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As we look forward to next years Phoenix clinics, I will be handing off the hosting responsibilities to a new person for 2024. As of now, the details are not confirmed.
I remain forever grateful for learning so many positive horse/life changing lessons and meeting such amazing horse people.
In 1998, while Jim was grooming horses on the U.S. hunter-jumper show circuit, he noticed while watching physical therapists work on horses that the horse exhibited certain subtle changes in behavior that correlated to what the therapists were doing. He learned that if you trust and follow what the horse is telling you as you work on it, the horse’s body will participate in the process of releasing tension. The result is not only an improvement in performance, but also in the trust that develops between the horse and human. From 2004 to 2013 Jim worked on top equine competitors on the US hunter-jumper circuit in events such as the USEF and Maclay Medal series, and FEI Grand Prix, Nations Cup, Pan American and World Cup jumping events, and with members of the USEF Singles Driving Team.
In 2006, Jim was invited to accompany the U.S. Endurance Team to the FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Team member Jennifer Niehaus said afterward, “Of all the things that were done for my horse Cheyenne, the bodywork Jim did was the most beneficial. He has truly never moved as nicely as he did in Germany.” In 2008 Jim was again asked to accompany the Team to the FEI World Endurance Championships in Malaysia. Team member Meg Sleeper, DVM; “It is impossible to overestimate Jim’s ability to keep performance horses working at their peak level. Simply put, he is like having a secret weapon.”He continued to accompany the team to the 2010 WEG in Lexington, the 2012 World Championships in England, and the 2014 WEG in Normandy, France.Since 2006, over 4,000 horse owners have attended Masterson Method Weekend Seminar-Workshops, and he has trained over 330 Masterson Method Certified Practitioners in 20 countries. His book and DVD, Beyond Horse Massage, has sold over 50,000 copies and been translated into six languages. It is the No. 1 seller in the equine veterinary category on Amazon.Jim and his team of instructors continue to travel the world teaching horse owners, trainers and therapists The Masterson Method. His goal is to have every horse on the planet have experienced the Bladder Meridian Technique at least once.
Mark Rashid is one of the leading Horsemen in the world today. Since the age of 10, Mark has committed himself to finding quiet but effective ways of working with horses. His approach is always based on looking at the situation from the horse's point of view. Mark works with any breed and any discipline, focusing on communication, harmony, and timing, in practical meaningful ways we can use every day. Mark is not only a quiet, humble and respectful person and horseman, Mark is also an outstanding and patient teacher. He chooses to work with one horse and rider at a time in clinics, as he feels this is the best way to learn. For this reason, clinics are limited to just six horse and rider combinations, though spectators greatly benefit from his very interactive approach that involves everyone in discussions and activities. Mark has recently founded the branch of martial art called Aibado (Japanese for "The Art of Blending with Horses), after many years of study of the martial art of Aikido (The Way of Harmony).
In America and Europe Mark has trained horses of many different breeds, and riders from many different equestrian fields. He has helped Grand Prix dressage riders, eventers, jumpers and endurance riders as well as professional reiners, cutting horses, and cowboys. Draft and harness horses are welcome as are stallions, abused horses, or any horse or mule with any behavioral issues. Mark has written fourteen books, written and produced the movie "Out of the Wild," and has demonstrated at many major events. His clinics are sell-outs worldwide.