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The Origins of Excellence. Presented by Alexandra Kurland

  • Monday, April 22, 2019
  • 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021
  • 8:00 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

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Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!

None of us attend conferences, listen to webinars, read training articles, participate in forum discussions to become mediocre trainers.  We do all of this because we care deeply about the animals we work with and we are fascinated by training and the science behind it.  

So where does excellence come from?  Are there truly "horse whisperers" who were born with the gift, or is excellence something that can be developed?  That’s what this programme explores.  

We’ll also be looking at techniques that improve both your visual and your kinesthetic observational skills.  

Main Topics covered:

* What does excellence look like?
* Why does it matter?
* How do we achieve excellence?

Learning Objectives

  • Learning to see detail
  • Where does talent come from 
  • Carol Dweck - Fixed versus growth mindsets
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Awareness Through Movement - The Feldenkrais Method
  • Twelve key skills that will help unlock your observation skills

About The Presenter

Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialised in animal behaviour. She began teaching horse training in the early 1980's. Her area of particular interest is the development of a horse's balance: physical and emotional. Helping horses stay sound and happy throughout a long lifetime is the goal. The result are beautiful horses that feel like heaven to ride.

In 1998 Alexandra launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her  book, "Clicker Training for Your Horse".

Alexandra's work helps you apply clicker training to any equine need or sport - including developing a gentle and companionable riding horse, halter training foals, training advanced performance horses, and retraining difficult to manage horses. Her own riding interests align most closely with classical dressage.

Alexandra travels widely, giving clicker training seminars and presenting at conferences in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. 

In addition to "Clicker Training for your Horse", she has written "The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures" and "The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker". She has also produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series, and The Clicker Center On-line Training Course.  She maintains a very active blog, theclickercenterblog.com.  She has published a book: "JOYFULL Horses" in her blog and most recently "The Goat Diaries".  Her current project is Equiosity, a weekly podcast which she produces with Dominique Day, one of the co-founders of Cavalia.

Her web sites are:
theclickercentercourse.com and


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