Charles Wilhelm is the creator of Ultimate Foundation Training —training techniques that combine the best of traditional, classical and natural horsemanship. His extensive background of over 45 years of training includes Dressage, Working Cow Horse, Reining and Western Pleasure.
Part of Charles’s expanding program incorporates basic dressage for beginning students. In light of the popularity of ‘cowboy dressage,’ Charles has created an opportunity for ‘cowgirl dressage,’ specifically designed for women who want to try the basics of dressage — while in their Western saddles. Charles’s first Cowgirl Dressage clinic in 2013 is on Saturday, April 6th at the beautiful Wilhelm training facility in Castro Valley, California, one of the top equine educational institutions in Northern California. The cost of the clinic is $150 and includes lunch. Limited spaces are still available.
Charles has always believed in the benefit of dressage principles in his training and has interwoven dressage throughout his program from the very beginning. “The word ‘dressage’ means training and the dressage principles are perfect for any type of riding or discipline. Basic dressage puts a solid foundation on these horses, from lateral movement to flexion to impulsion,” states Charles. “Whether you ride on the trails, or compete in jumping, gymkhana or working cow horse, these fundamental dressage principles will benefit your horse’s performance. And by learning these principles, your riding skills will improve and you’ll have a better feel for your horse’s athletic potential , while improving your horse’s performance.
“We have lots of fun during this clinic,” reports Wilhelm. “Obviously we don’t accomplish high levels of dressage, but these lady riders can elevate their riding skills and training in even just a day, and help their horses become more light and responsive, even at a whisper of a cue. And let me say once again, we have fun! There’s no judgment here — everyone rides at their own level.”