Balance in Dressage Riding and Training
ENROLMENT CURRENTLY CLOSED. A Workshop to Help You Find Balance
“Balance is the key to everything. What we do, think, say, feel, they all require awareness and through this awareness we can grow. -Koi Fresco
Dressage is all about balance. Balance is the body’s ability to maintain equilibrium against the force of gravity. When your horse is physically in balance they are much easier to ride and maneuver through turns and transitions. When your horse is in balance physically, it helps them to find balance mentally and to feel more secure.
Balance is a crucial part in the fundamentals of Dressage. In Dressage you must balance up and down, right and left, slow and fast, and collection and extension. One of the hardest things to balance in my opinion is pressure and release. In order to train a horse, you must have both pressure and release - but you must find a balance of these two things and be sure that you apply the pressure and give the release at the right time!
Balance starts from the rider! Physically we must always stay balanced on top of our horse in order to give our horse confidence and to help our horse stay balanced themselves. When we are able to stay balanced and help to balance our horses correctly, not only will you avoid injury and help your horse to stay sounder longer, but physical balance creates mental balance - this makes your horse much more willing and easier to train!
If you feel that you are lacking balance in your riding (or in life), check out our workshop on balance. The workshop includes 4 training exercises specifically designed to help get your horse in a better balance, a worksheet for you to print and fill out, and a 60 minute lecture with power point slides all about balance!!
Looking forward to “seeing” 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
This workshop is an amazing opportunity to enhance your training program. Whether you are in full training with a trainer or working mostly alone, these workshops will help you to understand the theory of Dressage and help you analyze the specific issues you are having with your horse and how to best approach them. Often it is difficult when you are in a live lesson to really understand the theory of Dressage training and to analyze the situation and problems you are having!!
Hope to see you in the workshop!!