March 26 - 29, 2020 / Greenwood, Wisconsin




Hosted by Maria Bendixen, Trainer and Owner

M and M Stable and Arena

Thursday (Evening Demo) Friday - Sunday, March 26 - 29, 2020

VISIT LESLIE in GREENWOOD, WISCONSIN at the M and M Stable and Arena,

and LEARN HOW to use Feel & Release for beautiful and efficient maneuvers!

English and Western Riders on all breeds of horses are welcome!

VENUE:   Maria Bendixen's M and M Stable and Arena in Greenwood, Wisconsin


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Bill Dorrance's 20 legacy of horse handling and riding through Feel & Release continues.

If you are a horse trainer and have reached an impasse with a client's horse, this is a good opportunity to break the cycle.

Trainers in many countries, representing many disciplines have taken Leslie's help and successfully re-launched their careers into an exciting new direction and reached their goals using feel & release. Leslie still uses and teaches the approach advocated by master horseman Bill Dorrance, 

The philosophy, photos and text that explain the details involved with handling, training and riding horses this way can be found in the classic training manual, "True Horsemanship Through Feel", co-authored by Bill Dorrance and Leslie.

At this event, she will school horses in the demonstration for 90-minutes. During the session, as needed, she will coach the trainer/owner one-on-one in the techniques. (Note: On a case by case basis, Leslie reserves the right to determine if a public environment is the appropriate situation for each individual to participate in the work she is doing with his/her horse.)

A horse need not be particularly troubled to enroll in this class. Leslie does, however, accept difficult horses, young horses, and frightened / confused horses of any age or breed. 

All others please schedule your demo horse’s spaces through the clinic sponsor, Maria Bendixen.

Your Questionnaires and ALL RELEASES must be received by the sponsor at least 30 days prior to the event. Thank you!

What will I learn?

In this clinic you will learn the foundation -- philosophy, techniques and angles/position -- necessary to lighten up your hands, position your upper body and legs while you ride.

You will learn what Bill Dorrance showed Leslie about refining the presentation to the horse using feel & release on the ground and from the saddle, too. All breeds and riding styles are welcome.

After this, you will know where the feet are, how to replace them, and be able to adjust your horse's head, neck, shoulders, rips, loin and hips . . .  all this with lighter hands as you refine your new skills on the ground and in mounted work, too.

You will learn how to set your horse up to succeed so that few if any corrections are needed.

For some people this is a revolutionary concept. For others, it is an idea that was suspected to have validity all along, but the best route to accomplish that illusive task was not known or, for some reason, not easily managed.

Leslie will explain these details and demonstrate the approach thoroughly on DEMO NIGHT, March 27th.  So, please come, and bring a friend!

 On-site REGISTRATION (walk in and pay at the door!) 

OPENS at 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 26, 2020.   

The DEMO starts promptly at 5:00 PM.



Please remember to bring your PayPal receipt with you! This is your proof of pre-payment!

Auditors 16 and under are always welcome at Desmond's clinics, without charge!  Young adults 17 years of age and over can save $65 on a 4-day pass March 26 - 29, 2020.


Thursday Evening, March 26, 2020 / 5:00 - 8:30 

1st DEMO HORSE   5:00 - 6:30 PM

BREAK / Discussion / Refreshments    6:30 - 7:00 PM

2nd DEMO HORSE   7:00 - 8:30 P M

Friday - Sunday, March 27 - 29, 2020


9:30 - 11:00    Horse and Rider Team #1

11:00 - 12:30 Horse and Rider Team #2

12:30 - 2:00 PM LUNCH

2:00 - 3:30   Horse and Rider Team #3

3:30 - 5:00   Horse and Rider Team #4


 Please be sure that you have completed and submitted your rider’s applications, questionnaires and photo release forms prior to reserving a rider space online. Available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coming by the day to learn and keep a chair warm? $50 walk /

SAVE $65 with purchase of a 4-day pass. 

4 - Days AUDITOR PASS /March 26 - 29, 2020     $125 (Save $65)

3 - Day AUDITOR PASS / March 27 - 29, 2020     $110 (Save $45)

Thursday Evening DEMONSTRATION         March 26, 2020 / 5:00 - 8:30     

Auditor     DEMO Fee $45 {nicepaypal:cart_noview|45.00|Auditor Pass Thursday Demo|03262020}

Auditor - ALL-DAY FRIDAY, March 27, 2020    $45.00

Auditor - ALL-DAY SATURDAY, March 28, 2020    $45.00

Auditor - ALL-DAY SUNDAY, March 29, 2020    $45.00


Outfitting saddles with safety stirrups has been a strong recommendation for my students since the 1990s. This year, a breakaway stirrup is required on all saddles and helmets must be worn. There are many varieties and brands to choose from online. English versions are to be found at any well stocked tack shop. My preference for western saddles is a stirrup manufactured by the McCoy family's STI from Laurel, Montana. Their website can be found here, or researched later on for the custom size and style you need at www.breakawaystirrups.com.

Not an online shopper? No worries! Contact them directly by calling 888-308-0848 and request a brochure!  When you get in a bind, you and the people who care about you will be thrilled that you did!

To bring a DEMO HORSE for Leslie to evaluate and help, please call Maria Bendixen 



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March 26, 2020 / 5:00 - 8:30 

Demo Horse Fee    $175.00   / Limit 2

 PRIVATE 1:1 COACHING Class (Limit 4 riders) / March 26 - 29, 2020     $500.00


$250 Non-refundable deposit for PRIVATE 1:1 Coaching Friday - Sunday, March 27 - 29, 2020.

This payment is due on or before February 21, 2020. Thank you.

$250 Final Payment for PRIVATE 1:1 coaching Thursday - Sunday, MARCH 26 - 29, 2020.

This payment is due on or before March 21, 2020. Thank you.

 ******   All riders, please note that familiarity with (previous study of) Leslie's Learning library and attendance at the Friday demonstration is required.

Learning tools can be found at  https://www.feelofahorse.com/ 

To access site as a public member, just click on the URL, set up a password, and you are IN! If you want to go deeper into the site, you are welcome to access the members' subscription pages for $15 a month. This is a recurring payment that you can cancel at any time, for any reason. 

All new members receive a PROMO CODE for the Bill Dorrance's GIFT of FEEL!  Please enjoy this convenient, downloadable gift for joining THE FEEL OF A HORSE !  This is a comprehensive learning experience for the serious horseman and woman. Not so good at English? We have a great team of bilingual, trilingual and multilingual riders and horse owners. Leslie students are responsible for the translations in Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish and German.

Members will receive a PROMO code to receive a free, downloadable copy of the High Rez, full color, The Bill Dorrance 2020 Legacy Calendar, Access to over 100 instructional audio files from Leslie's "Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel" Audio book, and access to the discussion forum.

1:1 coaching options in English from Leslie Desmond, and in Spanish from Antonio Hidalgo.

Learn about this approach, you are welcome to join us online. We discuss and think about horse and people problems that will benefit from feel-based solutions. Meet the people who are experimenting with it, see the work live in the moment, and celebrate the small and large achievements that Leslie's students are reaching, one day, one thought, one try and one step at a time. It's a lot of fun and brings many new ideas to mind.

If you want to prepare yourself before the clinic . . . you can LEARN MORE ABOUT FEEL & FELEASE from Leslie, her friends, students, and others who worked knew and learned from Bill Dorrance. 

Find Leslie's anecdotes from her Apprenticeship (1995-1999) with Bill Dorrance, Training Tips and, videos of progress with owners, handlers, riders...in the saddle and on the ground. This group is a good place to visit, a safe place to share your experiences, to learn from the honestly discussed and shown mistakes made by others...good place to learn, to make new friends, and much more.

Request membership access to Feel of a Horse closed Facebook group here!

I look forward to seeing you at Maria Bendixen's M and M Arena in Greenwood, Wisconsin!

Leslie Desmond




Subscribe to Leslie's You Tube Channel and discover more about the philosophy and techniquesused in the feel and release approach to handling and riding horses, as taught to Leslie by Bill Dorrance to from 1995-1999. 

The Channel includes the "Leslie Live on Facebook” Sessions # 1 - 13.


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