Mary Wanless Ride With Your Mind Riding Clinic

  • 10/5/2018  −   10/7/2018
  • Open: 6/30/2018
  • Close: 9/1/2018
  • Waitlist Offered

Go here for clickable Participant Release Form: https://form.jotform.com/81308695184161
And here for Auditor Release Form: https://form.jotform.com/81308020824144

Mary’s “Ride With Your Mind” approach is a tremendous advance in teaching and learning. It shows any rider how to organize her mind and body in the same way as the riders we call ‘talented’. This enables each person to learn the same feels and to achieve the same results. The techniques used are very streamlined. By increasing the rider’s body awareness and using images which help her understand both what to do and how to do it, incredible improvements can be obtained in a very short time, defying traditional expectations.

Mary Wanless is an internationally renowned coach, and is the author of the 'Ride With Your Mind' books, which have been translated into many languages. She has also authored 8 DVDs. She coaches riders at all levels, from relative novices to two of the top twelve US dressage riders, and some of the Canadian eventing squad. She has B.Sc. degrees in both Physics and Applied Sports Coaching, and holds the BHSI certificate.

30 years ago, when Mary was frustrated with her limited progress as a pupil, she set out to discover how talented riders do what they do. Her guiding question was 'What is presupposed by a trainer when she makes a specific statement to a pupil?' So when a rider is told, for instance, to 'Get the horse on the bit?' , what is the trainer presupposing? That the rider already has these skills (but somehow forgot, or just didn't bother to impliment them?!) Or that she ought to be able to do it because it's easy?

Any co-ordination that is easy (and therefore a 'bite size chunk') for the trainer is not necessarily a 'bite size chunk' for the pupil. When the trainer says 'Do X' she is assuming that the pupil can do 'A,B,C,D,' etc. just as she can! But that may not be the case. The reality is that most trainers teach the pupil as if they were teaching themselves. The skill of coaching lies in the coach's/trainer's ability to cross that skill-gap, and show the pupil her own personallised next steps, that will move her on from her current starting point.

Mary's knowledge has evolved from the early years of this project, which were spent 'unpacking' the skills that are really needed to 'get the horse on the bit'. The intervening years have been the most phenomenal learning journey, spent developing her own riding skills, learning from some of the world's best riders, and honing her coaching skills by learning about learning. She has also invested many hours in writing books, doing lecture-demonstrations, and training other coaches.

Science has now proved what Mary instinctively knew all those years ago - that the world's best riders may have implicit knowledge or 'know-how', but they cannot put this knowledge into words. This is because physical skills and verbal descriptions come from different parts of the brain. The resulting dislocation between expertise and explanation makes it hard for skilled riders to 'clone' themselves - indeed, what they do and what they say they do can be poles apart. But Mary has discovered that their skills have an underlying structure, and knowing this explicitly enables her to communicate it to others. She clarifies the ‘how’ of riding, making its biomechanics explicit and learnable whilst avoiding the ‘oughts’ and ‘shoulds’ that stifle learning.

The result is a phenomenally effective way of helping riders develop both feel and influence. Talent really can be taught!

Organizer Notes

  • Anna Perrin
  • Anna@myDHF.com
  • 7156307576

*Limited Availability! Space reserved only when deposit payment is received*
**Horses are not available. Riders must provide their own horse to participate.**
***This is a expected to be a normal 3 day clinic with each participant riding a semi-private hour-long lesson all three days, which is Mary's preference.***

Payment made electronically (Venmo/paypal) highly preferred.

Refund Policy:
If you can’t ride for any reason, event organizer will attempt to fill your spot off the waiting list. If there is no waiting list, it is your job to find your own replacement. If no replacement rider is found, registration fees will not be refunded.

Day stalls are provided at no cost as long as they are left clean
Overnight stabling:
If on-site stabling is desired, submit payment with registration fees
a. After 3 pm prior afternoon arrival allowed at no additional charge. Arrival before 3 pm will incur an additional stabling day fee.
b. DHF staff will feed participant-provided pre-measured hay/grain meals at barn feeding times and night check. Make sure to review your horse's feeding instructions with a DHF staff member upon your arrival and write the details on your stall card.
c. Please help us keep DHF neat and tidy by cleaning your stall, cross ties, parking lots, driveways, and dry lots daily.

3 Day Clinic Instructor: Mary Wanless


  • Deposit to Hold Spot $250.00

Daily Audit


Semi-Private Lesson


Full Audit


  • Haul-in Fee$15.00
  • Full Stabling$75.00
  • RV Hookup$10.00


3 Day Clinic Levels
Training Level Dressage
1st Level Dressage
2nd Level Dressage
3rd Level Dressage
4th Level Dressage
FEI Dressage

Administrative Information

  • Ride Time: Ride times will be posted on Facebook and http://www.mydhf.com/schedule.html
  • Trailer Direction: From the North:
    Interstate 75 S to Exit 36 – “Franklin/OH 123”
    Turn left on OH 123 – go 4.3 miles
    Turn left on OH 122 East – go 3.6 miles (the road changes names to Old 122 at the light at State Route 48)
    Turn left on Weisenberger Road – go 0.5 miles to mailbox #4080 on the right side
    From the South, using I71:
    Interstate 71 N to Exit #28 – “Lebanon/South Lebanon”
    Turn right onto State Route 48 – go 5.9 miles (the road changes names to 42 Bypass at 3.8 miles and again when it becomes Miller Rd at 5.5 miles)
    Turn right on Drake Road – go 2.2 miles
    Turn left on Old 122 – go 0.4 miles
    Turn right on Weisenberger Road – go 0.5 miles to mailbox #4080 on the right side
    From the South, using I75:
    Interstate 75 N to Exit #32 – “Middletown”
    Turn right on OH 122 East – go 7.3 miles (the road changes names to Old 122 at the light at State Route 48)
    Turn left on Weisenberger Road – go 0.5 miles to mailbox #4080 on the right side
    From the East:
    Interstate 71 S to Ext #45 – “Waynesville”
    Turn right on OH 73 West – go 8.7 miles
    Turn left on US 42 S – go 3.4 miles
    Turn right on Old 122 (at flashing light) – go 3.0 miles
    Turn right on Weisenberger Road – go 0.5 miles to mailbox #4080 on the right side
  • Change Policy: Changes are permitted before registration closes.
  • Refund Policy: No refunds.
  • Registration Method(s) Pay in full via Event Clinics Pay Deposit via Event Clinics and the remainder by check