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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.
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.
DressageClinic.com presents Lilo Fore, a masterful coach, who brings her incredible eye and wisdom in assisting Kerry Johnson. Kerry's willing mount is Red Fish Blue Fish, a charming and forward horse schooling 4th level which Lilo often compliments.
Instantly Lilo reads the status of the horse and rider team by quickly assessing the mechanics and movements of their riding. Her years of FEI judging and lifetime with the equine industry result in a clear knowing of the adjustments need to me made and, in this video with Kerry, she begins the coaching process of refining the details to bring her and her horse to the next level of riding.
Now, Lilo’s communication style is not for the faint of heart. Her manner of coaching is German-like: direct. This is no surprise as her equine upbringing began in Germany. Her words are precise, her descriptions clear and crisp, and there is swift corrections delivered when needed. Lilo has the ability to assess, dismantle, and then bring back together the elements of riding that many of us dare not tamper with – even on our best days. This is what makes her a powerful and effective coach.
And, in the midst of the resolved training, there is always a kindness flowing from Lilo. Her intention is to bring her knowledge and insight and depart it to her pupils so they improve and grow.
At minute 31 Lilo shares with Kerry a coaching tip to be ‘not so afraid’ to change her riding position. Lilo, with her expert eye, challenges Kerry to ride higher. What a powerful message. We too should not be so afraid to ride in a new way – without fear.
Kerry shows us the way of walking this path bravely and her horse is a willing, eager participant in responding to her changing posture, leg position, seat aids, and rhythm. Lilo never wavers in her expectation of the outcome: she wants a rounded, reaching, bending horse with a rider correctly and successfully using her seat, hand, and leg aids.
Lilo reminds us of the even rhythm required in all gaits and touches on the concept of giving yourself ‘time to sit’ to allow the horse to rise up out of each canter stride.
Lilo’s honest and direct coaching can make massive shifts in horse and rider and it is a gift to have her coaching reach out to the willing and the brave.
Lilo Fore has a dynamic career within the dressage world with success in breeding, training, judging, and competing various horses since moving to the U.S.A in the early 70s. Having fallen in love with the horse in her native Germany, Lilo shares her gifts of assessment and her wisdom around the world and is often traveling to international competitions as a FEI Dressage Judge.
DressageClinic.com is pleased to present Jennifer Kotylo who guides us with her clear, engaging presentation at the Global Dressage Forum Convention into improving the movement of your body to best communicate with your horse.
Jennifer is a Movement and Body Awareness Specialist for Equestrians based out of Chicago. She graciously shares her deep understanding of the human body and its influence on the horse.
No doubt, Jennifer’s wisdom in human body movement will elevate your thinking of how you sit and move in and out of the saddle.
Using diagrams of the spine, 3-D images of the pelvis, and on-stage demonstrations, she deconstructs our most important tool for communicating with our horses: our body.
In essence, Jennifer’s key message is simply this: “we need to create thoroughness in ourselves”.
She explains thoughness as having “a smoothness in your movement” on the horse, with no hiccup. “These are things we want in our horses,” she states.
“We want to develop a horse that moves with correctness, with beauty, with grace, with power and it should seem effortless and it should seem fluid,” explains Jennifer.
“In order for our horses to be able to do that, we need to be able to do the same thing.”
Step by step, Jennifer takes along the anatomy of the body and enlightens us on developing our thoroughness.
Jennifer’s method to bringing us her body awareness knowledge is clear andorganized. Her presentation is full pictures, stories, and videos. Best of all, Jennifer shares her techniques and exercises with the audience. You will likely find you will be following along, performing the exercises and on your way to becoming transformed. You’ll be excited and literally skipping to your next ride more supple and aware.
By covering the anatomy of the spine and the pelvis, one gains the importance of becoming body aware and in this awareness we can begin understanding the importance managing our bodies correctly in order to best communicate with our horse.
Whether you are on the horse, walking the dog or even watching this video, Jennifer will transform your thinking on the power and grace of your body and gives you the techniques to create oneness with your horse.
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.