Experiencing the Joy of Riding in Italy: European Fall Tour Highlights pt.1

I spent most of September and October teaching all over Europe.  It was wonderful and there were many exciting demos, workshops, and events with old friends and many new face.  Here is Part 1 of my European Tour Highlights!

September 4th to 8th 2012 I taught an exciting riding clinic in Udine, Italy organized and co-taught by our “darevets” Silvia Torresani and Massimo Da Re with the additional teaching assistance of long time TTouch Practitioners, Beate Meyer and Anke Recktenwald from Germany.  Silvia and Massimo have spent the last several years introducing and promoting TTouch in Italy with great success.

A group photo of horses, riders, and instructors.

A group photo of horses, riders, and instructors.

The clinic was everything we had hoped for, thanks to excellent horses, many of them on loan from Massimo’s clients, and a wonderful group of participants and teachers.

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The riding emphasis was on the Balanced Seat style of riding we taught in our 9-month program for riding instructors at our Pacific Coast Equestrian School of Horsemanship in California in the 1960’s. For the first 3 days each rider received personal coaching while riding with the Tellington TTouch equipment: Balance Rein, Promise Wrap, Training Bit, Lindell sidepull, and combination of snaffle and Lindell.

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In addition to individually experiencing the different tools, the participants enjoyed working in groups of six riders in quadrille style.  By the end of the week the groups were working together bridle-less, using only the Liberty neck rings.   Riders and horses were grinning from ear to ear.

The Joy of Riding!  A bridle-less Quadrille.

The Joy of Riding! A bridle-less Quadrille.

It was a fabulous training and everyone enjoyed the sense of learning, co-operation, and fun, I can’t wait for my next trip to Italy!

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