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Randi Thompson
Worked at Horse and Rider Awareness, Public Speaker, Horse Expert Witness and Consultant, How to Market Your Horse Business
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"I am honored to be selected as one of the “2015 International Equestrian Trailblazers.”  June Burgess, a well known International 3-day event rider and expert in performance mindset from Ireland is the host and she selected 24 equestrians from around the world who have made the biggest impact in the horse industry"

Starting tomorrow,  June is interviewing each of the Equestrian Trailblazers​ and has recorded their conversations with her. Now you can listen in on what the top equestrians around the world have been doing to make their dreams come true in the horse world.

When I asked June why she selected me from all the outstanding horse people from around the world, this is what she said:  "I started researching individuals who are adding value to the industry and blazing a different path. What immediately appealed to me was that Randi is totally unique.  Randi is a true visionary who continues to bring unprecedented resources and information to the horse industry.  She is the founder of the award winning  +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson  programs which include +How To Market Your Horse Business   ” I was introduced to Randi when I started watching the videos she shares on her Youtube channel, Randi Thompson Live at: http://buff.ly/1HDTQs5. Where she shares over 20 years of coaching professionals in the horse world by featuring the training process of horses and riders she has been working with.  Several who have become USDF National and Regional Champions.  Randi has developed a very intuitive approach to riding that can be applied to competitive riding even at the international levels.

The Equestrian Trailblazers of 2015 will run twice a day for 12 days.  Each session is recorded so you can listen to them when you have the time.  Now you can join with host, June Burgress,  as she interviews top equestrian experts from around the world to  discuss their struggles, achievements, and examine the mindset behind their success.  All you need to do is sign up now so we can send you the links for their interviews.

Would you like to see who else is a 2015 Equestrian Trailblazer? 
It’s FREE! All you need to do is sign up! Here is the link: http://xs.gy/randi
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Very cool +Randi Thompson :)
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"Would you like to see 2 horses at 2 different levels warming up at the trot? Check out the difference in how these riders are warming up their horses with some of the same exercises and some that are different. How does this compare with how you warm up your horse?"

Everyone loves watching our group lessons with Susan on Beau (1st and 2nd level dressage) and Trudy with Ani (training level). In this session they are warming up together on a very windy, rainy day. The horses are not thrilled that they are out in this weather and would rather be out in the fields than in the ring. Trudy is focusing on keeping Ani connected (on the bit/on the aids) for maybe the 8th or 9th time and Susan is working on keeping Beau active with his throat latch open. As for me, I am trying out a new camcorder. You will notice that it might go all over at times as I learn how it works. Many riders seem to just go "ring around the rosie" in circles and on the outside of the ring all the time. As you can see, our horses and riders are going all over the ring as they practice many different ways of connecting with their horses. This makes the training process more interesting for everyone.

What are you doing in your warm ups? Are you ready to challenge yourself and your horse to connect a little sooner?

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join us at: +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson and +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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"You want me to do what?  "Asking a horse to step up into the connection (contact) of the reins for the first time. What could happen when you first ask your horse to do this? Now you can watch as Trudy asks Ani to stay "on the bit" instead of going on a loose rein"

This video was taken when Trudy first asked Ani to stay connected. Like any horse new to being connected from the riders legs into the rein connection (on the aids/on the bit/in front of the aids) Ani is not sure what is happening. In fact, she is not sure she even likes this new way of riding as Trudy has been riding her on a longer, looser rein and now is asking her to "step up" and into the connection of her reins. This is how a horse moves up in its training and begins to "round up" or "go on the aids." What you will see is what happens with many horses who are going through this part of the training process.

What did you learn from watching Trudy and Ani that you can use on your horse?

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join us at +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson  or +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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"It's the weekend. Let's ride!"

Are you going to ride or work with your horse this weekend? Lucky us to be able to do this. Have you taken the time to practice some of the Horse and Rider Awareness techniques we have been sharing this week? Tell us (or share a video of your own) how they are making a difference for you and your horse or students. We love to hear you feedback.
 
"It's the weekend. Let's ride!"

Are you going to ride or work with your horse this weekend? Lucky us to be able to do this. Have you taken the time to practice some of the Horse and Rider Awareness techniques we have been sharing this week? Tell us (or share a video of your own) how they are making a difference for you and your horse or students. We love to hear you feedback.
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"Would you like to be able to ride that perfect circle?  Check out this amazing technique using a lunge line.  You will love what it can do for how your ride a circle and what you are doing with your riding position.  As part of this session we also focus on if Trudy is able to keep Ani in front of her legs. This was still a new concept to this pair at the time of this filming.  Now you can watch how adding the lunge line work to the training process makes a difference for a riders awareness"

Are you ready to try this?  Let us know how it works for you! 

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join us at +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson or +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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Neat trick +Randi Thompson :)
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"The smile you make when you see a horse that you like"

It happens to all of us, it may be a horse in our lives, a horse we see in a field, a horse show or even in a photo. Some horses just make our hearts smile. 

Thank you everyone who has taken the time to like, comment and share the Horse and Rider Awareness posts. You bring a smile to my face knowing that they are making a difference for you. May you be inspired by the Spirit of the Horse this week.
 
"The smile you make when you see a horse that you like"

It happens to all of us, it may be a horse in our lives, a horse we see in a field, a horse show or even in a photo. Some horses just make our hearts smile.

Thank you everyone who has taken the time to like, comment and share the Horse and Rider Awareness posts. You bring a smile to my face knowing that they are making a difference for you. May you be inspired by the Spirit of the Horse this week.
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That is my face every time I see a horse xD
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"Oh what fun it is to watch... 2 riders working with 2 horses of different levels at the walk. Now you can watch what we do to connect both of them. This is a fast moving segment where you will see how much we keep changing the training exercises for both horses. Watch what happens as we practice stretching, adding more activity, keeping the horses backs up, lateral movements (we are adding the beginnings) the half pass and more!"

You might be surprised to see how many different movements and changes we do in our walk work. There is no time for either the horses or the riders to get bored as we are always trying new movements while improving the quality of their walks. ( Notice that the riders are never "stuck" in a circle or sticking to the outside of the rail as they are riding) Susan and Beau are competing in 1st and 2nd level dressage, Trudy and Ani are competing in Training level. 

What are you doing while you are riding the walk? Are you one of those riders who simply lets there horse walk around without a purpose? Can you see how your session can be more fun for both you and your horse by doing different movements and asking for a little more than you think they might be able to do?

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join us at:  +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson and +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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"How to Improve a Horse's Trot with the Metronome. Another blast from the past that will improve your horses gaits and make them more comfortable to ride"

It's amazing what a metronome can do for a horses balance. By finding the right rhythm we can improve the gaits of a horse, which also makes them more comfortable to ride. If you are showing, the judges will notice the difference between a horse with regular gaits, and one that is going in and out of rhythm. It shows in how the horse uses its legs! In this session, Susan Faulkner Evans is focusing on the trot rhythm. As you will see, the quality of Beau's gaits gets better. I find these metronomes that attach to the riders on Ebay for under $10. Are you ready to invest in your success? (This video was from 2013 when Susan and Beau competed in the USDF Nationals in the AA Training Level Championships where they earned 4th place out of 24 of the top Regional Champions in the USA)

Have you ever thought of using a metronome or playing music (with the right rhythm) to improve your horses gaits?

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join us at +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson and +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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"For most of us this is true. The things we are passionate about are not random. They are our calling... "

Lucky us. However, even if what we are doing is our calling, we still need to make a living. It is up to you to wake up from the dream and start making it a reality. All you need to do is make what you are doing visible (promoting and marketing) so that those who are looking for what you have to offer can find you.
 
"For most of us this is true. The things we are passionate about are not random. They are our calling... "

Lucky us. However, even if what we are doing is our calling, we still need to make a living. It is up to you to wake up from the dream and start making it a reality. All you need to do is make what you are doing visible (promoting and marketing) so that those who are looking for what you have to offer can find you.
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"Stop using your heels to ride!  Would you like to know which part of your leg you should be using to communicate to your horse or how to teach it to your riders? Now you can discover new ways to fix this common riding challenge in yourself or your riders with these proven techniques"

Some riders have been taught or have gotten into the habit of using their heels to get a horse to move forward or sideways.  If you are using spurs, you might also have gotten into the habit of using your spurs instead of your lower leg.  What can you do to fix this common riding challenge?"

The facts are, when a  rider uses their heels, they often are riding on their toes, their heels come up and their entire leg rolls off the saddle from the thigh down as the rider uses the back of their leg instead of the inside.  When this happens, it is impossible for the riders to keep a secure, anchored lower leg position.

Watch as I show Trudy Adams how to focus on changing a habit that most riders have.   She has been using her using her heels for years.  It will be easy for you to see how this affects her lower leg position

What do you see changing as Trudy gets a more secure feeling with her lower legs?

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join our Google+ pages at:  +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson and +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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Thank you for this +Randi Thompson! Spurs are mostly unnecessary and they promote too much heel just as you say. I see so many western riders using spurs unnecessarily. Of course I am being sarcastic here...they should try putting their spurs on their calves...
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“Stop using your heels to ride!  Would you like to know which part of your leg you should be using to communicate to your horse or how to teach it to your riders? Now you can discover new ways to fix this common riding challenge in yourself or your riders with these proven techniques”

Some riders have been taught or have gotten into the habit of using their heels to get a horse to move forward or sideways. If you are using spurs, you might also have gotten into the habit of using your spurs instead of your lower leg. What can you do to fix this common riding challenge?"

The facts are, when a rider uses their heels, they often are riding on their toes, their heels come up and their entire leg rolls off the saddle from the thigh down as the rider uses the back of their leg instead of the inside. When this happens, it is impossible for the riders to keep a secure, anchored lower leg position.

Watch as I show Trudy Adams how to focus on changing a habit that most riders have. She has been using her using her heels for years. It will be easy for you to see how this affects her lower leg position.

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join our Google+ pages at +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson  or +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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Introduction

Randi has been in the horse industry for 35 years and
has been teaching riding instructors, clinicians, trainers and riders easy, safe and fun techniques to connect them with their students or horses. Her Horse and Rider Awareness® techniques have been tested on 1000's of students and horses of all styles of riding and breeds of horse world. Randi has been featured in radio shows, horse publications, and more. You can also join us on Facebook at Horse and Rider Awareness-Randi Thompson

There are now over 1000 Horse and Rider Awareness videos on Youtube that show the progress of several horses and riders over the past years!  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel at: randithompsonlive

Randi has been featured as the keynote speaker at the largest equestrian trade shows in the US as well as speaking for events outside the horse world on social media marketing.  For those who are horse professionals, check out Randi’s award winning Facebook fan page “How to Market Your Horse Business”  

Randi is available for private coaching and consultations both online and in her local area of Hendersonville, NC.  (Asheville, Tryon)   

Recent Awards:

"2015 Equestrian Trailblazer"  One of 25 horse business professionals chosen from around the world.  Equestrian Trailblazers interview with Randi Thompson

 Sidelines Features Randi Thompson in it's April 2015 issue. 

Randi's rider, Susan Faulkner Evans of Greer, SC. was awarded the 2014 USDF All Breeds Reserve Champion Award for both Over All and AA Intermediate 1 with Darrien by the American Trakehner  Assn.  They also competed at the USDF Region 1 Championships on Darrien and placed 3rd in AA Intermediate 1 and in the 2nd Level Championships she rode Mission Point in the 2nd Level Championships and came in 8th place.   

USDF Dressage Finals 2013. Trained Susan Faulkner Evans on Mission Point Finals 4th place winner for the Training Level Championships with a combined 3 judge score of 70.20%. This was in a class of 27 qualified Regional Champions and winners. 

Winner 2012 "Social Media Examiner's Top 10 Facebook Small Business Page"

"5 Facebook Pages We All Aspire to" -Social Cycle

"Top 10 Facebook Designs to Inspire You" Jeff Bullas

Equestrian Social Media Awards "Top 10 Most Informative"

"2011 Hall of Fame, Horse Woman's Gazette
Bragging rights
Featured in the April 2015 Sidelines. Randi Thompson - Horse and Rider Awareness http://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/editorsnotes/randi-thompson-horse-and-rider-awareness.html
Education
  • SEAK Expert Witness Conference
    Expert Witness Training, 2013
    Also attended the conference on "How to Excel at Your Expert Deposition and the SEAK Expert Witness National Conference.
  • Equine Law Conference
    Equine Law, 2013
    The National Equine Law Conference
  • Horsemanship Safety Association
    Horse and Rider Safety
    Certified as a Master Clinician. Certified 100's of instructors and taught the Advanced Clinic programs.
  • Meredith Manor Equestrian College
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    International equestrian school. Course included horse and rider training, business and more
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