses straight – not anticipating a turn.  She also has Rip Line find his balance at the halt and asks him to wait for the next cue from his rider before moving on.  All great methods of preventing your horse to anticipate the next activity.

by the end of the session, Heather rewards Rip Line with a long and low rising trot showing his balance and confidence before continueing more trot, canter, and the beginnings counter canter work. 

Heather has a great horse and keeps him happy with three to four days of work mixed with lots of rest, treadmill work, and hacks as he’s still young and still growing. 

What an amazing opportunity to work with such a confident, levelheaded athlete.  Rip Line is in good hands. Well done Heather.

And you are in good hands with this training video. Such a valuable resource for the understanding of riding young horses from the beging to the end of a riding session.  So important for riders to grasp the concept of riding a young not so educated horses, and turning the horse into a moving poised athlete.  Watch this video and welcome to DressageClinic.com

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Dressageclinic.com  is pleased to present Swedish FEI Judge and coach Bo Jena assisting Bianca Berktold aboard Kanendo, a 10 year-old gelding training at the Grand Prix Level. 

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This particular video is extremely informative as it demonstrates how only a few well-timed words are needed when a solid relationship is established between trainer, rider, and horse. 

Most importantly, this video offers a solid routine for capable riders to use to practice and perfect upper level movements with their horses.  The exercise routine shown in this video is efficient, effective and gets great results.

Bo and Bianca work together to train Kanendo among the sounds of early morning birds and a sunrise in the distance.   The outdoor setting is calm and peaceful.

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It is clear that besides the tranquil setting, that Bo and Bianca are peaceful too.  Bo gives calm quiet instruction to Bianca and she responds with Kanendo warming up at a deep rising trot then canter ensuring correct flexion and shoulder position of the horse.

Following the warm-up, the training begins with Bo quietly viewing each executed movement and replying with necessary feedback to confirm the movement was up to standard.   Often, he’s say ‘fine’, ‘good boy’, or ‘pet him’ to show his approval. Bo’s calm words and simple feedback make for a peaceful but effective and deeply thought out training session.  Bianca responds quickly to Bo’s requests for pats or walk break rewards so that the reward is felt and understood by the horse.  For Bo, the delivery and timing of the reward is vital. 

The 32 minute video is full of various exercises and movements completed in smooth succession with shoulder in, travers, halfpass, working pirouettes, tempis work, passage and piaffe steps all occurring in the latter 20 minutes of the training.  Bo and Bianca are extremely efficient and organized, achieving their training goals quickly before Kanendo tires.

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This video is excellent at exposing what Bo is looking for in each movement.  He can discern a good halfpass from an excellent one or coach Bianca to reward Kanendo at the tempi change where the horse worked particularly hard to achieve a good result.   The timing of the reward is everything.  This discernment Bo communicates in the video is visible and tangible and shows us the importance of precise timing when rewarding our horses.

It is a pleasure to watch this productive training session quietly unfold.  With Bo Jena’s lovely coaching and Bianca’s skill, superior gaits and quality movements are realized with Kanendo.  Well done.

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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present clinician Karen Pavicic assisting Rebecca Cowden, a willing rider with her forward 6 year old Oldenburg named Fancy Fay. 

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DressageClinic.com is proud to present one of the world's top international dressage trainers enjoying an highly successful career in the international ring.  The reason we were so excited to present Karen Pavicic is because we noticed that Karen has an intense focus and sophistication when she helps one of her students or is riding and lecturing herelf.  This video of a 6 year old is highly beneficial to the developement of young horses, a must see video training session for all serious dressage riders.

From the begining of this video, Karen works prescriptively with Rebecca to bring her horse in front of the motion and into a correct bend as she explains.  Many of us are working with these young, bright, and enthusiastic horses, but what is important is that we are ensuring they move in a way on a circle that keeps their shoulder from escaping to the outside and building a natural curve and bend in their bodies around our inside leg. So important for all riders to understand.

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This video is also very valuable for the rider who is beginning to understand outside rein to inside leg or has captured the idea but wants to define it even further.   Karen also reminds us of our hand position and to keep both reins on either side of the withers.  We often ourselves, move our hands all over the place  to ‘correct our horse’s bend’ and Karen’s coaching brings us back to correctly positioning our hands and implementing the correct contact through our aids in order to guide our horse into a desirable bend. As far as circles are concerned, Karen throughout the video reminds us that timing and preparation of the aids in the circle is the overall message for a young horse to appreciate.

Karen has a way of signalling to the rider the moment where we politely respond to our young horses.   Rebecca does this well and moves her horse into the correct bend over the course of the lesson.  It often it takes experienced ‘eyes on the ground’ to help us see the details of the particular points of what our young horses need guidance in their development.   Karen’s has that skill of reading what the horse needs and can convey precisely timed actions for the rider.  The result is great progress.  The lesson comes at a great time for Rebecca as we notice improvements in the 26-minute lesson with the pair. 

Rebecca’s Fancy Fey is a lovely horse that is tremendously coachable and honest.   Karen has that spirit in her coaching that lights us up when we get it right.  Rebecca takes both and brings it all together wonderfully.  Enjoy.

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Posted by admin On July - 10 - 2016

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DressageClinic.com  brings you the expertise of celebrated Clinician George Williams who's classical understanding of dressage is being benefited by all viewers in this video training session with Jessica Stark and Ultra Sonic riding her 11 year old mare.

 

 

 


 

 

 


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George Williams just has a beautiful way of communicating his training vision for dressage horses.  Their  development requires attention to the subtle aspects of effective ridinge: maintaining  suppleness, rhythm, and thoroughness in all movements performed.

George's wisdom has been tested with proven success on the International stage and his approach for the training of dressage horses originate drectly from the training scale.  He refers to the training scale at minute 26 and shares his thoughts to Jessica Stark, the quiet, competent rider on the 11 year old Holsteiner mare Ultra Sonic while schooling grand prix movements.

George states in the video that rhythm and relaxation support throughness and throughness is needed for all other positive results.   It is coaxing softness and suppleness in all aspects of the ride that brings a good horse to a great horse and brings a talented horse into a champion. This horse and rider combination is being guided step by step to supple the body and be fluid while keeping energetic forward tempo.

George Williams does it effortlessly; communicating with informative teaching, detailed instructions coaching the rider and guiding their progress.

This strong riding pair and George’s coaching style rewards us with the true mechanics of dressage and what we must focus on to bring the best out of any dressage horse and rider combination.

Any serious rider would be so lucky to be under George's kind and clear tutelage.

And if we are not, then we are blessed to have this video to bring us one step closer to the understand of relaxing our horses, connecting and bending their bodies while maintaining an energetic forward tempo thereby constantly improving throughness.  This lesson video reminds us to cherish these aspects and rewards us when we truly get to understand them.

Finally, further into the session, we see Jessica and her mare working the canter where again, softness and suppleness becomes the mantra and basis of success for the pirouettes.

In the last minutes of the video lesson, George shares that it is the subtle improvements like relaxation, suppleness, rhythm, and thoroughness that bring a talented horse like Ultrasonic to a magnificent contender at the highest level.

Hats off to George Williams and his coaching of Jessica and Ultra Sonic.  We had the pleasure of witnessing the use of subtle dressage tools we can all adopt to moving our horses closer to greatness.

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Posted by admin On July - 9 - 2016

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DressageClinic.com is proud to present, one of North America's most talented dressage trainers, Florida based Shannon Dueck riding Question, a talented Oldenburg 8 yrs. old Oldenburg gelding– or otherwise affectionately known as Johnny.  This is one of the most effective and linformative training video we have yet to bring to you.

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For the entire duration of this training video, Shannon rides Quaterback through a series of training exercises that are a sure path for strengthening and balancing towards the FEI levels.  Currently, their work involves 3rd level strength-training movements including lateral work in the trot and canter, staying uphill when collecting at the canter, practicing clean and straight changes, and developing the beginning movements of canter pirouette.  

Additionally, Shannon reveals her philosophies around horses and their training during the 40-minute riding and lecturing video with Johnny.  As she flows effortlessly around the ring, lengthening then collecting in the corners and often checking for correct movement in the mirror at the far end of her riding ring, Shannon is close to her words and can describe her views of what Johnny needs and what exercises he best benefits from to bring the best out of him.

Her natural talent of communicating linked with her experiences riding in the US, Canada, and in Europe makes Shannon a knowledgeable and effective dressage educator.   In addition, her time in the saddle training many young and experienced FEI level horses gives her an influential perspective on the individuality of each horse and, thereby, their individual training needs.  Shannon easily reads the horse and effectively adapts exercises to best teach the horse how to move like a grand prix champion.

This video is rich in riding philosophy and executing training details, which we can all reflect on and implement when riding our own horses.

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Here are Shannon’s Top 5 Insights on Training horses like Johnny:

1. Take the Time to Connect
Shannon takes her time to warm up Johnny and connect with him.  She usually takes 10 minutes or more to warm up her horses, which begins at a walk, and then moves into a trot that is low in the neck and has a steady tempo allowing the horse to balance and exhale.  Shannon wants to feel the horse is “well connected, seeking the bit, relaxing and becoming supple to the point that the horse can point his nose to the ground.”   This is the necessary feedback before beginning to all subsequent work Shannon explains while riding.

2. It Takes Years to get the Strength
Strength is the platform for all upper level movement – and it takes time to get it.

“It takes a lot of work to have his hind legs carry all of this in front,” as she gestures to the whole front end of Johnny.   She goes on to say “it takes years for them to get the strength to be able to do that especially when you are talking about a very big moving horse.”

3. Know your Horse
Knowing your horse and his strengths and weaknesses are necessary for improvement.  For Johnny, Shannon recognizes improving strength and confidence is needed for him.

Before beginning, Shannon shares with us a bit of insight about Johnny. “He has a lot of strength building to do before he becomes a good FEI horse,” she states. She is also quick to share Johnny’s strengths too: “He’s a very supple horse, he is a very talented horse.” And as such, Shannon has a plan to work fairly towards improving his strength and confidence all the while maintaining and rewarding his natural gifts of suppleness and talent.

4.Help Him Learn
As a trainer, Shannon shares the need for being flexible and adaptable in training your horse.  Shannon shares how she used many exercises to find the right method of communicating the concept of changes to Johnny.

 “It took me a season to get reliable clean changes both directions, “ she says.   “One way was pretty simple, the other he couldn’t quite figure out.”

“I just ended up setting it up many different ways to try to put him in a place where he could figure how his hind legs had to work.  It was really was him learning how his body could do it.”

5.Reward
Shannon’s positive feedback to the horse is lovely.  She has a dialogue not only for her video audience, but also for Johnny as well.  Her kind feedback to him includes words like ‘good boy!’, ‘good job!’ and ‘super nice!’ and rewarding activities like neck pats, walk breaks and stretching circles are scattered throughout the ride.   You get a sense that Johnny’s work is fairly compensated and he is happy to push for excellence in the exercises.  The feedback is clear, positive, and well-timed and is perhaps one of the most potent tools in Shannon’s riding tool box.

This is special video that shows us a wonderful rider using a beautiful training philosophy.  Enjoy!

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USDF 2015 Annual Convention and DressageClinic.com proudly present:
Dr. Richard Mitchell presenting his insights on best practices that keep horses happy, healthy and competitive.

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Dr. Mitchell’s 2015 presentation at the USDF Annual Convention is a thorough summary of the best practices related to the prevention of lameness and illness of horses under the strain of competition. His dynamic one-hour lecture
keeps the audience engaged by sharing his insights on the biggest problems commonly found in the equine performance industry today. 

 And Dr. Mitchell would know.  He’s a practicing veterinarian with over 40 years of experience assisting in the care and welfare of many FEI level dressage horses.  His candid and often humorous presentation is a must-see for any horse owner, rider, coach, and caregiver. 

Dr. Mitchell’s mission is to improve the longevity of equine athletes by sharing his experiences and knowledge of the practices that have been proven to accomplish this. 

This Video lecture presested to the membership is the complete package of all aspects of health that must be managed to insure your horse happily performs for as long as he can.
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Whether you are riding in the FEI ring or the back yard, Dr. Mitchell’s knowledge and experience can save you time, money, and heartache in preventing illness and unsoundness. 
Moreover, he covers the key practices, current treatments and latest research that ensures any horse is given the best chance to perform at its capacity. 

Here is a list of the top 5 areas Dr. Mitchell focuses on in this video to create and maintain a healthy horse:

1.     Feeding and Gut Health
Horses need high quality forage.  Find the best you can and build a balanced diet with forage as the staple.  Ulcers, which develop in competition horses due to travel and show stress, can be mitigated when horses eat more frequently.

2.     Vaccinations
Know your local vaccination requirements and get familiar with FEI and USEF regulations as to when to schedule boosters.  Your show success depends on timely administration of all required vaccines.

3.     Foot Care and Lameness
A properly balanced foot is necessary for optimal performance.   Assess your horse for unsoundness frequently – preferably by a professional.  Surprising new research shows lameness is often undetected by riders, trainers, and coaches.

4.     Training
It is imperative the beginning of training is a slow and steady process, as bones and cartilage need time to adapt to the work.   Training routines need to be varied to reduce the incidence of repetitive injuries – which are more common than once though.

5.     Managing the Aging Athlete
There are a lot of therapies that can keep your aging competition horse winning in the ring.  Dr. Mitchell covers the range of options from medicines and supplements to shock-wave therapy and new injection technologies that can all be used to reduce pain and inflammation.

discount coupon code for 15% discount on membership fees. Code: USDF4DCSee this lecture as a health insurance policy for your horse given by one of the most experienced high-level performance horse veterinarians in North America. Sign Up now and join DressageClinic.com using the  presentation.Dr. Richard Mitchell’sHighly recommend for every equestrian to view this lecture of 

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Posted by admin On June - 15 - 2016

Team Denmark pipped their neighbours from Sweden at the second leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage 2016 series on home ground at the Odense Horse Festival today. In a game of cat-and-mouse, the Swedes had a narrow lead  Read More

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 Buy your tickets for 2016 in advance now and save upto 20% discount if you are a member to DressageClinic.com.   Click here…Buy Tickets to visit our Ticket Center for the Global Dressage Forum North America 20156 and take advantage of great savings.

For those of you who are interested in a Memorable Dressage Experience at the highest levels of education for the training and development of dressage horses and riders, some of the world’s top international riders, judges and trainers have united to present on-stage arena demonstrations, discussions and lively panel interactions. 

During the event there is plenty of shopping, great food and lots of dressage fun as people from all over the world descending onto the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida.  Come to audit the GDFNA Master Classes which take place in all the outside rings of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center immediately prior to the official opening of the Forum, offering opportunities to dressage riders to have a private lesson with one of our GDFNA educators presented in our program. 

As a VIP Ticket holder, attend the opening reception party to meet in person the clinicians, panelists, lecturers and officials held on the night before the opening day.  After the program concludes on Sunday evening with the presentation of the GDFNA Life Time Dressage Achievement Award to Stephen Clarke, ALL ticket holders are invited to an after party at the International Polo Club in Wellington Florida.  An evening of fun, dancing and celebration for everyone attending.

Enjoy meeting your friends, meeting some of the most celebrated dressage clinicians in the world up close and personal and participating in a Dressage Experience to be remembered for ever.  The Global Dressage Forum North America is the most important educational  gathering for dressage and promises attendees the opportunity to witness the highest level of education for the development of dressage horses and riders.  Visit our Ticket Center for Online ticket purchase.

Visit our website www.GlobalDressageForumNA.com before its too late.  Call 1-604-746-9222 to speak to our Customer Support agents for information and assistance.

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One of the most exciting parts of the program at the Global Dressage Forum North America 2014 to be presented in Florida at the Jim Brandon Center on February 15, 16 is the lecture of Terry Ciotti Gallo who will be lecturing on Understanding the Freestyle with Betsy Steiner riding a Freestyle as an example during the lecture.

Betsy Steiner is one of the world’s foremost dressage trainers and teachers and during the lecture, Betsy will come out with her Grand Prix horse to ride her Freestyle that was actually prepared by Terry Ciotti Gallo.  Terry will lecture on the intricacies and complexities of preparing Freestyles and at the end of the lecture, Betsy will join Terry on stage to discuss the Freestyle that was just ridden.

Don’t miss out on this memorable opportunity to attend the Global Dressage Forum North America presenting some of the world’s top international dressage educators on stage with demonstrations, interactive debates with the panelists and much more. There is limited seating left so buy your tickets now before its too late. Visit the Online Ticket Center for online purchase.

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The Global Dressage Forum North America to be held in Florida on February 15, 16, 2014 not only presents in depth educational sessions on stage and in the arena with demonstrations by the world’s top international dressage trainers followed by interactive panel discussions. The program includes colorful and beautiful entertainment with the presentation of the Lion King performed by KYB Dressage and Yvonne Barteau in a lavish Pas de Deux with costumes and invigorating choreography.

Get ready for a most in depth educational gathering for the training and development of dressage horses, with lots of fun, shopping, entertainment with autograph signings in the warm Florida sun. Buy your tickets now before its too late.

Yvonne Barteau is a lifetime horsewoman with a unique and varied background.   Her riding experience began in the hunter jumper world followed by seven years on the standardbred and thoroughbred racetracks of America and Canada eventually becoming a trainer in that field. Yvonne then spent a number of years in northern  Florida retraining problem horses before she met her husband Kim Barteau who was the head trainer at the Arabian Nights Dinner Theater in Orlando Florida.  She joined the company as Principle Trainer and eventually became the Director of Entertainment Operations and a Feature Performer in the Nightly show.

Dressage then became her lifetime passion and she and husband Kim founded KYB Dressage fifteen years ago where they have finished over a dozen horses to the Grand Prix level.
In 2007 Yvonne’s book on Horse Personalities Ride the Right Horse published by Storey won the Equine Book of the Year Award and she has since given many lectures and clinics on the subject of understanding equine temperament and how it can enhance your relationship and communication pattern with your horse.
Still quite interested in Equestrian Art as entertainment Yvonne and family continued doing equine exhibitions around the country and either Kim or Yvonne have appeared at many Equine Affaires, Equitana USA, Madison Square Gardens and the TODAY show just to name a few.
Now based at Ginna Frantz”s Grand Prix Equestrian in Maple Park Illinois Kim and Yvonne along with their family and crew are finding a balance between competition dressage and equine entertainment.

Posted by admin On January - 26 - 2014

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Posted by admin On January - 24 - 2014

In response to last year’s popularity of the GDFNA 2013 Master Classes, the Global Dressage Forum North America 2014 is proud to offer an opportunity for dressage riders to have a private lesson with the GDFNA Clinicians at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center as part of the Global Dressage Forum North America Master Class Series.  
This series of Master Classes will be conducted simultaneously in the outdoor rings at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida in the days leading up to the Global Dressage Forum North America being held Feb 15, 16, 2014.
Beginning February 12th – 14th, Christilot Boylen, Tinne Vilhelmson with Bo Jena, Arthur Kottas, Conrad Schumacher and Christoph Hess with Eckart Meyners, will be giving private lessons for interested students at the Jim Brandon. All strengths and levels of dressage riders are eligible to attend. 
A 7-year old girl with her pony was given the thrill of her young life when she received a lesson from Ingrid Klimke at last year’s 2013 GDFNA.   To continue the tradition, classes are on a first-come, first-serve basis and verified ticket holders of the GDFNA may audit the courses at no charge. 
Demand is high, with limited space available for classes with our top international clinicians. As an indication of the enthusiastic response to the level of education being offered this year, the Master Classes for Stephen Clarke were an immediate sell-out.  

For scheduling, reservations and more information for the 2014 Master Class Series with Christilot Boylen from Canada, Conrad Schumacher or Christoph Hess with Eckart Meyners from Germany, or Tinne Vilhelmson and Bo Jena from Sweden, please contact our GDFNA Master Class Coordinator at 1-561-312-7636 (text or voice).
Interested students may also email inquiries to GDFNA@GlobalDressageForumNA.com with MASTERCLASS in the subject line. 
Be sure to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime memorable & educational opportunity.  Lessons are now available to dressage riders at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in the days before the Global Dressage Forum North America is held in West Palm Beach, Florida, so please don’t miss out.   In addition, if you still haven’t bought your ticket to the Global Dressage Forum NA for Feb 15 & 16th and wish to attend, the General Admission Seating is still available by calling 1-604-746-9222 or visiting our website directly to make your online ticket purchase.

Posted by admin On October - 14 - 2013

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The 2nd Annual Global Dressage Forum North America 2014 is presenting the highest profile "educational gathering for dressage training", ever to be held in North America.  With USDF as an Education Partner along with other GMOs (Dressage Federations), the GDFNA, as it is known by many, is encouraging dressage riders from across the U.S. and Canada, as well as the South Americas, to come and participate in this educational gathering presenting, on stage, Dressage Education in its highest form.

Buy your tickets now as seating is limited as tickets are running out quickly and the last round of our Final Month savings tickets with a discount of 15% discount off ticket prices.  Tickets are available now until January 31, 2014 Use USDF discount coupon code USDF4GDFNA. All capital letters. To buy tickets visit www.GlobalDressageForumNA.com or if you have any questions call the GDFNA 24/7 support line 1-561-909-7621 to speak with a GDFNA customer support representative.

The 2nd annual gathering of the 2014 Global Dressage Forum North America (GDFNA), will be held on Saturday February 15 and Sunday February 16 2014 at the Jim Brandon Center in Wellington (West Palm Beach) Florida presenting on stage demonstrations, lectures, discussion interactions between clinicians, audience members and panels consisting of some of the world's most recognized dressage experts and educators, in a two day extensive program featuring 10 of the world's foremost international dressage trainers, 4 dressage expert lecturers and 2 panels consisting of some of the world's internationally recognized trainers and judges plus shopping, connecting and lots of fun in the Florida SUN.

            The stars leading the 2nd annual GDFNA 2014 are expert horseman and international judge Stephen Clarke, international rider Jan Brink, Sweden's super star Tinne Vilhelmson-Silven with Sweden's Olympic Coach Bo Jena, world renowned German dressage teacher Conrad Schumacher, dressage seat and balance and seat expert Eckart Meyners with Christoph Hess, Canada's super star 6 time Olympian Christilot Boylen with Germany's foremost dressage trainer Udo Lange

The Lecturers are: author of multiple books on correct riding Susanne von Dietze, Freestyle expert Terri Ciotti Gallo, equine expert Jochen Schleese and one of the most admired experts for centered riding Sue Leffler.

The Panelists debating on stage with clinicians and lecturers are U.S. international rider and judge Charlotte Bredahl, expert horseman Volker Bromann, U.S. international trainers Kathy Connelly, Pam Goodrich, Anne Gribbons, Mette Rosencrantz, Betsy Steiner, George Williams, three time Olympian from Canada Leslie Reid along with the international ambassador for dressage education Arthur Kottas.

One of the highlights of  the GDFNA 2014 is the Life Time Dressage Achievement Award which is being awarded to FEI Dressage Judge General Stephen Clarke and this award will be presented to Mr. Clarke by U.S.D.F. President Mr. George Williams, Desi Dilingham of Dressage Canada and Judith Noon of The Dressage Foundation

Florida reigns as the horse show and educational capital of the world during the coming 2014 winter season.  Don't miss out on this important educational opportunity on February 15 16 at the Global Dressage Forum North America 2014.   Make plans now to take advantage of the savings. Tickets may be purchased online or for questions dial 1-604-746-9222 for questions or assistance. Use Discount Coupon Code USDF4GDFNA during your online ticket process.

Posted by admin On September - 20 - 2013

The USDF has announced that it is acknowledging the Global Dressage Forum North America to be held this coming Febraury 15, 16 2014 for credits to attendees for its USDF University Accreditation Program.  This means that participants of the USDF University who attend the GDFNA 2014 in Florida will receive high credits for their attendance and participation in the two day intense program of speeches, debates on the training of dressage horses, arena demonstrations, face to face discussions with the clinicians as well as receptions.
    For further information regarding the acquisition of credits, please contact the USDF department for the Accreditation Program.

Posted by admin On March - 12 - 2013

(Phelps Media Group) – The second day of the Global Dressage Forum North America (GDFNA) was packed with lectures, demonstrations and interactive panel discussions presented by a “Who’s who” of dressage clinicians, experts, judges, riders and competitors. The GDFNA, held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center January 28-29, was presented by DressageClinic.com and Wellington Classic Dressage.

Tuesday’s clinicians included Stefan Stammer, Bo Jena, Ingrid Klimke, Dr. Hilary Clayton and Wolfram Wittig. Dressage superstars Anne Gribbons, Kathy Connelly, Betsy Steiner, Leslie Reid, Jan Ebling, Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel, Christoph Hess, Stephen Clarke, Wim Ernes, Gary Rockwell, Lendon Gray and Sue Blinks were featured panelists.

“I’m honored to be part of the first annual GDFNA and to welcome so many top international riders, trainers and panelists,” said Noreen O’Sullivan, Managing Partner of Wellington Classic Dressage.

“This really gives us a unique opportunity to interact and learn from the best,” she continued. “This is a chance for participants to have top experts in the field at their fingertips and available to ask questions. They can see them work with horses and riders and then engage in a panel discussion about their training theories and techniques.”

The program began with Stefan Stammer, a physiotherapist and equine osteopath from Switzerland, who discussed biomechanics. He suggested the audience “think about what happens with movement, with weight, with levers and angles” when considering the horse’s physiology.

A long-line demonstration followed with Bo Jena, one of the foremost experts in the field. Jena focused on relaxation and worked on transitions. “Small half-halts and the quick giving of the reins are very important for the horse-in long-lining too,” he said. “The outside rein is the key.” Panel members Anne Gribbons, Kathy Connelly, Betsy Steiner, Leslie Reid, Jan Ebeling and Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel discussed the demonstrations and praised Jena’s expertise and calm assertiveness.

Ingrid Klimke continued the program and spoke about training the young horse. She emphasized essential attributes for riders: control, strength, quiet hands and elasticity to move in the rhythm of the horse. “If you are flexible, the horse is able to understand your aids,” she explained.

Klimke then rode a 5-year-old Hanoverian stallion she met for the first time that afternoon. After taking up a soft, steady contact, she used changes of rein to make sure the young horse was supple on both sides. She confirmed that his reaction came from her seat first and explained she wants a sensitive horse that answers to her aids and that goal requires a sensitive rider as well. She believes in performing the basics for four to six years as building blocks for upper level work and emphasized using seat, then leg, then hands, when applying aids.

“The horse is the best teacher, but you must really open your heart and feel,” she said.

Dr. Hilary Clayton’s lecture on maintaining soundness in dressage horses focused on damage to suspensory ligaments. “In our dressage horses, suspensory injuries are much more common,” she said. She said that risk factors include conformation, lack of exercise early in life, age, poor shoeing, footing and the type of work.

Then, Noreen O’Sullivan, from Wellington Classic Dressage, and Andreas Stano, organizer of the GDFNA, presented the first GDFNA Lifetime Achievement Award to Olympic Gold Medalist Klaus Balkenhol, who Stano said has dedicated his life to dressage and dressage education. Balkenhol was also the U.S. Olympic team coach.

A video presentation included footage of his protégé, U.S. Olympian Debbie McDonald. “He’s so sincere in how he loves the animals,” she said. “I think, because of him, we were successful.”

United States Dressage Federation President George William praised Balkenhol. “You are a true horseman,” he said. “What you have done for riders is just outstanding and the impact it has had on this country is great.”

Steffen Peters said that Balkenhol is an amazing ambassador for the fairness of the horse. “I feel honored that I get a chance to represent what we all think about you.”

Peters acted as translator for Balkenhol, who said that he and his wife, Judith, call America their second home and that he learned a lot from being involved with the U.S. team. He praised the educational opportunities provided by the GDFNA. “We started this 20 years too late,” he said in German, as translated by Peters.

Finally, Wolfram Wittig discussed the development of the dressage horse. “In the warm-up, the most important thing for me is rhythm,” he said. He continued that it is important to relax the horse, moving forward but not hurried. “Shoulder-in, for me, is one of the most important movements,” he said.  Read More

Posted by admin On December - 14 - 2012

GDFNA News: International Dressage super stars Rudolf Zeilinger and Wolfram Wittig will be presenting 90 minute segments on their theories and philosophies on the methods they use for the development of their horses during the Global Dressage Forum North America to be held in Florida January 28, 29 2013.
     Rudolf Zeilinger is one of the world’s most notable and successful dressage riders/trainers with numerous medals in the international dressage arena.  People from all over the world seek his advice and guidance with their horses in training. 
     Wolfram Witting is truly the professional’s professional.  The most successful European riders have trained with Wittig including Isabelle Werth and U.S. team rider Jan Ebeling on his journey to the latest Olympics.
    Both Zeilinger’s and Wittig’s appearance at the GDFNA have created excitement and anticipation for people all over North America to come and witness these two gentlemen give their training demonstrations during the GDFNA.
     Other top names included in the program are Steffen Peters from the U.S., Ingrid Klimke from Germany, Arthur Kottas from Austria and Bo Jena from Denmark.
     These top names will be facing debate panels on the training meathods.  The panel members are Lendon Gray, Anne Gribbons, Wim Ernes, Christoph Hess, Leslie Reid, Stephen Clarke, Gary Rockwell, Sue Blinks, Felicitas von Neumann Cosel, Jan Ebeling.
    The Global Dressage Forum North America will be held on January 28, 29 2013 and has become the climax for dressage education in North America.

Posted by admin On December - 14 - 2012

GDFNA News:   As part of the two day intense program, GDFNA panelists Anne Gribbons, Kathy Connelly, Betsy Steiner, Leslie Reid, Jan Ebeling, Felicitas von Neumann will presenting a debate of questions and curiosities to world famous dressage trainer Arthur Kottas during his live demonstration for Work in Hand.
     Arthur Kottas will perform a 90 minute segment with a speech on his philosophies and meathods to the training of dressage horses, a live demonstration with Work in Hand techniques followed by a debate made up of a 6 member panel and finally concluding with questions from the audience.
    The Gobal Dressage Forum North America will be held at the Jim Brandon Center in West Palm Beach Florida on Monday January 28, 29 2013 immediately following the CDI3* Horse Show in the same venue. 

Posted by admin On November - 25 - 2012

          International U.S. Olympic Team rider Steffen Peters prepares to face a panel made up of 6 world authorities on the development and training of dressage horses.   On January 28, Steffen Peters will present a lecture and demonstration on his philosophies and theories on how he develops his horses for the highest level of international competition.
          Immediately following his demonstration, he returns on stage to face questions and respond to curiosities from an international panel consisting International Judges Christoph Hess and Stephen Clarke and Gary Rockwell, KWPN’s Wim Ernes, USDF Hall of Fame Inductee Lendon Gray and International rider Sue Blinks. 
          Never before has such an occurrence taken place.  Dressage riders from around the world will gather to witness this debate at the Global Dressage Forum North America to be held on January 28, 29, 2013, in Florida at the Jim Brandon Center in West Palm Beach.  Other international clinicians joining the program with Steffen Peters are Rudolf Zeilinger, Wolfram Wittig, Aurthur Kottas, Be Jena and the world famous international rider Ingrid Klimke.

    

Posted by admin On November - 16 - 2012

German International trainer Rudolf Zeilinger prepares for his appearance at the Global Dressage Forum North America to be held in Florida, January 28, 29th, 2013 at the Jim Brandon Center in West Palm Beach. Zeilinger will give face to face discussions, lectures on stage and training demonstrations in the arena, as part of an international gathering of the world’s top international dressage trainers for the presentation of the Global Dressage Forum North America 2013.

Other international dressage stars in the program include Ingrid Klimke, Steffen Peters, Wolfram Wittig, Bo Jena, Arthur Kottas and a long list of a total of 22 super stars in the world of dressage training for horses and riders.

Founder and Producer Andreas Stano says “this is a festival of education for every serious dressage rider.  It is a rare opportunity to witness 22 international dressage trainers presenting a two day program of intense dressage education on stage, with face to face discussions, lectures, speeches and training demonstrations in the arena, accompanied by vendors, receptions, parties and lots of fun in the sun.”

Posted by admin On November - 8 - 2012

World renowned dressage rider and trainer and former Head of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Arthur Kottas will be presenting Work in Hand lectures and demonstration at slots the Global Dressage Forum North America to be held on January 28, 29 2013 at the Jim Brandon Center in West Palm Beach Florida.