The Dressage Aids
ENROLMENT CURRENTLY CLOSED. Everything you need to know about the Aids
The Aids are what we use in Dressage to communicate with our horse! Sometimes it can be incredibly frustrating to get your horse to understand what it is that you are asking for!
The main Aids that we have are our legs, seat, and hands. We can also use the voice, whip, and spur although these are considered the auxiliary aids and should be used sparingly.
In order to be effective with the aids, it is important to apply the right amount of each aid at the right time - that's the hard part!
This workshop goes into depth on exactly how to use your aids for effective and clear communication with your horse!
The workshop includes several exercises for you to do with your horse, a worksheet to print and fill out, and a 90 minute lecture with slides on the aids!
We do have a special section al about the canter aids - this is one of the most difficult aids for most all horses and riders!
Hope to "see" you inside the workshop!
As a dressage trainer, my goal is to make good training accessible to everyone who is interested in learning. I want to help YOU "learn, to love your ride!"
Amelia is passionate about sharing her knowledge of riding, horses and dressage. She has trained numerous horses and riders from Training Levels to the Grand Prix. Dressage is hard and she loves the challenge of educating riders and horses. Amelia has a clear understanding of rider position, how to ride a horse and train the movements.
Unlike many top riders, Amelia was NOT a natural talent and fell off so many times in her early riding days that her instructor nearly told her parents she should quit riding! Perseverance, love of all horses, and determination, not innate talent, is what made Amelia into the rider and horsewoman that she is today. Amelia is incredibly grateful to all the teachers who have helped her on this journey especially Joh Hinnemann, Christine Traurig, Sue Martin, Larry Fleming and Julie Barringer-Richers and of course the thousands of horses she's ridden including Geronimo, Trump, and Harvey.
Amelia enjoys helping each individual student and horse find harmony, trust, and balance. "Nothing is more rewarding than watching one of my students glide harmoniously around the ring together with their horse! This makes my heart soar!" says Amelia.
Amelia hopes to one day represent the U.S.A. on the international circuit and loves training her three horses, Harvey, Kensington and Luigi in Los Angeles, CA. Amelia has her USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, She is the winner of the prestigious USEF Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize and a member of the USEF Dressage Development Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
These workshops are an amazing opportunity to enhance your training program. Whether you are in full training with a trainer or working mostly alone, this workshop will help you to communicate more effectively with your horse!
The workshop not only will give you specific exercises to get your horse better on the aids, but the lecture, complete with power point slides, will also help you to really understand the theory behind the aids in Dressage!
Getting your horse on the aids goes a long way to making your ride more productive and enjoyable!
Hope to see you in the workshop!!