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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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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 coach, 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 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 David Marcus riding and lecturing aboard Edy Rava, a stunning yet nervous 7 year-old KWPN mare schooling 4th Level owned by Tuny Page.

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This video demonstrates David’s calm, unflappable form while riding the very sensitive and nervous mare that has amazing potential  – under the right leadership.  David has the right leadership.

This video illustrates how great leadership from a rider can dramatically influence a horse.   

David’s leadership is exactly what the mare needs.  It is supportive, has good judgment and there is a gentle, unwavering determination to ensure the mare can always trust him.

The video is set in a spectacular white sand, open-walled arena where this exceptionally sensitive mare frequently notices the cameraman and audience.  This brings David’s leadership to the surface as he explains his priority to release tension and inspire confidence in the mare.

Many times, it could have gone another way, but David’s style results in a beautiful 40-minute training session where they accomplish clean changes, beautiful half-passes and, at the end, a relaxed horse walking towards the camera looking almost pleased with herself.  

Like every ride, it has errors.  David downplays them beautifully, which is perfect for this horse.

David’s success in the dressage ring shows in this video.  As he rides, he explains his use of aids to achieve balance, connection, and relaxation in this mare, which, he states, are required before we ask any questions of a horse.  

In this video, David takes some time at minute 20 to explain the importance of horses trusting their riders.

From his experience, he believes we should always ride to confirm that our horse always trusts us.   This is how partnership forms between rider and flight animal shares David.  He jokes saying this mare is constantly asking him  ‘What do you think David, am I okay?’  He explains that by keeping his connection with seat, leg, and rein plus the use of his voice, he can keep her confident and feeling ‘okay’ with the situation.   With a horses’ trust, we can achieve great things.

And in the video, you’ll notice David constantly talks to the mare, almost like a travelling partner on a journey.  David’s dialogue is reassuring and you can see the mare knows David is on her side.  

David also brings great decision making to the mare’s training as he modifies the length of the ride to accommodate a longer warm-up.  He shortens the duration of the gymnastic portion of the training to prevent fatigue and regularly modifies the session with exercises to reduce any tension that arises in the mare.

He listens to the horse’s breathing and observes her ears. He never misses a signal from this lovely mare.  As a result of David's attention and leadership, the mare produces super work.  In the end, David ends the training right after receiving a lovely canter change.  Both David and the horse are relaxed and look pleased – success!

Hats off to David in this video.  He shows us what great leadership can accomplish.

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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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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present Heather Blitz who rides Rip Line, a 4 year old Danish Warmblood stallion.  She begins with complimenting Rip Line’s superior temperament, confirmation, and three super gaits.

 

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“He’s an exciting young horse for me”.  And he is.  What a pleasure to watch.  This young natural athlete shows willingness, energy, and confidence.  He flows around the outdoor arena with incredible balance as a 4 year old.

“I feel that it is my job to stay out of this horse’s way and let him work.  He is so natural!”

Heather has nothing but great feedback on Rip Line’s acceptance of the bit, submission, and suppleness.  His ridability is easy and simple.

A great rhythm is apparent in this uncomplicated 4 year-old stallion and he is a pleasure to watch.

“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.  Heather 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.

Heather rewards Rip Line with a long and low rising trot showing his balance and confidence before beginning more trot, canter, and 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.

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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.

 

 

 


 

 

 


Click Above to Watch Sample Video of George Williams coaching Jessica Stark on Ultra Sonic, an 11 year Old Holsteiner Mare Schooling Grand Prix.

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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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!

Posted by admin On July - 3 - 2016

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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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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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Posted by admin On January - 29 - 2014

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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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.