April 14, 15, 16 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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2022 MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos

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Heidi Potter

Heidi Potter is a Centered Riding© Clinician, Horse Speak® Senior Instructor, Accredited Horse Agility Trainer, Author, and CHA Master Instructor and Certifier, sharing over 50 years of horse experience. She studied Centered Riding© directly with neighbor, friend and founder, the late Miss Sally Swift.

In 2017 Heidi began studying Horse Speak, the kinesthetic language of the horse, with founder Sharon Wilsie. She considers this work the “missing link” in horsemanship practices today. Heidi effectively combines Horse Speak, the basics of Centered Riding, and Eastern philosophies derived from her many years of training in Traditional Martial Arts. The result is a unique, mindful approach to horsemanship, resulting in calmer, safer, more enriching, and enjoyable relationships between horses and their humans.

Heidi and her family own and operate the New England Center for Horsemanship located in Southern Vermont. She enjoys liberty play, time out on the trail and Western Dressage with her Cheval Canadian horse Riley. For more information and to view her 2022 clinic schedule visit her booth or
www.heidipotter.com.


 

Thursday April 14

DNR Building 9:00-10:00am
Introduction to Horse Speak® - Become the Calm, Clear Leader your Horse is Seeking

Horse Speak is changing the lives of horses and humans across the globe! Horses are always talking to each other and to us. Through interactive exercises and video narration, Senior Horse Speak Instructor Heidi Potter will help you “see” things from the horses’ perspective. Sharing the work of founder Sharon Wilsie, Heidi decodes the meaning of some important gestures, postures, signals, and breath messages that make up horses’ communication system. She’ll explain a few ways to mimic the horse’s language so that you can enter the conversation, deepening rapport, improving confidence and building mutual trust. This work allows horse lovers of all levels and ages to create safer, calmer, more enriching experiences.
 

Compeer Arena 11:00-Noon
Horse Speak® in Action -What Is He Saying? How Can You Help?

Watch, listen and learn in this groundwork session as Senior Horse Speak Instructor Heidi Potter helps answer horse’s most pressing questions. Observe how they tell us which “Values” of Safety, Protection, Comfort, Connection, Clarity and/or Resources that they are seeking in the moment. Once each horse’s needs are determined Heidi will guide the participants on how best to meet those needs. The results will fascinate you! The goal of this session is to help build trust, improve confidence and create deeper rapport.
 

Compeer Arena 2:00-3:00pm
Western Dressage-Fun, Fitness & Obedience Training for Sport or Pleasure

Northeast WD, WEPHA and WMADA Western Dressage Champion Heidi Potter will introduce the topic of Western Dressage. She will explain and coach riders on how WD is designed to improve the overall fitness, soundness and obedience of all horses, from pleasure trail horses to high level competition horses. Heidi’s teachings are based on the WDAA (Western Dressage Association of America) rules which reward the slow, correct development and movement of all breeds of horses.

 

Friday April 15

DNR Building 9:00-10:00am
The Centered Riding© Basics-Improving Comfort, Communication, Security & Balance

Centered Riding Clinician Heidi Potter leads this educational, fun, interactive session, introducing the Centered Riding Basics of Soft Eyes, Centering, Breathing and Balance. Learning, feeling, and creating awareness first off the horse was founder Sally Swifts foundation for teaching CR. The discoveries never cease to amaze riders when they can experience what their horses are feeling from them. This self-awareness leads to relaxation, improved connection, stability and communication in the saddle.

 

Compeer Arena 11:00-Noon
Centered Riding©-Improving Confidence, Comfort, Security and Balance in the Saddle

Centered Riding Clinician Heidi Potter guides riders through the CR Basics of Soft Eyes, Breathing, Centering, and Balance. Application of these philosophies help riders of all disciplines and levels improve comfort, communication, and balance of both themselves and their horses. The result is a calmer, more connected, harmonious ride.


Compeer Arena 2:00-3:00pm
Developing Soft Feel & Connection-Your Hands Belong to The Hor
se

Heidi Potter combines her experience as a Centered Riding Clinician with her background in traditional Eastern Martial Arts to help riders understand that softness comes from the inside of the human and the horse. The focus of this session is to improve relaxation, release tension and create softness through a mindful approach to horsemanship. This session will include exercises that truly support the natural movement and well-being of the horse.


Saturday April 16

DNR Building 9:00-10:00am
Introduction to Horse Speak® - Become the Calm, Clear Leader your Horse is Seeking

Horse Speak is changing the lives of horses and humans across the globe! Horses are always talking to each other, and to us. Through interactive exercises and video narration, Senior Horse Speak Instructor Heidi Potter will help you “see” things from the horses’ perspective. Sharing the work of founder Sharon Wilsie, Heidi decodes the meaning of some important gestures, postures, signals, and breath messages that make up horses’ communication system. She’ll explain a few ways to mimic the horse’s language so that you can enter the conversation, deepening rapport, improving confidence, and building mutual trust. This work allows horse lovers of all levels and ages to create safer, calmer, more enriching experiences.


Compeer Arena 2:00-3:00pm
Calming You, Calming Me-A Lesson in Horse Speak®, Self-Awareness & Self-Control

Clinician Heidi Potter combines Horse Speak, Centered Riding and Eastern Philosophies to help riders become the calm, clear leaders their horses are seeking. This session begins on the ground and progresses to application under saddle. Lessons include communicating with horses in their language and answering their most pressing questions. Topics will include the horses need for safety, protection and clarity.


DNR Building 4:00-5:00pm
Popular Riding Concepts Made Clear, Fun & Easy-Learn it on the Ground First!

Centered Riding Clinician Heidi Potter designed this session especially for instructors and riders who could use some help or want new ways to teach or grasp popular riding concepts and skills. Join this session to find improved balance and stability in the Posting Trot and Two Point positions. Dive deeper into the whys and hows of the Half Halt (Hint: It does not start with the hands). Experience what your horse feels with the “Developing Connection Through the Reins” exercise. Guaranteed to be fun and enlightening!

 


 

 

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