Rider Biomechanics Workshop

Improve your position in the saddle and help your riders’ posture during their adaptive riding lessons.

Rider Biomechanics Workshop

Friday, March 24th | 11am-3pm
Saturday, March 25th | 8:30am-4:30pm

Hosted by Main Stay Therapeutic Farm
6919 Keystone Rd.
Richmond, IL 60071


Positively Dressage

*11 Continuing Education credits have been requested from PATH Intl. including 2 DE & 9 CR/CE credits.*

About the Workshop

Improve your position in the saddle and help your riders’ posture during their adaptive riding lessons. Learn the “how” of riding effectively and improve the human/horse partnership. Balanced riding benefits both riders and horses and is fundamental for all ability levels, including instructors and clients.

This day and a half workshop will include “the best of both worlds” including:

  • 60-minute semi-private lessons focused on assessing and improving your riding
  • Honing your observational skills by being an “active observer” during other participants’ lessons
  • Time in the arena reviewing how instructors and volunteers can assist riders with their posture
  • Discussing how horse and tack selection impacts riders posture and alignment
  • Case studies and problem solving through video review of adaptive riding clients

Registration Information


Includes a 60-minute semi-private lesson on one of Main Stay’s horses. There is a 200 lb. weight limit for riders and riders must wear an ASTM approved equestrian helmet. Includes snacks and beverages. Please bring your own lunch.


Video submissions of riders to be included in the case studies are due by Friday, March 10th if you would like to submit one. Videos are to be no longer than 5 minutes in length.

Workshop facilitator, Suzanne Gudan

About the Facilitator | Suzanne Galdun

Suzanne is only one of 9 people in the US currently certified by Mary Wanless as a Ride With Your Mind biomechanics coach. Mary Wanless is an internationally renowned coach and author of several books about rider biomechanics including “The New Ride with Your Mind Clinic – Rider Biomechanics – Basics to Brilliance”. Suzanne is also a former PATH Intl certified therapeutic riding instructor allowing her to help riders of differing abilities.

Suzanne’s clinics have been called “amazing”, “truly inspiring” with “rave reviews”. Space is limited to 12 riders. Auditors are welcome.

How You Can Help

Main Stay is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and receives no state or federal funding. Through the generosity of individuals, private foundations, corporations and service organizations, Main Stay is able to touch hundreds of lives each year.
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