Grade 4 Graduation: Rebecca Gilbert & Milly

ST Instructor Rebecca Gilbert from the UK passed Riding 4 in the ST Evaluation Program with her mare Milly, and with that Touchstone, she passed all 5 Touchstones in Grade 4!
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Well done Rebecca & Milly! Congratulations!
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Rebecca started with Straightness Training in 2012 and paced herself in a way that she maintained an equilibrium of energy over the distance she had planned to cover and therefore she has been creating a wonderful momentum for her and Milly over the years. Rebecca strength is that she has a curious mind and this has led to many discoveries that brought all the way up to the Grade 4 Graduation, which is an amazing result!  
This is what Rebecca had to say about her inspiring Grade 4 Journey: Read More..

Chloé Vic & Raya passed Grade 1

ST Mastery student Chloé Vic from France passed Riding 1 with her mare Raya and with that Touchstone, she passed all 5 Touchstones in Grade 1!


Chloé has some great insights to share about the Mastery and Evaluation Program, and how it has helped her on her wonderful ST journey:

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Rebecca & Milly Preparing For The Riding Grade 4 Touchstone

In October, I went to London to join a personal development course, and since ST Instructor Rebecca Gilbert doesn’t live too far away from London, I visited her and her lovely horses.

Since the beginning of this year, Rebecca has been submitting a lot of Grade 4 Touchstones in the ST Evaluation Program in the training pillars groundwork, longeing, work in hand and liberty, and she has done several additional coaching sessions with me.

And to graduate on the level of Grade 4, Rebecca only has to submit her Riding Grade 4 Touchstone with her horse Milly, a 19 y/o Irish Draught x Dutch Warmblood mare.

So when we met in ‘real life’ in October, we dived into her riding lab to tweak some 2mm.

Now Milly’s canter was not easy at the start of Rebecca’s ST Journey back in 2012, but at the moment Milly is over-delivering: she even tends towards the Grade 5 level where a full canter pirouette and the highest form of collection is required:

Rebecca about the training sessions:

“Had a super weekend with Marijke, finding some more really amazing 2mm. But in all honesty, we wouldn’t have been able to reach this if it hadn’t of been for the Touchstone lessons. They have provided me with months of tips to keep me on track. So they have been incredibly INVALUABLE! ⭐💞👍

Can’t thank you enough, Marijke de Jong, for giving us all the gift 🎁 of ST! I could never have dreamed of exploring the things we are now if it wasn’t for ST. The Touchstone online coaching support has provided a huge boost for us this year! Milly is conformationally challenged and was once very crooked. Indeed, in the beginning, she couldn’t canter with the burden of a rider! So to be doing what we’re doing now is mind-blowing! Thank you so so much! We still have much more to learn and grow, but am so grateful to walk this fantastic path that you have given us a clear map 🗺 for! 💞

For more information about the ST Evaluation Program, click HERE >>