New England Dressage Association Welcomes Hubertus Schmidt for the 2009 Fall Weekend Symposium

Monday, October 5, 2009

Symposium and Year-End Celebration & Awards Banquet. Presented by NEDA in conjunction with Pelham Saddlery and Mountain Horse. October 30th – November 1st, 2009 - UMASS Hadley Farm, Hadley, MA

German Olympic team rider, Hubertus Schmidt is often referred to as “the professional’s professional” due to his affinity for creating learning opportunities for already knowledgeable and experienced riders. What does it take to successfully train a horse to the FEI levels?  How do you improve the qualities of the Training Scale to create harmony, brilliance, and power?  What is a proper warm-up?  How does a professional rider and his/her trainer create and implement a training program designed for their particular horse?  These are the questions we’ll try to address over the 3 days of the NEDA 2009 Fall Weekend Symposium.We’ve selected some of our region’s top riders and their horses to demonstrate Hubertus Schmidt’s training techniques, and while we’re sure these horses will be entertaining to watch, they will also help us “school our eyes” to the potential that can be found in ourselves and our horses.


Come see how and why we use the movements introduced in the lower levels as tools to create more balance and suppleness to correct training problems encountered along the way to Grand Prix. Riders will begin their rides, including the majority of their warm-up, in the main arena.  We’ll listen in as riders and Hubertus Schmidt discuss the warm-up process for each horse.  We’ll learn what Mr. Schmidt considers most important in the warm-up, and we’ll see what different techniques he and the riders use to achieve the same results in their different horses.

And as the horses complete the warm-up, what are the strengths and weaknesses of each horse?  What are the training tools the rider uses to address those weaknesses?  What are the suggestions Mr. Schmidt will offer?
Don’t be fooled that fancy horses and skilled riders don’t encounter training problems.  While you might watch a horse that needs more bend (i.e. suppleness) in the half-pass, the same training principles and corrections might help you with your leg-yielding.  While you might watch a horse that has mistakes in the tempi changes, you’ll learn whether it’s an engagement problem or a contact problem.  The solution might be applicable to your horse that won’t hold the counter-canter or is resistant in one canter departure and not the other. Many of the training techniques and training solutions presented during the 2009 Fall Weekend will be demonstrated by upper level riders and horses, but there will be something for every level of rider to learn.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of our region’s finest riders and horses set good examples of how to positively push beyond your comfort zone to find something better.

And be sure to attend the Year End Celebration & Awards Banquet. Mr. Schmidt will give a lecture on flexion and bending and how they relate to the overall training of the horse.  This year’s banquet will feature a social hour with cocktails before a sit-down dinner, and of course, we’ll be awarding the year-end rider, horse, and volunteer awards.
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