Sat, Jan 09 | ZOOM


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Time & Location

Jan 09, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

About the Event


Riding Forward Into The New Year,” the online dressage symposium on Saturday 9 January 2021:

Sponsored by Passier and presented in collaboration with Dressage Today, the star studded panel of international dressage talents will speak on a variety of topics designed to provide dressage riders of all levels with the unique insights needed to create big changes in their riding for the new year.

Christoph Hess: Losgelassenheit and Schwung

Keynote speaker for the symposium and International Dressage and Eventing judge Christoph Hess stated, “I am excited to be part of this Symposium. In Germany we have our second lockdown. That’s the best time to train and to learn online. The more the riders learn now the better they will ride and the more successful they will compete after the lockdown.”

Hess will present on the topic of  “Tapping Into Your Horse’s Nature for Powerful Movement: Losgelassenheit and Schwung in the German Training Scale Explained.”

Shannon Dueck: the Flying Change

Canadian Olympic and World Cup rider Shannon Dueck will focus on the art of the flying change and the secrets of how you can improve your horse’s natural canter.

Shannon states, "We are told that the rider cannot improve a horse’s natural canter, but I know that we can. If we focus on the impulsion, tempo and throughness via our seat, leg and rein aids we can positively impact the moment of suspension. The rider can decide how fast, how slow, how big and how short the canter stride is. Through these avenues we can improve the “air time”, and enhance the natural canter of the horse. The flying changes become movements of beauty, not just of technique."

Kim Gentry: Optimum Fit and Function

Australian Nations Cup team rider and bitting expert Kim Gentry will discuss the 4 keys to optimum fit and function for your dressage horse to ensure comfort, focus and ultimate performance.

Gentry stated, “As both a trainer and bit fitter I find bit fitting horses to be so fulfilling because I often see dramatic changes in horses that are significant steps forward in the horse’s training or show career. I love seeing these horses and riders happier because of these changes.”

Charlotte Jorst:The Power of Confidence in Your Horse

Danish born US Team and World Cup rider Charlotte Jorst will speak on the topic of, “The power of confidence in your horse.” Jorst will reveal insight on how you can utilize the power of a positive mindset in getting your horse to reach your ultimate goals.

Jorst stated, “I’m so excited about this symposium. I love working with Dave and I’m excited to share ideas with such a great group. I love interacting with the horse community and learn from each and every one. This will be great!”

Suzan Oakley, DVM: Musculature

Renowned equine practitioner and certified ISELP expert, Susan Oakley, DVM of Wellington Equine Sports Medicine will present an incredible look at what your dressage horse’s changing musculature reveals about his training and how to tailor your horses fitness program accordingly.

"Movement patterns of a dressage horse are reflected in their muscle development. Lack of muscle development in certain areas can be indicators of pain in any athlete. Diagnosing and addressing sources of pain and helping the horse change his movement patterns results in a sound and happy athlete," stated Dr. Oakley.

+ Feldenkrais With Dave Thind

Start time is 9 am Pacific, 12 noon EST, 5pm U.K, 18:00 Central Europe).  We estimate the whole event will be three hours long, but of course you can come and go as convenient.  

Tickets $17 / $9 Juniors


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