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Don’t miss the inaugural one-week course in Working Equitation with natural horsemanship clinician Glenn Stewart in Brazil

Canada and Brazil: August 1 – Horses …! Specifically Brazilian-bred Lusitano horses, are the driving force uniting three dynamic people who have developed an innovative project. Geraldo Lefosse, Jean Llewellyn and Glenn Stewart are combining many years of equestrian industry skills and experience to establish instructional schools of Working Equitation in Brazil and Canada that will be launched in November 2008 in São Paulo.

Little known in North America, Working Equitation (WE) was developed to test the relationship between a horse and rider and their capacity to negotiate any obstacles they might encounter performing a variety of working duties in fields and open countryside. Naturally, for safety’s sake, obedience, steadiness, agility and speed are typical necessities. Working Equitation as a competitive sport has seen exponential growth in popularity and participation in recent years, and hosted its first European and World Championships in 1996 and 2002 respectively. Today this emerging discipline has become part of the competitive equestrian landscape in Portugal, France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Sweden, as well as Mexico and Brazil.

Like eventing, Working Equitation is a three-phase competition including dressage plus two separate obstacle courses (the final phase against the clock), at which Lusitano horses have already demonstrated their ability to excel. Synonymous with world-class dressage by virtue of their naturally gifted gaits, Lusitanos have categorically proven their aptitude in the multi-disciplinary environment of Working Equitation, especially thanks to their work willingness and extremely docile temperament.

The project being launched by Lefosse, Llewellyn and Stewart is the first of its kind, providing a sound educational base for anyone wishing to learn or improve their Working Equitation skills.

WHERE: Located close to the famous spa town of Aguas de Lindóia, 90 minutes drive from São Paulo, Lefosse’s Haras das Mangueiras, a world-class Lusitano breeding facility since 1992, currently hosts a leg in the Brazilian Working Equitation Championship series, and provides a fitting instructional environment plus superbly trained and experienced WE Lusitano horses for visitors to ride.

HOW: A former Parelli instructor, Glenn Stewart is a renowned and highly popular natural horsemanship clinician with a lifetime of skills that were recognized by Lefosse when they met during a stud farm tour organized by Jean Llewellyn last November on behalf of ABPSL (the pure-bred Lusitano breeding association in Brazil). Stewart will be honing his WE skills with the expert guidance of Benedito Torres de Macedo, an extensively awarded competitor and member of the Brazilian national team who finished as reserve champions at the 2002 WE World Championship. “Dito” is a highly respected rider and instructor in both Brazil and Portugal

WHEN: The resulting WE project has evolved from nearly nine months of tripartite discussion and will be inaugurated in November 2008 with a certificated course in Working Equitation using natural horsemanship training methods. In addition, a WE judges’ course will be offered, also certificated, that is open to all interested parties. A flexible schedule allows participation in both the WE riding instruction and the judges’ course, and will run from November 15 to 22, 2008.

The week will conclude with a special Gala Evening where rookie judges will have the opportunity to test their skills during a “live” Working Equitation competition, and also be invited to participate in a special WE competition to demonstrate their new-found skills.

During the same period, world-renowned equestrian photographer Peter Llewellyn will be hosting special workshops for horse photography, as well as guided field trips to photograph nature and wildlife. Anyone wishing to extend their stay in Brazil may choose to arrive one week earlier for a wilderness safari beginning on November 9 to the legendary Pantanal region – the world’s largest wetland habitat that can boast the greatest diversity of wildlife on earth. Or, an additional five-day photography field trip begins in São Paulo on Tuesday, November 4 – for a total of 18 nights. Each period is fully inclusive of full-board, lodging plus all riding and photography activities.

 

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