March 2, 2014 / Fundraiser for Medicine Horse Program in Boulder, CO


Medicine Horse Program of Boulder, CO

to Host

International Horsemanship Coach and Horse Trainer


for a Spring Fundraiser


VISIT LESLIE  at the Medicine Horse Program, in BOULDER, CO, and LEARN HOW to use Feel & Release for handling horses on the ground, and experiencing beautiful and efficient maneuvers under saddle! 

Leslie will be working with four horses throughout the day. The audit fee and cost to bring a horse for the demonstration are listed below.  Leslie will donate 50% of all proceeds from the event to Medicine Horse Program!


Please pre-register to attend, and bring your friends!

For Clinic Flyer (printable PDF) see attachment at bottom of this page.

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VENUE: The Medicine Horse Program

8778 Arapahoe Rd.

Boulder, CO 80303



Co-Sponsors: Kathy K. Johnson and Michele Beehner

DEMO CONTACT: Michele Beehner

Tel: 720-201-0969

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Alternate Contact: Kathy K. Johnson, Executive Director

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Bill Dorrance's legacy of horse handling and riding through Feel & Release continues -- and, now, you can be a part of it and help raise funds for a worthy local organization!!

Leslie has offered to raise money for the Medicine Horse Program and will donate 50% of the proceeds from the event to benefit the horses and students. She co-authored and published Bill Dorrance's classic training manual, "True Horsemanship Through Feel',  in 1999.

If you are a horse trainer and have reached an impasse with a client's horse, this is a good opportunity to break the cycle. Come and have a look at some of the things Leslie Desmond learned during her four-year apprenticeship with master horseman Bill Dorrance (1906-1999) from Salinas, CA.  Questions will be answered throughout the demonstrations.

Trainers in many countries, representing many disciplines have taken Leslie's help and successfully re-launched their careers into an exciting new direction and not only reached, but exceeded many of their goals using feel & release. 

Leslie will show these techniques and explain the philosophy of feel & release with four horses in the demonstration format for 90-minutes. During the session, as needed, she will coach the trainer/owner one-on-one in the techniques. 

At this demonstration you will learn what she values in a foundation  that can take a horse into most any line of work, sport, or competitive discipline. She looks forward to sharing the philosophy, techniques and explaining the angles/positions necessary to lighten up your hands, position your upper body and legs while you ride. You will learn what Bill Dorrance showed Leslie about refining the presentation to the horse using feel & release on the ground and. from the saddle, too, if rideable horses are register for the event. All breeds and riding styles are welcome. Please contact Michele or Kathy at email/phone above if you have questions about the suitability of your horse to participate in this demonstration.



Leslie will help you understand how to know where the feet are, without looking, and how to place and replace them, and be able to adjust your horse's head, neck, shoulders, rips, loin and hips  . . .  all this with lighter hands as you refine your new skills on the ground and in under saddle, too.

In former times, Leslie would set a horse up to fail without realizing it, so she could correct it in the ways she was shown.  Over the years, she learned that it was possible to set a horse up to succeed right off, so that few if any corrections are needed; in this way, the refinement in advanced maneuvers she was always hoping to discover and enjoy with her horses, came into focus sooner and have remained there.

For some people this is a revolutionary concept. For others, it is an idea that was suspected to have validity all along, but the best route to accomplish that illusive task was not known or , for some reason, not easily managed.

Leslie will explain these details and demonstrate the approach thoroughly at the Medicine Horse Program demonstration on Sunday, March 2, 2014.  Dress warmly, see you there!

See map above for directions!



REGISTRATION OPENS at 8:00 AM, Sunday, March 2, 2014 

The DEMO starts promptly at 9:00 AM.

Please remember to bring your PayPal receipt with you! This is your proof of pre-payment!



Sunday, March 2, 2014

9:00 -10:30   1st Demo Horse

Short Break

11:00 - 12:30 2nd Demo Horse

12:30 - 2:00 PM LUNCH

2:00 - 3:30  3rd Demo Horse

3:30 - 5:00  4th Demo Horse

5:00 - 6:00   Question and Answer Session



 For insurance reasons, all auditors are required to sign waivers of liability. The registration forms for auditors and demo horse owners are HERE!

Please complete them ahead of time to help us get the day off to a prompt start! Your help with this annoying little detail is much appreciated!


ADULT Auditor / ALL-DAY SUNDAY, March 2, 2014   $45.00


SPECIAL RATE for 12 - 21 years old: $20.00  


YOUTH AUDITOR - ALL-DAY SUNDAY, March 2, 2014 $20.00



(Horse lovers 12 years of age and under are welcome at no charge!)



Leslie has been asked to hold demonstrations at other unwanted-horse venues and private facilities in Colorado. If you and/or your horse could benefit from her assistance to get past a trouble spot, or would like to advance and include more feel & release in the work you are already enjoying, your name will be added to the "First Called" list for the next event. Thank you!

Please contact Leslie via email and include your complete contact details (phones, post address, website if you have one, etc.) here:

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      Since 1992 I have recommended the use of helmets and safety stirrups to my students. Outfitting all saddles with safety stirrups on all saddles is a requirement this year, and helmets must be worn. There are many varieties and brands to choose from online. English versions are stocked at most tack shops, or available through them.

My preference for western saddles is a stirrup manufactured by the McCoy family's STI from Laurel, Montana. Their website can be found here, or researched later on for the custom size and style you need at www.breakawaystirrups.com.

        Not an online shopper? No worries! Contact them directly by calling 888-308-0848 and request a brochure!  When you get in a bind, you and the people who care about you will be thrilled that you did!


Thank you for pre-registering. I look forward to seeing you in Boulder, CO!

Leslie Desmond





8778 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, ... BoulderColorado 80303

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