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About Centered Riding

Centered Riding’s Vision Statement

Sally Swift's Centered Riding, benefitting people and horses worldwide since 1993.

Centered Riding's Mission Statement

The mission of Centered Riding Inc. is to carry on the philosophy, ideals and work of its founder, Sally Swift, to share Centered Riding with riders of all levels and disciplines, and to educate instructors in the use of Centered Riding. The CR Instructor Levels have been designed to set standards of knowledge and experience in horsemanship, bodywork and Centered Riding necessary to integrate Centered Riding into the teaching of horsemanship at various levels.

About Centered Riding

Centered Riding founder, Sally Swift, developed the principals of Centered Riding (Breathing, Soft Eyes, Centering, Building Blocks, and Grounding), using functional anatomy, imagery, horse and rider biomechanics, and elements from the martial arts as tools to improve the balance and effectiveness of the rider. Some would say she was ahead of her time.


Sally Swift's books, Centered Riding and Centered Riding II: Further Explorations, have been international bestsellers in many languages; they are available on this website.

Today, Centered Riding lessons, clinics, and Instructor Certification Courses are taught worldwide by Certified Centered Riding Instructors and Clinicians, who can help you along the journey that Sally Swift started over 30 years ago. All disciplines, seats and styles of horsemanship, levels of experience, and riding interests are welcome.

"The ultimate goal of Centered Riding is not to be a discipline unto itself. It must go forward in its purest and least complicated form so that it may be integrated into all disciplines of riding." Sally Swift

Centered Riding Lessons and Clinics are taught by Certified Centered Riding Instructors and Clinicians with the following goals:

  • Application of classical principles of riding and training through the use of body awareness, centering and imagery.
  • Encompassing all horsemanship disciplines, interests, seats and styles of riding and levels.
  • Communicating more clearly between horse, rider and instructor.
  • Improving confidence, comfort, good use of the body and quality of movement in both horse and rider.
  • Helping riders achieve their personal best, in harmony with their horses.

Only currently certified Centered Riding Instructors may advertise that they teach Centered Riding. All instructors and clinicians currently certified to teach Centered Riding and give Centered Riding clinics are listed on this website. If you have a question as to whether an instructor or clinic is authorized by Centered Riding, please contact our office.