Anja Beran is a well-known classical dressage trainer based in Southern Germany. The horses’ well-being, both in training and husbandry, is central to her philosophy. Every summer, she organises a one-week workshop in English to explain her training approach by showing the horses that are currently in training with her. That includes horses from different breeds at all training levels from starting under saddle to advanced performance. At this year’s workshop, she will focus on evaluating the quality of a horse’s movement. In short: Train your eye!
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Sunday before Anja Beran’s Classical Dressage workshop and on the workshop-free day, Wednesday, workshop participants have the opportunity to learn from and with Alexandra Kurland.
Alexandra Kurland is a teacher of balance and a pioneer in the development of equine clicker training. She very quickly recognized the power of clicker training for improving performance, for enhancing the relationship people have with their horses, and for just plain putting fun back into training. Today through her books, videos, clinics and many articles, she has become a leading voice in the development of clicker training in the horse community.
Alexandra has just written a new book “JOY FULL Horses – How play and science combine to create the modern art of horse training”, which she generously shares on her blog http://theclickercenterblog.com/ and we will certainly discuss this during the workshop.
During these two days we will be engaging our brains and our bodies. We will use the teaching tool of simulation which allows us to explore, test, adjust, and re-test without having to worry about our horses. Simulation allow us to slow things down and perfect them, to test alternative ways and see the difference, to make errors and assess their effects without messing up our horses and to find and repeat perfect practice.
If you are not sure what the benefits of simulation are, read Alexandra’s blog articles In search of excellence: Effective practice
Apart from inspiring discussions and simulations, we will also be playing to have fun AND enhance our understanding. We will play with movement in balance in a concept that Alex calls Microriding and with shaping strategies using a table top game called PORTL.
In these two days, we’ll be exploring Microriding, observing and feeling in slow motion the balance shifts that the horses and riders experience during the rides that we get to see during the workshop. What weight shift are needed to get a shoulder-in in balance, what effect does it have, if you “fall through your outside shoulder”. Can you stop in your shoulder-in at any point and reverse or do you need a rebalancing step to avoid falling over? How does this translate to your horse doing a shouder-in? How can you create subtle balance shifts within your body shifts to create a great trot transition?
Get a clear understanding of the lateral movements, the balance required for a good half pass, piaffe or canter transition. Experiencing these movements in your own body at your own pace, will give you a deeper understanding of what you are going to see with the horses during the week. We’ll be simulating the rides that we will have when we get back to our horses
PORTL, which stands for Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab, is a tabletop shaping game that teaches individuals about behavior and shaping. Through playing the game, individuals get to see the principles of behavior in action and practice applying those principles to change behaviour. PORTL was developed by English dog trainer Kay Laurence who called it GENABACAB. Kay used it to teach her students about the basics of shaping and to improve their timing and observation skills before training their dogs. It is another way of simulating a training session by testing your training strategy.
For more information on PORTL check this blog (frequently): http://www.artandscienceofanimaltraining.org/blog/
We will explore the connections between classical dressage and clicker training and how the clicker training lessons build the foundation for performance as we get to see it during the workshop. At first sight, it may appear as though Alexandra’s lessons were completely different from classical dressage when in fact they are strongly linked. They give you the skills needed to achieve your riding goals whether they are classical dressage or other goals.
For more information on the similarities and connections between Anja Beran’s classical dressage training and Alexandra Kurland’s clicker training read this article.
The participants will have the unique opportunity to get assistance from three of Alexandra's experienced training coaches: Marla Foreman from USA/Canada, Mary Concannon from Ireland and Michaela Hempen from Germany/Italy. This will provide many opportunities of one-to-one teaching and for the those attending the online course to meet the coaches in person.
Marla is a veterinarian, professional trainer and riding instructor. She is currently resident trainer at the Cavalia farm in Sutton, Canada, where Alexandra is frequently consulting and holding clinics.
Marla and her AngloArab mare named Beauty appear in Alexandra’s online course and in the DVD Lesson 12: Riding on a Triangle DVD.
The focused and organized clicker training with Alex helped her take Beauty from a very nervous horse who was in constant motion to successfully competing in Intermediate eventing. Marla has worked with many many horses since then.
Mary worked as a researcher and university lecturer in microbiology and is now a full-time horse trainer. She teaches clicker training at her Irish clicker centre and gives clinics in many different countries.
She came to clicker training through Newbie, a then 3 year old Thoroughbred, who did not trust humans very much and bucked as soon as he felt the girth closing around his belly. With clicker training and patience, Newbie is now a clicker super star. He appears in ‘The-Click-That-Teaches’ online course.
Michaela is a veterinarian and scientist. She is based in Italy and is teaching clicker training in her free time. Michaela is fascinated by the science of behaviour and classical dressage. She regularly visits Anja Beran and combines what she learnt from her with clicker training.
She came to clicker training through her Arabian cross Asfaloth. He couldn’t stand still and attempted to bite whenever you came near his head. He was so stiff that he could not trot properly because his crookedness blocked him. With clicker training and classical dressage he became a more serene, relaxed and balanced horse.
17 and 20 July from 9-18h
Anja Beran Gut Rosenhof (library)
Rudratsried, 7, 87651 Bidingen,
Workshop language is English.
To register send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration fee: €300
(Important! The registration fee for the Classical Dressage Workshop is NOT included! Registration to Anja Beran's Workshop needs to be done separately. Please send your registration to the dressage workshop directly to email@example.com)
Cancellation until 29 February 2016: 100% refund.
Cancellation until 31 March 2016: 50% refund,
Cancellation after 31 March 2016: 0% refund.
Payment through bank transfer or Paypal.
Please organise your own accommodation.
You can book a room (they speak English)
Gasthof „Grüner Baum“
Das kleine Landhotel
Ostendorfer Straße 11
Tel. 08344/15 75
Fax 08344/99 20 35
Alternatively consult the list of accommodations on Anja Beran’s website.
The nearest airports are Munich (MUC) and Memmingen (Allgäu Airport, Ryan Air).
Consider renting a car if you arrive by plane. The easiest way to get to Anja Beran is by car. From Munich airport it is a 1h 15minutes’ drive. From Memmingen it is a 40 minutes’ drive. Alternatively, take the train to Schongau.
Take a train to Schongau and get a taxi. If you stay in the "Grüner Baum" in Westendorf (Kaufbeuren), we will try to arrange a transport to get to Anja Beran and back during the week. Website for train schedules http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml
Most convenient is the arrival by car.
A description is on Anja Beran's website