Lessons on Balance with Islero

“I’m enjoying relearning how to sit while training Islero’s first sequential changes. It makes me empathetic to how hard it is for the horses to change balance as I learn how to change mine to retain balance. It’s not all about avoiding the physical pain, as you have to train to the true straight balance […]

Check out the videos and photos from Islero and Oso’s first practice session with live musicians

Islero and Oso recently had their first outing to practice with live musicians. A thank you to Rivendell Dressage, Allison Kavey and Andrea Woodner for acting as hosts, to Ron Fayer for volunteering as horse transport and to the wonderful musical quartet that included cellists Christine Gummere and Loretta O’Sullivan, violoncellist Benjamin Wolff and Daniel […]

A Surprise Visit with Dominque Barbier

During a recent clinic trip to California, Bettina made a surprise visit to fellow Oliveira student Dominque Barbier: “I landed yesterday in Santa Rosa, California to visit with Mari Austad Bourque, the owner of the excellent horse Nabucco (bred by France’s Dany Lahaye and that I broke in years ago), this before my new clinic […]

Notes from Recent Visit to France’s Cadre Noir

Bettina traveled to France in late February, where she first worked with Bernard Sachsé in preparation for his participation in the upcoming April Interactive Arts Workshop hosted by the Association for the Promotion of the Art of Horsemanship in America. After tme spent with Bernard, Bettina visited at France’s Cadre Noir for friendly consultations. Below […]

A Student of Bettina’s Offers a Different Perspective on the Treatment of Lyme Disease and other Immune System Disorders

Living with chronic Lyme disease can be a challenge for both humans and horses, as both Bettina and her Quarter Horse stallion Vousy know. Once in the system, Lyme can easily reoccur resulting in a constant battle to keep the effects of the disease in check. Bettina’s student Christian Gundermann has just published an essay […]

Latest Book by Dominque Barbier is Another Good Winter Read

An enjoyable trip down memory lane was Dominique Barbier’s latest book, Riding with Oliveira: My Time with the Mestre – Forty Years Later, revisiting his couple of years spent in Avessada with the Maître , now as Mestre Nuno to his students in Portugal. It brought back the ambience of that amalgam of artist fervor and displayed and discussed technique , which made the time there […]