What Are the Benefits of Centered Riding®?
Centered Riding® is an innovative way
of learning and teaching classical principles of riding, using body awareness,
centering, and imagery. Centered Riding is not a separate seat or discipline,
but encompasses all seats and styles of riding. It teaches a language that allows clearer
communication between horse, rider, and instructor. Centered Riding was
developed by Sally Swift, author of the best-selling book and videotapes, and
is now taught by Centered Riding Instructors around the world.
Centered Riding is based on a knowledge
of human and horse anatomy, balance, movement, and on understanding how the
mind affects the body and how both affect the horse. It uses centering and
grounding techniques from the oriental martial arts, along with body awareness,
mental imagery and sports psychology. Through increasing body awareness,
inhibiting old patterns, and replacing them with a more balanced, free, and
coordinated use of self, both horse and rider can move more freely and
comfortably, and develop their best performance.
Can Centered Riding do for you?
Centered Riding teaches you how to help
your body do what you need to do in order to ride well. Centered Riding
techniques help promote suppleness, stability, and clearer aids, making riding
more comfortable for both horse and rider. As you learn and experience the
principles through your horse's motion and responses, you and your horse tune
in to each other and work together in harmony. These techniques can increase
confidence and enjoyment and release tension in horses and riders, making
training easier. They also help people cope with old injuries or chronic
conditions that cause pain during or after riding.
Centered Riding is used successfully by
riders and instructors of all ages, interests, and levels, from pleasure riders
to international competitors, and in therapeutic riding. It can be applied to
any type of horse or horsemanship. Most of all, it makes riding more enjoyable
for horses and riders.
Centered Riding publishes a quarterly
Newsletter for CR Members with articles about Sally Swift, Centered Riding, teaching , riding and other equestrian topics,
and news about CR Instructors and Rider Members. Current events and happenings
in the Centered Riding are reported here, as well as news and announcements
from the CR Board of Trustees. CR Business members receive a 15% discount on all
CR advertising. CR Rider members may participate in the Rider Recognition
program, earning badges and certificates in recognition of their riding and
learning in Centered Riding. They are also eligible for discounts for the CR
International Symposium and from many CR Instructors.
The Centered Riding e-Bulletin, with
shorter articles about Centered Riding, is available electronically and free to anyone.
Membership in Centered Riding supports
the work of Sally Swift and helps to realize her dream of making Centered
Riding techniques available to all riders around the world.
Can Become a Member of Centered Riding?
You can! There are four categories of Centered Riding
Membership: Supporting, Rider, Business and Instructor.