Friday February 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM CST
Sunday March 1, 2015 at 5:30 PM CST

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Soulful Prairies 
4706 Alden Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098

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Linda Bruce 
Soulful Prairies 

Body Awareness Clinic & Interactive Workshop
For the Equestrian Athlete
February 27, 28 & March 1, 2015

Presented by Jennifer Malott Kotylo

Movement & Body Awareness for Equestrians is about bodies - specifically how our bodies interact or more often do not interact correctly with our horses. 

Equestrian sports as a whole demand a unique array of skill sets from the human athlete, which are both biomechanical and neurologic in nature.  No matter the riding discipline, all riders want to experience being one with their equine partner.  “Natural” riders seemingly accomplish this “oneness” with ease, while the rest of us mere mortals struggle with balance, coordination, flexibility, and strength issues that impair our ability to ride well.

In order to ride well we must endeavor to create in ourselves, what we want in our horses – mental relaxation, strength, flexibility, balance and ambidextrosity.  Many of these traits depend on a muscularly symmetrical body.  Body imbalances and asymmetries develop over time, based on your own particular physiology, posture and lifestyle.  How you move when not riding, your other forms of exercise (or lack thereof), and the amount of time and the quality of how you sit at work all effect the way you ride.  Asymmetries influence your movement, alignment and flexibility, which greatly affect your effectiveness as a rider. 

  • Focus on how you can enhance your own body awareness and see how subtle changes in your body can have a powerful impact on your effectiveness as a rider. 
  • Learn how to apply basic Body Awareness Techniques to improve your riding and overall well-being that will help you obtain long muscles, fluid movement, independent leg and arm mobility, relaxed mental state, and proper alignment.
  • Discover how to keep yourself still without blocking your horse, connect your half-halts to your core, hold without pulling and keep your lower legs from wobbling.

Jennifer developed a passion for body awareness and biomechanics while pursuing her lifelong quest of FEI level dressage riding. She is a certified Core Dynamics Pilates Instructor, certified Equilates teacher and certified Balimo practitioner. “My goal now is to use my knowledge to help others fulfill their physical dreams, be that sitting the trot or running a marathon.”


Clinic Format
February 27, 4:00-6:00 pm, Friday evening –  Interactive Workshop/Floor Session
     ALL RIDERS are required to attend Interactive Workshop/Floor Session.
    *Dinner in Woodstock to follow, not included in Clinic Cost. Please bring Cash

February 28 & March 1, 8:00-9:00 am, Saturday and Sunday - Riding warm-up Floor Session
     9:15-5:30 Private 45 minute Riding Sessions

Clinic Pricing
Riders - $425  Includes:

  • Friday- 2 hour Workshop/Floor session
  • Saturday- Group 1 hr Warm-up Floor Session, 45 min Private Lesson
  • Sunday- Group 1 hr Warm-up Floor Session, and 45 min Private Lesson
  • Stall with shaving from Fri @ 10:00AM to Sun @ 7:00 PM
  • Lunch on Sat/Sun
  • Wine & Cheese Sat @ 5:45

Auditors - $40/day, when registered. At door, $45/day. Includes:

  • Participation in Sat & Sun Floor Sessions
  • Audit Riding Clinic Sat & Sun
  • Lunch on Sat/Sun
  • Wine & Cheese Saturday @5:45

Clinic Slots available on a first come, first serve basis.
Your spot is not held until your Registration Form is received.