You are invited to attend “An Adventure in Lightness” This popular event celebrates it’s third year at Intrepid Farms in the beautiful Santa Ynez, Valley near the Southern California coast, just north east of Santa Barbara. Once again excellent horsemen will demonstrate their training techniques, and training exercises to use on the horse at all stages of their ability.

This is a fabulous opportunity for all horsemen to observe the complete training of the horse from A-Z. From the colts first ride to the finished horse. Horses will be schooled in the beginning work, then on to the introductory stages, then on to the advanced work followed by the finishing work. Good horsemen will work with the horses through the various stages of training and viewers will receive in-depth instruction on proper training of the performance horse.

Light Hands Horsemanship is a new and unique concept when it comes to horsemanship education and it’s presentation. During the lectures and demonstrations the viewers are enriched by not one but five outstanding and well-respected horsemen. They are taken on a journey from the early learning of the horse through the training of the advanced horse. Each of the horsemen has their own style and techniques but they all agree and come together on one point, Lightness. Lightness is their cornerstone.

After attending last year’s event famed Texas Horseman Jack Brainard said it best.. “Light Hands Horsemanship is probably the most comprehensive two day clinic in America. A fabulous learning experience.”

The group of horsemen that will be sharing their expertise with you is impressive. Dr. Robert Miller, Jon Ensign, Lester Buckley, Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Jack Brainard are this years line up of clinicians. They are all dedicated horsemen who are on a constant quest to improve the life of horse and rider through education. Not only are training techniques shared but lots of wisdom and humor that can only come with time and experience. Author and host of “The Horse Show” on RFD-TV Rick Lamb will be the event emcee again this year.

Jon Ensign says that light hands offers the ability "to reach the horse's body through his mind; it's a greeting of sorts, a handshake of the heart."

Eitan Beth-Halachmy of Cowboy Dressage fame further explains lightness. "When a horse is taught to balance himself and not rely on the rider's hands to hold him in frame, lightness occurs." Light hands, he says, represents the highest achievement between horse and rider.

Every detail has been attended too for the weekend. The setting is beautiful, a private estate, green grass, white board fencing, shade trees and ocean breezes. A chuck wagon all the way from New Mexico will be feeding the guests with authentic chuck wagon meals. There is entertainment in the evenings after dinner and select vendors for those that love to shop. Besides the in depth learning experience the guests will have a chance to be “up close and personal” with all the clinicians. And don’t forget the three fabulous museum tours that are offered on Friday. Although this is an auditor’s clinic we at Light Hands prefer to think of everyone as our “guests.” All you have to do is come prepared to relax, learn, share and enjoy. We guarantee that you will be inspired.

Debbie Beth-Halachmy

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