Well I have to say I am pretty excited because this month the Themed Clinics start, and already the Albany Clinic is almost full with only one place left. Oakford Clinic has three places left , and Margaret River Clinic has only one place left! This makes me so happy because it means riders are curious and ready to be open to learning about the finer detail and welfare of their horses. They are about to step into another level of understanding and riding.
There will be a workshop on this clinic discussing contact – what does contact mean to you and what does it tell you? Riders will be learning about how to gain more dexterity and feel. The Telerein will be used and clinic participants will all receive a report later of what their left and right hand is doing as well as visual feed-back as they ride. You may have seen the FB feeds on my discoveries with the Telerein. If not, have a look on my Ann Montgomery “The Mindful Rider” Face book page from earlier in the year if you’d like more information.
Also on the clinics this month, I am trying out sending riding times via a Messenger group. So far it has worked well in Oakford and Margaret River, so watch out to see if you are added to the group when you book onto clinics.
Following on from this clinic Laura Bird and myself will be conducting 1 day workshops on the underlying muscles and structures between head to hand. Jane the skeleton will be assisting. This will be held on 21 March at Keysbrook WA and bookings are open on the website: annmontgomery.com.au
We will also be doing the ridden back, pelvis and hindquarters later in the year. These will follow on from other Themed clinics “The rider’s seat” and “The timing of the aids”.
I’m also thrilled that the Body and Mind Mastery Clinics, that New Zealand-based Jennifer Abdelnoor and I run yearly, are already booking up for May.
The Yoga challenge I created was great and has got me back into my grounded yoga state again, with calmness and slower, longer breathing. I never realised how yoga positively affected my nervous system. This also brought more people to the Yoga FB page than I imagined, not just from around Australia but also New Zealand, USA, Netherlands and South Africa. It was for me, wonderful to create what I thought would be a handful of riders but ended with 100 followers giving it a go. Thank you if you took part and motivated me to do it daily as I instigated it. Dogs, cats, chickens and horses were captured on photos also joining in, so it involved lots of laughter and jokes. A big thank you to Adriane Yoga who didn’t even realise she was becoming loved by us all.
By the way: This is Frank, Frank thinks the mat is fun be more like Frank
Up and coming “The Mindful Rider” clinics:
14th Friday – Albany. Please contact Sarah Williams on 0488 695 157, if you want to book a lesson.
15-16th Sat-Sun – Albany. Themed two-day clinic on Contact. (1 place left.)
21st Friday – Oakford. Private lessons.
22-23rd Sat-Sun – Oakford. Themed two day clinic on Contact. (3 places left)
6 th Friday – Margaret River. Private Lessons. Please contact me via Messenger if you want to book a lesson.
7-8th Sat-Sun – Margaret River. Themed two day clinic on Contact. (1 places left)