Qualities and Characteristics of a Skilled Rider


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Qualities and Characteristics of a Skilled Rider

Recording of Conference: Perspectives on Qualities and Characteristics of a Skilled Rider

What are the qualities and characteristics of a skilled rider? Are some people born with them and others not? Can they be acquired through dedication and practice?

Do you understand the key attributes of a skilled rider in terms of your position, body control, awareness of the horse’s movement, quality and behavior? Do you know how to find your ‘flow’ and become your own best coach?


Part 1: 

Dr Gerd Heuschmann: The skilled Rider, the end of a long and very challenging trip through a riders life

Q&A and Discussion

Mary Wanless: Perspectives on the Qualities and Characteristics of a Skilled Rider – Identity and Behaviour, Focus and Thought


Part 2:

Dr Sue Dyson: Perspectives on the Qualities and Characteristics of a Skilled Rider from both a Rider’s and a Veterinarian’s perspectives

Alexis Martin-Vegue: Perspectives on the Qualities and Characteristics of a Skilled Rider – Theoretical Knowledge + Physical Technique

Q&A and Discussion


** Sample of Feedback from Live Conference**

– I really liked the incorporation of anatomy, saddle contribution and presentation of riding skills being a lifelong journey

– I liked how the type of movers were explained – understanding balance and suppleness of a horse depending on its working purpose. Showing how it looks on the horse from outside.

– I have been just a few years in the equestrian world (3-4 perhaps) and the questions kept piling up without having someone to explain things to me. “You are asking too many questions and thinking too much” was the comment I usually got which was not what someone trained in classical philosphy and logic wants to hear 😉
I imagine organizing all of the conference, the webinars, clinics, research and everything that goes into Equitopia is not an easy task, but these last two days you have proved once again that Equitopia is the voice of reason in this industry, and horsemanship is based on the respect for the horse´s physical and mental nature and capabilities and that our relationship with them can be based in harmony, beauty and the desire to do what it good and just.
Thank you again for your work…It has helped me love and understand my horses in a more complete way 🙂

– I really appreciated the wealth of knowledge conveyed in a way that is easy to understand

– I liked everything!

– I really appreciated how the presenters shared some techniques to incorporate into your riding skill as part of the presentations. I liked the bringing responsibility back to the rider and personal awareness and also discussion on fascia lines!

– Loved it head to toe!

– Was fun to have done some practical movements during the presentation.

– Excellent and very thorough. Relatable to everyday riding problems with solutions.

– Great presenters with useful information

– Great work! Thank you for organizing it and for helping us gain knowledge and help our horses!

– I live in a country where I can not find a quality trainer which I would wish. The trainer which would care enough for a horse and a rider. Soon I’m going to move back to Europe and today’s meeting gave me a great guidance how to choose my future trainer.

– In general lovely presenters to listen to that are experts and passionate about their specialities.

– Thank you for organizing this event. It truly was the best event I’ve attended in YEARS! Gerd is always excellent, and I’ve read everything that Mary has written but I’ve never had the privilege to hear her teach, it makes a huge difference

– Thank you! Please do more

– Top presenters with excellent viewpoints and very clear photography/slides which helps. Will watch again!

– Loved it.

-I thought the presenters did a great job answering the questions and setting achievable goals. The conference was also very well organized and I thought the practical examples and photographs were excellent and enhanced my learning.

– Really interesting, good photos and easy to relate to.

– I really liked Sue’s holistic approach and how she explained and gave resources for each segment of her definition of a skilled rider. I also appreciated her recognition that some people who are still interested in learning about riding and horses may not currently own a horse or have access to riding lessons.

– I really enjoyed having an ‘at home’ conference. I now live in Northern Ireland and have traditionally had to travel to such things with a lot of extra expense. Please do this again.

– Insights and new tools to make the world a little bit better for the horses that cross my path. Thank You!

– I look forward to the courses you will develop with all of these brilliant people, but I am particularly interested in continuing to see courses by/with Dr. Dyson. Her science based approach to skilled riding really resonates with me.