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Mary Wanless Lecture: Toolkits - The three toolkits which make up the training of horse and rider.
The Basics of Fascia - A demonstration with Mary Wanless BHSI and Rikke Shultz using a painted horse to show fascia in the horse. Mary will also demonstrate fascia for the human form.
Groundwork - A demonstration showing how groundwork can be use to affect fascia and develop the horse correctly with Mary Wanless and Ali Wakelin.
Rider Biomechanics Demo - Mary works with two riders which she has not worked with before, demonstrating corrections in the human fascia and the effect on the horse. She'll be focusing on corrections in the Superficial Front Line and Superficial Back Line.
Lateral Lines & Spiral Lines - Using a painted horse Mary & Rikke discusses the lateral lines, the spiral lines which then turns into a ridden demo of bend v jacknifing with a Dressage Judge's perspective
Advanced Rider Demo - How the rider, with fascia in mind, can work "core to core" demonstrating the huge amount of influence a rider can bring to bear. Great demonstrations from all levels of riders. Hosted by the foremost rider biomechanics expert Mary Wanless BHSI BSc & danish vet Rikke Shultz
Audience Questions - A chance for the audience to ask questions and get answers from our panel of experts.
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Mary Wanless is an internationally renowned coach, and is the author of the Ride With Your Mind books. She has also authored twelve DVDs. She considers herself the most serious researcher worldwide into rider biomechanics.
Mary coaches riders at all levels, from many ‘average’ riders to several renowned US dressage riders. She has B.Sc. Degrees in both Physics and Applied Sports Coaching, and holds the BHSI certificate. When her ‘outstanding work came to the notice of board of trustees’ she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Mary considers that public speaking is her only talent! Whilst she is unusually good at coaching, riding and writing, these are all learned skills. Her coaching career in the USA began in 1991 with an invitation to speak at the California Dressage Society annual meeting. She has also spoken at the US Dressage Federation’s Annual Convention.
She has known Kyra Kyrklund and her husband Richard White for many years, and taught Richard before he left the UK to become Kyra’s partner. Over the years, Richard became Mary’s coach, and they frequently collaborated over the biomechanics of riding. Her other teachers have included Nuno Oliveira, Egon von Neindorff, Ferdi Eilberg, and Hans Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen.
Mary has coached US dressage star Heather Blitz for over twenty years, and they now have a reciprocal coaching relationship. Heather has brought to the RWYM approach her own unique ways of solving training issues, and she is a genius at ‘getting through to’ horses of all types and dispositions. Her skills as a trainer have been built on exemplary rider biomechanics, and this gives them unrivalled clarity. Mary considers Heather our best living example of correct rider biomechanics, put to work through wonderful training!
Rikke Schultz is a veterinarian who has ridden Icelandic horses since the age of six. She competed in dressage and show jumping, has trained Andalusian horses in Germany, then Icelandic horses in northern Iceland. The Icelandic horses can have very wild youngsters which gave Rikke incredible experience with the behaviour and handling of the horses on their ground.
Rikke spent some time on the Board of Danish Breeding Association, and held the position of Chairman for a period. During this time she also taught Icelandic horse riding and participated as a reserve on the Danish team to the European Championships in Denmark in 1989. She is also a qualified practitioner of Veterinary Acupuncture and Osteopathy as well as Homoeopathy for animals.
After graduating from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural College in 1992, she moved to Skagafjord in Iceland and started her own mixed practice with all kinds of animals as patients. It was 51/2 years with many exciting tasks which it was possible to undertake without having too many aids at hand. The experiences could sometimes be likened to the television series with James Herriot; People and Foe!
Her main areas of expertise are the examination and treatment of horses with reduced performance, viewed with a holistic approach. They are treated with complementary methods, such as acupuncture, osteopathy and cranio-sacral therapy while at the same time guiding and advising the rider.
Rikke has published two books Understand your Icelandic Horse, and Understand your Riding Horse in multiple languages.
Ali Wakelin is a fully certified RWYM coach. She has been trained by the world renowned coach and author Mary Wanless. Ali teaches alongside Mary at clinics on a regular basis at Mary’s Oxfordshire yard.
Ali is a BHSAI, a certified RWYM coach, holds a Diploma in Sports Psychology, and has also undertaken extensive training in the methods of Dr ANDREW MCLEAN (Australian Equine Behaviour Centre – www.aebc.com.au). Ali is one of very few trainers outside Australia who have trained in this method.
Ali combines Rider Biomechanic training (RWYM), Clicker training and the classical, scientifically based horse training system of the AEBC into a unique Horse/Rider learning experience. This system of training is both ethical and evidence based (based on the most recent scientific research). Ali strongly feels that gadgets, force and punishment have no place in any training system.
Ali’s methods are suitable for all horses and riders whatever their age, stage of training or type. Ali has trained many different types of horses/riders using this system including members of the British Icelandic Riding Team, British Endurance team riders, TREC competitors, all levels of dressage and many show jumpers. This method also offers long-lasting and reproducible training solutions to many behavioural and handling issues such as loading, clipping and spooking.