Bridge to Dressage with Linda Parelli

Although admired for the incredible athletic beauty of the horse’s movements, modern dressage is often criticized for the harsh methods sometimes used, and there is growing demand for a more horse-friendly approach, a return to the classical approach espoused by the masters.

When Linda met Pat, she was training in dressage but struggling with her horse’s behavioral problems. At her first clinic in 1998 Pat taught Linda to understand her horse and use more psychology, and the next 25 years made history as they traveled the world together and founded the natural horsemanship industry.

About ten years ago, Linda returned to study dressage as a student of revered master, Walter Zettl, and more recently with Christoph Hess. Dressage has never been far from her mind, and many theories and philosophies on making the bridge have been intensely discussed since the year 2000 when she met two time Olympian Luis Lucio (who is now Trainers Delegate on the FEI Dresage Committee, and Chef d’quip of the Spanish Dressage Team, and a Parelli Level 4 Graduate!).

Although Linda rides more for her own education and research, she quickly saw the dressage-related gaps in the Finesse part of the Parelli Program. Applying Parelli principles and psychology to the sport of dressage has led to many developments and breakthroughs.

10-day course topics:

• Building the bridge from Finesse to dressage • How to prepare on the ground • Learning & developing the moves • Relaxation, suppleness, confidence • Precision • Rider position and balance • Style & presentation • Equipment • Calming a tense horse • Improving responsiveness • How to practice • Neutralizing criticism • Common problems to overcome • Anatomy of a training session • Preparing for a show • Dealing with nerves • Keys to a successful show! (Simulated competitions)

Running a course that brings the two worlds together has been Linda’s life-long ambition.

“Learning how to apply psychology in a sport that makes you want to micromanage the horse has been a big learning curve for me. I love dressage, but I want my horse to love it too. Nothing makes me happier than when I’m told how happy my horse looks, how much he loves to learn and is easy to teach. That’s what I want to preserve and promote, and I can’t wait to teach you the secrets I’ve learned from some of the top trainers and masters in the sport.”

Prerequisites: Level 2+ skills for horse and rider (official or unofficial). The course will accommodate riders both experienced or new to the sport.

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