May 15 - 17, 2020 / Toppenstedt, Germany


This is the place to register to Audit / Watch the event



if you want to learn more about handling and riding horses using the approach that Bill Dorrance wrote about in his classic training manual, "True Horsemanship Through Feel".

Leslie Desmond, co-author of the book, and producer of the 10-CD audio book, "Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel" will coach each horse and rider team in the horse handling and riding skills which are listed below.


Herzliche Einladung an alle Leslie Desmond-Freunde!
Vom 18. Bis zum 21. September gibt es die einzigartige Gelegenheit, Einzelcoaching bei Leslie zu bekommen. Sie besucht uns am 19. Und 22. September in Jülich, im Ausbildungszentrum Marie Massmann . Dort finden 90minütige Sessions für die Schüler von Marie Massmann statt. Natürlich sind auch Reiter von Außerhalb und Zuschauer herzlich willkommen.
Der Veranstaltungsort ist:
Für Zuschauer kostet die Teilnahme 50€ pro Tag im Vorverkauf und 60€ pro Tag vor Ort. Eine 90minütige Praxiseinheit , in der Sie Leslies ungeteilte Aufmerksamkeit bekommen, kostet 175€, zuzüglich 25€ für die Anlagennutzung und evtl. Unterbringungskosten für das Pferd.
Wir freuen uns auf spannende und informative Tage und den gegenseitigen Austausch mit allen Teilnehmern.
Marie Massmann




Welcome to this superb and rare opportunity to continue your study of feel & release with Leslie's supervision. She will guide your development of the in the use of techniques she uses  to obtain soft, willing responses from your horse. Leslie will assist you in the development of horse-handling skills on the ground and from the saddle, mounted equitation. She will evaluate and assist you, as needed in your decision-making in the moment process. 

NOTE: Participation with a sound horse is a requirement of this event. 

What will be covered? The riders can choose -- Mounted work, ground work, or a bit of both. Leslie will help you learn to read what your horse is really saying to you, using its own language. There are exquisitely gentle, unique moments that most people miss. Leslie doesn't, and she will share with you the ways she has learned to be more observant and, over the years, increase the accuracy of her "read" on a particular horse's mental and physical state. 

What exercises will you work on? You can think over and choose from the following basic maneuvers, or suggest another  preference. 

1.) Leading up Freely

2.) Collection. How does someone get their horse to effortlessly Raise and lower the head and neck and achieve lateral and longitudinal flexion at the poll? She will explain and demonstrate this so you can improve your understanding of feel and release as it pertains to genuine colleciton.

3.) Elevation of and access to the shoulders, bi-lateral access to the ribs , loin, croup and longitudinal access to Hindquarters from the saddle and the ground....these pieces are often missing from the rider's tool box, and are essential to include in a thorough and well-balanced exercise and conditioning program.

4.) Exercises to achieve balance and improve straightness in the various gaits, with & without reins / Foundation pieces REAL collection made clear. (Is your horse soft and willing in the bridle, responsive the the movement of the reins on his neck, and flexible throughout his whole body at the walk, trot and canter?)

5.) raise and lower horse's head, with & without reins

6.) Upward and downward transitions on the lunger and under saddle

7.) Establishing / perfecting turns and transitions in your foundation: serpentines and Figure 8s  

8.) leads and lead changes

9.) handling the hooves from both sides of the horse / ask for the feet, and receive each one!

10.) trailer loading -- lead the horse in / send your horse in. Depending on the horse and the situation, either way could be the best choice.



There will be a 2 hour demonstration on Friday, May 15th from 4 - 7 PM.

Four 90-minute private classes are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17, as follows.

 In these private sessions, which are all open to the public for auditing, Leslie will focus on the needs and progress of  Strong-Beginners as well as Intermediate / please note: Advanced riders and trainers are welcome for private classes, it does not matter if you have goals to show or take your clients horses to shows. Interest in learning feel and release and a simple love of horses is all you need to qualify for this rare chance to work privately with Leslie in Germany.   

  After confirming your rider position with Marie, please read and complete your questionnaire with great care. Leslie  gives a lot of thought to your comments, and from these she is able to help you in the best possible way by designing the lesson package that is custom-built for YOU.

She will offer direction and support of your goals in the broader context of the planned course work, and taking into account individual histories, current situations (Known limits and strengths of horse and rider, etc.).


Scan and email questionnaire to Leslie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



Please reserve your lessons space by February 29th.  The rider eposit of 250  paid through PayPal below is the best way to accomplish this. The balance of 250  is due on May 14. Riders must have all the forms and payments complete before the class.


Saturday, May 1, 2020   and    Sunday, May 17, 2020

8:30 - 9:45    1st Rider

9:45 - 10:00  Break


10:00 - 11:30  2nd Rider




LUNCH  12 - 1:30

1:30 - 3:00  3rd Rider 


3:00 - 4:30  4th Rider


5:30 - 5 Question / Answer and Coffee Break



NOTE: 250€ DEPOSITS for RIDERS are 100 % refundable if clinic is cancelled

Private Lesson DEPOSIT - Monday, September 22, 2014

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Final Payment - Monday, September 22, 2013


Final Payment - Tuesday, September 23, 2014



Private Lesson Full Payment - Monday, September 22, 2013 / $175.00


Private Lesson Full Payment - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 /   $175.00



NO HORSE?  Come and learn anyway!  Young adults under 17 welcome at no charge!

Spectators, please register early! The price is 60€ on the door!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 / 50€ pre-paid


Sunday, September 22, 2014 / 50€ pre-paid


100€ on the door for Monday & Tuesday!

Monday and Tuesday, September 22-23, 2014 / 85€ pre-paid




Young Adult Spectators Ages 17- 21


Monday, September 22, 2014 /40€ pre-paid


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / 40€ pre-paid


Thursday and Sunday, September 19 & 22, 2013 / 60€ pre-paid



House rules!  As before, please keep dogs at home.  Photographers must speak with Leslie before taking any pictures. No phones cameras, please.  Remember to bring PLENTY of water, a chair and sunscreen. Bring your own lunch, of course, if you prefer. 

Reminders that riders are required to audit the entire clinic....audit fees for riders are included in private lesson payment for that day. Helmets are required on all heads! and All English saddles MUST be equipped with safety stirrups.

This year, 16 and under and under welcome at no charge.  Auditors 17 - 21 will be charged a daily fee of 40€. Double-day rate is offered to youth at 30% off on a two-days prepaid auditirs pass for 60€.

Leslie will take questions from students only during the classes! Please respect the needs of riders' who are counting on Leslie's undivided attention this year! She is happy to answer audience questions at the breaks, and before and after the classes.

I look forward to seeing you at Julich!

Leslie Desmond




Marie and Karl-Heinz Massmann



52428 Jülich