“5 Days to Improve your Contact & Connection” Challenge”

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The Challenge begins June 10, 2019

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A new approach

Less effort, Less frustration, and Fewer dead-ends

Although completely founded in classical dressage principles, this is a brand new approach towards contact and connection in a way that will help you experience dramatic results with less effort, less frustration, and fewer dead-ends.

See the thing is, when most people talk about contact and connection, they don’t go into nearly enough detail - they barely scratch the surface.

And they don’t know how to explain it in a way that will makes sense to someone who has not YET achieved the elusive steady, light, and dependable contact and connection that you know you need in order to progress further in your riding.

And then guess what? No results (or not the results you want)!

The good thing is… they may not be able to explain it in a way that REALLY sets those lightbulbs off for you, but WE can.

We are pulling all of this goodness into a 5-Day Challenge that you can participate in absolutely for free… yes that’s right!

Why work on rein contact?


The reins are a part of the rider’s seat and fulfil an important role in the orchestra of the aids.


They help the horse find his lateral and longitudinal balance under the rider.


They help to recycle the movement impulses of the hind legs through the rider’s seat and the horse’s entire spine back to the hindquarters, creating an energy circuit, similar to an electric power circuit.


The reins also enable the rider to frame the horse’s shoulders laterally and to create a stable connection between the horse’s neck and shoulders. In other words, the reins help to straighten the horse by aligning his hips and shoulders in front of each other along the line of travel. If the reins touch the neck on both sides, you can position the horse’s shoulders very precisely, and you feel even very small deviations immediately.


Another aspect of the rein contact that is not usually talked about is that the rider can feel the horse’s entire body through the reins. It is possible to scan the horse’s body for blockages and false bends by sending small impulses through the reins and tuning in to how far they travel and how they are received by the horse.


The rein contact is really a two-way street. It is not only a means of communicating requests to the horse, but the rider also receives valuable information from the horse through the reins about his relaxation and throughness status, which helps in the decision making process of which topic to work on next or which muscle groups and joints to address next.

So... start learning:

  • WHAT: the single most critical tips that will improve your contact and connection right now so that they can immediately improve the quality of their rein contact

  • HOW: how to use your seat to create lighter, steadier, better quality rein contact so that you do not have to worry about your horse coming above the bit and losing the connection

  • WHY: understand why the quick fixes do not work and only contribute to poor contact and connection so that you can stop wasting time and energy on techniques that do not work

Five days of exercises, instruction, inspiration, and support. Join us. We begin Monday (and pssst.... we have some exciting AWARDS we are giving out this time... you won't want to miss it!)

This Challenge is exactly what you've been looking for!   (and it is totally FREE)

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Meet your Instructors

Thomas & Shana Ritter

Located in Germany, Thomas is an International Clinician and author of  "Dressage Principles based on Biomechanics" and "Long Reining: From the Beginning through the Levade" (published by Cadmos Press in both English and German) and countless articles in many publications. Shana is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist. Together they create and orchestrate the Artistic Dressage program.

Catherine McCrum, Feldenkrais Practitioner

Catherine McCrum now participates as an Assistant Teacher in our Artistic Dressage Online Courses Program. She is an accredited Feldenkrais practitioner and has been teaching sport, fitness and movement since 1986 as first a ski instructor/coach and then as a Personal Trainer. In 2002 she finished her Feldenkrais training. She is also a rider and is joining us in this course to help you learn how to recognize how the way you use your body can be interfering with your ability to progress in your riding. She is also a Gestalt psychotherapist with a particular interest in working  with developing awareness of how her clients embody their emotional and  psychological patterns.

You will learn:

  • HOW the horse's contact and connection are affected by what you do (and don't do)
  • WHAT we mean by Connection and WHY connection is important
  • The Biomechanical foundation to Contact & Connection (which no one has told you until now)
  • HOW to improve the QUALITY of the contact
  • What you MUST pay attention to in your riding in order to improve your contact
  • HOW classically-grounded dressage exercises can be used as your best allies in this work.
  • HOW these exercises affect the horse (and why they affect the horse this way)
  • HOW TO BEGIN. The first step can be the hardest. And we're going to guide you.
  • 3 RIDING EXERCISES YOU can ride immediately which will help you understand the concepts better, identify where your horse's issues are, and determine how to address them.
  • 1 OFF-THE-HORSE RIDER EXERCISE which can improve your feeling, awareness, and coordination
  • SUPPORT from us and the Ritter Community, all along the way.

WHAT is a Challenge and HOW does it work?

√ Sign up by clicking the button below. On the confirmation page, you will receive a link to the Facebook group for the Challenge. Please request to join.

√ We will create an account just for you (if you already have one with us, you will access the challenge through your existing account).

√ If this is a new account, you will receive an email with your login information and password. Log in immediately and get oriented with the course platform.

√ You will also receive a welcome email with instructions and the full schedule.

√ In that email there is a link you can click to sign up for Facebook Messenger Reminders. We highly recommend it so that you do not miss a single day of the challenge.

√ If you can't watch the sessions LIVE, you can still watch the recording afterwards.

√ If you are able to, we want you to go ride the exercises with your horse within the next day or so. Put what you learn into practice right away.

√ You can post your updates, progress, and discoveries in the Facebook group.

√ and... The person who shares the most significant progress or discoveries within the Challenge will WIN the #excellence award and win enrollment in our upcoming Contact & Connection Beta Course. So get your video cameras out and get filming those exercises!!!


√ p.s. we make this a ton of FUNFUNFUN with other awards throughout the challenge, too!

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