Michaela Hempen, organiser of this clinic, holds a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine and an MSc in equine science, specialising on equine behaviour. She is working as a scientist which made clicker training especially appealing to her. She studied with Alexandra Kurland since 2010 and became one of Alexandra’s coaches for the online course as the course launched in 2013. Three years later she published Alexandra’s online course in German. Apart from clicker training, Michaela has a strong interest in classical dressage, particularly inspired by Anja Beran, applied behaviour analysis, and the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, all which are closely interlinked with Ms Kurland’s work.
Miriam Barrattoni is an IT specialist and riding instructor. She has been an early adopter of clicker training and found Alexandra Kurland already in the 1990s. Since 2013, she is one of the coaches of Alexandra’s online course and has translated many of Alexandra’s Articles to Italian and wrote her own articles on clicker training. She is currently working on an Italian version of the online course. Miriam has a key role in promoting equine clicker training in Italy by teaching lessons and publishing articles. Her new project is the young Maremmano colt ‘Galileo’. Visit her website for more information http://www.equiclicker.it/
Nathalie Van Cauwenberghe has made a career as a professional ballet dancer, on stage together with Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and others. As a choreographer, she has very successfully guided gymnastic athletes at national and international level, as far as the Olympic games in Syndey, Athens (where they won a silver medal!) and Beijing.
Nathalie began studying the work of Moshe Feldenkrais in order to improve her teaching and thereby helped her students to experience more awareness and less pain, providing the opportunity to explore new ways: “learning to learn”.
Impressed by the positive effects, Nathalie became a Feldenkrais practitioner to help others to improve wellbeing and movement and to develop flexibility in body and mind using new pathways. Her students are athletes, musicians, equestrians, and individuals who suffer from injury or disease.
Giulia Gaibazzi is our generous host. Giulia and her husband Eugenio have created this paradise for horses and humans (and cats, dogs and bees) in the Apennines, where deer and wolves live. The place is truly immersed in the forest, providing our little herd of four horses an exciting environment to be horses. Giulia has a university degree in biology, specialising on equine behaviour.
She is a professional classical dressage instructor, takes horses in training, gives clinics and writes monthly articles on dressage and husbandry in two Italian equestrian magazines.
Visit her website to find out more http://www.equitazioneinarmonia.it/
Graya, 7-year old PRE-mare, will be helping you to learn balance, gentle rope handling techniques, and basic and advanced clicker training skills. She has a friendly nature, loves scratches and being around people. But she will tell you when you are wrong. She has gone through all of Alexandra's foundation lessons and some more and can help you to refine these lessons, so that you can teach your own horse when you get back.
Asfaloth, 18-year old Arabian cross, is a clicker superstar. He has been transformed through Clicker training, physically and emotionally. He will help you to be the lightest handler you can be. He is very eager, light and quick but he does not like rude handlers. He will teach you to ask your requests in a very polite manner, and if you do so, he will be offering you, among other things, the lightest and most elegant lateral work, piaffe and first steps of passage.
Read the description on how to reach the location by plane, train or car and where to find a place to stay here
From 16-21th July 2018, Alexandra and the course organisers will be attending Anja Beran's International Classical Dressage Workshop in Germany. Come and join us!
The information will be published on Anja's website.