Hello All,

Scotland

Sitting in the car on the way to a Weekend Seminar in Lanarkshire, Scotland. Sitting in the left seat, but not driving. Strange people these English (not really).

This is the last Weekend Seminar of what’s been a very good trip. We’ll be at Mark and Morag Higgins’ Ross Dhu Equestrian Centre in the village of Larkhall near Glasgow. Mark and Morag combine the principles of aikido into their horsemanship training. Their Equido program is the only government recognized qualification in natural horsemanship in Scotland.

Not surprisingly, Mark and Morag are friends with Mark Rashid and Crissi McDonald, who will be joining us this weekend and will be teaching one of their Aibado clinics afterward. Crissi, who is now a Masterson Method Instructor, will be helping with our Seminar this weekend before she goes back to the states.

Equido, and Mark Higgin’s book, “Equido-The Path of Least Resistance” can be found at Equidohorsemanship.co.uk

England, Certification, and the Queen

We had a final certification course of 13 students from the UK, Germany, Austria, France, the Netherlands, the U.S. and Norway here last week. They have completed their training and are now Masterson Method Certified Practitioners. Congratulations!

I was especially proud of Ian Whiting, an anything-but-disabled veteran. Ian participated in a Monty Roberts Horse Sense and Healing clinic two years ago, at which he discovered that horses could get him connected back with himself and going in a positive direction. Ian then attended a MM Weekend Seminar, an Advanced 5-Day Course, and dove straight into the Field Work Course. One year later he’s now a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner… and a good one.

To set the stage for the next part of the story (the plot thickens), we’ve been teaching part of the Advanced 5-Day Course here in Oxfordshire at Ian Vandenberg’s Hartsop Farm. Ian’s involved in charity work for children, and hosts Monty Roberts clinics when he’s in England.

Well, it turns out that Monty Roberts is in England now, and I was a little miffed when he nicked (bothered when he stole) Ian from our course for a day. I was miffed, until I found out that Monty, accompanied by Ian and 5 other veterans, were on a private visit to have tea with the Queen, and to do a demonstration of “join up” with Monty. Ian made a point of wearing his brand-new Masterson Method Certified Practitioner shirt during his demonstration, and spoke with the Queen about how his journey with horses has led him to this.

During the visit Ian also shared his story with the commander of the Welsh Guard, and of his desire to work on military horses and to share The Masterson Method with other veterans. The gentleman was very interested in Ian’s story and told Ian he would set him up to work on the Welsh Guard’s “war horses”.

So, how cool is that? We’ll be keeping an eye on Ian.

Bladder Meridian Bragging Rights

This trip we also taught 20 students in two Advanced 5-Day Courses, many of whom have already signed up for Field Work, and 32 students in two Weekend Seminars, some of whom have already signed up for Advanced 5-Day Courses. We worked on over 130 horses during this trip. If all of the Advanced 5-Day Course students sign up for Field Work, they will work on over 300 horses during Field Work. I think we have nearly two hundred students in the Field Work program now. When they finish, they will have worked on over 1500 horses. They will then join the close to 300 (plus or minus) MMCPs who worked on over 6000 horses to get there, and who have been out there working on horses since. Plus, 30 Instructors in the U.S. and overseas bringing new students into the Bladder Meridian pipeline every year.

It’s my personal goal that every horse on the planet have experienced the Bladder Meridian Technique at least once.

So, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization there are over 58 million horses in the world. If we can collectively do approximately 1,231 horses a year (conservative estimate) with what we have now, then we will have reached that goal in about (I’m getting a headache)… after the next ice age.

BUT, if you factor in exponential growth due to a proportional addition of new Practitioners every year, plus YOUR efforts in doing the Bladder Meridian on each and every horse you see, (and factoring in global warming) I think we could be on our way to attaining our modest goal well before the next ice age!

Daniela and friend

On top of that, I’m happy that we were able to work on the horses at two of the racing yards we’ve worked on in the past, Mark Rimell, and Shaun Lycett Racing. It’s nice to be able to visit some of the same horses again to see how they’re coming along. Relationship is everything. All doing well!

Trainer Shaun Lycett, winner Torcello, and Jim

Considering the Horse- Mind and Body

Mark Rashid and I brought our ­Considering the Horse-Mind and Body collaborative clinic (or the Mark and Jim Show, as we call it) to the UK this trip with an enthusiastic turnout of 150 spectators per day at the Horse Creek Farm, home of Sovereign Quarter Horses in Cambridgeshire.

What I still like about these clinics is the education that Mark and I get when we get together with a new horse, and that the auditors get with us as we get it. Six horses were there to teach us in this collaboration, and Mark and I each worked with another five or six individually. Awesome!

I was able to hook up with a lot of our UK and Europe students, MMCPs and Instructors while here to plot and plan our takeover of the continent.

The guys got to hang out too. Mark Rashid, student and horse trainer Michael Dold from Germany, horse trainer Dan Wain, and Jim

While at the clinic I was also able to meet Elaine Heney, founder of Grey Pony Films. Elaine is a producer of equestrian films whose vision is to help horse owners become beautiful horse riders by listening to their horses. Masterson Method was featured in her documentary movie “Listening to the Horse” along with other like-minded trainers and horse people. She’s offering an interesting 14-day challenge on her website that gives you glimpse of this film. She does beautiful work, and I hope to do more with her.

What’s Next!

Last Seminar starts tomorrow, then a day in Edinburgh with friends, then home for a week or so before Equine Affaire in Massachusetts. Then back for a few days before a Weekend Seminar in Sydney, Australia, a Weekend Seminar and Equitana in New Zealand, an Advanced 5-Day Course and Certification in Melbourne, Certification and a Weekend Seminar in South Africa, and home again. A lot of commuting, I know, but was home almost all summer so I can’t complain too much. Also a lot of Bladder Meridians, and it helps to have a wife who’s passionate about horses and a trooper!

Until next time, like me,

Enjoy your horses!

Jim

Biggest Bladder Meridian Challenge Yet

You’ve helped us reach horses all over the world. For the last 2 years we’ve had a Bladder Meridian Challenge in the fall. This year we’d like to make it the biggest reach yet!

Help us share the Bladder Meridian Technique with horses all over the world, starting in your backyard!

Jim has a goal that all horses in the world can experience the Bladder Meridian Technique and the release of tension that it brings.

Everyone can do this technique, there is no prior knowledge needed. Steps for the Bladder Meridian Technique.

Help us share this amazing gift with horses all over the world!

In the past we have reached 12 countries and 400 horses in the 2 week challenge. Help us expand our reach this year!

Our goal is 1000 horses by November 2nd.

Let us know when you share the Bladder Meridian Technique with a horse. Comment on our facebook page, Instagram page, or send an email to kait@mastersonmethod.com. You can also use #BladderMeridianChallenge to have your post count toward our total.

Thank you for helping us spread the Bladder Meridian Technique with people and horses all over the world.

Congratulations New MMCP’s!

There were a lot of graduating practitioners this summer. We had one large class in Oxfordshire, UK at the beginning of June, followed by two courses in Iowa in June, two more courses in Iowa in September and a large class in Oxforshire, UK this month. That is a lot of awesome, new mmcp’s!!! Watch for their bio’s in upcoming newsletters!

Oxfordshire CCC June 1, 2019

Asako Miyajima (Japan), Caroline Hébert (France), Christiane Siekmann (Germany), Kristina Hesse (Germany), Mary-Ellen Webb (France), Masja Fick (Netherlands), Miranda van Jaarsveld (South Africa), Nicola Giulianotti (France), Paula Marks (United Kingdom), Ruth Drimer (United Kingdom), Stef Watts (United Kingdom), Victoria Lhôte (France)

Iowa CCC June 16, 2019

Michael DeAgro (Michigan), Andrea Newman (Utah), Lori Curry-Whitcomb (Illinois), Gina Kuttrus (Colorado), Katie Riley (Kentucky), Jim Rushing (California)

Iowa CCC June 18, 2019

  Monica Farfoglia (Maryland)

             Dawn Rick (Iowa)

Daniel Bontrager (Colorado)

Iowa CCC September 18, 2019

Anne Barker (Michigan), Becky Mertens (California), Jennifer Rice (California), Lindsay Madorin (Wyoming)

Iowa CCC September 20, 2019

Amanda Klucas (Minnesota), Ceiridwen Terrill (Oregon), Deanna Drendel (Canada), Iris Chasteen (North Carolina), JoAnn Zinn (Maryland), Kathy Tow (Georgia), Leia Watkins (Washington), Mary Ann Menetrey (New Mexico)

Oxfordshire CCC October 12, 2019

Catherine Olliffe (United Kingdom), Constanze Krämer (Germany), Ellis Buis (Netherlands), Hans-Michael Schoebinger (Austria), Helen Jones (Netherlands), Hélène Sigogneau (France), Ian Whiting (United Kingdom), Jo Szegota (United Kingdom), Kimberly Pettit (California), Lee Clatworthy (United Kingdom), Marie Fitzgerald (Ireland), Shana Amalie Toussi (Norway), Stefanie Gottschalk (Germany)

Masterson Method Equine Specialist Program News

MMES Around North America

We are so thrilled to have so many certified Masterson Method Equine Specialists in the USA and Canada. Congratulations to you all! Thank you for bringing this important work to horses in equine-assisted learning or therapy programs, and to the staff, volunteers and program participants who can now give their horses this gift of bodywork. Check out the interactive map at https://mastersonmethod.com/mmes-map/.

Congratulations Recent Specialists!

Brenda Thompson – Loveland, CO

Brenda is currently teaching at Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center in Loveland, CO and holds an ESMHL certification, which complements and enhances the MMES training. Brenda is on a lifelong learning path and is so grateful for this avenue in her journey to connect horses and humans! Read more

Carol McKenna – Fort Collins, CO

Carol has always known the power of having a special connection with a horse but her world opened up when she started volunteering at the Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center in Loveland, CO, after she retired from a high-tech job in 2013. She has seen the tremendous impact that equines can have on youth at risk, veterans, adults and children with physical, cognitive and emotional needs, and the entire volunteer community. She is thrilled to be able to incorporate some of the Masterson Method light touch techniques in the various Hearts & Horses programs and to see how positively the equines respond when participants and volunteers give back to them.

Read more

 

Nancy Scott – Decatur, GA

Nancy volunteers with the Stride Ahead Equine-Assisted Therapies program in Decatur, GA. The therapy horses are hard workers, and Nancy is thrilled to learn about the Masterson Method (MM) as an effective means to relieve tension and provide relaxation for them. An unexpected outcome of practicing MM bodywork has been the personal benefits experienced ranging from feelings of calmness and being centered, being present, and having a rewarding partnership with horses based on a recognition of their complex body language. Nancy is happy to offer a method that is a WIN-WIN for the horse and the participant.

Read more

Another Great Group of Students in Leesburg, VA

Many thanks to Katie Fallon and Bridle Paths for hosting their second Masterson Method Equine Specialist training October 4-6, 2019. So wonderful to be back!

About MMES

The Masterson Method Equine Specialist specializes in sharing specific light touch Masterson Method techniques with persons served in equine-assisted learning and therapy programs. By doing this bodywork on horses, participants deepen their connection with horses while also gaining self-awareness and self-regulation skills; meanwhile, therapy horses are tended to through simple bodywork and learn a new way of relating to people. It’s a win/win!

About MMES

The Masterson Method Equine Specialist specializes in sharing specific light touch Masterson Method techniques with persons served in equine-assisted learning and therapy programs. By doing this bodywork on horses, participants deepen their connection with horses while also gaining self-awareness and self-regulation skills; meanwhile, therapy horses are tended to through simple bodywork and learn a new way of relating to people. It’s a win/win!

Questions? Visit the Masterson Method Equine Specialist Website or contact the Program Coordinator at mmes@mastersonmethod.com.

The Bladder Meridian Technique

Here is an excerpt from Jim’s newest video, Light to the Core, of Jim teaching The Bladder Meridian Technique.

Learn the basic techniques in the Beyond Horse Massage Book and DVD.

Find a Seminar to attend: Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar

New Certified Practitioners

Masja Fick
Schalkhaar (Netherlands)

My goal in life is to help the horse and owner make progress together. By releasing muscle tension and blockages, the horse becomes looser, happier and stays healthy for longer. This helps the horse and owner as a team to enjoy what they do and perform optimally.

I am a certified osteopath for horses and Masterson Method Certified Practitioner (MMCP). I also use cranio-sacral therapy and sports massage techniques.

From my experience I have found that no single form of treatment has the answer to all problems. Different injuries require a different approach and, in addition, every horse is different.

The beauty of the Masterson Method, in my opinion, is the respect for the horse and the interaction with the horse. As a result, even sensitive horses can be treated with complete sessions. The way the method works is fascinating. With only a light touch the deep muscle tensions and blockages are resolved, restoring the horse’s freedom of movement. The horse becomes looser and happier and is able to perform optimally with ease and pleasure.

Happy horse, happy owner! And that’s why I do it!

In 2018 I started my own business and since then treating horses has been my full time occupation.

You can read more information on my website: https://masjafick.nl
Website: https://masjafick.nl/
Email: info@masjafick.nl
Phone: +31-(0) 620 190 913

Katie Riley
Lexington, KY

Katie believes horses are our friends and teammates with enormous hearts, and horses that exhibit “bad” behavior and uncooperative attitudes are trying to communicate that something is amiss in their overall well-being. As a Certified Practitioner in The Masterson Method of Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork, Katie’s goal is to foster the partnership and well-being of both horse and rider. Katie has successfully worked with off-the-track thoroughbreds, event, dressage, hunter-jumpers, and mounted archery horses.

As a horse crazy kid with no access to horses due to family circumstances, Katie begged the owner of a nearby horse farm for a job mucking stalls. Her parents didn’t like how bad she smelled when she came home, but since she could bike to and from the farm, they let her keep the job. That started Katie on a path of working to pay for her horse addiction. Katie routinely approaches others for their perspectives and expertise, and has worked as a working student for various dressage and eventing trainers.

Katie discovered The Masterson Method in late 2017 after her long time eventing partner, Harry, developed “attitude problems” and went lame. During Harry’s extended recuperation, a friend gave Katie a copy of Jim Masterson’s book, “Beyond Horse Massage.” After trying the techniques and seeing how enthusiastically Harry responded, Katie signed up for a Weekend Seminar. By the end of the first day of the Seminar, all the horses were calm and soft in their eyes and bodies, and Katie immediately enrolled in the Advanced Practical Course with the intention of pursuing Certification.

The Masterson Method is a cornerstone of Katie’s relationship with her horses, and it informs her training so that it fosters their natural athleticism and grace. You can find Katie in the beautiful bluegrass of Lexington, Kentucky, where she focuses her time on her creative writing projects, improving her riding and partnership with her horses, and sharing The Masterson Method.

Email: kyequinebodyworks@gmail.com
Phone: 859-229-4230
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kentucky.Equine.Bodyworks/

Weekend Seminar-Workshop Schedule

* if the course you had your heart set on is sold out, please email jo@mastersonmethod.com to be added to the waiting list, or if you’d like to host your own weekend (earn your spot free!) please email tamara@mastersonmethod.com.

USA Seminars

October 19-20 Watsonville, CA

October 19-20 Mannington Township, NJ

November 2-3 Tekamah, NE

November 2-3 Molalla, OR

November 2-3 Afton, MN

November 23-24 Middleburg, FL

December 7-8 Tucson, AZ

February 1-2, 2020 Wickenburg, AZ

February 22-23, 2020 Aiken, SC

February 29- March 1, 2020 Gilroy, CA

March 14-15, 2020 Omaha, NE

March 28-29, 2020 Boyds, MD

April 18-19, 2020 Ada, MI

May 16-17, 2020 Bedford, VA

June 6-7, 2020 Indianola, IA

June 27-28, 2020 Sharon, VT

July 18-19, 2020 Woodacre, CA

August 8-9, 2020 Ocean Shores, WA

August 29-30, 2020 Augusta, ME

Australia & New Zealand Seminars

November 16-17 Redfern, Australia

November 18-19 Coroglen, New Zealand

November 23-24 Yarck, Australia

February 1-2, 2020 Boho, Australia

Israel Seminars

January 9-10, 2020 Ramat Zvi, Israel

*Note this is a Thursday-Friday course

Europe Seminars

October 19-20 taught by Jim Masterson
South Lanarkshire, Scotland

October 26-27 (taught in German)
Großefehn, Germany

October 26-27
Miesenbach, Austria

October 26-27 (taught in Polish)
Petrykozy, Poland

November 2-3 (taught in German)
Fintel, Germany

November 30- December 1
Zandbergen, Belgium

March 7-8, 2020 (taught in German)
Aßlar, Germany

March 21-22, 2020 (taught in German)
Kaarst, Germany

April 18-19, 2020 (taught in German)
Döhle, Germany

May 9-10, 2020 taught by Jim Masterson
Warwickshire, UK

May 16-17, 2020 taught by Jim Masterson
Salisbury, UK

June 13-14, 2020 (taught in German)
Brunsbüttel, Germany

August 15-16, 2020 (taught in German)
Bad Sassendorf, Germany

October 3-4, 2020 (taught in German)
Pfaffenhofen, Germany

October 24-25, 2020 (taught in German)
Großefehn, Germany

South Africa Seminars

December 7-8 taught by Jim Masterson
Cape Town, ZA

Canada Seminars

October 19-20 Limoges, ON

June 6-7, 2020 Campbellcroft, ON

June 27-28, 2020 Alder Flats, AB

Masterson Method Equine Specialist Training

Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5, 2020
Liberty Hill, TX

Friday, May 29 – Sunday, May 31, 2020
Fort Ripley, MN

Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18, 2020
Leesberg, VA

Masterson Method Collaborative Clinics

Considering the Horse – Mind and Body Collaborative Clinic with Mark Rashid and Jim Masterson

Tucson, AZ
February 7-9, 2020 at Horse Sense Training
To register contact: az.horsesensetraining@gmail.com 520-403-8200

Nicasio, CA
April 6-8, 2020 at Blue Dot Farm
To register contact: dianneadel@gmail.com 415-847-6878

Omro, WI
April 24-26, 2020
To register contact: jackie@edgewaterfarms.com 920-428-9550.

Littleton, CO
July 8-10, 2020 at Happy Dog Ranch
To register contact: bernadettespillane@gmail.com 303-915-8531

Your Horse’s Brain: A User’s Manual with Dr. Steve Peters, Mark Rashid and Jim Masterson

Littleton, CO
July 11-12, 2020 at Happy Dog Ranch
To register contact Bernadette Spillane: bernadettespillane@gmail.com

*Auditing is available, see link above for more information.

Advanced 5-Day Course Schedule

USA Advanced Courses

October 28 – November 1 Tucson, AZ with Vanessa Helvey

December 2-6 Wellington, FL with Mary Last

January 13-17 Tucson, AZ with Vanessa Helvey

January 27-31 Watsonville, CA with Sandy Vreeburg

April 6-10, 2020 Wickenburg, AZ with Coralie Hughes

May 18-22, 2020 Bel Air, MD with Samantha Walker

June 1-5, 2020 Mequon, WI with Becky Tenges

June 22-26, 2020 Watsonville, CA with Sandy Vreeburg

October 5-9, 2020 Watsonville, CA with Sandy Vreeburg

Europe Advanced Courses

April 1-5, 2020 Egestorf, DE with Walter Saxe (taught in German)
*Note this is a Wednesday to Sunday course.

May 11-15, 2020 Salisbury, UK with Jim Masterson

May 18-22, 2020 Salisbury, UK with Jim Masterson

September 2-6, 2020 Mühleim an der Ruhr, DE with Walter Saxe
(taught in German) *Note this is a Wednesday to Sunday course.

Canada Advanced Courses

May 11-15, 2020 Cobourg, ON with Mark Fletcher

Australia Advanced Courses

November 25-29, 2019 Yarck, Australia with Jim Masterson

Certification Completion Course Schedule

Coroglen, NZ
Wednesday, November 20

Yarck, Australia
Saturday, November 30 – Sunday, December 1

Johannesburg, ZA
Wednesday, December 4 – Friday, December 6

Tucson, AZ
Tuesday, February 4 – Thursday, February 6

Masterson Method Demo October 19 with Kelly Jefferson
Taylor, Tx

Masterson Method Demo October 26 with Dale Grove
Roseau, MN

Masterson Method Demo November 2 with Kelly Jefferson
Georgetown, TX

Equine Affaire November 7-10 with Jim Masterson
West Springfield, MA

Masterson Method Demo November 9 with Katie Riley
Lexington, KY Demo

Equitana Auckland November 21-24 with Jim Masterson
Epsom, New Zealand

Masterson Method Demo Dec 7 with Katie Riley
Lexington, KY Demo

Course Calendar