Seminar & Clinics

Introduction

Seminars Clinics

First study, then practice

We can not and should not have any hesitation or doubt when requesting anything of our horses in the saddle or on the ground. Any hesitation or doubt will confuse our horse, progressively putting him more in a state of disinterest towards his work or his rider. Even worst we loose leadership and the horse loses trust and peace of mind.

That’s why the seminars must be attended prior to the clinics so that you have the knowledge and techniques in order to proceed to the practices in the clinics. Most of the seminars are followed by several clinics of two days, each one separated by a period of time in which the student can go home and practice in order to digest the new knowledge at his/her own rhythm and speed.

The very unique way that the clinics are set up, give much more benefit to the participants than in the usual way. Most of the clinics are limited to 12 riders, however they are divided in 3 groups of four peoples, each group performs several times a day in the arena. When a group is riding a second group is participating too in the arena as a helper or assistant of the first one. This way everybody is involved in different levels, making the clinics more instructive, interesting and fun.

Seminars

Lightness Seminar

Lightness is a philosophy, not a style, so it could be applied to any style of riding.You have to know that lightness is for any horse – any rider – in any discipline; in the saddle, on the ground and around the horse. It is the ability of the horse to respond to the slightest request of the rider always with balance, impulsion and with brio. Lightness is not only a light contact with the hands or the mouth but the self-carriage of the horse, perfect obedience extreme sensitivity to the aids of the rider and a subliminal bilateral communication with the horse.

This is a two day seminar, with booklet and videos. We study what I call the global Lightness, not only in the saddle, but leading and lunging the horse as well, and working in hand with the long reins. From the body language to the horsemanship of French Tradition, this is characterized by lightness. We will travel thru the writing of the old masters and explain those, like Baucher, and why they haven’t been accepted or understood by the modern dressage.

For each of the principles of Lightness, we will propose a set of exercises to develop the tact and sensitivity of the rider and to develop the balance, agility and lightness of the horse. This seminar could maybe change your riding habits! Later, your horses will thank you. So be ready to piaffe, passage, pirouettes only with the weight of the reins.

Testimonials


"I wanted to take this moment to say thank you so much for the Lightness Seminar last weekend. For me it brought together much of what I did know and feel from years of reading from Xenephon to Podhajsky and Oliveira but without the clarity and vision of the entire "package", especially the way you presented it so logically and clearly at the seminar. You have a real gift for teaching that so many lack. You clarified much in my mind and also gave me several pieces of the "puzzle" that felt missing or not clear to me over the years, as well as validating several feelings and thoughts that I have practiced on my own from reading and watching videos -and have disagreed with instructors about in the past…….…..I got to work with my Juanita this afternoon for the first time since the seminar and spent about 20 minutes on the ground working the jaw flexion. Then under saddle we worked that and the raising of the head. neck and withers at the halt, walk and trot. Also the "wind of the boot". The difference was immediate and profound. In just a few minutes she was carrying her herself in more balance and lighter on the aids than ever before. A few minutes after that she was carrying herself in the best half pass, haunches-in and shoulder-in I have ever achieved with her. Her Spanish Walk was so much higher and freer from the shoulder and again she was volunteering it so happily. It finally actually looked like a Spanish Walk:) She was like you said -truly consistently doing and carrying the movement on her own with VERY minimal input from me for the first time ever. For the first time I felt I was truly clear in my own mind in my communications to her and she was very grateful."

Laurie P / CO USA


"I am not one of those people who have read everything but I still really appreciate all the information and explanations and methodology that you have formulated - it all makes so much sense and is all for the good of the horse. Now what you are doing with Limonera makes sense to me on another level. I am very much looking forward to the next clinic."

Carol W / CO USA


"I just want to thank you again for the wonderful seminar. I enjoyed every minute of it. I particularly valued the more complete history/reason for the movements/exercises that you have been teaching me during our riding lessons…… The seminar contained most valuable information as well as interesting history, and I am happy for the knowledge and for the book as a reminder and source for more complete examination over time. Your presentation was excellent. The videos added a great deal, even as impetus for questions to be asked about things that you perhaps didn’t agree with in the video. The entire experience was very educational as well as enjoyable, and a good value for the money spent. Very nice job. I‘m really looking forward to the clinics."

Carol F / CO USA


"I learned so much at the Lightness clinic. I think you should consider re-naming it "Lightness - the Keys of the Masters" It was enlightening to see where we came from and HOW to do things correctly. THAT was the Best clinic I have EVER been to ... and I've been to TONS!!!!!! I learned so much usable information, and not just the theory but the HOW TO was so profound ... it has transformed my horse life forever. DANG Manuel, thank you!!!! "

Dree W / CA


"I feel like I have found the golden egg on a 20 year egg hunt Thank you for your guidance on this. And thank you for everything....I admire you on so many levels. Sincerely,” 

Jodie Knight, AZ


“Your seminar and lessons not only lightened me as a rider but also enlighten me in many ways. I had very good rides on my horses yesterday and even tested out some of my new knowledge on a friends Azteca. My horses were both a little bothered when I was preparing them. I felt they were unsure what I was going to ask them, but as soon as we started they were both happier. Thank you."  

Tiffany Coggeshall, AZ


"As an experienced rider I was dubious about a 16 hour classroom horse clinic, but now I am amazed with how much knowledge I gained. Manuel Trigo is an entertaining educator who is very passionate about his pursuits. I cannot tell you how many epiphany moments I had at the classroom clinic, but my friends saw it on my face. Not only has Manuel gathered the knowledge of the Masters that was needed to prepare horses in a different time of horse travel and Cavalry war, but he helps you implement the methods on your horse. I was so frustrated with my Arab mare who I was trying to make a “dressage horse”. Honestly, the day before the clinic I decided to sell her. The method that Manuel taught at the clinic made so much sense, but the real epiphany happened during the lesson when she finally became happy! I used to show Arabian Native Costume and Show Hack. The love of a fantastic canter has followed me in my dressage pursuits. Half way through my first lesson Manuel had me doing the best collected canter of my life!Manuel is not just a horse trainer, he is an educator. He has given me the knowledge and the tools to grow on my own. After only one clinic, I am already a more confident and inspired horseman with a happier horse. I am so excited to feel the results from the mounted clinics!"  

Tiffany T. Coggeshall, AZ

Piaffe & Passage Seminar

This two day seminar will turn on the light to Piaffe and Passage, first gates of the high school. We study the definitions of the gates, then we see a full set of exercises to prepare your horse to be ready to one day start both gates. In the next step we see HOW to start the Piaffe and how to start the Passage. Finally we will study how to develop those magnificent gates.

This Seminar is for all-level riders. For beginners it will give them the knowledge and a way to follow. For more advanced riders it will complete gaps of knowledge or technique and will give them the tools to analyze any problems their horses may have in those gates.

Covered Subjects:

  • When to begin with the Piaffe and/or Passage
  • Requisite before beginning the Piaffe or the Passage
  • Preparation in hand and mounted
  • How to initiate the Piaffe and/or Passage – in hand and mounted
  • Understanding the causes of the problems of balance and verticality of the front hand and hind legs in the Piaffe and/or Passage
  • How to perfect the Piaffe and/or Passage
  • Elevation of the neck
  • Elevation of the front hand
  • Elevation of the hind legs
  • How to develop the amplitude and suspension of the Piaffe and/or Passage
  • Defective Piaffe and Passage
  • LPassage obtained from the Piaffe
  • Passage obtained from the trot
  • Passage obtained from the Spanish walk
  • Transitions Piaffe – Passage
  • Typical problems of the Piaffe and/or Passage
  • How to spoil the Piaffe and/or Passage

Testimonials


"The seminar with Manuel Trigo exceeded my expectations by far. He is not only very knowledgeable and well-read, he is also a very funny and witty guy and those 2 full days in the classroom went by very fast. I went home very inspired and feel that I have some great tools now to get started.I love the concept of having a follow-up hands-on clinic, so we all have a little time to digest and to practice. I know that many questions will arise during that time and Manuel is coming back to actively help us through some of the issues we are naturally going to encounter. I really like the concept a lot and am looking forward to working with Manuel again when he returns."

Karen O. USA / Piaffe & Passage Seminar


"I went into this Seminar with great trepidation, thinking that it would be far too advanced for either me or my horses, but having gone through it, I felt that the exercises will all be beneficial for both my boys, and even if we never get close to either piaffe or passage (upon request!) it will still have been a useful seminar for me to attend. So anyone who was thinking the same way, DON'T HESITATE for the next one!"

Christina T. USA / Piaffe & Passage Seminar 


"My mind is a'swimming!Wow.. Manuel is such a wonderful trainer and communicator. The Seminar today was absolutely FABULOUS! I can't wait for tomorrow!We had to trot, passage, Piaffe, back up, all around the classroom as we taught our own bodies how to move correctly, so we had a full understanding of how the horse has to move to make these movements correct. It was a fabulous way to teach. Not only were we not sitting on our behinds for eight hours, learning the correct movements in our own bodies first was VERY powerful in teaching correctness. I so admire how well Manuel can communicate in English, when it is his second or third language. And one reminder of an English word and he seems to have it right forever.Very very impressive. He is a very unique and talented fellow."

Kris G. USA / Piaffe & Passage Seminar

Dressage in the Pillars Seminar

NEW SEMINAR & CLINIC

Manuel has designed a new Seminar and clinic

2 DAY

Clinic & Seminar TRAINING IN THE PILLARS

WHAT IT CAN DO FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE

A Lost Art

Manuel Trigo

is an exceptional, experienced and empathic trainer in the use of the pillars for the horse. Manuel uses the pillars as an inevitable step to prepare for collection and to discover and develop the potential for lightness, vigor, willingness, flexibility, gallantry and nobility in every horse he handles.If the horse is lacking in any of these qualities the pillars has a wake-up effect and can bring the horse to his highest potential. The Pillars can also be a tool used to clam down and relax highly spirited, nervous and give confidence to fearful ones as well.

For the rider.

The pillars are a great tool to develop feeling, balance and stability of seat for superior self-mastery of their riding skills.

Covered Subject

  • Historic and Evolution
  • The material
  • The aids
  • The process
  • The methodology
  • Preparation
  • Initiation, the first lessons
  • Diagonalisation and Piaffe
  • Development of the Piaffe
  • The Close-contact work in the Pillars
  • The keys points, and points where to touch with the whip
  • The straightness
  • La Levade
  • La Pesade
  • Les sauts d´ecole de
  • La courbette 
  • La croupade 
  • La Cabriole
  • Formation and training of the rider
  • Development of the self-mastery and balance.
  • Development of the seat 
  • Development of the feelings
  • AND MORE…..

Testimonials


"We had an amazing weekend with Manuel in Castle Rock. The class room day was full of information and great discussions. The clinic day was just as informative. I was so fun to watch people and their horses in long reins working on exercise's to get ready for the Pillars. Then actually seeing the horses work in the Pillars was great. MANUEL you were right about the Pillars being a great tool. I can also see why it is not something people should try at home without knowing what we are doing".

Chris S / CO


"Once again Manuel's knowledge and horsemanship is incredible. Everyone should do yourselves and you're horses a favor and participate in Manuel's various clinics. They never cease to amaze me. He has so much to offer all of us. Thank you very much for your seminar and clinic this weekend. I learned a lot and am very glad that I attended both days. You clarified quite a few questions that I had regarding classical training history and methods. I think that your passion is a gift to us. And, thank you very much for having me "help" you demonstrate the ridden Levade. That was a total blast! I love this work and it has really kept me from "burning out" in my horse training."

Beth B / CO


"I've been trying to think of the right words to say all day to 'report' to the rest of the group. For just about the past year I've participated in all the various seminars and clinics with Manuel. I think I've done them all with the exception of Lightness IV. It's really been life changing for me and each clinic I leave feeling exited, a little spent and my head spinning. Then over the course of a few months it all comes together and I recognize the growth".

Dawn F / CO


"Hi Manuel, GREAT clinic!!!!!! I'm glad I went for several reasons: it helped clarify your training progression with the horses you have there, and how you are able to get such quick and great results".

Christina T / CO


"The information and experience of introducing the pillars to new horses, was both exciting for its possibilities, and terrifying, at the same time. This lost art revived by a master and students who are conscious of the horse’s sensitive nature is a wonderful thing. My regard for the horse can’t help be concerned for students who might use this tool without enough knowledge and prior and proper preparation resulting in pain and injury to the horse. That being said; The tool used responsibly with regard for the nature of the horse, Is AMAZING! I loved : watching Angela actually enjoy the power of her horse and gain confidence. Seeing how to sculpt the Piaffe with touch of the whip and reward at the proper moment. Seeing the horses come to except the work and be relaxed in the movement. Seeing the horse human relationship deepen with this Work together. Marc and I are going to the metal yard directly from the airport. So there you have it. I hope that students and auditors responsible use this information and no horses Are hurt. The Pillars "A beautiful tool that can liberate and transform a horse."

Wendy D / WA


"The clinic was amazing, thank you. What I loved. The classroom learning but I am a theory junkie! I loved the ability to be in the arena, to watch close up both the success, errors, and corrections. I felt that was a great learning tool and gave valuable insight. I appreciated your approach, both your firmness with the horses, and your clear love and respect for them. I also thought you did a great job of interacting well with each of the participants depending on their personality, and their needs. Having a taught a ton of students in my past life and innumerable groups I appreciate the difficult of communicating effectively with each individual, often a more difficult task then dealing with the horses! And I cannot imagine doing it in a second language, so a huge Kudos for that!"

Marsha H / OH


"What a treat to learn about a lost art from the Classics! I very much appreciate how you're able to assess each horse and rider's abilities and start from that point. Also, I appreciate that you are willing to start from the basics with those of us who are new to this. It's masterful how you can switch your teaching based on the needs of your students and their horses." 

Pat VB / CO


Spanish Doma Vaquera Seminar

The goal of this two day Seminar:

Understanding the Skill and the Art of the Doma Vaquera, the dressage of the Spanish Cowboy.

Open yourself to the world of Doma Vaquera and appreciate how the Spanish cowboy with his highly trained equine partner performs maneuvers with expert timing and execution out on the fincas (ranches) of fighting bulls in Spain.

It is a true partnership. Watching the Vaquera horse and rider work in precise harmony and rhythm is fascinating and thrilling to behold. Turns on the forehand, turns on the haunches in canter, changes of lead, half and full passes, rein back, immediate halts and full gallops- all ridden with one hand - are some of the everyday movements the Spanish horse and rider must master to protect themselves from the horns of a bad-tempered bull.We will be showing great video and have authentic costume and tack.

Covered Sobject:

  • Basic knowledge about the Doma Vaquera (DV)
  • The Horse for the DV
  • Attire and tack for the DV
  • General Concept of Equitation and Training
  • Gates and attitudes of the DV
  • Rein effects
  • Presentation and entrance in the arena
  • Exercises in Walk straight and in two tracks
  • Vaquero Walk
  • Rein-back
  • Half-turn on the haunches
  • Leg Yield
  • Half-Pass
  • Full-Pass
  • Direct Pirouette
  • Reversed Pirouette
  • Preparation for the Test “Caballos iniciados” (Initiated horses)
  • Exercises in Canter straight, in two tracks and counter-canter
  • Circles in canter and spirals
  • Half-Pass in canter
  • Counter-Canter
  • Special Exercises of the DV
  • Half-Turn on the haunches in canter
  • Turns on the haunches in canter
  • Parada a Raya (DV sliding stop)
  • Arremetida
  • Arrear, Templar y Doblar
  • Flying changes
  • DV and Competition: How to judge a competition
  • Preparation for the test “Caballos Domados” (Advanced horses)

Testimonials


"I just wanted to express my great satisfaction with Manuel's Doma Vaquera seminar. I am always amazed at Manuel's explanations and how he expresses them in meaningful and sometimes humorous ways. This clinic was packed with information and I am really looking forward to the clinic portion. Let's see how well I translate this new knowledge into action.Wonderful job Manuel!"

Ginny F. / USA Seminar Doma Vaquera

"A Bit of Communication" Seminar

What really happens inside of the mouth of a horse with the bit,is one more thing that modern riders have forgotten or that they can not get any more of this knowledge. 

However 4’000 years ago, riders were already using bits, curiously the designs were very close to ours.

Why not much evolution?

There are almost no books explaining clearly what happens in the mouth of a Horsewith a bit.

Why such variety of design? How are the different designs used? Are we using the right bit according with what we are expecting of our horses?

A large percentage of trainers and riders are frustrated because they face problems with the mouth of their horse.They find themselves unable to solve their problems which in turn limits the progression and happiness of their horses.

The bit and the mouth of the horse are the most important elements of communication. The wrong bit in the mouth of your horse means you could experience NO further communication with him. 

Opened jaws, rolled tongues, insensitive mouths, heavy mouth or contact, forehead under the vertical, behind the bit, inverted pool etc… are types of resistances that result from bit discomfort.

When the bit is not the right one, the horse is trying to tell you something, just listen to your horse and learn to find the right one for him and for you.

This one day seminar will provide answers to those questions in a clear way and will give you:

  • Enough knowledge to understand and be familiar with the different designs of the bit.
  • A strategy to use and evaluate according the progression of the training of your horse and YOUR SELF,
  • A method to specify the correct bit according to your horse and you.
  • A way to upgrade from a current bit to a new one. 

Testimonials


"Thank you for a great bit seminar yesterday! There are so many bits out there for folks to purchase and I wonder how many people buying the bits really understand them? It's scary to think of what riders actually do with them!The in depth knowledge you brought to us certainly allows us to make decisions about which tool to use for the horse and the rider. As an instructor myself, this information will help to solve some of the challenges I've faced with riders that don't have super stable hands, yet still need to provide effective communication with their horse. Actually seeing how the different bits lay in the horses mouth and over the tongue was very helpful too. I'm glad that you were able to demonstrate this with your 'previous' horse! I've always bought bits and hoped they worked for the horses... that's why I've got a box of them! I will go forward with new knowledge of my horse and their needs and design a bit for each of them for where they are now and what their needs are. When they change and require less, they'll be getting a new bit or at least one that's altered accordingly!I've always considered myself pretty open to new ideas - but when I really think about it - I've not thought too much out of the box when it comes to bits! Of course, it takes being exposed to something different know you're even stuck in a box! So thank you for opening the box!"

Dawn F / CO


"Many thanks again for such a wonderful seminar last weekend. My trainer and I have had great initial success trying a different bit with one of our horses who has been in a single joint full cheek snaffle for the past 3 years. It's only been one ride thus far, but it was a very very interesting experience-- her back came up, her neck lengthened and she stretched forward for the contact, all immediately."

Cathy W / CO


"Since I already knew something about bits, I wasn't sure what I would get out of this seminar. I was very surprised at what I learned that dispelled some of the most commonly held beliefs about types of bits. I was surprised to find that some of the bits that are thought of as gentle are in fact harsh, and some of the harsh bits are actually gentle. The main tools I gained from the seminar were how to objectively assess any bit as to what type and severity of action it will have, and also how to choose the right mouthpiece for the horse and the right cheeks for the rider. Also about how to develop an educated mouth as training progresses and how to tackle problem situations. We learned not just by theory, but by practical demonstration and interactions that allowed participants to experience for themselves how the bits work to gain personal knowledge rather than just ideas. I now feel I have a systematic practical approach to address communication through bitting rather than a few theories."

Pam K / CO 

Working Equitation Seminar

The Working Equitation (WE) or Doma Vaquera de Trabajo is having huge success in Europe and now is becoming very popular in the US.

Try it and you will love it!

In this seminar, you will have an opportunity to learn everything about WE. The rules, the phases, how to select the best horse for this discipline, how to train him, the obstacles and requirements, how to approach and perform each obstacle, how to ride with all the reins in your left hand, tack and attire, etc..

This seminar will cover the 4 phases and will explain the rules, obstacles, penalties, what the judges are expecting and so on. In WE, more than in any other discipline, it is true that prior to working in the arena with your horse, you need to know the rules of the game!Regardless of your actual discipline, you and your horse can gain from the training and the challenges in the WE.

Try it and you will love it!

Testimonials


"WE Seminar was excellent. The videos really helped make the presentation interesting although the lecture format and good stories made it entertaining. I intend to work on technique (doma) and do it with obstacles for training but not compete. I think it would be good to let people know (if you agree) that this is a good way to supplement training to relieve the boredom for horse and rider and for desensitization. The main message I heard was you have to have a trained horse and good technique to do this but I think you meant to compete and expect to do well. you need a fully trained horse, good technique and absolute dedication. I predict there will be a minority of attendees at your we clinics who fall into the trained horse, excellent rider and strict commitment category. Therefore I think it is important to address the people who want to use it as additionall training (the tire kickers) as a separate category and let them know it is ok to do this but they will not be the people you will coach as part of a state team or expect to compete with success with WAWE rules in place at a competition.. "

Betsy T / AZ


"A Visual Artist would not think of a profession: teaching, gallery or museum career without a thorough background in all the materials and the history of her or his practice. Undergraduate to Doctorate degrees in Art History are necessary to the individual who’s commitment is to contribute to the cultural tradition. There is a clear path of education that any high school guidance counselor can describe to a student who is pursuing higher education. This thinking simply isn’t practiced in the context of Equestrian educational degrees in America. We have been limited to “Livestock” as a factory business, Veterinary, as service to the former, or accessory positions to promotion such as corporate sponsored snowpersons. Business has been both an enabler to New World economy, and it has been a myopic tyrant, intolerant of anything not profitable. In the short history of this country, we have established status, but lost Art, for we had no means to support it." 

Currently in America, equestrians are seeking the reasons and explanations behind such practices as Dressage. It is not enough to ride circles without understanding that it could lead to pirouettes. This and hundreds of other tracks of thought are needed to bring insight and artistry to American horsemanship. The trend is a healthy sign that despite challenging economic times, we are stable enough to support traditions. Key, is that tradition itself is sustaining to the soul. It is also a step in the right direction of what is best for the horse! 

Focus has shifted to self knowledge which entails the overreaching picture of traditions which both birth an art form and give it future purpose. We have the right intentions, but it is easy to be misled, especially at this moment. Many are the practitioners who will sell the tack, export breeds, and host events. Americans are consumers of gear and apparel, but now we do not want to be sold short on content . We have seen this pattern in other venues, recognize unsustainable trends. Is this to be eternally repeated? What must happen to establish permanence? 

These threads of thought are woven through Manuel Trigo’s seminars. On the table are the place of Alta Esquela, Doma Vequera, and Working Equitation within the context of its practice in the United States. Much remains to be shaped, including the organizations which will oversee the events which will either support a tradition rooted in European ranching work, or diverge from it into something focused on speed competition, and much less meaningful. 

I have gained an education over the weekend I spent learning about Working Equitation as it is practiced traditionally. Maunel and his students create a lively and productive learning environment, with solid classroom structure that withstands student questions and entertaining anecdotes. Such teaching is an art form!

Danielle N / AZ

Clinics

Lightness Clinic

There are 3 clinics, of two days each, to cover the basic concepts and exercises of riding in Lightness. But I could have done 30 of them, because it’s a cycle and as soon as riders and horses become lighter, we can continue onto a new cycle, pushing the limit of perfection farther each time, minimizing our aids to the thought and the balance of our horses to a sublime equilibrium.

In the firsts clinics we work under saddle on the separation of the aids of the riders to erase any contradiction in the instructions given to the horse.“Descente des aides” or Release of the aids will be study thru a full set of exercises to teach the horse, self-impulsion, self-carriage, self-collection and self-execution. We will practice jaw flexion, how to raise the withers and how to perfect the balance of the horse before any request.

On the ground from the lunge to the long reins, we will perfect the body language until the lunge and the long reins, keeping the contact with the horse are free of tension. In the third clinic we will study Baucher’s “Effet d’ensemble”, and persevere with more fine techniques towards our Conquest for Lightness. Those clinics are for any riders and any horses, no matter the level of the rider, horse breed or riding style. Lightness will allow your horse to improve quicker and will push farther the limit of his skill limitation, going higher in his training program and going over your expectations. You could be very surprised at how fast your horse could change. For the riders, some times the task is not so easy, some times it’s necessary to unlearn or to unblock our sensors to develop tact and sensitivity; but what a challenge!

Testimonials


"What a great clinic that was last weekend! I learned a lot from just auditing, and it was not difficult to put the principles into practice once I got home and rode my boys."Manuel, your clinic format is just terrific! It's so helpful to be able to watch four riders at a time, in three consecutive sessions, following your instructions, and being able to catch what I missed in one session in a later session. Also thanks for allowing the auditors to ask questions."

Christina T, CO


"I got to work with my Juanita this afternoon for the first time since the seminar and spent about 20 minutes on the ground working the jaw flexion. Then under saddle we worked that and the raising of the head. neck and withers at the halt, walk and trot. Also the "wind of the boot". The difference was immediate and profound. In just a few minutes she was carrying her herself in more balance and lighter on the aids than ever before. A few minutes after that she was carrying herself in the best half pass, haunches-in and shoulder-in I have ever achieved with her. Her Spanish Walk was so much higher and freer from the shoulder and again she was volunteering it so happily. It finally actually looked like a Spanish Walk :)She was like you said -truly consistently doing and carrying the movement on her own with VERY minimal input from me for the first time ever. For the first time I felt I was truly clear in my own mind in my communications to her and she was very grateful :) "

Laurie Prindle, CO


"More amazing results after watching the clinic in Arizona only for one day last week-end!The young 4 yr old Friesian that came trained by a Western trainer with the nose in the sand all the time, only bucking in the canter , and where rein contact let him fly backwards immediately, made a complete turn-around this morning. A very difficult horse. Not only could you not touch the reins initially without him instantly going backwards, but he was also extremely spooky. Very reluctant to go forward at all and upon the slightest movement in the surroundings he would make a full stop with his nose down in the sand, and a 180 degree spin in the other direction followed by bolting off. Not so easy to even stay on this horse for 10 min initially..... :o "He was now starting to brace/balance against the bit or avoiding being lifted up by curling behind the bit. Forward into the canter was a real issue (kicking after my leg or the whip etc.) and so was keeping the canter due to a horse hanging way on the forehand. We somewhat seemed 'stuck' there for now. The clinic: taught me that the crucial point I was missing at this stage was: the jaw flexion! The jaw flexion clearly loosens his front frame each time enough to achieve more lifting, or a brief neck lengthening out of curling up and voila: 20 min into the jaw flexion exercises we were cantering entirely off my seat, no legs necessary and amazingly: he wants to canter now! He even anticipates it eagerly now, yet: calm uphill depart! In the end of the 20 min he cantered happily straight out of the walk, instantly, any time I asked, in both directions! Freely up in an elevated frame and voluntarily forward. (I asked just for half a circle max. at a time for now but still.....We are on our way now!) They all love jaw flexion. 'Keeps them relaxed and happy. :)I only noticed during this clinic how crucial it is. Not a minor detail..... So, thanks again. I am always amazed by the enormous results I get in no time, when I do it right!It was a 10 hour drive to Arizona and back since I unfortunately missed the California clinic; but this week-end was definitely worth coming out to Arizona to "catch up". It is always well worth observing and listening to you!It puts more new tools into my little toolbox every time.... THANK YOU"

Tanja, CA 


"Manuel,"Lightness is the key! Thank you so much for your concise teaching methods it has made a huge difference in my personal riding technique and also the attitudes of my horses. Both horses that we sent to you for training came back more forward, more collected, in better balance, and work with more willing attitudes. I spent years training with a different methodology and was quite accomplished in the competitive (dressage) show ring. However, when it came time to train the piaffe and passage, my horses were unwilling. You worked with them, and they are both willingly working in piaffe and passage. Your training methods have proven to me that "Lightness" is the way to achieve the maximum results I, as a competitive dressage rider, am striving for. Again, thank you."

Christa-Elaine Wood, CO


" Hola!I just want to tell you that the change in my mental picture of the horse and how he moves...and then the change in how I visualize what I want.....is very powerful. I am glad I got in on the 2 day theory before the format was changed because I had all last month to mull it over. Then putting it into practice has been very effective. The horse I had at the seminar is already measuring a full inch higher at the withers (on concrete, with a level). Is that possible so quickly? Thank you. You are an excellent teacher.....very rare in the horse world!"

Jodie Knight, AZ


"All the horses and riders involved went through an amazing transformation and we all can't wait for our next clinic. Thank you, Manuel"

Karen / USA 

Piaffe & Passage Clinic

This is a set of 3 clinics of 2 days each.Learn now what you have to do in order to get your horse ready to piaffe. Practice step by step the methodology to make almost any horse piaffe and passage. In the first one, we go through all kinds of different exercises in preparation for both airs in hand, with the long reins and under saddle. The second one is focused on the process of initiating the Piaffe and the Passage, in hand with long reins and under saddle. Finally, in the third one we study the techniques to develop the two airs, and make the necessary corrections to perfect the gates.

Covered Subject in the set of 3:

  • Use of the Long reins
  • Work in hand
  • Use of the whips, different effects, timing
  • Preparation in hand and mounted
  • How to initiate the Piaffe in hand and mounted
  • How to initiate the Passage in hand and mounted
  • How to elevate the neck in the Piaffe
  • How to elevate the forelegs in the Piaffe
  • How to elevate the hindlegs in the Piaffe
  • How to develop the amplitude and suspension in the Piaffe or/and Passage
  • How to obtain the Passage from the Piaffe
  • How to obtain the Passage from the Trot
  • How to obtain the Passage from the Spanish walk
  • Transitions Piaffe-Passage

The Long reins, a precious tool

In my opinion, the use of the long reins is one of the best tools that a trainer can have to develop the collection of a horse and to teach him during the first steps of Piaffe & Passage.

If the trainer has skills with the long reins or in hand, horses will learn easier and even go faster through the learning process of this two airs.

For the development of the Piaffe & Passage, the long reins will save us time.

There are 2 mains reasons why I recommend strongly the use of the long reins:

  • The first is that the horse works without the rider and his parasitic movements in the saddle. The horse has trouble finding the new balance; the rider on his back will certainly not help him
  • And the second is that the trainer can see the entire horse working and can see better what and where he as to do in order to help his horse find the new balance.

To make myself very clear, the use of the long reins as I recommend will be limited to the work of collection, piaffe, passage and high school. The goal really is to collect the horse and not to improve the physical condition of his trainer running after him. That’s why, I prefer the words "Long Reins" even if it is not very correct in English. Most people are familiar with "Long Lines" which sounds to me seems too "Far away" and imperfect according to the distance where we should be behind the horse.

As the horse improves and gets used to the long reins, the distance between the horse and his trainer decreases until the chest of the last one is stuck to the horse's tail and his hands on the horse's croup.

The Clinics:

This is a set of two clinics of two days each. In the first one, we learn and practice all the basic techniques of the long reins and of course in the second one, the more advanced techniques. These two clinics are for all riders and all horses, beginner, medium and advanced riders and horses. All levels can take advantage of these clinics to advance their skills. 

Here are Some Photos By Carol Walter of a Piaffe & Passage Clinic in CO

Long Reins Clinic

In my opinion, the use of the long reins is one of the best tools that a trainer can have to develop the collection of a horse and to teach him during the first steps of Piaffe & Passage. If the trainer has skills with the long reins or in hand, horses will learn easier and even go faster through the learning process of this two airs. For the development of the Piaffe & Passage, the long reins will save us time.

There are 2 mains reasons why I recommend strongly the use of the long reins:

  • The first is that the horse works without the rider and his parasitic movements in the saddle. The horse has trouble finding the new balance; the rider on his back will certainly not help him.
  • And the second is that the trainer can see the entire horse working and can see better what and where he as to do in order to help his horse find the new balance.

To make myself very clear, the use of the long reins as I recommend will be limited to the work of collection, piaffe, passage and high school. The goal really is to collect the horse and not to improve the physical condition of his trainer running after him. That’s why, I prefer the words "Long Reins" even if it is not very correct in English. Most people are familiar with "Long Lines" which sounds to me seems too "Far away" and imperfect according to the distance where we should be behind the horse. As the horse improves and gets used to the long reins, the distance between the horse and his trainer decreases until the chest of the last one is stuck to the horse's tail and his hands on the horse's croup.

The Clinics:

This is a set of two clinics of two days each. In the first one, we learn and practice all the basic techniques of the long reins and of course in the second one, the more advanced techniques. These two clinics are for all riders and all horses, beginner, medium and advanced riders and horses. All levels can take advantage of these clinics to advance their skills.

Testimonials


"I am still “flattened”, how much my mare and I have learned during your instructions and demonstrations over the past weekend. Specifically, I want to thank you very much that you taught my mare that there is no escape from Long Reins and Working from the Ground. And, it is not just what she learned … I have found confidence in dealing more successfully with her evasion tactics.

Also, I will no longer stick the overhang of the Long Reins into my suspenders and will refrain from “kissing my mare” … in public. In the meantime, I will wörk her according to your instructions, and am looking very much forward for the upcoming clinic in July.Muchisimas gracias, Manuel,"

Michael K/ WA


The clinic was well thought out and taught. Finally someone who can teach the classical way and stresses the importance of groundwork. Finally someone who doesn't keep the horse retarded and on the forehand. Someone who insists on lightness rather than allowing the horse to lean on your hands. I have gone to many clinics and coaches over the years and it was very refreshing to actually learn something for the first time in years and years. You get right to the core of what needs to be done and explain it well. I can hardly wait to bring my horse to your next clinic.

Lisa Broughton / WA

Clinic Collection for Dummies

Like the book series for Dummies, this clinic will treat collection fromA to Z, from zero to the highest level in two parts. 

While presenting clinics, teaching seminars and giving lessons, Manuel was struck by the participants hunger for knowledge and correct training principles for collection.

Most students felt that collection was an unattainable goal, a mystery, something better left for the more advanced horse and rider. Collection was not possible for them.

“It was like magic when I got it right”

This clinic taught me for the first time how to FEEL the movements of the horse in my seat and how to use that knowledge to apply the aids most effectively.

T. Marumoto / CO


What you had us do in the clinic really helped with the feel and perception of the horse’s back and withers coming up. The leg aids are very helpful. I’ve been more aware of the timing, so of course that helps a lot. 

C. Finger / CO

COLLECTION IS A MATTER OF AWARENESS

There is no mystery to collection.

MOST RIDERS ARE NOT AWARE AND CANNOT FEEL

  • The position of the horse's back
  • The lifting of the withers
  • The lowering of the haunches
  • The tucking-in of the horse's pelvis

This clinic will give you the correct knowledge, the right tools, a discerningeye and seat so that collection can be effortless.

In part I, we did work on developing the rider’s feel in the saddle, feeling the lifting of the horse’s leg, the movement of the back, shoulder etc. We also did work on perfecting timing of the aids, effectiveness of each aid, and several effects of seat, legs and hands.

In part II, we will refresh the techniques learned in the first part and we will continue developing the rider's feeling regarding collection.

Riders will be helped by an assistant. Each rider will also assist other riders.

COLLECTION FOR DUMMIES

Why is collection so elusive to the average rider? Why does collection seem to be reserved for upper level riders and horses?

This clinic will give you an organized system for obtaining the correct formula to ride collection presented in a way to meet the needs of the average rider.

YES YOU CAN !

Ride your horse in collection!

This is also the perfect way to start your riding season! In this clinic, you will develop your feel of the seat, leg, hand and re-schooling your aids. Tune-up your horse correctly for the season, feel what collection is about. 

Spanish Doma Vaquera Clinic

This is a set of 3 clinics of 2 days each. We will go thru all the exercises of Doma Vaquera of the test “Caballos iniciados” (initiated horses) and “Caballos Domados” (for advanced horses). In the Spanish way and with the Spanish traditions. However our main goal is to play and have fun with your horses, that’s why each group in turn practices some of the techniques of Garrocha and Rejoneo with the Carreton.

Here are Some Photos By Carol Walter of a Doma Vaquera Clinic in CO

DV Covered Subjects:

  • How to tie a Doma Vaquera tail knot
  • Gates and attitudes of the DV
  • Reins effects
  • Presentation and entrance in the arena
  • Exercises in Walk straight and in two tracks
  • Vaquero Walk
  • Rein-back
  • Half-turn on the haunches
  • Leg Yield
  • Half-Pass
  • Full-Pass
  • Direct Pirouette
  • Reversed Pirouette
  • Preparation for the Test “Caballos iniciados” (Initiated horses)
  • Exercises in Canter straight, in two tracks and counter-canter
  • Circles in canter and spirals
  • Half-Pass in canter
  • Counter-Canter
  • Special Exercises of the DV
  • Half-Turn on the haunches in canter
  • Turns on the haunches in canter
  • Parada a Raya (DV sliding stop)

Testimonials


"The Doma Vaquera play in particular is fantastic fun. Our horses became closely "with us" in an amazingly short period of time, and that partnership allowed us to really dance and play as a team more quickly than anything I've ever experienced before. I never dreamed we would dance and pirouette with a garrocha in the first clinic, let alone have the chance to play Rejoneador. The horses seemed to enjoy it just as much as the riders!"

Carol F. / USA Clinic Doma Vaquera I


"It was just sooooooo much fun! From single excersizes, to garrocha play to pretend bull-fighting - we did it all . And I mean pretend-bull - no animals were hurt during the making of this clinic although some of the garrocha handling skills could have taken an eye out ...... Working in a group took the pressure of any one individual and both riders and horses loosened up playing with the props and doing group movements."

"If you enjoy dressage but don't take yourself too seriously and enjoy a little vroom/oomph once and a while, I'd ceratinly recommend this clinic. Manuel is always a patient but ambitious teacher and always put enjoyment and love of the horse first."

Pat / USA Clinic Doma Vaquera I 


"My Lusitano X mare, Saqqara, improved immensely from the first DV clinic. She is 50% lighter to the leg, holds her withers and neck higher and immediately asks me "what would you like me to do?". Lateral movements are flowing with the rhythm of Flamenco... Counter canter on small circles and lead changes are much more solid. She seems much brighter and happier -- like she finally has a job she can enjoy." We look forward to the next clinic with Manuel, because this is the kind of work that makes a horse truly collected and responsive. Why work for months or years in boring dressage, when a couple of Doma Vaquera sessions can make all the difference? Ride the Adventure!"

Crista V. / USA Clinic Doma Vaquera I

Clinic Dressage in the Pillars

NEW SEMINAR & CLINIC

Manuel has designed a new Seminar and clinic

2 DAY

Clinic & Seminar TRAINING IN THE PILLARS

WHAT IT CAN DO FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE

A Lost Art

PILLARS ARE THE TOOL FOR THE CULMINATION OF PERFECTING COLLECTION. Almost a lost art, this classic training method is still preserved in all the prestigious riding schools such as the Real Escuela de Arte Ecuestre in Jerez in Spain, Saumur, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, and the Portuguese Riding School.

Manuel Trigo is an exceptional, experienced and empathic trainer in the use of the pillars for the horse. Manuel uses the pillars as an inevitable step to prepare for collection and to discover and develop the potential for lightness, vigor, willingness, flexibility, gallantry and nobility in every horse he handles.If the horse is lacking in any of these qualities the pillars has a wake-up effect and can bring the horse to his highest potential. The Pillars can also be a tool used to clam down and relax highly spirited, nervous and give confidence to fearful ones as well.

For the rider

The pillars are a great tool to develop feeling, balance and stability of seat for superior self-mastery of their riding skills.

Covered Subject:

Clinic

4 cessions. Each sessions include 3 parts: Simulation on the gym-ball, Pilates training, riding your horse.

The objectives of this clinic will be to learn how to:

  • Development of the seat for basic movements on the Gym-Ball.
  • Development of the seat for basic movements on the horse.
  • Development of the seat for advanced movements on the Gym-Ball.
  • Development of the seat for advanced movements on the horse.
  • Establishing an individual Pilates program for each rider and active auditors.
  • Practicing Pilates basic exercises (Hundred, Spine Stretch, Single Leg Stretch, Side leg series, etc.)
  • Les sauts d´ecole de
  • La courbette 
  • La croupade
  • La Cabriole
  • Formation and training of the rider
  • Development of the self-mastery and balance.
  • Development of the seat 
  • Development of the feelings
  • AND MORE…..

Testimonials


"I'm so happy I did! Really... how do you get this kind of training?! I've ridden with some VERY well known teachers, including a former Chief Riders of SRS, yet NEVER in my life have any of them been so passionate and educated about training the horse as Manuel! I implore all of you to join us on the journey beyond Lightness... and into a whole new freakin dimension! The DQ's on a 20 meter circle to nowhere in working trot have no idea!"

Dawn F / CO


"Why am I doing this?! But even if we never go this route of working in the pillars, there was an enormous amount of good information, not least of it was learning how Manuel works with the horses he has in training, and why they have come so far in such a relatively short time. I can take away a lot of useful information about how to touch the horse to elicit the desired response and how it affects their way of going eventually under saddle. Thanks to Manuel for giving so much of himself each and every time he works with a horse -- any horse (even the mares!!!)"

Christina T / CO


"We had an amazing weekend with Manuel in Castle Rock. The class room day was full of information and great discussions. The clinic day was just as informative. I was so fun to watch people and their horses in long reins working on exercise's to get ready for the Pillars. Then actually seeing the horses work in the Pillars was great. MANUEL you were right about the Pillars being a great tool. I can also see why it is not something people should try at home without knowing what we are doing".

Chris S / CO


"The information and experience of introducing the pillars to new horses, was both exciting for its possibilities, and terrifying, at the same time. This lost art revived by a master and students who are conscious of the horse’s sensitive nature is a wonderful thing. My regard for the horse can’t help be concerned for students who might use this tool without enough knowledge and prior and proper preparation resulting in pain and injury to the horse. That being said; The tool used responsibly with regard for the nature of the horse, Is AMAZING! I loved : watching Angela actually enjoy the power of her horse and gain confidence. Seeing how to sculpt the Piaffe with touch of the whip and reward at the proper moment. Seeing the horses come to except the work and be relaxed in the movement. Seeing the horse human relationship deepen with this Work together. Marc and I are going to the metal yard directly from the airport. So there you have it. I hope that students and auditors responsible use this information and no horses Are hurt. The Pillars "A beautiful tool that can liberate and transform a horse."

Wendy D / WA


"The clinic was amazing, thank you. What I loved. The classroom learning but I am a theory junkie! I loved the ability to be in the arena, to watch close up both the success, errors, and corrections. I felt that was a great learning tool and gave valuable insight. I appreciated your approach, both your firmness with the horses, and your clear love and respect for them. I also thought you did a great job of interacting well with each of the participants depending on their personality, and their needs. Having a taught a ton of students in my past life and innumerable groups I appreciate the difficult of communicating effectively with each individual, often a more difficult task then dealing with the horses! And I cannot imagine doing it in a second language, so a huge Kudos for that!" 

Marsha H / OH


"What a treat to learn about a lost art from the Classics! I very much appreciate how you're able to assess each horse and rider's abilities and start from that point. Also, I appreciate that you are willing to start from the basics with those of us who are new to this. It's masterful how you can switch your teaching based on the needs of your students and their horses." 

Pat VB / CO

The perfect seat with Pilates Clinic

A First of a totally new kind of Clinic.

This is a clinic of a totally new kind Kerry and Manuel have designed for YOU, putting together their knowledge of Classical Dressage and Pilates.

While presenting clinics, seminars and giving lessons, Manuel realized the majority of the students have a hard time to position correctly their body and use their seat efficiently. Students understand the words used by the instructor, but they cannot move their body correctly when told to tuck their pelvis forward, backward, not to collapse, collect their seat, push forward, take the position of the shoulder-in, haunches-in, haunches-out (Travers/Renvers), shift forward their weight etc.

Now with this new clinic, you will experience something very different as NEVER before. You will learn on a gym-ball and simulate all those movements under the direction of Manuel & Kerry, before practicing on your horse.

A revealing experience, You will finally feel each movement correctly. But that’s not all… Kerry will help you to fix, develop and give more strength to the muscles you will need for each movement with Pilates. Finally after this first part on the ground, participants will ride their horse and be AMAZED of the changes in their seat and riding. A revealing experience.

“If you want a happier horse, ride him better”

This is the statement and conclusion of many of Manuel’s students after striving to have clarity in their aids and a good communication with their horses. This is one more reason why this clinic can help you greatly.

Two Disciplines Fusion for YOU, Participants will ride their horses, work on gym-Balls on the ground and will work with the Pilates instructor to fix their asymmetries in their body between the left and right side, to avoid collapsing in the core and to learn to use the correct muscle for each movement. We will also give you a personal program to develop your seat step per step.

The Six Pilates Principles: A body/mind/spirit approach

Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow.

For many, these six principles are the foundation of the Pilates approach to exercise. Their application to the Pilates method of exercise is part of what makes it unique in the fitness world. Pilates will change the movement patterns in your body to make things better in everyday life, not just your riding. In this clinic we will just skim the surface of what is possible to make changes in your body, but the exercises we give you will make a profound difference immediately.

The Pilates Method emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness.

Covered Subject:

The objectives of this clinic will be to learn how to:

4 sessions. Each sessions include 3 parts: Simulation on the gym-ball, Pilates training, riding your horse.

  • Development of the seat for basic movements on the Gym-Ball.
  • Development of the seat for basic movements on the horse.
  • Development of the seat for advanced movements on the Gym-Ball.
  • Development of the seat for advanced movements on the horse.
  • Establishing an individual Pilates program for each rider and active auditors.
  • Practicing Pilates basic exercises (Hundred, Spine Stretch, Single Leg Stretch, Side leg series, etc.)

Testimonials


“Thanks for putting on such a successful clinic. Jack and I felt it was the most valuable and practical clinic we have attended. I would say this is what has been missing in our education as students of "Lightness."

I am struck by two feelings I have and feelings that are somewhat contradictory. One is that the more one knows the more I feel one can benefit from the clinic for the lateral and upper level moves. On the other hand these concepts should be introduced early in lightness education although I think it will take a lot of practice to connect the dots.”

Betsy and Jack Tismeer / AZ


"What an amazing clinic! I was able to become so much clearer about how my seat can communicate with my horse, with no contradiction. I knew that if I was to be lighter with my horse in my aides, I needed to have a better understanding of how my seat talks to my horse. 

This new clinic, with Manuel and Kerry, is perfect and should be a prerequisite to all the clinics. (even before Collection for Dummies) Pilates exercises were specific for the seat and core, comprehensive without overwhelming me. I know that I can continue to do these exercises at home.

We straddled the large therapy ball and found out how our weight shifts and leg positions affect the 'horse". Immediately riding the horse and having the direct translation from ball to horse was very effective. Thank you for all the good thought and work creating this clinic, I needed it! I can hardly wait to go home and practice with my horses and get back to basics and subtlety. I know my horse thanks you too! "

Active Auditor / Julia Anderson/ CO


“It was great! Really helped to work with the ball to feel and be shown how to use your seat when riding. So many times I hear what I should be doing but do not know how to get it. Starting riding so late in my life makes this not so natural for me. This was such a big help! Thank you to both of you!”

Bill Calderon / AZ


"Thank you so much to all three of you for a wonderful clinic and for all your planning, time and efforts. I used to run clinics for a reiner in New Mexico and know how much work this is. You three did an incredible job! Everything flowed so nicely from the mat work, to the ball and then onto the horse. 

Manuel - what a treat! You got things out of me and Chic that we've never done before. I appreciate your knowledge and your skill in imparting that knowledge. It is very difficult to teach riders of all levels with firmness and tact. You are precise in your instructions yet encouraging and complimentary. This is truly an art and you are a masterful artist. 

Kerry - whew! You are indeed a master of Pilates and your ability to relate it to equestrian skills is wonderful. Thank you for your assistance in the arena, even with a sore foot. I hope it's better soon and good luck in your tests later this week. 

Angela - bless you for sharing your incredible facilities with all of us and allowing us to turn your peaceful retreat into utter chaos. Everything is first class and we were honored by your hospitality. Phillip was so kind and helpful, and Ben is a gem. Thank you for all your communications, organization and well, everything. And what a pleasure to watch you and Kiosko work together - superb!

At first, I thought I would have liked more riding time. But, as I begin to review the videos, I see that there was so much information packed into those sessions that it will take me weeks or months (or more) to absorb it all. 

Thank you again and I'm looking forward to future clinics and lessons. Cheers."

Pat VB / CO 2015


"To be honest I think it was one of the best clinics that I have ever attended. Of course, in my opinion we spend way to much time training horses and not riders. I think this clinic was a masterful blend of both! I think you and Kerri did a great job of taking the classroom work to the arena. In terms of complaints, I have none other than the altitude change! My only thought was that the clinic could be slowed down and put into several clinics maybe parts I, II, and III. There was a great deal to take in, and for some of us I think we could absorb it quickly because of our previous training. However, I am not sure if that was true for everyone. As with horses, sometimes for people less is more! 

As always it was delightful and inspiring to ride with you. After I attend a clinic with you, my horses at home are as always very grateful that I am finally learning to ride! Thank you so very much! All my best." 

Marsha H / OH 2015


“The Perfect Seat with Pilates clinic was excellent. The combination of Pilates, ball and horse was the best order of instruction. The flow of body movement and understanding worked the best for me in that order. Kerry was very easy to understand, related to everybody and made sure the form was correct. The pictures and instructions on the handouts are clear and easy to follow to continue doing the exercises on your own. I felt more fluid in the saddle after the exercises on the ground. Definitely would be interested in more clinics of the same. The better understanding I have of the seat the better for my horse and my trainer. “

Kim Paterson / AZ


“This clinic was very important for me. It was a step out - as a beginner in Lightness and new to Pilates - to participate. But the concept intrigued me so much I couldn’t resist; and Manuel’s encouragement of me to come allowed me to feel I could participate comfortably. It was exactly what I was hoping for, unbelievably insightful, fun, and informative. 

My highlight was doing a step or two of Haunches In with Tyra - neither she nor I have ever done this before - she and I are both pretty impressed with ourselves! Haha.

Here is my feedback:Ball - This was a highlight. Keep expanding on that concept. Manuel, your ability to simulate was great, your constant reassessment from watching your students is impressive.

Pilates - Kerry, you are just a delightful instructor. Your classes were great. I am trying to figure out how to go forward with it - ?change my work out routine - ?classes here - etc? 

Riding - Watching from the ground and hearing Manuel’s commentary was amazingly helpful. The riding and instruction was great as always.”

Diane Neddenriep-Atlas / AZ 


“I had a great time this last weekend, even without a horse. I think the concept was excellent, with combining the seat excercises on the gym ball and then to go and try it under saddle. It really helps to get the feel for your seat and where to place your seat bones, leg and wheight. For me the pilates is a workout that will go hand in hand with riding, you need and will get body and muscle strength and controll. It was really good to work with Kerry, she explained very well why and how to do an excercise, but also how it translates and helps you with your riding. And if you had any specific problem with your body, she is very knowable and came with solutions that helped.”

Active Auditor / Marie Engstrom / AZ

Working Equitation Clinic

This two day clinic taught by Manuel Trigo is designed to address the knowledge about authentic WE and training techniques necessary to correctly perform in the Ease of Handling phase of Working Equitation.

The manner in which the horse transits the obstacle is very important, including agility, submission, working attitude, and ease of movement and of handling.

Try it and you will love it!

Regardless of your actual discipline, you and your horse can gain from the training and the challenges in the WE.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity

to develop your technique and learn the attributes of the correct working horse and rider, indispensable steps before moving onto the Speed Phase of Working Equitation.

Flying Changes & Canter Development

This clinic is for every horse and rider level, any breed, any discipline. 

Learn step by step to prepare and initiate your horse to the flying changes

  • Learn to teach correct flying changes from the beginning, so there will be no need to fix them in the months after the first ones.
  • Learn to improve flying changes and how to put them together to ride tempis in a circle or figure 8.
  • Learn to improve your seat and aids for and during the flying changes.


This clinic will improve any horse and rider regardless their current level. 

  • For the riders that need to be prepared for having the first lesson of Flying changes soon, the clinic will give you many exercises and a sequence to get your horse ready for that day.
  • For those riders that are ready for the first flying changes, the clinic will give you a methodology step by step to request and get correct flying changes from the very first one.
  • For those riders who have individual flying change, the clinic will give you many exercises to improve them and start putting them together. We will also work on improving the seat, aids and timing of the rider.
  • Finally for the riders that have flying changes together, the clinic will give you a set of exercises to improve and develop the balance of the horse and improve lightness of the aids of the rider, this until peforming them only with the seat.