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20-22 October 2017: 4DIMENSIONDRESSAGE “THE FINE CONTACT”
2-day combination clinic for riders by Tessa Roos (seat specialist and MBS Feldenkrais practitioner) and Karin Leibbrandt (rehabilitation veterinarian and horse trainer, author of the book “Je paard succesvol trainen; paardvriendelijk presteren”)
Participation as a rider is for two days, one of which will be spent working on a balanced seat with Tessa and the other with Karin on riding technique to help the horse’s balance. Both days start with an unmounted session.
The “Fine Contact Competition”. A dressage competition in which the rider chooses in what order and at which exact moment the required figures and exercises of the test are shown, depending on when the horse is ready for it, constrained only by a time limit.
Marks will be given for all figures and exercises of the tests, but the most important part is the contact. Does the horse have a correct posture with length in the neck, does it lift the withers and bring the nose in front of the vertical? Does the horse move with balance and confidence? Is there harmony between horse and rider?
Bitless or even bridleless and bareback riding is allowed. A judge will evaluate the participants and give tips and feedback after the test. The audience may ask questions as long as they are respectful towards participants.