May 5 - 6, 2018 / Can Riu, Pineda Del Mar, SPAIN

L E S L I E    D E S M O N D 


 Demo and Private Coaching in the Ways 





Saturday  &  Sunday     May 5 - 6, 2018


9:00 AM - 18:15 PM


Contact Mario Calcagno for further details and directions, if needed. 

Pineda de Mar, SPAIN
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Tel: +34 663 07 84 78

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The day-long event will be held RAIN  or SHINE!!

The farm/home of Mario Calcagno at Can Riu (Pineda de Mar).

The farm is 4 KM off the main road.


There will be signs to help you stay on course

after you leave the main road!



Question and Answer Session for Spectators


Between Coaching Sessions.



9:00 – 10:30  Session 1

10:30 Coffee Break

 11:00 – 12:30   Session 2

13:00 – 15:00  LUNCH

 15:00 – 16:30   Session 3

Coffee Break

 16:45 - 18:15   Session 4



Bring a lunch or plan on going to one of several

nearby restaurants / cafes

for the break and lunch time (13:30 – 15:00).






Who benefits? 


Riders and trainers who have the buring desire to learn



more about their horse, and how to


apply the feel and release approach that Bill Dorrance (1906-1999)


recommends in the book that he and Leslie wrote, called


"True Horsemanship Through Feel". 


(The book is now out of print, but some cases (16 paperbacks /case)


and individual copies  of deluxe edition books signed by Bill Dorrance,


Buck Brannaman and Leslie Desmond are still available.)



Spectators at this event will also learn a LOT from watching the riders and trainers who


bring their Western and English horses to this course.



Participants will learn how to prepare a horse  -- of any breed or age, indended for any


purpose --  for the balanced maneuvers and excellent manners it should have at liberty, on


the lead & lunge line, and also under saddle. 



Other topics of interest will include:


Teaching the horse to stand still,


to be tied,


to offer the hooves politely,


to accept the bridle and saddle,


to change posture at the standstill and while moving,


to make snooth up and downward transitions in a straight line,


to make smooth upward and downward transitions on a circle,


to back up straight,


to back up to the left,


to back up to the right,


to turn left with the hips and forehand,


to turn right with the hips and forehand,


and to understand how to use the widely misunderstood art of true collection to




By the way, really, what is collection?  Once could wonder.


And, why is so much importance assigned to this controversial posture and exercise?


One wonders about this, too.  


Leslie will demonstrate and explain clearly, in detail, how to make best use of true


collection that is understood by the horse.


She will show you how to recognize the posture that identifies it, and how to make


best use of its various parts, aspects and potential for ultimate benefit and clarity to


the horse about the timing, placement and speed of his feet --  on the ground, and


under saddle.


No special equipment is required for this course.   






Do you have a real problem with your horse?


Does your horse have difficulty understanding you?


Is the horse you are considering for purchase is the right one for you? 


Consider inviting Leslie out to evaluate your horse before you list


your horse for sale, or consider a new horse for purchase 


Riders and spectators will learn where to position themselves for best results: Meaning, where to stand and how to behave in a way that horses clearly understand.


Although Leslie's demonstrations and explanations are very precise; at this course

you will learn how to get the results that she does. During the weekend,

students will be taught how to educate and manage a horse using feel & release to

inspire the desired responses. Whether you come to watch or bring a horse to the

demonstration or private coaching -- you will be exposed to new ideas and

techniques that will lead you to some new and successful interactions with your

horse when you get home!



Your receipt is your ticket. Please bring it with you!


Horse Lovers 16 and UNDER are welcome at no charge!



SATURDAY ticket for spectators 16 and over is 25 EUROS. 



 SUNDAY ticket for spectators 16 and over is 25 EUROS



2-day ticket for SATURDAY & SUNDAY, for spectators 16 years and older, 40 EUROS



COME WITH A HORSE - single session:   135 EUROS. 



COME WITH A HORSE - double session:   225 EUROS




NOTE:  This is a rain or shine event, so please come prepared for any weather!  


Bring lunch, bring a chair, an umbrella and something to drink!  


Please leave your dogs at home!


Once again, I look forward to see extraordinary Marwari mares, foals and stallions of

Mario Calcagno and Can Riu!

In one day -- whether you bring a horse or come to watch -- you will learn something


that you can start doing successfully at home with your own horse!


If need be, please feel welcome to contact Leslie directly:

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Subscribe to Leslie's You Tube Channel and discover more about the philosophy and techniques

used in the feel and release approach to handling and riding horses, as taught to Leslie by Bill Dorrance to from 1995-1999. 

The Channel includes the "Leslie Live on Facebook"  Sessions # 1 - 13.



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