The Evolution of Dressage: The Transformational Journey from War Horse to Dance Partner

Event Details

The Evolution of Dressage: The Transformational Journey from War Horse to Dance Partner

Time: April 3, 2009 from 6:30pm to 10pm
Location: Pine Ridge
Street: 14290 Weston Road
City/Town: King City
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Phone: For more information, contact Pam Hope at 905.642.2865
Event Type: special.presentation
Organized By: Toronto CADORA
Latest Activity: Mar 18, 2009

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Event Description

A special presentation by internationally renown Canadian natural horsemanship trainer, Chris Irwin.

Enjoy an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the horse ... and maybe even yourself! Everyone can benefit ... open to ALL disciplines!

Cost: $25 Toronto CADORA members; $35 non-members; $15 Junior/Young Rider members; $20 Junior/Young Rider non-members
(includes demonstration and refreshments; please bring your own chair)

Space is limited! To register, email Pay in advance through PayPal at or by cheque payable to Toronto CADORA, c/o 5152 Stouffville Road, Stouffville, ON L4A 7X5. Registration deadline is Monday, March 30.

Sponsors: York Saddlery and Harness, Omega Alpha Pharmaceutical and North York Farmers

Win an opportunity to work with Chris Irwin
at this presentation

Do you have a horse who won’t “give” to the aids? Is your horse using his competitive breeding to challenge you? Is your horse aggressive about staying behind the leg and refusing to “respect” the inside leg or go forward? Win a chance to participate with your horse at this event!
Simply send an email marked “Dance Partner,” with your name and full contact information, your horse’s name and background information, as well as your rider level, to by March 21 at 6 p.m. Two lucky winners will be drawn from the entries on March 22.*

*This draw is open to Toronto CADORA and Caledon Dressage members only. Winners must confirm their attendance at the event by March 24, by return email. Winners will participate in the April 3 demo with Chris Irwin, within the context of the event. Winners are responsible for the transportation of their horses to and from the venue on the day of the event. Stabling is provided. Toronto CADORA, Pine Ridge and HorsePower Productions assume no responsibility for accident or injury that may occur during the course of the event. Riders and horses participate at their own risk.

About Chris Irwin
From standing room only presentations at The Masters at Spruce Meadows to opening day of the races at Keeneland in Kentucky, from Equine Affaire in the U.S. to the prestigious Horse Event in The Netherlands, Chris Irwin has been mesmerizing audiences while significantly raising the bar for defining the evolution of horsemanship and the ethics of training and handling horses.
On a parallel track, Irwin’s two best-selling books, Horses Don’t Lie and Dancing with Your Dark Horse, along with his innovative approach to personal coaching called Equine Assisted Personal Development (EAPD), have launched the Canadian horseman to the forefront in the emerging industry of horses being worked with in therapeutic and personal coaching programs.
Throughout Canada, the United States, Belgium, The Netherlands, Mexico, Bermuda, and now England, certified Irwin trainers in both English and Western disciplines are raising eyebrows in the show ring. From driving to dressage, Irwin students are winning or in the ribbons while most often stealing the show with horses proving to be exceptional in temperament, willingness and performance.
Critics have raved about the fact that Irwin is not mainstream or just another commercialized copy of “natural horsemanship.” In fact, Irwin says with, a wink and a grin, that if his work must be branded then perhaps it should be called “un-natural horsemanship.” Many of his certified trainers endearingly refer to what they have learned form Chris as “so far beyond contemporary horsemanship that it can only be described as ‘super-natural horsemanship’.”
When coaching Chris is dedicated and focused on the concept he sums up as the need for “Training before Schooling.”
Chris and his wife Kathryn own and operate Riversong Ranch Equestrian Centre in Alberta.

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