- Savvy Horse Girl
- North Lawrence, New York, United States
- I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Pilates for the Dressage Rider
OK, I don't claim to be a dressage rider but as you all know, I am always looking for new resources, especially those that are connected to improving my horsemanship. Well, tonight I did Janice Dulak's Pilates for the Dressage Rider DVD for the first time and thought it was excellent. (thanks to my friend Clare for this wonderful Christmas present). I've been in contact with Janice's booking agent about a clinic up here but I just cannot get critical mass to do it. Anyhow, much to my surprise, Clare bought me the DVD! I definitely am going to get the book too and watch for clinic opportunities. The DVD is very clear, concise, and even if you are overweight like me, you'll surprise yourself and do better than you think! I had fun and was amazed to see that I did have some strength and balance I was not aware of. I didn't feel defeated but actually like I did fairly well for a beginner (I did not do the advanced workout--yet). it also helped my sprained back if you can believe it--I am feeling good. I look forward to doing this workout again. (I've never done Pilates before and had to learn--Janice made it easy!) Anyhow, just a thought, expand your exercise repertoire and give it a try! ---thanks Janice!
PS. Linda Parelli also uses Janice's techniques. :)
From Janice's website:
ABOUT JANICE DULAK
Master Instructor Trainer, 2001 Romana's Pilates®
Author Pilates for the Dressage Rider
Janice's life long work as an expert movement specialist is undeniable: a professional modern dancer and teacher since 1976; a student of Pilates with Romana Kryzanowska since 1989; a certified Pilates instructor since 1993; a dressage rider since 1995; and a Master Instructor Trainer for Romana's Pilates® since 2001. Janice has trained dancers and Pilates practitioners to the equivalent of FEI. Her dancers have gone on to dance with world-class companies and many of her Pilates students have become expert teachers.
Janice is considered a second generation Pilates instructor, and Pilates teachers come from all over the world to seek continued training from her. Janice regularly teaches at the International Romana's Pilates® Conventions, trains Pilates instructors at her studio in Champaign, Illinois, and now is a popular clinician, helping dressage riders find harmony and partnership with their horse through her work.
As a dressage rider, Janice competed her mare, India, up to 2nd level before her suspensory ligaments failed. Before that, she and India won the Gold Medal at 1st level at the Show Me State Games in Missouri in 1998. Since then, Janice has backed and trained India’s first foal, Rubaiyat, out of the Rubenstein lines of the German Oldenburg Verband. She and "Ruby" rode and earned a score of 68.6% in the FEI 4 year old test in 2006. After a three year hiatus in dressage training due to Ruby's growing issues, Janice is training Ruby with her method and trains in dressage with Jochen Hippenstiel of Tempel Farms as well as with David Blake and Sarah Martin.
Janice has forged a relationship with Linda and Pat Parelli and serves as Linda's Pilates instructor. Linda feels that Janice's work begins where her "Fluidity" ends and is essential for the development of the natural dressage rider.
Since the publishing of her book and DVD Pilates for the Dressage Rider (Half Halt Press) she has been teaching Pilates for Dressage® clinics throughout the country. Inquires for her clinics have come from all over the world and it suggests there is the need to begin to scrutinize the training of the rider, a concept to which Janice is dedicated. (Please see Philosophy for more of Janice's thoughts on this.)