ST Mastery student Astrid van der Laan from South Africa passed Riding 1 with her mare Annie and with that Touchstone, she has passed all 5 Touchstones in Grade 1 in the ST Evaluation Program!
Astrid has a beautiful STory to share about finding Straight Training with her previous horse, Djinni, meeting Marijke in 2016, and her growth and insights since then with her new horses, Annie and Navi, along with how the ST Academy has helped her on her ST journey:
When it comes to successful people – artists, masters, role models, leaders – it often works like this:
First, people put the successful person on a pedestal, then they try to knock him or her down.
First, people have a powerful yet illusory idea of who the leader is – as like he has never made a mistake in his life – then he has to make sure that he doesn’t do anything to get torn down.
First, people say they look up to her and idolize her, and then they blame her a lack of modesty.
As Madonna put it: “We like to put people on a pedestal, give them one character trait, and if they step outside of that shrinelike area that we blocked out for them, then we will punish them.” We view ourselves as so imperfect that when those who we esteem to be perfect fall, we show them no mercy whatsoever.
In November 2019, the following ST Mastery Students and an ST Instructor in the ST Academy from Australia, Austria, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, South Africa, Switzerland, and the UK – passed a Touchstone in the ST Evaluation Program!