Our horses are becoming star teachers just as they were once star performers!

HORSE TRAINING CLINICS

Our retired horses have travelled to all corners of the planet, been cheered by hundreds of thousands of people, and participated in press conferences and events of all kinds. They are true stars! Today, they continue to live a rich life, thanks in large part to our educational program. Having become teaching stars, they interact with the participants in the horse training clinics which are offered at the Cavalia retirement farm in the heart of beautiful Sutton, 1 ½ hours from Montreal, Quebec.

Enjoy a unique learning experience with these marvelous partners! Be the privileged observer of the lives of our horses after their show career.

OUR RETIRED HORSES, TRAINING STARS

We have more than fifty retired horses of all disciplines including liberty, dressage, jumping and trick riding and breeds such as Andalusians, Lusitanos, Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, Arabians and even Comtois and Ardennais.

TRAINING
PROGRAM
2016

Clinic Schedule

May 13 to 16 – Alexandra Kurland – This clinic is already sold-out!

June 10 to 13 – Alexandra Kurland – This clinic is already sold-out!

July 8 to 11 – Dr Susan Friedman and Alexandra Kurland – This clinic is already sold-out!

September 16 to 19 – Alexandra Kurland – This clinic is already sold-out!

October 14 to 17 – Alexandra Kurland – This clinic is already sold-out!

Discover the treasure that decades of research in applied animal behavior have made accessible to all.

You will learn with our retired horses how to modify behavior effectively and develop a horse that is polite, cooperative and enthusiastic about his work while respecting ethical values.

The horse training clinics offer an introduction to the fundamentals of applied behavioral analysis. The depth of information covered will depend on the questions and interests of the participants. You will have the chance to work with one or more of our retired horses, under the supervision of our training team.

The clinics will increase your understanding of how your horse learns and will provide you with effective tools to obtain the behaviors that you are looking for. You will share the day to day lives of our retired horses over the long weekend, since all of the activities will be at the farm.

The theoretical portion of the training will take place in our classroom where our trainers will teach you, via power point presentations and question and answer sessions, the basics of operant conditioning and how to train and modify behaviors using positive reinforcement as the principal source of motivation. Theoretical sessions will be interspersed with practical workshops in the large indoor arena where you can watch demonstrations and apply the principles you are learning.

Who can participate: The clinics are open to all – riders, non-riders, amateurs, professional – anyone who is motivated by the desire to learn how to train with ethical and scientific principles. In order to maximise your learning and to assure you of more individual coaching, the course is limited to 15 participants.

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LECTURERS, COACHES AND TRAINERS

Alexandra Kurland is the Cavalia Sutton Horse Training Clinician

Clinician: Alexandra Kurland

Ms. Kurland earned her degree from Cornell University where she specialized in animal behavior. She has been teaching and training horses since the mid-1980’s. A pioneer in the development of humane training methods, Ms. Kurland began clicker training in the early 1990’s. She very quickly recognized the power of clicker training for improving performance, for enhancing the relationship people have with their horses, and for just plain putting fun back into training. Today through her books, videos, clinics, and many articles, she has become a leading voice in the development of clicker training in the horse community.

Clinician for the July Clinic: Dr. Susan Friedman

Dr. Susan Friedman is a psychology professor at Utah State University who has pioneered the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to captive and companion animals. ABA, with its roots in human learning, offers a scientifically sound teaching technology and ethical standard that can improve the lives of all learners. Susan has presented seminars for a wide variety of professional organizations around the world such as the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Moorpark College Exotic Animal Training and Management program, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She has been nominated for the Media Award given by the International Association of Behavior Analysis for her efforts to disseminate to pet owners, veterinarians, animal trainers and zookeepers the essential tools they need to empower and enrich the lives of the animals in their care.
Dr Susan Friedman is the Cavalia Sutton co-clinician for the July 2016 Horse Training Clinic

RATES

975$ CDN per person*

*1495$ CDN per person for the July clinic.

150$ CDN per person for meals.

CLINIC SCHEDULE

Welcome by Dominique Day, Co-founder of Cavalia, followed by meeting the other participants and sharing your backgrounds and what you would like to get out of the horse training clinic over a welcome supper at the farm.

Power point presentation in the classroom. Demonstration in the indoor arena. Learning handling skills and putting into practice the principles of operant conditioning.

Lunch and dinner are served at the farm and will be the occasion of a rich and varied exchange between the participants and the teaching team.

Power point presentation in the classroom. Demonstration in the indoor arena. Learning handling skills and putting into practice the principles of operant conditioning.

Lunch and dinner are served at the farm and will be the occasion of a rich and varied exchange between the participants and the teaching team.

Power point presentation in the classroom. Demonstration in the indoor arena. Learning handling skills and putting into practice the principles of operant conditioning.

Lunch is served at the farm and will be the occasion of a rich and varied exchange between the participants and the teaching team.

LODGING & TRANSPORTATION

Participants who need transportation between the airport and the farm may either rent a car or make arrangement for a shuttle. https://aeronavette.ca. The shuttle will drive you to the Tim Hortons at exit 68 off highway 10 in Granby. This is located 40 km away from the farm. We offer pick-up service for 50 $ one way. Please contact Gabrieal Rotariu-Bergeron to inform her of your shuttle reservation details.

Do you have any questions?

We invite you to contact us anytime. A member of the Cavalia team will get back to you shortly.
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