Contact and Connection Workshop
Exercises and Powerpoint Lecture
Most all riders struggle with contact and connection. It is one of the HARDEST and most important parts of Dressage!
Contact comes first: getting the horse to accept the bit and give to the pressure. Connection comes second - this is where we involve the whole body of the horse and get the horse to go from the hind leg through the back in to the bridle!
This workshop includes:
- Specific Exercises to Improve your Contact
- Specific Exercises for Connection
- Groundwork Exercises for Contact and Connection
- 60 Minute Lecture with Slides on Contact and Connection
It is very important to understand the difference between contact and connection and to know where to start with your horse in order to improve the Contact and Connection!
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.