APAHA-Sponsored Teaching Workshop Set for October 14-15 in Connecticut

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bettina Drummond demonstrates ground work techniques to professional instructor Julie Arkison.

Bettina Drummond demonstrates ground work techniques to professional instructor Julie Arkison. (Photo: APAHA)

A two-day workshop sponsored by the Association for the Promotion of the Art of Horsemanship in America (APAHA) aims to give riding teachers something they rarely have – an opportunity to advance their own education as teachers.

Riding teachers, like teachers in other fields, devote so much of their time to the education of their students that they rarely have time for their own learning. Even if they did, opportunities to gather with fellow instructors to share knowledge and experiences are hard to find. APAHA’s teaching workshop aims to fill that gap.

The workshop will be held October 14-15 at Windhorse International in Bethlehem, Conn. and it is open to riding teachers of all disciplines. Demonstrators for the workshop will be professional riding instructors from multiple equestrian disciplines who share an interest in seeking techniques to better their understanding of the form and balance found in the art of dressage.

In addition to learning from one another, workshop participants will gain knowledge and insight on the art of teaching, with a particular focus on teaching adult amateur riders, from two leading international teachers – Maryal Barnett, a U.S. Dressage Federation Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Bettina Drummond, an internationally-recognized teacher of the French system of dressage who is the only approved teacher in the U.S. for the Nuno Oliveira Escola de Equitação.

Drummond, also founder of APAHA, developed the concept of the workshop after reflecting on the tremendous benefits she received in her equestrian education from being able to gather with other instructors and share ideas.

“The workshop will be a meeting point for teachers of different backgrounds who are all struggling in how to interpret techniques for adult amateurs,” she said. “I’ve had several opportunities in my own career to work with other teachers, most recently with Maryal Barnett, and I found it very helpful to overlap our teaching and co-coach riders. Hence, I thought we could provide an example to other teachers and through the workshop, be available to answer teaching conundrums from different perspectives.”

The workshop will be an open format in which workshop attendees will be welcome to ask questions and share knowledge. Participating teachers will act as both students and teachers and during the workshop Drummond and Barnett will provide feedback as to the clarity of the teaching process. The second day will also include discussion on variations of groundwork. The workshop is designed not only to be informative and educational but also enjoyable.

“It’s much about the pleasure of interacting with one another as teachers,” Drummond said. “We spend so much time teaching that it takes away from our learning. This workshop will allow teachers to interact and learn and have fun sharing and talking with one another.”

APAHA is sponsoring much of the cost of the workshop for instructors. It is free to U.S. Dressage Federation Certified Instructors and $85 for all other professional teachers. Adult amateur riders are also welcome to audit at the cost of $135.

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