Sunday, March 20, 2011

Endurance Riders Hold Equine Dynamics Clinic in Idaho

March 20 2011

An Equine Dynamics Clinic will be held on the Zapped Ranch in Parma, Idaho on Saturday April 2 from 8:30 - 5 PM, to educate riders on maintaining the balanced athlete.

Featured clinicians are Naomi Preston, TTeam Practitioner, and Karen Bumgarner, Certified ESMT. Both are experienced endurance riders, with Naomi having logged over 9700 miles, many of those with her 2001 AERC Hall of Fame horse, Mustang Lady, and Karen Bumgarner, with over 21,000 endurance miles.

"The program includes painted horse for 'muscle in motion' visual aid - you will never look at a horse the same again. Lots of hands on practice will be available," says Karen Bumgarner. "We also have added a second day of Connected Riding by Naomi Preston (, limited to 10 riders."

Naomi Preston, a TTEAM Practioner since 1990, says the non-invasive techniques she will be teaching can keep your horse at the top of his game. TTEAM, The Tellington-Ttouch Method, is a horse training approach that encourages optimum performance and health, as well as offering solutions to common physical and behavioral problems.

A few benefits of massage:
*Enhance muscle tone and range of motion.
*Reduce inflammation and swelling in the joints, thereby alleviating pain.
*Promote the healing process by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles, and aiding in carrying away excessive fluids and toxins.
*Creates a positive effect on the contractual and release process of the muscles...releasing tension...relaxing muscles.
*Helps to maintain the whole body in better physical condition.

Why TTEAM for your Endurance/Performance Horse?

*TTEAM is useful in all aspects of working with your endurance horse, from training to competition.
*Improve your horse's self-carriage & hindquarter engagement
*Increase range of motion & stride length
*Improve coordination & balance
*Discover sore or sensitive areas
*Speed recovery from injuries
*Overcome fear or resistance

On Day 2, Naomi will teach an Introduction to Connected Riding, developed by Peggy Cummings. "I will teach the balanced seat, as well as techniques for engaging the horse's hindquarters," says Naomi, "and the 'power leg,' which helps to provide a more stable seat."

Register by March 26 - $75/day or $125 total for both days, by email with Karen at or with Naomi at . Send payment to Karen Bumgarner, 26111 Doi Lane, Parma, ID 83660

If you are from out of the area and need overnight facilities please let Naomi or Karen know.

For more information on this clinic, or if you are interested in holding a clinic in your area, contact Karen at or with Naomi at

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