2021 Rider Makeover Program

12-week course. Through Feldenkrais lessons, visualisations, and theory lessons we will help you find solutions to the most pervasive seat issues which prevent riders from making progress in their riding. The new course begins on September 20, 2021.

This is the ultimate "Makeover" - a Makeover that you would actually want to do!

Your progress (and your horse’s training) will always be limited by YOU and YOUR SEAT (sorry, but it's true!)




Causes not Symptoms...
Rather than covering up symptoms with band-aid remedies, we go to the root of the matter to unearth the cause of all the problems. Most approaches just address the symptoms of the problem which just creates more stiffness for the rider. Fixing the source of the problem frees the rider to move and balance dynamically with the motion of the horse.

Powerful Imagery...
Often the best way to educate the body is through the power of visualization. We employ feeling-rich imagery lessons which convey not only the best way to sit, but also the best way to accommodate and shape the movement of the horse. Riders can use imagery on and off the horse, so that progress can be made even while not riding.

Movement Lessons...
Feldenkrais "Awareness through Movement" lessons re-educate the body how to move in a way that is efficient, healthy, and restores your natural balance and suppleness. These movement lessons can be done anytime, any place, expanding your opportunities to improve your seat well beyond the hours you are in the saddle.

1. Not Riding Forward Enough (no engagement)
2. Riding Backward, Water Skiing
Pelvis-Elbow Connection
3.  Tight hips,
4.  Digging in seat bones
5. Gripping legs
6. Tipping forward
7. Pumping Torso/Pushing Pelvis
8. Collapsing Waist - Stepping into the inside hind
9. Swinging Lower Leg - Kneeling Seat
10. Confidence
11. Slouching shoulders
12. Uppity Heel

12 week course taught by Dressage Trainer, Dr. Thomas Ritter, and Feldenkrais Practitioner, Catherine McCrum  

Weekly theory lessons covering the what, why, and how of each problem so that you understand the foundation of each issue. 

Weekly imagery lessons you can put to use whether you are riding regularly or unable to ride at all. 

Weekly Feldenkrais lessons you can do OFF the horse and reap the benefits while ON the horse

Facebook Community, ongoing support and discussion.

“Rider Makeover is a more structured course that examines physical rider issues in turn. It offers discussions about and potential solutions to typical problems that our bodies give us. It will also compliment your work in the C&C course. Unless you are already at total capacity in term of your listening time! In which case, be gentle with yourself and remember there is always next year.”
- Jacky Davies  

“The Rider makeover is very good for reviewing yourself as rider. (Did the first course) You get to fix seat issues you've not really even realized you had😅 I've got very sore bunions for years, and in this course I found the reason💕. I found a right way to walk and correct my seat in the saddle for not irritating my bunions. This summer I've been able to walk without correctors on my toes and riding does not any more cause pain on my feet💪”
- Mariana Nyberg  

“Rider Makeover was MARVELOUS!!  As with all the Ritter Courses, there is a tremendous amount of information... written material, videos, Question and Answer Sessions and Feldenkrais exercises.”
- Sue Ann Schmitz

“This was "THE COURSE" who let fall all the pieces in their places. I discovered what was going wrong with my Seat and why I didn’t advance. And even my horse was unhappy. Thanks to Thomas Ritter , Shana Ritter and Catherine McCrum I could figure out where I had to change my riding and adapt my seat so it was comfortable from my horse and me. Really happy the course start again.
I am sure that the majority of the riders underestimate the influence from the rider on the horse. I think everybody can recognize one or more themes that you talk about and make improvement with the solutions and suggestion this course offers. I also want to mention Charlotte, who is maybe a bit more in the background but who always give good comments who are for sure based on a lot of experience. The Facebook group is also a great place where you can share your experiences and often recognize your own struggles and often find suggestions from other people, who help you further.”
- Luc Maes