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First ST Clinic in Brazil

We have just enjoyed the first Straightness Training clinic in Brazil and Victor Gueiros Freire did an amazing job in organizing this clinic!

It has been a F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C. time teaching and there was a lot of learning going on in groundwork, longeing, work in hand, and liberty training!

It was very valuable to create awareness about natural asymmetry and imbalance and to teach straightness training on all levels: physically, mentally, emotially and spiritually. This created a better understanding of the horse in general and during the clinic we could respectfully address the specific needs of each horse in particular.

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Arrival in Brasil, meeting Victor Gueiros Freire

We arrived at 12 September in Guarapari in Brazil at Hotel Fazenda Flamboyant, the place where the first straightness training clinic in Brazil was held.

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Victor Gueiros Freire organized the clinic in a brillant way:

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Victor placed banners and organized a tent in the riding arena, to protect the partipants for the sun:

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Hípica Flamboyant

The riding arena was close to the stables of Hípica Flamboyant:

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Posters, banners, tags, brochures

Victor made different sizes of posters and brochures and name tags – with Maestro on it – for the particpants:

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Theoretical education during the clinic

The clinic was a three-day event and every day we started with theory lessons about natural asymmetry, the keys of straightness training and the logical system of gymnastic exercises. The audiences consisted of riders of many disciplines, instructors, horse trainers, vetenarians, therapists, mounted police and the manager of the department of sports of the national association of Mangalarga Marchardor. We exchanged many thoughts and concepts about straightness training.

Victor is welcoming the audience:

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Victor’s opening speech and Marijke’s lecture:

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Claudia Wolters on stage talking about using straightness training in a rehabilitation process:

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Solange Mikail, Victor Gueiros Freire and the Mounted Police:

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Practical education during the clinic

The practical lessons took place in the riding arena which was covered with a big tent:

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Claudia, Marc, Victor, Giovanna and I in the special clinic t-shirts designed by Victor:

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The clinic was sponsored by the Equestrian Federation of Espirito Santo, the Department of Sports and Recreation of the State of Espirito Santo, Hotel Fazenda Flamboyant , TLhd, Aquamarine and Aquamania.

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The theoretical and practical lessons were translated for the audience by Solange Mikail, Ariane Janér and Marianne Van De Sande Lee and the voices were reinforced with a sound system:

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The horses

Every day 12 riders had lessons twice a day with a horse of Hipica Flamboyant. Riders and horses did not know each other so that was an extra challenge, but we had a great time with Mar de Fogo, Onix, Zidan, Pat, Coronel and Kaizer. They were really amazing and they shared not only there energy and willingness with us, but also their difficulties and imbalances, so we could learn a lot from them!

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The riders

Every day 12 different riders, young and old, beginner and advanced, had lessons with the horses.

Andréa and the 20 years old gelding Coronel:

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Mayara and the stallion Mar de Fogo:

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Patrick and the gelding Zidan:

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Paula and the gelding Onix:

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Sophia and Kaizer:

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Rinaldo and Zidan:

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Luana and Mar de Fogo:

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Marianne and Coronel:

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Nina and Pat:

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Gustavo and Zidan:

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Diana and Pat:

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Roney and Kaizer:

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The day after the clinic Claudia Wolters gave some individual lessons with Victor translating the lessons:

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It was a wonderful 3-day clinic and a perfect extra day with individual lessons.

So we had 4 days full of discovery, experiences, progress and growth and we had a lot of Brazilian fun!

The riders, horses and translators did really great, so there were lots of hugs and European and Brazilian High Fives:

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Interview with Tribuna Lusitana HD:

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Taking pictures for “Face“, that’s how the Brazilian people call facebook:

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Zidan and the Brazilian Straightness Training Fans! You all were great! Thanks to everyone for participating and especially to Victor Gueiros Freire and Giovanna for organizing this awesome clinic! And Marc and Claudia you rock! Brazilian High Five!!!

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Video about the first straightness training clinic in Brazil

Click on the video to see a short impression of the clinic in Brazil:

In the Straightness Training Home Study Course you can view a 20 minute interview with Victor Gueiros Freire and a 1,5 hour webinar with Claudia Wolters, Marc Marsman and Marijke de Jong sharing their insights on this wonderful clinic.

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