April 26, 27, 28 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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2019 MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos

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Carrie Lyons Brandt

Carrie is the second American to attend Hólar University in Iceland. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science as a certified FT Trainer and Instructor and was awarded the Morgunblaðið Award for best riding and horsemanship throughout the three-year program. Carrie rode a gaited horse for the first time when she was seven years old. Ever since she has trained and competed successfully under the instruction of Guðmar Þór Pétursson of Gudmar Petursson Gaited Horsemanship. Carrie has trained gaited horses for some of the most respected trainers and teachers in Iceland such as Ísólfur Lindal, Anton Páll Nielson, Hulda Gustafsdóttir and Hinrik Bragason. She has been the highest-ranked rider in Five Gait (2013 and 2014) in the U.S. Icelandic Congress National Ranking and has qualified multiple times for the U.S. Icelandic Horse World Championship Team. In 2010 she made her debut performance in the Knights of Iceland and has since become one of the leaders of this fast-paced and fiery equine entertainment team. In 2016 Carrie was the featured trainer of Icelandic Breyer horse Svali on the Breyer box and at Breyerfest. In 2017 Carrie founded the new training concept Gæðinga Dressage in a partnership with friend and colleague Laura Benson. When she is not traveling teaching clinics or competing, Carrie runs Taktur Icelandic Horses along side her husband Terral Hill. At Taktur they offer a variety of training, teaching, sales, and breeding services with a goal of educating horses and people so they can have more successful and harmonious relationships both on the trail and in the show ring. 

Friday April 26

9:00-10:00am DNR Building  Lecture

Defining and Understanding Collection and Carriage for the Gaited Horse 

Exploration of the benefits of collection for horses with an ambling gait and why correct form is important to your gaited horse's health and happiness. 

11:00-Noon Compeer Arena  Arena Presentation
Gæðinga Dressage

Experience how to use dressage to balance the horse through a flow of classical exercises while maintaining the spirit and freedom that characterizes Icelandic horsemanship

2:00-3:00  Compeer Arena  Arena Presentation
Dressage Exercises for the Gaited Horse 

A demonstration of a variety of dressage exercises, how they are ridden and why they can have a positive impact on your gaited horse.



Saturday April 27

10:00-11:00 Compeer Arena
  Arena Presenation
Clean Gait for a Smooth Ride

Fixing beat problems in gaited horses for a smooth ride out on the trails or in
the show ring. A study of the biomechanics of the ambling gait in gaited horses and exercises to help bring out a clean four beat gait in your horse. Demo would include case studies of pacey, trotty, and rolly horses and the best strategies for dealing with those issues.

3:00-4:00   Compeer Arena  Arena Presentation
Building a Dressage Training Session for the Gaited Horse
Although we all love to hit the trails, building a foundation of dressage in the arena can be very beneficially for all gaited horses and riders. This demo explores how to design a training session using dressage concepts and exercises to bring out the best in your horse


6:00-7:00  DNR Building  Lecture
Applying the Dressage Training Pyramid to the Gaited Horse

Detailed information on each element in the dressage training pyramid and how it applies to gaited horses. Discussion of why these elements are important to your gaited horse’s quality of movement and long term soundness.



Sunday April 28

1:00-2:00  DNR Building  Lecture  Carrie Lyons Brandt
Biomechanics of the Ambling Gait 
A break down of the definition of a four beat ambling gait in horses and how to use that information to help you better address beat faults in your horse's gait.

3:00-4:00 Compeer Arena   Arena Presentation  Carrie Lyons Brandt

Correct Carriage for Gaited Horses

Good form is important not only because it is beautiful but because it increases the longevity of your horse as a healthy riding horse. This demo explores the topic of correct carriage for gaited horses including how to achieve it, why it is important and differences between a horse’s form in trot, canter or an ambling gait



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