April 25, 26, 27 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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2014 MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos
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Jim Masterson

Jim Masterson, an equine massage therapist for the 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 USET Endurance Teams, and for equine clientele competing in FEI World Cup, Pan American and World Games competitions, teaches a unique method of equine body work to equine massage therapists and horse owners, in which the practitioner recognizes and follows the responses of the horse to touch to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. The result is an effective method of equine massage body work that anyone can learn to use, to improve performance while at the same time opening new levels of communication and trust with the horse. Jim currently works on 500 to 600 horses a year on the U.S. Hunter-Jumper Show circuit, including top equine competitors in events such as the USEF and Maclay Medal series, and FEI Grand Prix, Nation’s Cup, Pan American and World Cup jumping events. He continues to help members of the USET Singles Driving Team (he helped them prior to the 2010 Championships in Italy) and members of the USET Jumping team. In 2013 Jim released a new dressage based DVD, Dressage Movements Revealed, with Betsy Steiner and Coralie Hughes, focusing on the biomechanics of the muscles and joints used in upper level dressage movements, using the Masterson Method® to relieve stress and strain on those joints and muscles.

Biomechanics and Bodywork for Dressage Horses: Part 1

Friday, April 25  

10:00-11:00am

AgStar Arena

Jim Masterson, creator of the Masterson Method® and Coralie Hughes, USDF Bronze Medalist, schooling show judge, and Masterson Method® certified practitioner and instructor discuss the unique demands put on the physiology of the modern dressage horse; how this affects his training; and what riders can do to improve the horse’s ability to perform the movements required at different levels. During this session, Jim and Coralie will demonstrate front end techniques that the audience can try on their horse at home.

Biomechanics and Bodywork for Dressage Horses: Part 2

Friday, April 25  

3:00-4:00pm 

AgStar Arena

                                Jim Masterson and Coralie Hughes continue their discussion on what goes on in the horse’s body during dressage performance, how to recognize when “hidden” physical restrictions may be limiting the horse’s ability, and sport-specific Masterson Method® techniques that are easy to use to help maintain suppleness, flexibility, and rhythm while promoting longevity in the dressage horse. During this session, Jim and Coralie will demonstrate hind end techniques that the audience can try on their horse at home.

    Biomechanics and Bodywork for Western and Driving Horse Disciplines: Part 1

Saturday, April 26 

10:00-11:00am 

AgStar Arena

This clinic will appeal to anyone involved in Barrel Racing and Driving competitions. Come and learn simple front end Masterson Method techniques that can be used that will help improve performance. In this session, Jim and three of his certified practitioners will be evaluating and working on the front end of the horse using Masterson Method techniques that will help improve performance. The audience will have the opportunity to learn techniques that they can try on their own horse at home.

Biomechanics and Bodywork for Western and Driving Horse Disciplines: Part 2

Saturday, April 26 

3:00-4:00pm  

AgStar Arena

Jim Masterson will continue his discussion on how the Masterson Method applies to the different equine disciplines in the area of Barrel Racing and Driving. In this session, Jim and three of his certified practitioners will be evaluating and working on the hind end of the horse using Masterson Method techniques that will help improve performance. The audience will have an opportunity to learn techniques that they can try on their own horse at home. 


Masterson Method Mini-Clinic with Jim Masterson

Sunday, April 27

10:00-12:00pm

AgStar Arena

Sunday, April 27

3:00-5:00pm

AgStar Arena

Come learn from the expert! Jim Masterson will be conducting mini-clinics on Sunday, April 27th during the Expo. You will have an opportunity to sign up and participate in a mini-clinic with your horse. Jim Masterson will be instructing students in the Masterson Method techniques. Normally, a weekend course with Jim costs $595, but you will have an opportunity to learn from him for $150 per student per session. Students will have the option to sign up for either the morning (AgStar Arena 10:00am to Noon) or afternoon session (AgStar Arena 3:00 to 5:00pm). Four horses and handlers will be in each session. One Expo stall from Saturday evening through Sunday evening will be included in the session fee. One daily admission pass to the Minnesota Horse Expo will be given to the session participant. Session participants must be 18 years of age or older.  Please call 952-356-2029 for application form and waivers or questions. Observing the clinic is free with Expo admission.

Coralie Hughes

 

Coralie Hughes latest project with Jim Masterson and Betsy Steiner, Dressage Movements Revealed DVD set, is a blend of her fascination with horse and rider biomechanics, her devotion to dressage and her commitment to teaching the Masterson Method of Performance Equine Bodywork. In addition to her own extensive study, her knowledge of biomechanics has been expanded through translating from the German Gerhard Heuschmann’sbook Balancing Act and Ulrike Thiel’s book Ridden: Dressage from the Horse’s Point of View. In her study of dressage, Coralie has received her Bronze Medal and is currently training her horse towards the Silver. She graduated “with distinction” from USDF judge’s training and will be attending
‘r’ judging school soon. The Masterson Method has brought to Coralie a new way to understand her performance horses, influenced her riding technique and helps her to keep her horses performance at their best. Coralie instructs the weekend seminar and the 5-day advanced classes nationally.
 When not teaching the Masterson Method, she rides, teaches and trains dressage and works as a bodywork therapist at her farm in Indiana.

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