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Schedule

For more information or to register for any of these events call 802-380-3268, or email heidi@heidipotter.com
All events held at the New England Center for Horsemanship (NECH) unless another location is indicated. For the protection of all of our horses those attending events at NECH must have proof of Negative Coggins and Rhino/Flu vaccine. Thank you.

2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

9AM-4PM

Full Circle Farm
Newport NH

 

Heated Indoor!!

Intro to Western Dressage

Join us to see how Western Dressage can improve the overall performance, soundness & fitness of your horse.

  • Learn why Dressage is important for all horses and all styles of riding .
  • Learn how to slowly and correctly help your horse become more supple, soft and well-balanced.
  • Improve your riding skills through use of the Centered Riding® Basics

More Info / Flyer >

Registration Form >

Monday, January 9, 2017

Full Circle Farm
Newport NH

 

Heated Indoor!!

Relationship Training

This special day of groundwork is dedicated to improving the overall relationship you share with your equine partner. (Based on the methodology of Piet Nibbelink)

  • Discover what your horse needs from you in order to feel safe and establish trust.
  • Improve your awareness and mindfulness while interacting with him at liberty in the picadero (square pen).
  • Learn how to read his body language and improve your own.

More Info / Flyer >

Registration Form >

January 20, 2017

High Horses TRC
Sharon VT

Mindful Handling & Horse Agility Workshop

Host: Sue Miller 802-356-3386 or program@highhorses.org

More Info / Flyer >

 

February 4-11, 2017
February 11-13, 2017

Nosara, Costa Rica

 

Heidi Potter, Equisol, Beach Ride

 

Holistic Equestrian Retreat

February 4-11: This all inclusive equestrian vacation is being hosted at the Finca Austria, a 150-acre ranch in the hills of Nosara. Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean, sunset, river and jungle. This special holistic equine vacation includes daily Yoga, Centered Riding & Natural Horsemanship, trail and beach rides, swimming with the horses and time for relaxation, restoration and adventure..

February 11-13: this optional "add-on" without horses, is an opportunity to visit and experience another part of Costa Rica, the beautiful Rio Celeste, with two nights in Bijagua at The Carolina Lodge. We will be surrounded by volcanoes and thick forest and staying in rustic cabins. This add-on includes your accommdations, all meals, transportation, yoga and a guided hiking tour of the national park. The park is famous for the beautiful turquoise-colored Rio Celeste and its incredible waterfall and wildlife, including monkeys, toucans and sloths.

Visit http://www.equisolretreats.com/#!centered-riding/cv9u for more information. For further inquiry or to make a reservation contact Heidi Blackman: info@equisolretreats.com or 949-209-8755. Space is limited.

Photos from the 2016 retreat >

Check out this video from the 2016 retreat and see the beautiful setting, groundwork, our beach ride and horses rolling in the river!

Postponed

A new date will be announced soon

High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center
Ghent NY

Positive Reinforcement Training - Changing Undesireable Behaviors

Host: Laura Corsum
518-672-4202
info@high-n-mighty.org

Registration Form >

More Info / Flyer >

 

march 4-5, 2017
March 6, 2017

Plumwood Arabians
Altoona FL

Heidi Potter, Horse Agility

Rediscovering Horsemanship Clinic

Horse Agility & Positive Reinforcement Training

March 4 -5: Clinic

March 6: Individual Lessons

Plumwood Arabians
44945 Dupree Rd, Altoona, FL 32702

Host: Laura Causey 352-256-3718 (c) 352-669-1412 (h) laura.causey@yahoo.com
29901 SE 150th St., Altoona, Florida 32702

Event Flyer >

Registration Form >

March 11-12, 2017

Western Dressage / Obstacle Two-Phase Clinic

March 12, 2017
3 pm

Western Dressage / Obstacle Two-Phase Competition

Black Prong Equestrian Center
Bronson, FL

Heidi Potter Obstacle Clinic

  • Discover how Western Dressage can improve the overall performance, soundness & fitness in horses of all ages, breeds and all disciplines.
  • Improve confidence and performance in a progressive, safe and positive manner.
  • No Experience Needed!

Black Prong Equestrian Center
450 S.E. CR 33, Bronson, FL 32621
Hosted by: Andrea Scott
250 SE 110th Terrace Williston FL 32696
585-203-4470 andreadscott@mac.com

Registration Form >

Flyer / More Info >

Friday
March 24, 2017

Centered Riding Open Clinic Day

Discover how to ride more comfortably and confidently with the CR Basics. Learn skills to help you release tension, improve communication and develop a more effective, balanced seat. Riders of all levels & styles of riding are welcome, from seasoned competitors, to walk/trot pleasure riders, to the gaited horse lover.

Saturday
March 25, 2017

Horse Agility Open Clinic and Competition

Arcadia Stables
Exeter, RI


Hosted by Darlene Evans
401-742-3970 or contactdarlene@gmail.com

Mailing Address: 60 Meadowbrook Rd Richmond, RI 02898
Stable Physical Address: 2552 Ten Rod Road Exeter, RI 02822)

Flyer / More Info >

Registration Form >

April 7-9, 2017

Arnhem, Netherlands

Centered Riding Open Clinic

Hosted by Piet Nibbelink
Location: De Paardenmatt Arnhem, Netherlands
Contact: depaardenmaat@hetnet.nl or phnibbelink@hetnet.nl

April 18, 2017

NECH, Guilford, VT

Cathy Drumm

Cathy Drumm Western Dressage Teaching Day

Private and Semi-Private Lessons, Auditing

Register by March 18 for the early bird rate

Registration Form >

Cathy's 2017 Teaching Days at NECH:

  • April 18, 2017
  • May 31, 2017
  • June 14, 2017
  • September 6, 2017
  • October 25, 2017
April 21, 2017

HardyStables
Chesterfield, NH

Horsemanship & Obstacle Training Workshops

Morning Workshop: 10-12

Afternoon Workshop: 1-3

This day is designed for those who wish to develop a more trusting
relationship and build confidence with their horse. Both

sessions will begin with improving communication, trust and confidence
on the ground and progress to mounted obstacle play.

Limited spaces available and open to auditing.

Hosted by Debbie Hardy
176 Rt 63 Chesterfield, NH 03443
Debbielh777@hotmail.com or 802-338-6299 (cell); 603-363-4231 (home)

Registration Form >

May 3-5, 2017

(Wednesday-Friday)

NECH
Guilford VT

Piet Nibblelink hosted by Heidi Potter

Piet Nibblelink Relationship Clinic

Piet travels from his native Netherlands to spend 6 days of relationship training with us. Both clinics are full for participating w/a horse but open to two forms of auditing.

These 3-day groundwork clinics include discussions, interactive exercises with humans and playing with horses, primarily at liberty. Improve your self-awareness & learn the subtleties of body language needed to truly understand and communicate mindfully with your equine partner.

Don’t miss this chance to discover “the missing link” in your horsemanship and forever change the relationship you share with your equine partner.

Participants: 9 am- 5 pm

Auditors: 10 am- 5 pm

Flyer >

Registration Form >

May 12-16, 2017

Hearts & Horses
Buxton ME

CHA Standard Instructor Certification Clinic

Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, Buxton, ME
Host: Stephanie Keene 207-929-4700
Stephanie@heartsnhorses.org

May 25, 2017
Thursday

NECH, Guilford, VT

Horse Speak by Sharon Wilsie

Learning Horse Speak with Sharon Wilsie

10 am- 3 pm

Learn the true language of Equus with "Horse Speak" author Sharon Wilsie. This clinic will focus on "Boundaries and Bonding" & "How to Lead a Horse with Your Feet". Join us to learn what your horse really needs from you.

Visit Sharon's website to learn more. Bring your horse or use one of ours at no charge. Limited to 6 participants. Auditing available!

Registration Form >

There will be another Horse Speak clinic with Sharon on June 8.

May 31, 2017

NECH, Guilford, VT

Cathy Drumm

Cathy Drumm Western Dressage Teaching Day

Private and Semi-Private Lessons, Auditing

Register by April 30 for the early bird rate

Registration Form >

Cathy's 2017 Teaching Days at NECH:

  • April 18, 2017
  • May 31, 2017
  • June 14, 2017
  • September 6, 2017
  • October 25, 2017
June 8, 2017
Thursday

NECH, Guilford, VT

Horse Speak by Sharon Wilsie

Learning Horse Speak with Sharon Wilsie

10 am - 5 pm

Learn the true language of Equus with "Horse Speak" author Sharon Wilsie. This clinic will focus on "Boundaries and Bonding" & "How to Lead a Horse with Your Feet". Join us to learn what your horse really needs from you.

Visit Sharon's website to learn more. Bring your horse or use one of ours at no charge. Limited to 6 participants. Auditing available!

Registration Form >

June 14, 2017

NECH, Guilford, VT

Cathy Drumm

Cathy Drumm Western Dressage Teaching Day

Private and Semi-Private Lessons, Auditing

Register by May 14 for the early bird rate

Registration Form >

Cathy's 2017 Teaching Days at NECH:

  • April 18, 2017
  • May 31, 2017
  • June 14, 2017
  • September 6, 2017
  • October 25, 2017
June 23, 2017

Wild Side Ranch
Bloomfield, NY

Changing Undesireable Behaviors Using Positive Reinforcement

Clinic Description >

Flyer >

Registration Form >

June 24-25, 2017

Wild Side Ranch
Bloomfield, NY

 

Centered Riding / Natural Horsemanship Clinic

Each day includes workshops, groundwork w/horses, obstacle training & Centered Riding Instruction

Clinic Description >

Flyer >

Registration Form >

June 26, 2017

Wild Side Ranch
Bloomfield, NY

Private and Group Riding and/or Training Sessions with Heidi

Flyer >

Registration Form >

July 8-9, 2017

Green Mountain
Horse Association
Woodstock VT

Two Clinicians for the Price of One!

Western Dressage & Practical Obstacle Training Clinic

Taught by Heidi Potter & Cathy Drumm

Heidi Potter & Cathy Drumm are joining forces to offer you this educational and fun new format.

These clinics will offer riders of all breeds and levels a chance to improve the training, fitness and confidence of their equine partners. Walk/trot riders to pleasure trail riders to high level competitors will benefit from this duo's extensive base of knowledge and compassionate teaching style. Participants will learn about the growing sport of Western Dressage and how it supports correct development of all horses. Experienced WD riders and horses will get coaching on what is needed to advance to the next level while those new to the sport will get a great introduction. The Practical Obstacle Training is based on the Working Equitation EOH (Ease of Handling) classes. It's focus is on learning how to safely navigate practical obstacles not desensitize your horse to scary stimulus.

  • Cathy's Dressage lessons will focus on teaching the value and performance enhancement of light, correct dressage in order to support the horses overall well-being and fitness. No dressage experience is needed. All work begins where each individual horse and rider is currently. The exercises taught can all be practiced out on the trail as well as in the ring.
  • Heidi's Practical Obstacle Training will focus on improving confidence and performance in a progressive, safe, positive manner. Practice will be on practical obstacles such as; bridges, gates, a cross rail, carrying an object, weaving, figure 8's, etc.
  • Both instructors will focus on helping their riders become the most balanced, soft and supportive rider possible.

Sunday's practice will include learning how to ride Western Dressage & Obstacle patterns. No memorization needed for the Dressage patterns as "Calling a Test" will be included and practiced by anyone interested in learning. Those new to the sport will start with a Walk/Trot Intro pattern while experienced riders will get coaching on their current level of riding and training. Judge Karry Brothers will visit with participants on Sunday afternoon and provide everyone with helpful feedback. A wrap up session, including the awarding of ribbons and score sheets, will close out this wonderful event.

Join us to improve the performance of your experienced horse or to learn how Western Dressage and Obstacle Training for Confidence will enhance your horsemanship, your horse's fitness and the overall relationship you share with your equine friend.

Flyer >

Register on line at GMHA's Website >

Registration Form (Print and Mail) >

July 14, 2017
9 AM - 5 PM

Whispering Woods Stables
Augusta, ME

Changing Undesireable Behaviors Using Positive Reinforcement Clinic

Registration Form >

Flyer >

July 15-16, 2017

Whispering Woods Stables
Augusta, ME

Centered Riding/Holistic Horsemanship 2 Day Clinic

Each day of this 3 day clinic includes workshops, groundwork with horses, obstacle training & Centered Riding Instruction

This three-day clinic is designed to lead participants and their horses to a more safe, trusting and enjoyable relationship with their equine partners. Non-abusive, Holistic Horsemanship training techniques, combined with Centered Riding philosophies, offer a well rounded program. This clinic includes ground exercises for the humans, in-hand & possibly liberty exercises with the horses and mounted applications. The ground work focuses on helping participants gain new insights and safely establish respect, confidence and trust with their equine partner. Participants will also learn Positive Reinforcement Training techniques, including Clicker Training, to assist them in reshaping undesirable behaviors.

For the mounted portion of the clinic riders will discover how the Centered RIding basics can improve comfort, communication, balance, confidence and performance with horses of all levels and breeds, including Gaited Horses.

Registration Form >

Flyer >


July 30 - August 6, 2017

Bitterroot Ranch
Dubois, Wyoming

Heidi Potter Bitteroot Ranch trail ride

Centered Riding-Holistic Horsemanship Clinic

Bitterroot Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming

Join me for a memorable, all-inclusive week-long retreat at the beautiful Wyoming Bitterroot Ranch. Be paired up with an equine partner & enjoy learning holistic horsemanship techniques designed to improve communication & understanding, Centered Riding lessons to improve overall balance, confidence & comfort, & pleasure trail rides in the amazing Wyoming countryside. Enjoy, wholesome, healthy meals, time in the baby pasture and Yoga sessions.

For more info contact Hadley Fox
hadley@equitours.com; 800-545-0019

Photos from the 2016 clinic >

About Bitterroot Ranch >

Retreat Info >

August 26-27, 2017

Full Circle Farm
Newport NH

 

Two Clinicians for the Price of One!

Western Dressage & Practical Obstacle Training Clinic

Taught by Heidi Potter & Cathy Drumm

Heidi Potter & Cathy Drumm are joining forces to offer you this educational and fun new format.

These clinics will offer riders of all breeds and levels a chance to improve the training, fitness and confidence of their equine partners. Walk/trot riders to pleasure trail riders to high level competitors will benefit from this duo's extensive base of knowledge and compassionate teaching style. Participants will learn about the growing sport of Western Dressage and how it supports correct development of all horses. Experienced WD riders and horses will get coaching on what is needed to advance to the next level while those new to the sport will get a great introduction. The Practical Obstacle Training is based on the Working Equitation EOH (Ease of Handling) classes. It's focus is on learning how to safely navigate practical obstacles not desensitize your horse to scary stimulus.

  • Cathy's Dressage lessons will focus on teaching the value and performance enhancement of light, correct dressage in order to support the horses overall well-being and fitness. No dressage experience is needed. All work begins where each individual horse and rider is currently. The exercises taught can all be practiced out on the trail as well as in the ring.
  • Heidi's Practical Obstacle Training will focus on improving confidence and performance in a progressive, safe, positive manner. Practice will be on practical obstacles such as; bridges, gates, a cross rail, carrying an object, weaving, figure 8's, etc.
  • Both instructors will focus on helping their riders become the most balanced, soft and supportive rider possible.

Sunday's practice will include learning how to ride Western Dressage & Obstacle patterns. No memorization needed for the Dressage patterns as "Calling a Test" will be included and practiced by anyone interested in learning. Those new to the sport will start with a Walk/Trot Intro pattern while experienced riders will get coaching on their current level of riding and training. Judge Karry Brothers will visit with participants on Sunday afternoon and provide everyone with helpful feedback. A wrap up session, including the awarding of ribbons and score sheets, will close out this wonderful event.

Join us to improve the performance of your experienced horse or to learn how Western Dressage and Obstacle Training for Confidence will enhance your horsemanship, your horse's fitness and the overall relationship you share with your equine friend.

Host: Wendy Allen 603-863-1262 or fullcirclefarmnh@gmail.com

Flyer >

Registration Form >

September 6, 2017

NECH, Guilford, VT

Cathy Drumm

Cathy Drumm Western Dressage Teaching Day

Private and Semi-Private Lessons, Auditing

Register by August 6 for the early bird rate

Registration Form >

Cathy's 2017 Teaching Days at NECH:

  • April 18, 2017
  • May 31, 2017
  • June 14, 2017
  • September 6, 2017
  • October 25, 2017
Sept 13-14, 2017

Brookside Stables
Wilmington VT

 

Obstacle / Trail Clinic

Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center

Brookside Stables
3 Cross Country Circle Wilmington, Vt 05363

Host: Amber Thibodeau
802-464-0267

brooksidestables@msn.com

Flyer >

Registration Form >

Sept 27-29, 2017

(Wednesday-Friday)

NECH
Guilford VT

Piet Nibblelink hosted by Heidi Potter

 

Piet Nibblelink Relationship Clinic

Piet travels from his native Netherlands to spend 6 days of relationship training with us. Both clinics are full for participating w/a horse but open to two forms of auditing.

These 3-day groundwork clinics include discussions, interactive exercises with humans and playing with horses, primarily at liberty. Improve your self-awareness & learn the subtleties of body language needed to truly understand and communicate mindfully with your equine partner.

Don’t miss this chance to discover “the missing link” in your horsemanship and forever change the relationship you share with your equine partner.

Participants: 9 am- 5 pm

Auditors: 10 am- 5 pm

Flyer >

Registration Form >

October 25, 2017

NECH, Guilford, VT

Cathy Drumm

Cathy Drumm Western Dressage Teaching Day

Private and Semi-Private Lessons, Auditing

Register by September 25 for the early bird rate

Registration Form >

Cathy's 2017 Teaching Days at NECH:

  • April 18, 2017
  • May 31, 2017
  • June 14, 2017
  • September 6, 2017
  • October 25, 2017
Friday
December 1, 2017

Centered Riding Open Clinic Day

Discover how to ride more comfortably and confidently with the CR Basics. Learn skills to help you release tension, improve communication and develop a more effective, balanced seat. Riders of all levels & styles of riding are welcome, from seasoned competitors, to walk/trot pleasure riders, to the gaited horse lover.

Saturday
December 2, 2017

Horse Agility Open Clinic and Competition

Arcadia Stables
Exeter, RI

 

Hosted by Darlene Evans
401-742-3970 or contactdarlene@gmail.com

Mailing Address: 60 Meadowbrook Rd Richmond, RI 02898
Stable Physical Address: 2552 Ten Rod Road Exeter, RI 02822)

Flyer / More Info >

Registration Form >

2018

February 3-10, 2018

Nosara, Costa Rica

Heidi Potter, Equisol, Beach Ride

 

Holistic Equestrian Retreat

This all inclusive equestrian vacation is being hosted at the Finca Austria, a 150-acre ranch in the hills of Nosara. Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean, sunset, river and jungle. This special holistic equine vacation includes daily Yoga, Centered Riding & Natural Horsemanship, trail and beach rides, swimming with the horses and time for relaxation, restoration and adventure..

Visit http://www.equisolretreats.com/#!centered-riding/cv9u for more information. For further inquiry or to make a reservation contact Heidi Blackman: info@equisolretreats.com or 949-209-8755. Space is limited.

Photos from the 2016 retreat >

Check out this video from the 2016 retreat and see the beautiful setting, groundwork, our beach ride and horses rolling in the river!

April 6-8, 2018

De Paardenmatt,
Arnhem, Netherlands

 

Centered Riding Open Clinic

Hosted by Piet Nibbelink
De Paardenmatt Arnhem, Netherlands

depaardenmaat@hetnet.nl or phnibbelink@hetnet.nl

June 8-12, 2018

Hearts & Horses
Buxton, ME

 

CHA Standard Instructor Clinic

Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center
Buxton, ME

Hosted by Stephanie Keene 207-929-4700; Stephanie@heartsnhorses.org

 

June 22-25, 2018

Wild Side Ranch
Bloomfield, NY

 

Holistic Horsemanship Clinic

Wild Side Ranch, Bloomfield, NY

Hosted by Andrea Scott 585-203-4470;andreascott@mac.com

Date TBD

Hosted by Yankee Walkers

Horse Feathers Academy,
Mason, NH

 

Gaining Confidence and Building Trust Clinic

This three-day clinic is designed for those who wish to improve their confidence, trust, understanding and the overall relationship they share with their horse.

Participants will learn how to positively influence both their and their horses, mental, physical and emotional state, in order to help create calmness and confidence in a variety of situations. The clinic days include lessons in the classroom, on the ground and under saddle designed to assist riders and horses towards developing more safe, respectful and enjoyable partnerships.

Using a Holistic Horsemanship approach participants will learn why their horses do what they do, and how to respond appropriately with compassion, clarity and understanding. Lessons in Positive Reinforcement training, such as Clicker Training (no clicker needed), will be included in this clinic. Participants will learn how this valuable tool can help them safely reshape undesirable behaviors and/or associations with fearful objects and situations.

In the mounted sessions riders will learn how to best support their horses through self-awareness, understanding, clarity and patience. Exercises will be included to help improve overall balance, comfort and confidence.

The goal of this clinic is to help riders develop a better understanding of their horses and to walk away with many tools to assist them in becoming the confident, compassionate, trusted leader that their horses need them to be.

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