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    October 03, 2017
    What's Hot!!
    Sept 28 - Oct. 1, 2017
    Connected Riding in the UK
    Chippenham, Wiltshire UK
    Oct. 8th, 2017
    Riding Instructors' Workshop
    Sherwood, Oregon USA
    Oct. 21-22, 2017
    Continuing Ed. & Lessons
    Oct. 27-29, 2017
    3 Day Clinic
    Modesto, California USA
    Table of Contents
    Hello Connected Riders
    Argos and the Connected Halter
    The Thrill of Being Inspired
    Online Support
    Behind the Scenes
    Cover Story: Argos (loved by John McBurney) is our lovely cover model for our newsletter this month. 
    Hello Connected Riders
    What do YOU like 
    about Argos in the cover photo? 
         Argos is standing relatively squarely while released through his topline, neck and poll, and he is modeling beautifully our Connected Groundwork web halter with the soft fuzzy nose-piece. We will soon offer a less fluffy cover for the nose-piece that some horses prefer.
         I like this halter because it can be adjusted snugly yet comfortably around the nose, cheeks and throat latch so that it does not slip and slide all over the place. This allows the handler to communicate clear, quiet and subtle movements to the horse. 
         I attach soft nylon cords, about 20-ft. long, ...
    Continued on page 5
         Here is a collage of the halter in use:
    Photo collage of groundwork at the clinic in Germany this Spring.
    Colleague CONNECTIONS
    The thrill 
    of being inspired...
    by Susan Cook
    Peggy and I spent an amazing ten days with our teaching group in Germany in June. I remember looking over at Peggy and saying, "It's happening, isn't it??"  Peggy said, "Yes, these women are really showing Connection in their work and riding"...and, it was lovely, fun, and very very gratifying. 
         After roughly ten years of diligent work and commitment, this group of practitioners put on a one-day expo, worked and rode together all week, and spent one day doing a video documentary of the work. It was an intense, heartwarming testament to the quality of the people in our organization. 
         Thank you, all, for the gift of your Connected riding talents!  Stay tuned for the videos that will be released this year.
    Congratulations - to our new Connected Riding practitioners!!
    Relana Beck - Germany 
    Silke Tenbruck - Germany
    "We believe every rider deserves to learn how to ride without tension and bracing, and support their horses to do the same."
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     Peggy Cummings Around The World Calendar
    There are still openings at the below clinics, come join in the fun!
    Visit our Website
    September 22-25
    Demo and 3 Day Clinic 
    Katherine Harberd
    Trealy Farm
    Mitchel Troy, 
    Monmouth, NP25 4BL
    Click For Demo Information
    Click For 3 Day Clinic Info
    September 28-1st
    Demo and 3 Day Clinic
    Kay Giblett
    Hulberts Green Riding Centre
    Braydonside, Brinkworth
    Chippenham, Wiltshire SN1
    Mobile: 07979 783826
    Click For Demo Information
    Click For 3 Day Clinic
    October 8
    SCR Instructor Workshop
    Open to all Instructors and Teachers
    Sherwood, Oregon
    Click For More Information
    October 13-18
    This course is closed
    October 21-22
    Continuing Ed. & Lesson Days
    Lessons Open to Public
    47647 Kerken
    Sign Up Here
    October 27-29
    3 Day Clinic
    Auditors Welcome
    Modesto, CA 
    Barbara Owens
    Sign Up Here
    November 3
    Private, Semi, Group Lessons
    Intermediate & Advance Riders
    Corvallis, OR
    Karen Cheeke
    Sign Up Here
    November 9-14
    SCRT 103 Course
    This course is closed
    November 30-4
    SCRT 101 Course
    Open to ALL Riders
    Redbrook Equestrian
    Cockshoot Ash
    Upper redbrook
    Monmouth NP254LU
    South Wales
    01600 715339 or 07785568842
    Click Here For More Information
    Sign Up Here
    January 19-21
    2 Day Course + Lesson Days
    Bis 7. Mai 2017 bei
    Nathalie Spörri
    079 215 08 31 oder 
    Click Here For More Information
    January 25-29
    SCRT 102 Course
    This course is closed
    February 16-19
    3 Day Clinic + Lesson Day
    Australia, Mayflower Ridge
    Contact: Sue McKibbin
    193 Old Telegraph Road East
    Rokeby, VIC 3821
    0408 515 716
    Sign Up Here
    February 22-25
    3 Day Clinic + Demo Day
    New Zealand-South Auckland
    Intro-Refresher Clinic 
    Lyndsay Blackburn
    Sign Up Here For Demo
    Sign Up Here For Clinic
    March 7-11
    This course is closed
    March 15-19
    Open to ALL Riders
    Sherwood, Oregon
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    Scholarships -The School of Connected Riding was gifted funds to support teachers seeking to learn and become messengers and teachers of Connected work. To date, these people received scholarships for courses and continuing education to enhance their skills and knowledge of Connected Riding. It is important that we continue raising funds to "pay it forward" so this program self-perpetuates and sustains the ongoing education of riding instructors. This was a generous gift from the Richard B. Siegel Foundation
    Stay tuned for a scholarship contest next month as part of our SCR course kick off!
    Left to right, top to bottom:
    Anke Johnson
    Melin Farriols
    Russell Terry
    Dana Allen
    Joe London & Diane Sept
    Laura Faber-Morris
    not pictured:
    Julie Seda
    Cat Wilton
    Debbie Davies
    Behind the scenes - ramping up for School of Connected Riding courses for 2018, our school curriculum is formally taking shape.
    Our goal is to provide courses that support the what, why, and how of Connection and Connected Riding for riders, riding instructors, and horses of all disciplines. These courses offer depth and scope for understanding how working in Connection benefits the well-being of horses, their movement, nervous systems, and overall function. We offer supplemental learning for seasoned riding instructors to incorporate the elements of Connection into their programs for clarity and ease of performance for their horses and riders. We believe every rider deserves to learn how to ride without tension and bracing, and support their horses to do the same.
    We will unveil our 2018 courses in an upcoming newsletter, and suffice it to say there will be something for everyone to sample!  Also, our riding lessons and riding clinics will continue being offered worldwide through our team of practitioners and instructors where people learn and practice how to apply Connected work with horses. Check out our Pathways link (click here) to see how to come into our riding program, and our practitioner training program.
    Hayley Howells on her schoolmaster. The images are dark, but if you can see them you can see the lovely change in posture.
    Top: Horse at beginning of lesson exhibiting his pattern of rushing on the forehand and closing his throat latch.
    Bottom: Horse later in lesson showing a more rebalanced  trot with better use of head and neck.
    Hello Connected Riders
    Continued from Page 1.
    instead of lead lines or longe ropes, and the handler can just insert two fingers under the fuzzy noseband. This makes it easy to feel tension in the horse's head and neck, and to address that tension while remaining light and soft with the hand. 
         When you do this work in a loose halter it actually disconnects you from the horse. It creates bracing in his head and neck because the horse feels a jerky and harsh movement from the halter. 
         I like to demonstrate the detriments to the horse's poll and neck of leading the horse from under the chin. Its how everyone learned to lead a horse, but students soon see the benefits of leading from the side ring. 
    Clasp your hands in front of your body and have a friend tie a cord around your wrists and "lead" you from underneath. Note the amount of pressure. Then have the friend "lead" you from the side of your wrist. It is so much softer. The pressure exerted from the side creates much less force than the same pressure from under the chin. 
         Thanks Argos for being our beautiful model this month. 
    People are Understanding!
    I am seeing a lot of wonderful progress in the quality of the riding these days. Riders are problem-solving on their own, using their CR tools to experiment and figure things out with their horses. For example, one rider noticed her horse was tripping and came up with a combination of groundwork exercises to help the horse through the issue.  
         I am excited to see riders being proactive in applying the work, and sharing their successes with others. Other people are noticing the changes in the Connected Riding® horses, and are inquiring about our approach. People are better understanding that horses must learn to be in a weight-bearing posture in order to function better as a ridden horse. They see that this work increases the horses' focus and decreases the evasions on the ground and under saddle. Progress!"
    Of Waves in Unseen Currents
    by Robert Krenz
    The day begins, the pines and firs are dry. 
    She turns (or does she spin again?)
    her motion so smooth with spring dreaming 
    even in winter, even more as she dances
    winsome like clean, misty snow.
    There, on the ridge, on a green mountain meadow, 
    three horses drift about like roaming morning mist.
    The lady sees the shades of light nurturing the 
    land and its beauty seems to burst within her. She thinks: 
    'I am but a passenger on one of many streams, 
    just like the moonlight on sunny days, I am in
    the waves of unseen currents, unfolding...'
    As the horses bolt from the meadow into the woods, 
    she hears the hoofbeats echoing down, along the stream.
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