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Clinic Refund and Cancellation Policy

Thank you for registering for a Group Coaching Clinic with Karen. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Your RIDER registration fee secures your opportunity to bring your horse and participate in the clinic together. 

Rider commitment makes the clinic event possible for us all to enjoy! Thank you.

Sponsor and clinician also make a number of commitments to registered riders in advance. The sponsor often cancels a weekend lesson schedule and income source in order to host the clinic. The clinician commits to availability on the clinic dates and incurs flight and other travel costs. Commitment from others to cover family, farm and horses under their care during the clinic is also arranged. Logistics involved in preparing the venue, meals and accommodation are also planned for and implemented. It takes a village, as they say!

The limited number of riders accepted in each Group Coaching Class (FIVE unless otherwise noted) allows for a powerful "deep dish" experience and scope for the direct help needed to serve you and your horse. A small number of riders also means the success of the event for all involved depends on your registration commitment at a greater level than the more widespread 12-20 rider clinic format.

With these factors in mind, and with the understanding that "stuff" can and occasionally does happen, the following Refund and Cancellation Policy is intended to be balanced and fair to all parties:


Rider registration fees:


* Cancelation 60 days or more before the clinic: $75 cancelation fee, balance refunded or credited to future clinic

* Cancelation from 60 to 30 days before the clinic: $75 cancelation fee + 20% of clinic fee, balance refunded  or credited to future clinic

* Cancelation from 30 to 10 days before the clinic: $75 cancelation fee + 30% of clinic fee, balance refunded or credited towards a future clinic

* Cancelation within 10 days of the clinic:  $75 cancelation fee + 40% of clinic fee, balance credited towards a future clinic

* Cancelation on the day of or during the clinic event: 100% of clinic fee applies, no refund, no cancelation fee

* In the event that a clinic is canceled by the organizers, 100% of rider registration fee will be refunded

* Refunds will be issued within 15 days after the clinic event date.


Auditor fees:

* Auditor fees can be transferred to a different day of the same clinic or to another person wishing to audit the same clinic, but are non-refundable.

* In the event that a clinic is cancelled, 100% of auditor registration fee will be refunded

* Refunds will be issued within 15 days after the clinic event date.


Thank you for considering all involved in delivering Group Coaching opportunities to your area.

We look forward to spending some most rewarding time together as the spirit of the horse lights the way!


Mark Rashid


"I see an 'opening' as anything that allows us to help guide, however briefly, an individual in the direction we ultimately would like to go. An 'opening' can be, and often is, a very subtle form of communication between horse and rider that can easily slip past us if we're not paying attention. 'Openings' can and do work both ways. [...] It amazes me just how small an 'opening' can actually be, whether working with horses or with people, and how easy it can be to create an 'opening' when one is needed."

Mark Rashid

"I truly believe developing the ability to see and use 'openings' effectively is only one piece of what one might refer to as the 'harmony in horsemanship' puzzle. When this idea of understanding 'openings' is brought together with the understanding of two other simlar ideas - making a connection with another indvidual, and the role distance plays in overall communication - I believe it is then that harmony in horsemanship becomes a much less daunting concept for us."

Mark Rashid

Leslie Desmond


"Bill knew about a place I did not know existed, or could exist, between a horse and a human being [...] Bill included each one of my horses in that information exchange. Over the course of many months,... he took each one by its lead rope and, later, by the bridle reins. Using what he called his 'better feel', Bill showed me and each of them exactly what he meant by what he did [...] It was not long after I made the switch from force when needed (often) to always customizing the feel I offered to a horse, that two tough horses I had misunderstood for years developed into my most reliable mounts."

Leslie Desmond

The lightest hands carry intent that is recognized instantly by the horse, as seen in the maneuvers he chooses to make with his feet. Whether that horse is ridden or handled, the lightest hands can purposefully influence the speed, direction and sequence of each foot with accuracy, in a manner that is reflected in the horse's body and on his face.

Leslie Desmond

Bill Dorrance


"The Real Masters Understood Feel [...] For example, De Kerbrech, (French officer in the cavalry of Napoleon III) really understood horses. He had it fixed up so the horse could succeed. [...] The first time I read Beudant's book was in the 1950s. The way he explained things, there was no doubt in my mind about what a person needed to do to get these little things working for them and their horse."

Bill Dorrance

“Feel, timing and balance: sometimes it’s best to talk about feel, timing and balance separately, and to learn how to apply each thing separately on the start. But when you apply these three things a little later in your training, then you see that each one of these things supports the other. They are interconnected and all three are real important. You really can’t get along without all three.”

Bill Dorrance

Faverot de Kerbrech


“ le deplacement du poids est facile dans tous les sens, plus l'equilibre est parfait. En vertue de ce principe, on dit que le cheval est 'en equilibre' quand de simples indications suffisent au cavalier pour modifier a son gre la disposition du poids sur ses colonnes de soutien”

Faverot de Kerbrech

[Translation: ...the easier it is to shift the weight in any direction, the more perfect the balance. By virtue of this principle, the horse is 'in balance' when a simple indication from the rider is sufficient to modify the distribution of weight across the columns of support (four quarters) accordingly]

Duke of Newcastle


"You must in all Airs follow the strength, spirit, and disposition of the horse, and do nothing against nature; for art is but to set nature in order, and nothing else."

William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle

"A confrontational approach ‘Astonishes the Weak Horse […] makes a Furious horse Madd; makes a Resty Horse more Resty […] and Displeases all sorts of Horses’. The alternative however is not ‘to Sit Weak […] but to Sit Easie’, in the understanding that ‘The Horse must know you are his Master’"

William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle