Sunday, March 25, 2012Many top level equestrians, including members of the Olympic equestrian teams in the USA, Germany and the UK use the Alexander Technique as a way to improve their riding. Through study of the Alexander Technique,
equestrians can learn to reduce unnecessary tension when they ride. Students become more aware of how they are
using their bodies as tools to communicate with their horses. With this new awareness and release of tension
the communication becomes less effortful and therefore more enjoyable and more
effective. Pain from specific medical
conditions that are caused or exacerbated by undue muscular tension (e.g.
carpel tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, back pain or knee pain) can be reduced or
removed altogether. Performance anxiety
can be lessened. Students are able to
breathe more freely and ride for longer periods without undue fatigue.
If you are looking for a way
to revitalize your riding and would like to find balance and poise in the
saddle, reduce pain and discomfort while riding, find more relaxation when you
ride, or would like to improve your communication with your horse, the Alexander Technique for Equestrians Workshop that I will be giving in association with my friend (a riding instructor) Bettina Montano. Contact me for more information and an application form.
In this two and half-day
workshop you will be introduced to the principles of the Alexander Technique as
they apply to horseback riding. The
first evening will be spent becoming familiar with the basic principles of the
Alexander Technique. The second day will
be spent reinforcing the principles of the Alexander Technique and applying
them to simulations as well as to riding Bettina's school horses. The final day will provide participants with
the opportunity to apply what they have learned, with individualized
lessons. Students will also have the
opportunity to learn from their peers as they observe each rider working in the
saddle. The small class-size will allow
plenty of time for personal attention and hands-on work A deposit is needed to reserve your space on this workshop.
(Jonesborough: Alexander Technique studio)
7:00 pm Introduction to the
9:00 pm Workshop Day 1 ends.
(Jonesborough: Alexander Technique studio)
9:00 am Alexander Technique as it applies to riding
1:00 pm Lunch break and relocate to riding facility
2:30 pm Mounted workshop (using School horses)*
6:30 pm Workshop Day 2 ends
(Jonesborough riding facility)
10:00 am Mounted workshop --
individual attention using your own horse.**
You are encouraged to observe other student's mounted
4:30 pm Workshop ends. Note this is an approximate time. We will take the time it takes to allow the
horses to be comfortable and you to have a guided mounted experience.
weather contingency -- Because the
riding facilities we will use are open to the elements, in the event of
inclement weather, the organizers reserve the right to substitute other
suitable activities relating to the application of Alexander technique to horseback
** Students are encouraged to use their own horse for Sunday's session; however,
this clinic focuses on the rider and is not the place to address "horse
issues." A student who is unable to bring their own horse
may use one of Bettina's horses. If you
are unsure about the suitability of your horse for Sunday's workshop, please
to discuss this. Please note: The organizers reserve the right to refuse to work
with you on your own horse if that horse appears unsafe for the rider or
clinicians. In such an instance,
participants may be offered the chance to use one of Bettina's horses.
Bettina Montano grew
up in a small town in Denmark
along the German border. At age 6, she
began riding horses English style and competed throughout her teenage years in
dressage, jumping and Fox Hunting. At
age 18, she moved to the States where she continued her horse journey. She is a graduate of California
where she studied Sociology and German.
She now owns and operates a horse ranch in Jonesborough, TN
and enjoys conducting riding lessons and training. She has adopted natural horsemanship as her
primary approach and reinforces safety and relationship building with the
horses. Away from the ranch she enjoys
traveling and often visits her family and friends in Denmark. She also enjoys spending time with her
husband and three sons.