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Riding Disciplines 

Kathleen Elliot is a professional equestrian trainer and judge who specializes in Western Dressage,  Traditional Dressage and Working Equitation. Kathleen is a cross-over rider who enjoys riding and training in both English and Western disciplines. She believes that dressage training enhances the rider's ability to demonstrate precision, attention to detail, and effortless communication with the horse.


Working Equitation

Working Equitation is a sport that originated in Europe in the 1990s and is based on the traditional working skills of horses and riders in different countries. It consists of four phases: dressage, ease of handling, speed, and cattle. In dressage, the horse and rider perform a series of movements in a 20 x 40 meter arena, demonstrating harmony, balance, and precision. In ease of handling, the horse and rider navigate a course of obstacles that simulate real-life situations, such as opening gates, crossing bridges, and backing up. In speed, the horse and rider complete the same course of obstacles as fast as possible, showing agility and courage. In cattle, a team of riders work together to separate and pen a designated cow from a herd, showing teamwork and herdsmanship.

Western Dressage

Western Dressage is a discipline that combines the classical principles of dressage with the best of Western horsemanship. It aims to develop a safe, versatile, and useful working horse that can perform with lightness, balance, and harmony. Western Dressage is open to all breeds of horses and riders of all backgrounds. It offers a progressive system of training and testing that allows horse and rider to grow and improve their skills.

Kathleen Elliott Equestrian Training can help you achieve your Western Dressage goals, whether you are a beginner or an advanced competitor. Kathleen will teach you how to communicate with your horse effectively, how to use subtle cues and aids, how to execute precise movements and gaits, and how to overcome mental challenges such as fear, anxiety, or self-doubt. Kathleen will also help you prepare for Western Dressage shows and clinics, where you can showcase your partnership with your horse and receive feedback from judges.

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