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Ulla's Letter of Introduction

Dear Rider,

I would like to give you some information about myself and my philosophy on riding horses. I am native of Stockholm, Sweden and currently reside on Bainbridge Island, Washington. My educational background includes attending Strömsholm in Sweden, the USDF National Dressage Instructor's Seminar (as one of ten participating instructors selected nationwide) and numerous other USDF instructors workshops and seminars, as well as many riding clinics in the United States and Europe. I have studied biology and horse production at University of California, Davis. My experience also includes 30 years of teaching and training dressage both at my home facility and at clinics throughout the United States. I have developed from the ground up and managed a dressage and combined training facility for 30 resident horses in California. I organize and present the Positive Riding clinics together with Henrik Johansen. On a day to day basis, I train and teach at Barnabee Farm as well conduct weekly and monthly clinics at several other locations in Washington state.

I feel that it is very important for riders to understand:

1) What dressage really is...
2) How to communicate with their horses in a logical and consistent manner;
3) How to develop a confident and willing horse.

It is quite a challenging task for the rider when he sets out to develop an athletic, supple, and obedient horse - this challenge should be fun, exciting, rewarding, and never turn into a battle or a fight. The best way for the rider to succeed is to gain as much knowledge as possible about how to ride the horse in a logical way, making positive use of its nature and instinct. The rider also needs to learn how it should feel and look when it is right, as well as how to get there. It is very important to understand that it takes time for both horse and rider to develop, that there are no shortcuts in good education and that the learning process is never ending.

This holds true for every rider and horse, whether the goal is to compete at Grand Prix, to be successful in combined training or jumping, or to train any horse to its fullest potential - no matter what its age, breed, size or way of going.

Therefore, my goal in educating riders is to provide them with an improved understanding for the natural tendencies and instincts in the horse and how to use them to their advantage; to help them understand how to communicate with the horse in a positive and productive manner; as well to put the riders into a position where they can begin to feel and understand how it should feel when a movement is ridden correctly, in the correct frame.

It is also my goal to provide the rider with as many tools as possible, in the form of gymnastic exercises for the horse as well as theoretical knowledge. This can be used in a systematic way by each rider in educating their horses.

I feel that in a lesson situation, it is often the case that the instructor learns something new from the rider, at the same time as the rider learns from the instructor. So if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me, and please don't hesitate to speak up during our training sessions!


Ulla Boysen




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Published on: 2006-08-04 (4426 reads)

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