Bridge to Cowboy Dressage

2019: Florida Apr 1-11 • Colorado Aug 12-22

The principles and techniques of cowboy dressage are closely aligned with the Parelli Program, which is why so many Parelli students and even Professionals are doing so well!

 

Cowboy Dressage

 

Cowboy Dressage is growing in popularity because of its horse-friendly approach. It artfully combines precision, grace, and obstacles. Learn how to apply the Parelli Principles and develop your confidence and skills to be able to compete for fun or success… or both!

Your instructor is a Parelli Professional who is experienced and successful in Cowboy Dressage and can guide you through the preparations and skills required to have fun and achieve success!

 

 

10-DAY COURSE

2019: Florida Apr 1-11 • Colorado Aug 12-22

 

Course Topics Include:

 

Introduction to the sport

Every sport has its principles and specific maneuvers.  Learn what Cowboy Dressage is all about, what the goals are, what they value in the horse and rider performance, what the courses or patterns are in the competition, and how best to show your horse.

Building the bridge from Finesse to Cowboy Dressage

How does the Parelli foundation program prepare you for performing in Cowboy Dressage?

Once you know where you are going with your horse, every step in your foundation becomes more meaningful and you’ll apply it or practice it with more purpose in mind.

How to prepare on the ground

Ground skills help get your horse more calm, connected and responsive – as a warm-up.  But there are also specific moves that you can teach your horse on the ground to prepare him for when you are riding!

Learning the moves

The court, the courses, the specific maneuvers you need to be able to do.

Relaxation, suppleness, confidence

Once becoming more focused on a sport, many riders forget to maintain their horse’s relaxation, suppleness, and confidence!  

The more precision you want, the more expression and exuberance, the higher or more intense the performance… the more you need to balance this with relaxing exercises.

Without balance, horses can become more emotional, tense, spooky, or lose confidence.  Parelli will give you the keys to grow your horse’s confidence and relaxation as you progress in the sport.

Precision

Precision and accuracy are very important in competition patterns, but this precision has another benefit too – it helps you learn straightness and how much to flex your horse.

Build suppleness and flexibility through turns and circles of various sizes, from large to small, and from one bend to the other as you change direction. Precision in transitions also helps you to become a much clearer leader.  

Rider position and balance

In order to accomplish various patterns and maneuvers, you need to learn how to sit in a balanced and effective position.  This is not just about winning, it’s about being functional and feeling good to your horse

Style & Presentation

One of the great things about specialization (and competition) is that it makes you far more conscious of your style and presentation!  

How do you make a positive visual impact (to spectators, to judges) and still feel good to your horse?  Sometimes riders try to impress the judges and forget to impress their horse.  

How do you do both?  (Actually, if you impress your horse you will also impress your judges!)

Equipment

Learn about the bits, bridles, saddles, and pads that are recommended for Cowboy Dressage.  
 
It’s important to understand the reasoning and history behind specialized equipment for the different levels of performance, and that maximize a horse’s comfort and ability to perform.
 
And then there’s the rider… what should YOU be wearing?  This is where it gets really fun!

Calming a tense horse

No matter what sport you want to specialize in, our horse is your partner… and it is our responsibility to have this be a great experience for them too.

All too often, riders get over-focused on accuracy and performance and fail to notice the tension issues with their horse.  Tension is the first sign of fear (RB)… or frustration (LB).  

When you learn how to prioritize your horse’s needs while practicing and performing, you’ll have the winning combination so you can win your horse’s heart AND the competition!

Improving responsiveness

Responsiveness has to be mental as much as physical.  This is not just about ‘phases’ and demanding that your horse respond. You need to think about maintaining their lightness, responsiveness, and motivation – especially in the LB horse.  

Learn how to use psychology to keep your horse interested in what you are interested in!

How to practice

How do you practice without your horse feeling drilled, or getting bored?  

Learn how to work on the ingredients that make up the maneuvers instead of drilling the maneuvers over and over.

Common problems to overcome

Every sport has its common problems that can be divided into four specific areas:  Mental, Emotional, Physical, Technical.

Learn how to develop a list under each of these areas so you know how to prepare, prevent, fix and avoid them!  

Anatomy of a training session

What is a simple outline and strategy you can use on a daily basis that is neither boring nor adding too much pressure?  You have to make progress, but you also have to maintain the mental, emotional and physical balance for your horse.

Preparing for a show

What does it take to compete with your horse?  How do you prepare for this every day – not just the week before?  And then what do you need to prepare the week before, the day before, and the day of the show?

Dealing with nerves

Feeling nervous is natural, but its one of the main reasons that both horses and riders get lower scores or fail to perform at their best.  

How do you become more emotionally fit?  How do you help your horse become more emotionally fit? 

Keys to a successful show! (Simulated competition)

Its show day!  You’re going to simulate going to a show and competing.  What better way to do this that with people you trust, and with your coach by your side?  And yes, it will start with prepping your horse, loading into the trailer, driving around the block and arriving for your simulated show!

Knowing that this is where you’re going throughout the whole course means you’ll be preparing the whole time -including trailer loading, so your horse will get on the trailer even though you are a wreck!  Just kidding – you will not be a wreck because you’ll have rehearsed the positive mental, emotional and physical state you need to have fun and succeed with your horse.  It’s not about the show.

Meet Your Instructors

When you take a course on campus you will be learning from experienced faculty members who have spent years studying with and learning from Linda and Pat Parelli. 

Faculty Members are high rated Professionals in the field that come back to share their knowledge and experience or long term Mastery Students living on site and studying with Pat and Linda full time.

The benefit of learning with these professionals is that they have dedicated years studying the Parelli Program. They are passionate about sharing the program and dedicated to making the world a better place for horses and humans.    

This is the kind of experience that will impact you for your whole life – it’s not just what you do at the course, this goes way, way deeper. It is an experience of a lifetime to immerse yourself in horsemanship at our beautiful Colorado or Florida campuses – focusing on nothing but your and your horse’s development.  Spending this time will catapult your progress! 

Having someone as talented as our faculty members to lead you through the process will speed your progress through the program exponentially. It is truly transformative.

Meet Your Instructors

When you take a course on campus you will be learning from experienced faculty members who have spent years studying with and learning from Linda and Pat Parelli. 

Faculty Members are high rated Professionals in the field that come back to share their knowledge and experience or long term Mastery Students living on site and studying with Pat and Linda full time.

The benefit of learning with these professionals is that they have dedicated years studying the Parelli Program. They are passionate about sharing the program and dedicated to making the world a better place for horses and humans.    

This is the kind of experience that will impact you for your whole life – it’s not just what you do at the course, this goes way, way deeper. It is an experience of a lifetime to immerse yourself in horsemanship at our beautiful Colorado or Florida campuses – focusing on nothing but your and your horse’s development.  Spending this time will catapult your progress! 

Having someone as talented as our faculty members to lead you through the process will speed your progress through the program exponentially. It is truly transformative.

Testimonials…

Quality tuition, extremely well-organized, great camaraderie, well-paced, calm and positive environment conducive to learning.

Alison C

Instructors were awesome! Education and fun was an experience that I will never forget.

Course Student

Great experience. Our instructor was a great communicator. This course really gets you out of your comfort zone – opens up room for real learning in all parts of your life.

Bettina R

Bridge to Cowboy Dressage

2019: Florida Apr 1-11 • Colorado Aug 12-22

Learn more about the beautiful Florida and Colorado Centers

Florida Center

Say hello to the warm, gentle, balmy breeze with a hint of sea and sawgrass rolling over the blackboard lined manicured fields of Ocala. The campus boasts all the amenities that Colorado has including an “Adventure Park” for horses. Take an extra day and ride on the beach. The white sand, fine as sugar, the blue ocean crashing against the beach, salt water scenting the air.

Our Florida campus is magical in a very unique and different way than our Colorado Campus. The landscape is more polished. Pastures manicured and mowed, hedges neatly shaped. The hills have a rolling effect rather than steep rocky crags. Huge robust Oak trees with Spanish moss dripping down off the branches, offering a sumptuous snack for our equine friends, replace the more pointed pine trees. Tall, lithe, white Egrets wade through the ponds, chirping their song to the wind.

Both campuses offer a magical and unique experience and are sure to be a life-changing adventure for you and your horse.

Colorado Center

Ever dream of spending all day with your horse under the brilliant blue skies of the Colorado Rockies. The fresh scent of pine trees wafting on the breeze, hawks floating on the current above, seemingly riding the wind. Just you and your horse, strolling along cool mountain trails, over green fields with the scent of warm grass ready to be cut, gently caressing your senses.

As far as the eye can see, rocky mountain tops covered in thick copses of Ponderosa Pines accented in spots by the deep hue of the Blue Spruce, all in contrast to the white flaky bark of the Aspen trees, their silver leaves shimmering in the wind. As far as the eye can see are white-capped tips of the majestic Rocky Mountains! Pagosa Peak the tallest, presiding majestically over the others like the North Star in the heavens.

The continental divide just a breath away.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the Prerequisites for this course?

Level 2+ skills for horse and rider (official or unofficial). The course will accommodate riders both experienced or new to the sport.

Do I bring my own horse?

Bringing your own horse is always a good choice because the amount of dedicated time and focus will skyrocket your progress and relationship. Neither of you will leave the same as you came! If you are unable to bring your own horse, there are lease horse options available. 

As Pat says, principle #7, “Horses teach riders and riders teach horses”.  Don’t let not being able to bring your own horse stop you, lease one of Pat’s dream horses and feel the difference. 

To learn more please reach out to our course specialist at courses@parelli.com.

How many hours do we spend outside with horses vs. in the classroom?

The majority of your day is spent outside with your horse! There is some classroom time where necessary. Information is delivered in the format that is best suited for it to be retained.

For example, many times theory sessions need a student’s full focus so is better delivered in the classroom. Other information is best delivered through hands-on simulations or demonstrations. Rest assured our goal is to deliver the information to you in the best manner possible. 

In the unlikely event that the weather does not permit outside horse-time there are plenty of learning opportunities to cover inside until it clears up again.

Where do I stay while I’m at my course?
At our Colorado center, your accommodations options are rustic cabin or RV hookup on campus (per availability), or hotel accommodations or Airbnb in our beautiful hometown of Pagosa Springs.
 
For courses at our Florida center, there are hotel accommodations in Ocala, Florida plus Airbnb options.
Where do I keep my horse while I’m at my course?
Our pens and stalls are designed to simulate a herd environment, satisfying a horse’s primary need for safety! (Please contact courses@parelli.com or see application form for more details).

 

What does the course fee cover?
The course fee includes tuition only – horse board, lunches, and housing are separate (please contact courses@parelli.com or see application form for more details).

 

Are meals included?
At both our Colorado and Florida centers meals are provided for an additional fee (please see application form for details). 

 

Bridge to Cowboy Dressage 2019 Course Fees

Book Now, Spots Limited!

Please contact our course specialist on (970) 731-6177 or use the form below.

Bridge to Cowboy Dressage 2019 Course Fees

Book Now, Spots Limited!

Please contact our course specialist on (970) 731-6177 or use the form below.

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