Any rider from any discipline is welcome at our clinics. You do not need to be an advanced rider, we work with “beginner beginners” all the way up to instructors and high level performance riders in all disciplines. People come to our clinics to truly learn, and everyone learns both from their own work and from the progress others make. Our clinics are fun, they're focused, and they're packed with useful information.
We offer clinics at our farm in Washington, as well as anywhere across the globe. Clinics hosted in the Americas or other continents are managed by local organizers and set up directly by corresponding with NSAE. Riding clinics, work in hand, or educational events are all possible... and more. Clinics with Craig Stevens and Mary Anne Campbell are offered in Europe several times each year. You'll work with Anneli Eriksson, our European agent, to schedule your event.
Work in Hand
Work in Hand is highly skilled ground work for the horse. All of our riders begin with a deep understanding of the aids, and the Work in Hand teaches the rider how the aids interface with the movement of the horse.
Work in hand is used to start young horses, recover healthy movement in injured, stiff or older horses, and to develop an upper level horse to the highest degree.
It includes work in hand at the horse's side, longe work, and long lining-- and all of the ideas are directly related to riding and to Mediterranean handling work.
Mediterranean work is about turning on your sensibility to what you're already unconsciously doing with the horse, and kindling in your horse a sense of trust in your ability to act with respect for physics and cadence and timing.
This beautiful, soulful work begins on the ground and extends throughout all of the work with the horse. It is exquisitely simple, but it is the source for all the upper level movements and gaits. And it's as much of a training for the rider as it is for the horse.
We teach Mediterranean work in all of our lesson forms, from weekly riding sessions on school horses, to clinics at our barn or yours.
Most riding being taught today (whether Americans would consider it ‘English’ or ‘western’) is a 19th century solution that addressed the needs of the competition industry. The work is oppositional, the assumption is generally that the horse is dominated by the rider. These methods are known to cause problems for the horse physically, damaging joints, causing ulcers, creating behavioral problems. But these problems are so common that riders assume it's not avoidable. The older work benefitted the horse and supported healthy joints, balanced emotions and engaged and curious minds. The older work was used to train noble riders the art of leadership through service, as it supports the best in human beings as well as in horses.
The Old Master’s Clinics
One of the gifts of Craig Stevens life long passion for equitation is the translation of writing from teachers across time.
The old master's clinics are single day experiences given in two sections, there is the lecture portion of the clinic, in which participants learn who the trainer was, and his role in equitation history.
Riders will be introduced to selected aspects of that trainer’s ideas.
Consider a day working with...
Dupaty de Clam,
General Alexis L'hotte
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