Go back to the Home Page to see your other options. The Habits For Excellent Horsemanship course is always open, and the Finding The Sweet Spot course opens mid-September and mid-March!
✓ Greater confidence with riding in the Sweet Spot of Healthy Biomechanics
- An in-depth understanding of the process of gymnastic training
✓ A deeper understanding of how to use Flexibility, Mobility, and Collectibility exercises
✓ The 6 Essential Gymnastic Abilities needed to do all dressage movements
- Techniques for self-assessment
✓ Examples of supplemental and cross training exercises and how to use them
✓ Strategies for creating your own training plan
✓ A variety of ways to track your progress
✓ Strategies for diagnosing and problem-solving
✓ Knowledge of the progression of gymnastics from working gaits to basic collection
I’m an instructor and have shown up to Prix St.George, and there is crucial information here that you don’t get with local dressage instructors or even well known clinicians. It’s more and better than what is required for USDF instructors and USDF judges to learn in USDF courses. For me, the course has filled in many gaps in 25 years of showing and teaching dressage. It's not only for riders just starting out in dressage; it has pearls of wisdom and handy tips for advanced dressage riders.
- Mary Kay Hasseman
I saw huge improvements in my horse’s balance and collectibility. There is a much better connection through the reins for both of us. My horse much more powerful and I feel brave enough to ride her in that charged up mode and posture. I experienced big improvements in the subtlety of communication between us.
This course takes all you learned in the Sweet Spot course to not just the next level but exponentially increases your understanding of the benefits of gymnastic exercises. Karen presents the information in a way that makes a great transition from the basics to the most advanced and everything in between.
- Debbie Darling
After being frustrated riding with many instructors and international level clinicians, Karen Rohlf for now is the instructor I turn to and I have signed up for another round of USS. She gets the bigger picture and not just the mechanics of dressage. She has an appreciation for both rider and horse that brings the two into a harmony of body and spirit.
Go for it! It is the next logical step and there is sooo much information. It will take you and your horse to another level, yet it feels like fun! It really feels like we are dancing together. We are much better at being able to retain relaxation even when doing challenging things. I have learned not to ask for too much for too long, and to give lots of reward and release.
- Ann Bowman
I became more analytical and a more focused and thinking rider. My horse became more supple and more confident.We developed more confidence in each other and to try new things. I have more self confidence that even if its not good just now, at least I know where we are going and it is getting better…aha…confidence to teach myself….
DO IT!… Karen takes you stage by stage so although there is a lot of information it is not overwhelming.
DO IT!… if you wish to develop your horse athletically, if you want to be a better rider, if you want to develop correct biomechanical movement and strength in your horse so that he should stay sounder for longer, and
DO IT!… if you have any interest in “dressage” either for your own fun or for competitive goals. Jane Vapenik
Take it!… Plain and simple, there is a lot of information… a lot of exercises, a lot of leeway for any level of horse and rider to understand and improve.
- Christina Valsecchi
Get Real! Do it! Fantastic! Loved it, the most professional course I have ever seen.
- Bonnie Burgess
A master of organizing complicated information in a way that students can really learn, Karen realized that there were 6 Essential Gymnastic Abilities that every horse and rider need to have in order to do all dressage movements with quality. You will not see dressage explained quite like this anywhere else!
These Abilities are the difference between meeting the criteria of a movement, or really being able to get to the essence of the movement. These Abilities will help you get the most out of every exercise you do and will be the difference between just moving around or really gaining gymnastic benefits!
Review ‘where are we now?’, boost your confidence in finding the sweet spot, and set yourself up to ride in precision, whether you have an arena or not.
A BIG module! There is a ton of information here that will give you many different perspectives. You will leave this module with BIG insights into theories for gymnastics!! You’ll also get your horse, and yourself primed for riding patterns.
Skills that will help you get the most gymnastic benefit out of every exercise you do. You will not seen this information organized like this anywhere else! It’s the key to maximizing the gymnastic benefit of a pattern or movement. Learn how to get advanced-quality skills from the beginning.
Learn some of my favorite exercises, and understand why to do them. You will learn how to choose an exercise in order to create more suppleness or straightness or engagement. Learn how to make an exercise more basic or more advanced, and gain confidence in making those decisions for you and your horse.
There are many ways to increase your horse’s skills in dressage without always doing dressage! You will learn ways to add variety while still moving toward your goals. You and your horse will be happier and more well rounded athletes.
The next level of exercises and patterns. This course will serve you in years to come; you will see how exercises build into more advanced patterns. You will be challenged to progress, yet will still be able to adapt each exercise to fit you and your horse's actual level.