Game of Contact
Learn the natural approach to riding with contact:
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|“The Game of Contact has made it possible. The final connection in partnership with grace, harmony and power. It has changed the landscape of dressage forever.” -Emma Kline|
After five years of intensive dressage training and mentoring from world renowned dressage master, Walter Zettl, Linda Parelli has decoded the secret of teaching “contact”, the elastic connection between horse and rider via the bit. Discovering this method after years of trying to get her Dutch Warmblood, Remmer, to enjoy and understand contact, Linda has impressed Zettl with her ability to explain the unexplainable. As Mr. Zettl says: “I am recommending these DVDs to all my students and have sent them all over the world to my friends and dressage connections. Linda is teaching something most experts have not been able to describe and in this way is truly helping me in my work to keep dressage truly classic and beautiful.”
More recently, Mr. Christoph Hess, Director of Training for the German National Equestrian Federation said “I had a look at the DVDs and they just strengthened my impression of you, Linda, being a very exemplified calm and positive rider who sets a high value on the confidence and stretching of the horses. Your scale of training with the four different stages is quite similar to the classical scale of training that I am working with. Your approach of training and teaching horse and rider and the classical approach is not too different. I am convinced about this since I was able to see you training and also after watching your DVDs.”
As Linda says, “I call it the Game of Contact because it’s about the psychology of getting your horse to want to engage mentally, emotionally and physically… causing it to be their idea rather than something forced on them. It is absolutely in keeping with the Parelli philosophy of partnership with horses and now there is a clear pathway for carrying it through to the highest levels of performance and Finesse.”
The Game of Contact
This revolutionary approach teaches horses to be confident with the bit and riders to have more “feel”. It also solves perplexing riding issues such as:
Game of Contact courses are taught by Certified Parelli Instructors: Lyla Cansfield (United Kingdom), Marion Oesch (Switzerland), Jackie Chant (New Zealand) plus Amy Book-Bowers, Lyndsey Fitch and Christi Rains (United States).
Advanced Game of Contact
In order to help students continue to advance even further in their Game of Contact journey, Linda Parelli will be offering the Advanced Game of Contact worldwide in 2012. This course is designed for students who are working on Stage 3 and focuses on improvement and advancing to Stage 4, with topics including:
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|“Thank you Linda for inviting me to participate in your first Game Of Contact course here in Ocala. The results with my herd here at home have been staggering! Prefaced with a lifetime of owning, showing and breeding horses I had never completely understood how to unlock the most intimate communication “contact” while continuing a high level of trust and partnership, naturally. So, I avoided it! I have played with the Game of Contact with several of my horses at home since the course with interesting and wonderful results. They love it as much as I do! This has become the missing link I so needed to fully partner up my leadership with my horses. Again, thanks so much for helping us all find a more digestible avenue to travel and perhaps achieve these results, while still honoring the Principles of Parelli.“
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Study the Game of Contact at home with our new DVD and companion book! Also available on BluRay.
What People Are Saying
"My half-Arab, National Show horse, Annie, has always given me nice, soft contact. She is responsive on her laterals, and moves effortlessly from shoulder-in to haunches-in to half pass. BUT, we have never had power and engagement. She was always very light, and would tend to get behind the vertical at times. I've taken dressage lessons for several years with different instructors, and was getting frustrated. The instructor would let us know that we didn't have the power they were seeking, but I didn't know how to get it. From time to time, we would see glimpses of it, but I didn't really understand how to get power and engagement on my own.
In the two-day lesson with Linda on Game of Contact, I was very surprised to learn that my sensitive Arabian LIKES to take the contact. Whereas, she had been a little lazy and reluctant to go forward in the dressage ring, she confidently took the bit and marched across the arena in a big trot, tracking up nicely. After all my dressage lessons, I really didn't understand how to ride with Contact, or how it should feel. Linda explained it so clearly and simply, and we felt it with the simulations. By the time we got to the horses, we knew what to do. As usual, Annie was ready when I figured it out. The more I learn, the smarter my horse gets!
The best part is, I can still do it at home, months later. Annie and I are still developing our Game of Contact, and we are enjoying the process.”