September 11 - 14, 2014 Bavaria, GERMANY


 Petra and Peter Voss

to Host

International Clinician and Horse Trainer




Thursday through Sunday, September 11 - 14, 2014








Petra and Peter Voss




Website: www.


This is the place to register for a class if you want to learn more about handling and riding horses using the approach that Bill Dorrance wrote about in his classic training manual, "True Horsemanship Through Feel".

Leslie Desmond, co-author of the book, and producer of the 10-CD audio book, "Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel" will coach each horse and rider team in the horse handling and riding skills which are listed below.

 PLEASE REVIEW AND EDIT THE TEXT IN RED as I am not able to write or read well in GERMAN!  Thanks you!

Herzliche Einladung an alle Leslie Desmond-Freunde!


Vom 11. Bis zum 14. September gibt es die einzigartige Gelegenheit, Einzelcoaching bei Leslie zu bekommen. Sie besucht NAME OF FACILITY AND TOWN, im Petra and Peter Voss . Dort finden 90 minütige Sessions für die stall von Petra and Peter Voss statt. Natürlich sind auch Reiter von Außerhalb und Zuschauer herzlich willkommen.


Der Veranstaltungsort ist:



Für Zuschauer kostet die Teilnahme 55€ pro Tag im Vorverkauf und 45€ pro Tag vor Ort. Eine 90 minütige Praxiseinheit , in der Sie Leslies ungeteilte Aufmerksamkeit bekommen, kostet 540€, zuzüglich ?? € für die Anlagennutzung und evtl. Unterbringungskosten für das Pferd.



Wir freuen uns auf spannende und informative Tage und den gegenseitigen Austausch mit allen Teilnehmern.

Petra and Petra Voss




This is a superb opportunity to have private attention and feel no rush or challenges from other riders or lack of time or Leslie's divided attention that is sometimes the case during the conventional clinic format.  She will assist you in the development of horse-handling skills on the ground and from the saddle, mounted equitation. She will evaluate and assist you, as needed in your decision-making in the moment process. You will be instructed in the use of feel & release techniques to obtain soft, willing responses from your horse. 

NOTE: Participation with a sound horse is a requirement of this event. 

What will be covered? The riders can choose -- Mounted work, ground work, or a bit of both.

What exercises will you work on? You can think over and choose from the following basic maneuvers, or suggest another  preference. 

1.) Leading up Freely

2.) Raising and lowering the head and neck / lateral flexion at the poll.

3.) Elevation of and access to the shoulders, bi-lateral access to the ribs , loin, croup and longitudinal access to Hindquarters from the saddle and the ground....these pieces are often missing from the rider's tool box, and are essential to include in a thorough and well-balanced exercise and conditioning program.

4.) Exercises to achieve balance and improve straightness in the various gaits, with & without reins / Fundation pieces REAL collection made clear. (Is your horse soft and willing in the bridle, responsive the the movement of the reins on his neck, and flexible thorughout his whole body at the walk, trot and canter?)

5.) raise and lower horse's head, with & without reins

6.) Upward and downward transitions on the lunger and under saddle

7.) Establishing / perfecting turns and transitions in your foundation: serpentines and Figure 8s  

8.) leads and lead changes

9.) handling the hooves from both sides of the horse / ask for the feet, and receive each one!

10..) trailer loading -- lead the horse in / send your horse in. Depending on the horse and the situation, either way could be the best choice.



There will be five 90-minute private classes on Friday through Sunday, September 12 – 14, 2014.  

 In these private sessions, which are all open to the public for auditing, Leslie will focus on the needs and progress of  Strong-Beginners as well as Intermediate riders and trainers are welcome for private classes.   

  After confirming your rider position with Petra, please read and complete your questionnaire with great care. Leslie gives a lot of thought to your comments, and from these she is able to help you in the best possible way by designing the lesson package that is custom-built for YOU.

She will offer direction and support of your goals in the broader context of the planned course work, and taking into account individual histories, current situations (Known limits and strengths of horse and rider, etc.).


Scan and email questionnaire to Leslie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



Please reserve space for your 3  lessons space by September  1st. Deposit of 270  paid through PayPal below is the best way to accomplish this. The balance of 270  is due on demo night, September 11, before lesson(s). Riders must have all the forms and payments complete before the class.  Attendance at the Thursday night demonstration is important to the success of your experience and in included in the lesson package price of 540 €.


Demonstration on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.

8:30 - 9:45    1st Rider

9:45 - 10:00  Break

10:00 - 11:30  2nd Rider



LUNCH  12 - 1:30

1:30 - 3:00  3rd Rider 

3:00 - 4:30  4th Rider

4:30 - 6:00 5th Rider

Private Lesson Package (3) DEPOSIT –  240 €  due on or before September 1, 2014



NOTE: 240€ DEPOSITS for RIDERS are 100 % refundable if clinic is cancelled


Private Lesson Package - 240€  Balance Due - Thursday, September 11, 2014



NO HORSE?  Come and learn anyway!  Young adults under 14 welcome at no charge!

Spectators, please register early! The walk-in day rate price is 55€ at the door!

(Note: the day rate applies to all auditors over 18 years of age who attend for any part of a day. Unfortunately, it has proven to be too difficult to offer partial rates for less than a full day of attendance. There are no exceptions to this policy. Thanks for your understanding.)

Thursday, September 11, 2014 / 45€ pre-paid Adult


Friday, September 12, 2014 / 45€ pre-paid Adult


Saturday, September 13, 2014 / 45€ pre-paid Adult


Sunday, September 14, 2014 / 45€ pre-paid Adult

 Save 1- with a pre-paid Multi-Day Discount!

Thursday through Sunday, September 11-14, 2014 / 150€ pre-paid Adult


Friday through Sunday, September 12-14, 2014 / 160€ pre-paid Adult


Saturday - Sunday, September 13-14, 2014 / 170€ pre-paid Adult





Thursday, September 11, 2014 / 35€ pre-paid – YOUTH Auditor


Friday, September 12, 2014 / 35€ pre-paid YOUTH Auditor


Saturday, September 13, 2014 / 35€ pre-paid  YOUTH Auditor


Sunday, September 14, 2014 / 35€ pre-paid YOUTH Auditor


 Save 10€ per day with a pre-paid Multi-Day Discount!


YOUTH Auditor, Thursday through Sunday, September 11-14, 2014 / 130€ pre-paid



YOUTH Auditor, Friday through Sunday, September 12-14, 2014 / 140€ pre-paid



YOUTH Auditor, Saturday - Sunday, September 13-14, 2014 / 150€ pre-paid




House rules!  As before, please keep dogs at home.  Photographers must speak with Leslie before taking any pictures. No phones cameras, please.  Remember to bring PLENTY of water, a chair and sunscreen. Bring your own lunch, of course, if you prefer. 

Reminders that riders are required to audit the entire clinic....audit fees for riders are included in private lesson payment for that day. Helmets are required on all heads!

All English and Western saddles MUST be equipped with safety stirrups. No exceptions. Rentals available.

This year, 13  and under and under welcome at no charge.  Auditors 15-18 will be charged a daily fee of 35€.

Leslie will take questions from students only during the classes! Please respect the needs of riders' who are counting on Leslie's undivided attention this year! She is happy to answer audience questions at the breaks, and before and after the classes.

Thank you very much for your understanding.

I look forward to seeing you!

Leslie Desmond