Standing Stong Yoga with Saskia Bergmans Smith
Jul
29
10:00 am10:00

Standing Stong Yoga with Saskia Bergmans Smith

Windhorse International is pleased to announce a Yoga workshop with Saskia Bergmans Smith at our farm at 184 Todd Hill Road, Bethlehem.

 

Standing Strong

This yoga class is based in the form format, building from the foundation up in the asana (pose) with a gentle flow, linking the asanas together. Saskia cultivates learning in her students through the traditions of the yogaspirit® lineage, guiding a multi-level class from the physical foundation of the body to the healing components of yoga. Saskia holds a safe and sacred space for her students to reconnect, strengthen and deepen their understanding of the unique workings of their bodies.

Classes will be held on Saturday July 29th and Saturday August 12th from 10-12. Cost for each 2-hour session is $45.00. A minimum of 6 students and reservations are required.

To reserve your space please contact Sharon Knies, sknies@windhorseinternational.com or by calling or texting her at 203.710.5809.


About Saskia

Saskia Bergmans Smith has been teaching and studying yoga since 1997. Saskia is Dutch, and grew up in England. In Europe she studied with Dona Holleman and Orit Sen-Gupta. In Boston, Saskia completed her 200hr teacher training in 2004 and her 500hr in 2007, with Kim Valeri, Founder and Director of yogaspirit® Studios. Saskia teaches in the style of the yogaspirit® lineage and is part of the yogaspirit® 200hr teacher training faculty. She ran and operated her own yoga studio, Studio Om, from 2003-2010, in Wakefield, MA. Saskia is a devoted mother to two little girls and continues to develop her teaching and healing skills through working with her private clients and with master teacher Kim Valeri. You may read about the yogaspirit lineage at: http://www.yogaspiritstudios.com/about-yogaspirit

Three Day Retreat for Horse and Rider with Bettina Drummond and Jason Wright
Sep
8
Sep 10

Three Day Retreat for Horse and Rider with Bettina Drummond and Jason Wright

Windhorse International, in conjunction with Bettina Drummond and Jason Wright, is pleased to invite you to our sixth 3 day Retreat Weekend. This retreat, using time established techniques designed to balance horse and rider's mind and body, will be held September 8, 9 and 10.

Each day will begin with a short, professionally led, meditation designed to settle the mind and enable the student to better "hear" what the teacher has to offer.

On Friday, after a guided morning meditation session, Bettina will offer 45 minute individual sessions with an emphasis on the use the of seat to sustain a correct hand position and thereby properly influencing the balance of the horse.

On Saturday morning, after meditation, Bettina and Jason will hold a brief talk, and a Q&A period.  Following the talk Jason will work one-on-one with each rider, he will focus on aspects of the body Bettina has identified are in need work.  For more information about Jason visit our WI Community page.

On Sunday, after meditation, Bettina and Jason will follow up with everyone for a 1 hour individual session focusing on the effective use of the seat,  Bettina will be working in tandam with Jason to guide you through any specific items identified as problems areas in need of work.

Luncheons will be held in our yoga room on all three days.

Windhorse International offers a tranquil setting for focusing one's energies and learning joyfully with like-minded people. We hope that you are intrigued by our thought-provoking agenda and that this retreat will take you and your horse to new levels of understanding. In order to maximize opportunities for one-on-one instruction, we are capping the available spots at nine. If you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible to make reservations.  Due to the need to develop an interdependence between horse and rider this is a closed weekend and no auditors are allowed.

Here's what past participants have to say about their experience:

"The combination of Bettina working with Jason is extremely powerful. Bettina can see immediately any weakness that the rider's body has (and we all have our strengths and weaknesses) as well as see the horse's strengths and weaknesses, and, how the two impact each other. Jason, upon hearing Bettina's observations about the rider, then translates it into customized body work and exercises. To have those physical changes made real time and then be able to ride immediately again for me, meant that I could feel the shift, see the difference in my horse, and remember it after the clinic. And this is on top of Bettina's thorough understanding of seat aids and ability to communicate it to the rider. I highly recommend these clinics and try myself to attend as many as I can."  Lesley P., VT

Retreat pricing includes:

  • Private riding session with Bettina Drummond
  • Ball and Mat seat session with Bettina Drummond
  • One private session with Jason Wright (based upon critique from Bettina)
  • One session with Bettina and Jason working in tandem on your seat 
  • Three meditation sessions
  • Three luncheons
  • Wine & cheese get together
  • Talks and/or Q&A sessions with Bettina Drummond, Jason Wright, Padma Karma
  • 3 nights of Individualized care of your horse during his/her stay (all you need to worry about is bringing hay and grain, we'll do the rest)

All times and sessions are subject to change.

Three Day Retreat for Horse and Rider: $750.00

 

Number of nights:

Number of nights:(3 are included in Retreat pricing)

 

Images from Past Retreat weekends at Windhorse International.

Nov
18
Nov 19

2 day seat workshop with Bettina Drummond and Jason Wright

November 18 & 19:

2 day seat workshop

Please join the Windhorse International team for a unique opportunity to work on your position with Bettina Drummond and Jason Wright.  Working side by side they work together to help identify rider weakness' and retrain the body to strengthen and improve it's ability to function properly and to correctly influence the horse.

Day 1: Starting the day with a private riding session with Bettina Drummond to determine what you need to work on / discuss with Jason, followed by a Bodywork session with Jason Wright covering physical weakness’ as identified by rider and Bettina.

Day 2: Riders will ride for Bettina.  She will analyze the their position and suggest additional problem areas to Jason.  The rider will dismount, Jason will work on stretching/strengthening the problem area.  The rider will re-mount and Bettina will make additional suggestions/comments designed to further help the rider and Jason identify and stretch (with follow up exercises designed to further strengthen) problem areas.  Each session is approximately one hour long.

This clinic is limited to 6 riders, with preference given to Windhorse International boarders.  Reservations and payment in advance is required.  Lunch and chairs are included.

Payment accepted via check Payable Windhorse International or PayPal

Saturday: Private riding session with Bettina Drummond and Private 60 Minute Body Work Session with Jason Wright: $270.00 (Bring shorts and a tank top for your body work session please). Includes full day auditing, lunch and a chair.
Sunday: 60 minute session with Jason and Bettina $190.00 (Includes full day auditing, lunch and a chair.)
Number of nights:
Audit Fee, includes lunch and a chair

Jun
16
Jun 18

Three day retreat for horse and rider with Bettina Drummond and Jason Wright

Bettina and Ilyad photo by Mari Austad-Bourque

Bettina and Ilyad photo by Mari Austad-Bourque

Windhorse International, in conjunction with Bettina Drummond and Jason Wright, is pleased to invite you to our sixth 3 day Retreat Weekend. This retreat, using time established techniques designed to balance horse and rider's mind and body, will be held June 16, 17 and 18.

Each day will begin with a short, professionally led, meditation designed to settle the mind and enable the student to better "hear" what the teacher has to offer.

On Friday, after a guided morning meditation session, Bettina will offer 45 minute individual sessions with an emphasis on the use the of seat to sustain a correct hand position and thereby properly influencing the balance of the horse.

On Saturday morning, after meditation, Bettina and Jason will hold a brief talk, and a Q&A period.  Following the talk Jason will work one-on-one with each rider, he will focus on aspects of the body Bettina has identified are in need work.  For more information about Jason visit our WI Community page.

On Sunday, after meditation, Bettina and Jason will follow up with everyone for a 1 hour individual session focusing on the effective use of the seat,  Bettina will be working in tandam with Jason to guide you through any specific items identified as problems areas in need of work.

Luncheons will be held in our yoga room on all three days.

Windhorse International offers a tranquil setting for focusing one's energies and learning joyfully with like-minded people. We hope that you are intrigued by our thought-provoking agenda and that this retreat will take you and your horse to new levels of understanding. In order to maximize opportunities for one-on-one instruction, we are capping the available spots at nine. If you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible to make reservations.  Due to the need to develop an interdependence between horse and rider this is a closed weekend and no auditors are allowed.

Here's what past participants have to say about their experience:

"The combination of Bettina working with Jason is extremely powerful. Bettina can see immediately any weakness that the rider's body has (and we all have our strengths and weaknesses) as well as see the horse's strengths and weaknesses, and, how the two impact each other. Jason, upon hearing Bettina's observations about the rider, then translates it into customized body work and exercises. To have those physical changes made real time and then be able to ride immediately again for me, meant that I could feel the shift, see the difference in my horse, and remember it after the clinic. And this is on top of Bettina's thorough understanding of seat aids and ability to communicate it to the rider. I highly recommend these clinics and try myself to attend as many as I can."  Lesley P., VT

Retreat pricing includes:

  • Private riding session with Bettina Drummond
  • Ball and Mat seat session with Bettina Drummond
  • One private session with Jason Wright (based upon critique from Bettina)
  • One session with Bettina and Jason working in tandem on your seat 
  • Three meditation sessions
  • Three luncheons
  • Wine & cheese get together
  • Talks and/or Q&A sessions with Bettina Drummond, Jason Wright, Padma Karma
  • 3 nights of Individualized care of your horse during his/her stay (all you need to worry about is bringing hay and grain, we'll do the rest)

All times and sessions are subject to change.

Three Day Retreat for Horse and Rider: $750.00
Number of nights:

For information about hotels in the area visit our Contact page.

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Apr
22
Apr 23

2 Day Seat Workshop with Bettina Drummond and Jason Wright

April 23 / 24

2 day seat workshop

Please join the Windhorse International team for a unique opportunity to work on your position with Bettina Drummond and Jason Wright.  Working side by side they work together to help identify rider weakness' and retrain the body to strengthen and improve it's ability to function properly and to correctly influence the horse.

Day 1:

Private riding session with Bettina Drummond to review where you and your horse is and to plan what Jason needs to work on.

Bodywork with Jason Wright covering physical weakness’ as identified by rider and/or trainer

Day 2: Riders will ride for Bettina.  She will analyze the their position and suggest problem areas to Jason.  The rider will dismount, Jason will work on stretching the problem area, the rider will re-mount and Bettina will make additional suggestions/comments designed to further help the rider and Jason identify and stretch (with follow up exercises designed to further strengthen) problem areas.  Each session is approximately one hour long.

This clinic is limited to 8 riders, with preference given to Windhorse International boarders, and riders signing up for all components of the clinic (both Jason and Bettina sessions).  Reservations and payment in advance is required.  Lunch and chairs are included.

Payment accepted via check Payable Windhorse International or PayPal

Saturday: Jason Wright Private 60 Minute Body Work Session and 45 minute Private Riding Session with Bettina Drummond: $260.00 (Please come prepared to wear loose fitting clothing for session with Jason)
Sunday: 60 minute arena session with Jason and Bettina $190.00 (Includes lunch and a chair)
Overnight boarding options:
Number of nights:
Includes light lunch and a chair.
Audit Fee
Jun
20
Jun 27

Bettina Drummond June 20 & June 27 Clinics

Windhorse International is pleased to offer two new clinic opportunities with Bettina Drummond.  

Beginners are welcome!
Saturday June 20: Morning 1/2 day in-hand training
Saturday June 20: Afternoon position lesson (on or off lunge, depending upon riders level. 
Again on:
Saturday June 27: Morning 1/2 day in-hand training
Saturday June 27: Afternoon position lesson (on or off lunge, depending upon riders level.

Auditors welcome.

Reservations required.

1/2 Day In-Hand Clinic - Clinic Full, Auditors only
Position Lesson - Clinic Full, Auditors only
Audit Fee
Mar
15
9:00 am09:00

½ day seat and position clinic

Please join the Windhorse International team for a unique opportunity to work on your position with Bettina Drummond and Jason Wright.  Working side by side they will analyze and start the process of retraining the riders’ body to correctly influence the horse.

Two riders at a time will ride for Bettina.  She will analyze the riders position and suggest problem areas to Jason.  The rider will dismount, Jason will work on stretching the problem area, the rider will re-mount and Bettina will make additional suggestions/comments designed to further help the rider and Jason identify and stretch (with follow up exercises designed to further strengthen) problem areas.  Each session is approximately 1 1/2 hour long.

This clinic is limited to 6 riders, with preference given to Windhorse International boarders.  Reservations and payment in advance is required.

Payment accepted via check Payable Windhorse International or PayPal

Sunday: 90 minute semi-private session with Jason and Bettina $175.00
Overnight Stall: $25.00 per night
Audit Fee
Nov
23
12:00 pm12:00

Seat & Position clinic with Bettina Drummond and Jason Wright

Please join the Windhorse International team for a unique opportunity to work on your position with Bettina Drummond and Jason Wright.

Two riders at a time will ride for Bettina.  She will analyze the riders position and suggest problem areas to Jason.  The rider will dismount, Jason will work on stretching the problem area, the rider will re-mount and Bettina will make additional suggestions/comments designed to further help the rider and Jason identify and stretch (with follow up exercises designed to further strengthen) problem areas.  Each session is approximately 1 1/2 hour long.

This clinic is limited to 6 riders, with preference given to Windhorse International boarders.

90 minute semi-private  session $130.00 by check $135.00 via Paypal

Nov
23
8:00 am08:00

In-Hand session with Bettina Drummond

Windhorse International is happy to offer an in-hand clinic with Bettina Drummond.  Bettina will work one-on-one and in group sessions reviewing proper in-hand work designed to work through your horses blockages. and properly warm them up before riding.

In-Hand session $85.00 by check  $90.00 via paypal


Nov
22
Nov 23

Stretching and bodywork for riders with Jason Wright

Jason and one of our Windhorse trainers will view your short riding video prior to the event (please submit video showing walk, trot and canter on the circle and going straight.- No more than 5 minutes please).  Using this information Jason will work one-on-one with you through a series of stretches and strengthening exercises designed to help your body work in harmony with the horse. 

This event is also open to non-riders that are interested in increasing their body awareness and strength and condition exercises, Jason will analyze your sitting and standing/walking postures and accordingly address your needs.

One  hour private session:  $100.00 by check  $110.00 via paypal

Aug
30
Aug 31

Finessing the Double Bridle with Bettina Drummond and Dr. Jane Marie Manfredi

Bettina Drummond riding her stallion Ilyad.  Photo by Mari Austad-Bourque

Bettina Drummond riding her stallion Ilyad.  Photo by Mari Austad-Bourque

A new program focused on educating riders through “feel” is being launched during an inaugural demonstration scheduled for August 30-31 at Windhorse International in Bethlehem, Connecticut. The inaugural event, open to all with an interest in how to achieve the tact and finesse that leads to lightness in riding, will feature demonstrations of the training techniques – particularly use of the double bridle and the seat – that lead to lightness. Dr. Jane Marie Manfredi, of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, will also be on hand to present results from decades of research on equine biomechanics that she conducted along with other members of a research team led by Dr. Hilary Clayton.

Windhorse International is pleased to offer the opportunity to view two full days of demonstrations with Bettina Drummond and Dr. Jane Marie Manfredi,

Finessing the Double Bridle was originally scheduled to take place with Dr. Hilary Clayton.  Dr. Clayton has been asked to speak at the WEG (World Equestrian Games) in Normandy, France this year and has asked Dr. Manfredi to present her work on the use of the snaffle bit.  This will work in conjunction with Bettina Drummond's first day of demonstrations and explanations of the use of the snaffle in the double bridle and the la Guérinière square.


PLEASE NOTE:  This is not a clinic, there are no riding opportunities.  Bettina has hand selected riders to demonstrate her points. There will be many opportunities to ask questions and view the process of developing lightness through the use of the double bridle.

Tentative Schedule (click to enlarge):

Saturday:  12:00 PM Dr. Jane Manfredi will present Dr. Hilary Clayton's research on Bits and Bitting

This talk is based on a series of studies performed over a period of 30 years with the objective of providing a scientific foundation for making choices about the appropriate bit for a specific horse with regard to the size and shape of the mouthpiece, and adjustment of the bit within the horse’s oral cavity. The studies used radiographic images and videos to visualize the position of different bits inside the horse’s mouth and to watch the movements of the horse’s jaws and tongue as he mouths the bit. The results have shown that bits vary in the position of the mouthpiece relative to the bars of the mouth, the hard palate, the teeth and the tongue. The results suggest that pressure of the bit against the hard palate is particularly uncomfortable and likely to cause resistance. Differences in oral conformation between horses may explain some of the individual preferences for a certain type of bit but do not entirely explain why a particular bit works well in a specific horse. Therefore, bitting can be based on scientific principles that take account of conformational variations but there is also an element of art in choosing and fitting a bit correctly.

There will be a luncheon and question and answer session (limited seating/reservations required) with Ms. Drummond, Dr. Manfredi and Padma Karma on Saturday after the lecture.

On Sunday Ms Drummond will continue demonstrations showing the progression and use of the the double bridle and seat to create lightness.  A box lunch is available to order.

For more information about this cooperative project click here.

For information about hotels in the area visit our Contact page.


Bettina Drummond/Jane Manfredi Reservation Form:

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$135.00 - Audit 08/30 Workshop

Saturday Luncheon Sold Out.

$135.00 - Audit 08/31 Workshop

Sunday Luncheon Sold Out.