Betsy Steiner Dressage Retreat Series Kicks off at Buxton Farm in Frenchtown, NJ

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Posted by Christy

Providing riders and trainers a holistic approach to communication with their equine partners

Betsy Steiner is a woman with a dream.  Her vision for dressage includes the development of mind, body, and spirit for all horses and riders. Betsy’s dream to provide the catalyst for this transformation was realized when the first in a series of dressage retreats was held June 11-14, 2009 at the beautiful [#25621 override="Buxton Farm" title="Buxton Farm"], nestled half way between New York and Philadelphia.

Open to riders and horses of all levels, the three-day retreat introduced morning sessions dedicated to mind, body, & spiritual harmony.  Afternoons integrated these concepts with the practical art of riding in private lessons for horse and rider.   Day One started with an Equilates class, the concept for which Betsy is known as founder, adapting the Pilates principles of conditioning and strengthening the core muscles to the needs of the horse and rider.  Lessons in the afternoon reinforced the use of the core while concentrating on breathing and body control.

Day Two’s morning, a session with Laura King, the world-renowned NLP Therapist and Sports Performance Coach explored the psychology of peak performance.  Through guided sessions, Laura helped riders to understand the self-messages that inhibit performance and to “replace old habits with new ones better designed to achieving goals”.
Individual riding sessions began Day Three of the retreat concentrating on the spirit of both the horse and rider. Betsy’s focus on the joy of riding and on bringing out the best in both the horse and rider was a perfect backdrop for the lunchtime discussion of the horse as partner.

The next in the series of dressage retreats is scheduled for September 10–13, 2009 at Buxton Farm and will feature sessions with Val Norton, a Nutritionist and Shari Hart, certified Pilates, yoga and Equilates™instructor. Val’s background as a professional dancer led her to become an avid student of nutrition utilizing technology to maintain a competitive edge in professional and recreational sport.   Shari is a member of Betsy Steiner’s Equilates™ professional training team at Betsy’s facility in West Palm Beach Florida and has taught clinics for the University of Findlay Equestrian & Physical Therapy Students.

American World Championship team member Betsy Steiner began riding at the age of 13. Immersed in the pursuit of learning dressage, Betsy spent more than two years in Germany with Egon von Neindorff. Since then she has worked with accomplished trainers as Uwe Steiner, Herbert Rehbein, Robert Dover, Kathy Connelly, Guenter Seidel and Klaus Balkenhol. Betsy rode her first Grand Prix at the age of 20, and since then has successfully trained many horses to Grand Prix.  Most known for Unanimous, Betsy represented the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990.  In 2001, Betsy’s partnership with Ranier dominated the 2001 dressage arena and were top contenders at the trials for the 2002 World Equestrian Games when Rainer suffered a debilitating injury.  Betsy has provided commentary for video, the World Cup, the Olympic Games and Dressage at Devon.  An accomplished author, Betsy has written numerous articles for equestrian periodicals, and her book, A GYMNASTIC TRAINING SYSTEM USING THE MIND, BODY, SPIRIT APPROACH, is now being translated into German.

For more information about upcoming retreats and to register, please call Laura Donaghy at (610) 392-1241 or e-mail Laura at
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