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Jul. 13, 2009, 12:07 PM
The Midwest Dressage Association, as part of their 40th anniversary, is pleased to announce it is sponsoring a Classical Dressage Symposium with Sylvia Loch from Scotland, United Kingdom.

The symposium will be held at the McPhail Equine Performance Center on the campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, on October 2-4, 2009.

Sylvia Loch is internationally known and travels the world promoting classical dressage. She rarely comes to North America, so we were fortunate to arrange to bring her here to share her knowledge. She has published a number of books and produced a series of videos on classical dressage for the horse and rider.

The seating is limited and reservations must be made by those planning to attend. There is an option for VIP seating with a special unmounted workshop. Discounts are available if you join the MDA.

Rider applications are currently being accepted through July 30, 2009. There is no fee to be a demonstration rider, but you must be a current MDA member. Stabling is also included.

The reservation form, rider application form, and tentative schedule of events is posted on the Midwest Dressage Association website: www.midwestdressage.org

Please come and join us for this wonderful learning experience. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to learn in person from Sylvia Loch!

Jul. 30, 2009, 11:01 AM
Last call to submit your rider application videos in for riding in the Sylvia Loch Symposium. If you are chosen as a demonstration rider there is no fee to ride and your stabling is covered!

Aug. 12, 2009, 09:24 PM
FYI - The date has been extended until September 15, 2009, to purchase auditor tickets for the Sylvia Loch Symposium.

As time gets closer to October 2-4, here is more information to entice those of you who are on the fence about attending a possibly once in a lifetime opportunity.

Sylvia Loch is considered a world authority on Classical Riding. With six books and ten videos to her name, Sylvia Loch has brought the techniques of Classical Riding within the grasp of all riders everywhere, whatever their experience or discipline.

Inspired by the time honored traditions of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Sylvia’s desire to protect the horse is reflected in her training methods which concentrate on good balanced riding and quiet aiding. She abhors the use of force and gadgetry in the schooling of horses and believes that classical riding is the only way forward for all the disciplines.

Sylvia not only has the talent to put what she writes into practice but she also has the ability to teach these wonderful skills to her students. Sylvia has a great aptitude at passing on her vast in-depth knowledge and understanding of the biomechanics of the horse. Emphasis is on the rider’s seat and she encourages her students to focus on their own balance, in order that their horse can move freely in balance and harmony with the rider.

Sylvia currently lives at Eden Hall in the Scottish Borders with her environmental lawyer husband, Richard Hawkins, her daughter Allegra, and numerous horses, dogs, cats, miscellaneous geese, sheep, rabbits and rescued wildlife. In 1995 she founded the Classical Riding Club (CRC), an international networking forum for classical riders worldwide. Recently, the contribution of the CRC to the welfare of horses and riders everywhere was recognized when the British Horse Society requested the CRC become its first Independent Partnership.

For more on Sylvia Loch, please feel free to visit her website: www.classical-dressage.net (http://classical-dressage.net).

Conducted inside and without a horse, this workshop is designed to help the rider achieve perfect balance in the saddle and clarity in their aids. In a step-by-step process, posture and the theory and feel of riding are addressed, thus revealing how the same laws of balance that affect our daily movement also govern riding. The workshop will improve the understanding of aids ranging from the different feels for bend, forward, straight and transitions to more advanced aids for lateral work, canter changes, piaffe and passage.
The exercises are not strenuous. Participants must wear gym appropriate footwear and easy clothing. There is fun and laughter between the serious moments and participants will go away with enormously improved body awareness and a great deal to THINK ABOUT.

For more information and auditor applications, please go to: http://www.midwestdressage.org

Sep. 3, 2009, 09:47 AM

Auditor registrations must be postmarked by September 15, 2009.

NEW: Walk-ins will be allowed. However, they must bring their own chair and will not receive a program or "goodie" bag.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Sep. 16, 2009, 12:03 PM
Reminder it is not too late to attend:

NEW: Walk-ins will be allowed. However, they must bring their own chair and will not receive a program or "goodie" bag.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Sep. 24, 2009, 11:15 AM
Update on the Sylvia Loch Symposium:

See www.midwestdressage.org for a current listing of paid auditors.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR SATURDAY AUDITORS - ARRIVE EARLY to avoid the football traffic congestion and to get a close parking spot - the MSU vs U of M football game will be played at MSU with a noon kick-off. We have been able to reserve 70 parking spaces at the McPhail Center. VIP auditors are guaranteed a parking place in the McPhail Center parking lot. Additional parking is available in the area. Check out http://maps.msu.edu/ for maps of the campus and parking lots. Some lots may charge on Saturday. Carpooling is recommended.

FRIDAY NIGHT & SUNDAY ATTENDEES - Parking should not be an issue. Please park at the McPhail Center

HOTELS - book now if you have not already done so.

FOOD - Snacks and some lunch items will be available for purchase from MSU Dressage Team. We have a food sponsor who will deliver too.

Walk-ins are still being accepted; however, we can not guarantee a chair or goodie bag.

Thank you for attending. We are sure you will enjoy this weekend. Think of it as not just a learning experience but an adventure!