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The 6th Annual Cowgirl Re-Union

 

“A Celebration of Em-bodiment and Re-membering”

When: July 21-25, 2021

What: Collaborative Retreat

www.cowgirlreunion.com

Highly unique, challenging, rewarding, soul searching, healing, balancing, enlivening, provocative and, relaxing…these are all words that come up from feedback to describe this phenomanal gathering.

This is our seventh year of this heartfelt project , and it has truly taken on a life of its own. With an overarching theme of deep connection back to ourselves as women; our sense of play, stillness, and wonder, our horses hearts and bodies, our sisters and kindred spirits and our great earth we walk upon.

We spend the mornings in small groups, rotating through time with myself doing mindful exploration of our horses with the Waiting Game, a  bareback  awareness meditation and experiential exercises in feel, timing and breath.

Alexa Linton will take you on a nature/soul exploration an a re connection back to a more authentic way of being and moving through this world.

Our incredibly gifted photographers have helped capture both candid moments of connection and the more staged ones, including dress-up or site specific with aspens, lakes, hills, or the woman’s special vision. We supply help to tack horses, carry props, fetch water/forgotten items/

Friday is the hilarious Cowgirl Games designed with challenges for increased horsemanship and group partnership in  non competitive and belly laughs followed by a big old barbeque and music on Saturday where we open the doors to husbands and boyfriends.

With all these gifted facilitators it will undeniably be an experience that will change your Life! Held at the incredible Seven Half Diamond Ranch www.guestranchbc.com

The cropping conunundrum

Grace and Sue 2010045Sooooo Ear cropping may be contoversial, but there are a few things to consider and I ask you to, and go to http://www.appd.ca/pettion-results.html and sign The Objection to Ban Cropping. “Natural” ears on Danes ond other typically cropped breeds are NOT natural. Created by human kind selecting for other traits ie size, herding, guarding ability, temperment etc. the ear cartilage broke and a flop ear was created. It is a by product of Human genetic engineering and to say cropping is for easthetics only is not not fully comprehend the subjct. NO WHERE in nature is an animal created with floopy ears…its just not advantageous at all. Copy (2) of Mountain Trip054To ban cropping on the grounds of “It’s just an unatural man made desire” is to fail to recognise that ALL dog breeds have been created for exactly the same reason! Let’s be aware and fair in our assements…and dogs that spend their lives chained, forgotten in back yards, puppy milled and posted for sale on Pet Find, abused, neglected and forgotten and filling shelters and rescues from unethical breeders who care not about their chosen breed, with no buyer screening, questionaries, responsibilities outlined. As I search for my new Dane Puppy…I am shocked and staggered by the number a poor breeders out there looking to make a buck. DSC_1653It is so dang hard to get a hold of a great Harelquin Great Dane from a responible and ethical breeder who does comprehensive health checks and breeds once every year or two.  We all owe it to ourselves to be enlightened and awre of breeds origin, heritage and welfare as we created these  beings for our use and pleasure, like it or not. Chromadane has a wealth of links that detail domestication and inherited selection of traits that impact animals.     http://www.chromadane.com   With gratitude to JP Yoshua for May 2011 008complining such a fascinating and comprehensive body of work….

 

 

IV, June 2012, Kiowa, Colorado

The Art of the Bridle Horse

100 Mile House Dates: April 17/18, May 8/9, June 12/13, July  3/4, Aug. 7/8, Sept. 18/19, Oct. 16/17

Kamloops Dates: April 3/4, May 15/16, June 19/20, July 17/18, August 21/22, Sep. 18/19, Oct.  9/10

An exploration of the Classical Californio Style of horsemanship in a way that is set up in a rather unique way that allows for the utmost individual attention yet has  group support and camaraderie capabilities built in. Groups meet once a month for 7 months and I’ve found this method of  learning offers tremendous value to the student in its consistency,  accountability, adaptability; growth becomes exponential and deeply understood as riders watch and absorb the learnings of other students during the days are actively encouraged to give feedback to one another. Groups are formed at same rough stage of the bridle horse work and deep bonds form as students share their accomplishments and struggles with one another, often meeting in between sessions and there is a real sense of safety to be vulnerable and not judged. I simply love sharing this work, this way.
Throughout these sessions, we will explore all aspects of developing a refined communicatiion and connection with our horses, one that elevates both to a higher place together, then alone.

The equipment: It’s origins and the brilliant design to allow for an incredibly well balanced and refined horse and rider. We will cover in depth the origins and reasons for the development of this style of fine horsemanship, as well as the gear; it’s construction, why it is built this way, how it works, and how to chose and access quality equipment. You will be introduced to or advanced in working with the bosal, no matter where you are with your horse. If you are further along, this will greatly aid your bridle work which you will be given the opportunity to develop as well.
As effective, humane and subtle as these beautiful pieces of handmade equipment are, none of them compare to getting ‘right’ with the biggest tool we have of all.

Our body and selves, and we will be getting very clear and consistent with this piece of the equation as well. Our bodies are the BIGGEST tool we have at our disposal to ride horses with, and one on the most capable conducting the most minute and subtle communications with the horses. A vast exploration of energy, breathe, muscle/fascia/bone and boundaries between horse and human.You will also be given an opportunity to ride a more finished horse in the two-rein and straight up in the bridle to truly feel how it all connects and what the ultimate goal is.

Ground work to find the holes and the very basis of identifying where communication likely began to fall apart, where forgotten pieces lie needing to be clarified,how to more easily see where and what we are doing, doing ourselves with fluidity before expecting it of our horses…so many pieces in here to explore.

Presence leading to awareness, leading to feel, that “avatar sensation” how to allow ourselves to be taught by the horses, yet still maintain a balance of boundaries and play, and expression and discipline and obedience and freedom and joy
Come prepared to have some myths de-mthyed, questions answered, new levels of feel and sensitivity opened, challenges and yes, even some frustration…but such an incredible journey of self and oh yes…equine development. And I promise, tons of laughs as well…:)

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Endurance Riders Clinic

When:  May 9th

Where: Pritchard, BC

Cost and details:  This is the third year I have been fortunate enough to be asked to participate in this weekend clinic that is a fabulous introduction to the world of Endurance Riding. Stephany puts together a easy to understand format that covers fitness training for both horse and rider, tack and personal gear and a mock-up ride on the Sunday.   Always popular and super fun!        Stephany Dean     smilestephy@yahoo.com