Equestrian Professional Sarah Geike, who was instrumental in the construction of the guidelines  "Rider Biomechanics: Technical Development for Dressage" for the faculty of the USDF instructor training program. 

The diverse training backgrounds, experience, instructional methods and needs of the equestrian professional has prompted the development of a One on One Rider Biomechanics Program for trainers and judges.  This adaptation of the Rider Biomechanics Clinic encompasses a concentrated one on one program that includes:

1. Review and discussion of lecture materials in a powerpoint presentation covering (a)  the science of classical ballet training used to develop fundamental movement mechanics in Eastern Bloc development programs for sports such as gymnastics and figure skating, (b) postural mechanics: upper and lower extremity covering alignment and muscle control, (c)  common mechanisms of injury of the spine and extremities, (d)  sports specific applications in riding.
2. Private analysis, correction and retraining sessions for the rider.  This includes spine and extremity analysis using the mechanical ideal in classical training as our comparative reference point. The next step is  focused on increasing flexibility and joint range of motion to optimize alignment as we would with an elite dancer preparing for international competition. Then this work is applied to riding specific mechanics on a static barrel that include the seat, posting, halt/half halt, turn mechanics, spiral seat and lateral movements.
3. Optional: Application of the static barrel exercises, on horse.
As articulated in the paper "Why Eastern Bloc Countries Dominated the Gymnastics Field in Sydney," Coaches Information Service: International Society of Biomechanics in Sports:
"Postural alignment as illustrated in correct classical ballet training is the reference point for the most stable, balanced, integrated relationship of the spine and extremities that exists. If a movement is executed at any developmental level with incorrect alignment, the associated spine and extremities will strengthen incorrectly, leading to joint instability and lack of precision control of the human frame in space."
.For questions or additional information, contact: 

Stephen M. Apatow
Founder, Director of Research & Development
Sports Medicine & Science Institute
BalletEquestria: Rider & Equine Development Programs
Humanitarian University Consortium Graduate Studies Center
for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law
Phone: 203-668-0282
Email: s.m.apatow@balletequestria.org
Internet: www.balletequestria.org 

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