Bettina Biolik Clinic


Amazing opportunity to learn the Academic Art of Riding! 

Join us for a 2 Day clinic with licensed Bent Branderup, Academic Art of Riding Trainer Bettina Biolik from Poland. 

Sat 23 - Sun 24 September 2023 @ AMT Equestrian, WA


Bettina's Background and Philosophy
Bettina is a licensed Bent Branderup Trainer situated close to Warsaw/ Poland, where she runs a small open stable. As a teacher, her main focus is on a soft communication with the horse, clear body language, a good understanding of the groundwork and riding aids, and correct movement. She is especially enthusiastic about training for straightness.

Bettina’s specialty boils down to teaching classical dressage without stress. Her approach to dressage is a combination of correct biomechanics, a step by step, easy to understand training process, as well as compassion and empathy for both horses and humans alike. Bettina’s motto is:
“Horse training with heart and mind. I strive to connect understanding and feel, reason and emotion, sense and sensibility. Whenever these two aspects are out of balance, we get into trouble. It’s important to know why and how we are doing things and we need to have an open heart doing it. To me, a good connection is just as important as correct training. This is my way and I invite you to join me!”

(For Bettina's full 2023 Australia and NZ clinic schedule contact anke@balanceddressage.com.au)


Clinic Details 

Venue: AMT Equestrian, 46 Lillie Road, Gidgegannup WA 6083

The Clinics runs over 2 days commencing at approximately 8.30am and finishing around 5-6pm each day. The format for Bettina's clinic is three individual 30-45 minute lessons for each rider over the course of the two days (2 Lessons on day one and 1 lesson on day two). 

There will also be theory sessions during the clinic on topics chosen by the clinic participants. Theory topics could include:

  • Train the brain: learning, stress and thresholds in dressage
  • The red thread in horse education: foundations and steps of dressage training
  • Understanding and developing side movements
  • How to become a centaur: introduction to the academic seat
  • Hand, leg, rein: feel and timing of the secondary aids

Riders

The clinic fee is $650for riders. Click the button below to book your place. (This link will be removed when the clinic is full). 

The clinic is limited to 8 riders. Riders can choose to focus on groundwork and/or riding. 

Yards and accommodation options are available. Contact Maike on 0413038232 or email info@amtequestrian.com.au for more info. 

Spectators

Spectators are welcome but only a limited number of seats are available. All spectator tickets must be pre-booked, there are NO tickets available on the day as numbers are capped. 

Tickets are $50 per day or $80 for both days. 

Book your ticket by clicking the button below.




"All beings in this world are equal in their search for happiness and that they want to avoid suffering. In this way, the nature of the horse’s mind is no different from the nature of our mind. We are both beings in this world and as such, we have no right to treat the horse as inferior."

Bettina Biolik





About the Academic Art of Riding 

“Dressage is for the horse, not the horse for dressage” 

Bent Branderup

Academic Art of Riding is the effort to rediscover the European art of riding of the past centuries. Unlike in contemporary times, horses were mainly used in warfare, in agriculture and for transportation. A well educated horse was a precious commodity and, for example, a knight’s or soldier’s life would depend on it. From ancient times, people have taken great care to educate horses in a way that they will be healthy until old age.

SO APART FROM THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND, WHAT IS THE ACADEMIC ART OF RIDING?   Bettina explains…

First of all, it’s an education for the rider. We learn to educate our horse until high level dressage, from the ground as well as from the saddle. We learn to teach aids, to build up a communication, and to structure a training session.

Second, it’s a training method. It starts with stretching forward down, bending and stepping under on the circle. The goal is to stretch and shape the upper line of the horse and then to make the horse’s hind legs more flexible and more able to carry weight.

Thirdly, the Academic Art of Riding leads to more self-awareness, mentally and physically. We learn to be clear about our intentions and goals and how to communicate these to the horse.

Fourth, it’s a great community of like-minded people. Many riders started in the Academic Art of Riding because of some kind of challenge: a horse with injuries, with mental problems, with a difficult body, or because they didn’t want to subject their horse to modern, tough training methods.

Fifth, it’s a wonderful way of being with our horse. We have a great variety of tools at our disposal: groundwork, liberty work, work in hand, lunging, advanced lunging, the cross-over, the riding… we use what motivates us and our horses and what helps us to grow together more and more. There are no “dogmas”, we don’t have to do anything except spend a good time with our horse.

And last but not least, the Academic Art of Riding it is an art in which “two spirits must want to do what two bodies can.” (Bent Branderup). It’s about the melting of two totally different beings and creating a dance, full of lightness and harmony. Every artist is different, and every rider’s and horse’s path in the Academic Art of Riding is very individual.

Want to find out more about Bettina? 


Listen to an interview with Bettina that we recorded recently for our community.

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