Friday, June 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM CDT
Monday, June 4, 2018 at5:00 PM CDT

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Meadowsweet Ranch 
  8118 Wilmot Road

Spring Grove, IL  60081

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Kathy Boettcher 
Meadowsweet Ranch 




June 2 - 3, 2018

Wendy Murdoch is an internationally recognized equestrian instructor and clinician of over 30 years whose uncanny ability to understand the function of both horse and human teaches riders how to surpass their expectations.  No matter your discipline, she'll tear down boundaries between you and your horse!  

She is author of several books and DVDs, and creator of Ride Like a Natural and the Sure Food Equine Stability Program and a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Ride Like A Natural Clinics are designed for all riders. A RLAN Clinic consists of lecture with unmounted awareness sessions and riding sessions.

Basic information presented is universal to all equestrian disciplines while more advanced concepts are targeted to the specific discipline. Teaching is progressive based on the previous day. Riders learn how their body works in relation to the horse.

The awareness sessions are a key element. All participants are expected to attend; otherwise, they will miss vital information that will be developed in the riding sessions. Observing the other riders is also important; it provides visual images and associative learning as part of the process.

Duration: 2 days, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The clinic will start on time; therefore, it is important to arrive early and register with the organizer beforehand.

Participants: RLAN Clinics are for riders of all ability levels and disciplines. Riders will be grouped according to ability. Participants will be limited to 12. Auditors will be limited to 16.  There are a few lesson horses available if you would like to participate and can not bring your own horse.

Clinic Structure: General Time Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Lecture/Awareness Session 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Group 1 rides 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Group 2 rides 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Group 3 rides 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Group 4 rides 4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Wrap-up

Each day begins with a lecture. The topics vary to meet the needs of the group. The  use of videos, photographs and drawings may be used to instill the point. Following the lecture there is a short break to allow the first group of riders to prepare their horses.

Unmounted Exercises: During the lecture, participants will be guided through a variety of awareness exercises. These exercises allow riders to improve their body position before getting on their horses. They are designed to highlight current body patterns, identify new patterns and understand the influence of these movements from the horse's point of view. Correlations are continually made between the horse and rider as well as the application of groundwork to mounted work. Physioballs, mini-trampolines and ace bandages for the riders are just a few of the tools the instructor may use to get the lesson across to the student.

Question & Answer Periods: Participants are encouraged to ask questions throughout the clinic. There are specific Q & A periods during lecture, at the end of each ride and at the end of each day. Generally, there is a wrap-up at the end of the clinic where any remaining questions will be answered.

Mounted Rides: Participants ride in small groups. The number per group depends on the size of the clinic. Riders are grouped according to their ability level. The mounted rides will address general topics and individual issues. Wendy takes a hands-on approach to each student to make sure they feel the correct movement and application of the aids.

Observation: Riders are expected to attend and observe the other lessons. Many people learn visually; therefore, observation is a valuable part of the clinic. The instructor points out riding patterns so that the students can identify with their own issues. Watching the other lessons puts a visual image with the feeling each student had during their ride. The environment is one of observing trends rather than looking for faults. By looking for trends, everyone begins to identify the "cause" and "effect" (rather than "right" and "wrong") in themselves and the horses.

Wrap-up: Usually there is a wrap-up at the end of each day and at the end of the clinic. During the wrap-up, exercises for daily homework may be given. Whenever possible, the Wendy likes to have a wrap-up discussion at the end of the clinic. Follow-up work will be discussed for both mounted and unmounted exercises. Participating riders will receive a certificate of participation upon turning in an evaluation form.

Lecture and Mounted Topics: Walk/trot/canter Half-halts Circles and turns Time the aids Transitions "On the bit" Lateral work Jumping

Goals for a Clinic: Understand the basic principles of riding Build a solid base of support for the rider Understand the relationship between horse and rider biomechanics Develop balanced gaits, transitions and turns Develop better hands through a deeper seat Continue development and education for returning students.

9 am-5 pm daily. The clinic will start on time; therefore, it is important to arrive early Saturday and register before 9:00.  Registration will start at 8:30 am.



Participant:  $450.00

(Price includes lunch both days.)

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit will hold your spot.  Final payment due April 30, 2018.  Just mark - Paying by check when you register.

Auditor:  $65.00/day

(Price includes lunch both days.)


Overnight stabling: $30/night

Daytime stabling: $20/day

You provide feed, buckets

We provide bedding, stall cleaning

Use of Meadowsweet Ranch Lesson Horse: $30/day



FRIDAY, June 1


Private Feldenkrais session: $175

(A friend of mine says this is worth every penny.  She says you will feel amazing.)


One hour private riding lesson:  $175

Semi-private riding lesson:  $125 ea.


Private Feldenkrais sessions and riding lessons will be available on Monday June 4th, if there is a big enough demand.