Aaron England and Michael Richardson join forces
to give riders a unique educational opportunity
On February 11, horsemen willing to travel to the K Bar M in Waring, Texas
will have a unique chance to study with not one, but two of the horse industry’s
most innovative horsemanship educators — Aaron England and Michael Richardson.
The one day clinic will feature opportunities for both riders with their
own horses and auditors. “Michael and I are very excited about working together,”
says Aaron. “We feel our programs are very complimentary and, when combined,
will offer students an intensive learning experience they just can’t find
any where else.”
Michael, too, is looking forward to the opportunity to promote a good
partnership between horse and rider in a two instructor format. “I think riders
today are looking for ways to build their skills and get more out of their
relationship with their horse. They may know the basics, and now they want
to build on what they know and become even better riders. Aaron and I both
want to give these riders every chance we can to help them achieve this
greater level of success with their horses.”
Aaron and Michael both have extensive credentials in the horse industry.
Aaron, the founder of England’s Versatile Horsemanship, studied with natural
horsemanship guru Pat Parelli and became one of the premier colt starters
and problem horse handlers in the Parelli program. Aaron also benefits from
a rare internship with National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Hall of
Fame trainer and showman Leon Harrel. Aaron then used the natural horsemanship
techniques he learned from Pat and the competition strategies he learned
from Leon combined with his own personal horsemanship style to develop a
program that benefits all types of horses and their riders— but especially
those that compete. The result is a rewarding partnership between horse and
rider that goes from the recreation trail to the show pen and back again.
Michael, whose background is in the disciplines of jumping
and dressage, has much to share with students on building a more connected
partnership with their horses by understanding body position and rein and
leg aids. He has spent many years studying how a rider can influence the horse
in both positive and negative ways. From his personal experience and observations,
Michael has developed a program that helps riders achieve a greater level
of performance from their horses no matter what the discipline. In addition,
Michael, who was left a paraplegic after a auto accident, provides riders
with techniques that rely on better communication skills instead of physical
Impressive resume’s aside, the goal of both Aaron and Michael is to teach
riders how to get more enjoyment out of their horses. Since the two build
off of each other’s programs, students have much to gain in a clinic highlighting
the teachings of both men in one setting. The day will begin with a serious
goal assessment involving all the riders in the clinic and then the group
will break into two groups. One group will begin with Michael and the other
with Aaron. After lunch, the groups will switch and then end the day with
another assessment. The dual instructor format will provide students with
a very fulfilling clinic experience with less down time than some other
Aaron and Michael are planning to do several joint clinics
this year in Texas as well as several individual clinics highlighting their
own specific programs. They will also be featured clinicians at this year’s
Equine Expo of Texas in Fort Worth, May 7 and 8.
For more information on the clinic or to enroll, call toll free 877-484-9718.
For more information on Aaron England’s Versatile Horsemanship program,
visit his website at www.aaronengland.com.
For more information on Michael Richardson, visit his website at www.brokenRranch.com.
(Back to Feature Stories)