Drummond to head to Florida for workshop

Bettina Drummond, of Washington, will in February join Colonel Patrick Teisserenc, current écuyer-en-chef of the French National Riding School in Saumur, France, for a two-day workshop in Florida.

The workshop will highlight the French system of dressage and its application to both sport horse and artistic riding.

The event will be held Feb. 4 to 5 at White Fences Equestrian Estate in Loxahatchee, Fla.

Drummond, highly regarded in both the U.S. and Europe as a trainer and teacher of the French classical system, was formed as a student of the late Portuguese Master Nuno Oliveira.

She was recognized as a master trainer at the age of 21.

Her formation included coaching by some of Europe’s finest trainers, including the late General Durand, a former écuyer-en-chef and commandant of the French National Equestrian School.

Col. Teisserenc is a graduate of France’s prestigious military academy St. Cyr and first joined France’s Cadre Noir in 1988.

He has competed in dressage up to the grand prix level and now heads the country’s famous French National Riding School.

On the Saturday of the two-day workshop, Teisserenc will present his approach to teaching riders with sport horses — in both dressage and show jumping — from his unique background of linking sport horse training with haute école.

This will include demonstrating his approach to developing confidence in the young performance horse and tact in the sport horse rider.

Those attending the workshop will have an opportunity to engage with Col. Teisserenc during Sunday’s question-and-answer session.

Drummond will join Col. Teisserenc on the second day as they co-instruct riders on approaches to mastering transition skills to develop balance in the green horse and ease the horse’s performance anxieties.

During the Sunday afternoon session, Drummond will work with riders on the use of the La Guérinière square for establishing the seat influence of the rider and for framing and flexing with a view of provoking and nurturing collection in the double bridle.

The workshop is being hosted by the Association for the Promotion of the Art of Horsemanship in America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities that advance horsemanship as an art form in America.

In addition to the February workshop, APAHA is sponsoring an October 2017 workshop in Connecticut.

The workshops, along with other APAHA-sponsored programs, provide opportunities for professional riding teachers and trainers to learn on trained horses.

The February workshop is drawing much attention throughout Florida and this past week was featured in The Palm Beach Post.

For more information and tickets, visit www.apaha.us.