Saturday and Sunday
October 23-24, 2021
Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV)
Educational Workshop at the Virginia Horse Center
In line with its mission statement of fostering equine-assisted activities by offering education and networking opportunities to operating centers and to raise public awareness of the benefits of these activities to individuals with disabilities, TRAV annually offers education workshops for its members.
After having been forced to host a completely virtual educational workshop in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the TRAV Board of Directors is pleased to announce that this year, we will be offering a hybrid event. We are happy to once again be offering the workshops in person, as well as continuing to offer a virtual option for a portion of the program.
Please join us for this immersive and educational opportunity.
Saturday and Sunday, October 23-24, 2021
Virginia Horse Center Foundation | 487 Maury River Road | Lexington, VA 24450‐3374
At the newly renovated Bent Tree Barn and Arena (barn #5)
(Zoom information will be shared shortly before the event.)
Online registration will be available through October 22, 2021.
TRAV members ONLY
1-day only: $35
Both days: $60
1-day only: $50
Both days: $85
Continuing Education Units
This conference satisfies up to XXX hours of annual continuing education requirements. (DE=Disability Education, CR=Certification Core Requirement, CE=General Continuing Education)
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Comfort Inn, 62 Comfort Way, Lexington, VA 24450, telephone (540)463-7311 or (540)463-4590, for the TRAV Conference on October 22 and October 23. Fixed Cut off date is September 24. Rate is $161.25
REGISTRATION FORM IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE!
Saturday, October 23
- Welcome & Introductions: Barbara S. Ford, Board President, TRAV Inc.
- Masterson Method Clinic – Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork
Improve performance, communication and your relationship with the horse.
The Masterson Method® is a unique, interactive method of equine bodywork that anyone can learn, to help build trust with the horse. Years of stress and stiffness can often be resolved in a few sessions, by relieving built-up tension in core muscles and key junctions of the body that affect the horse’s performance.
With The Masterson Method® you learn to recognize and use the responses of the horse to find and release tension. In contrast to traditional massage, it works with the horse’s nervous system and the horse actively participates in the process. It is something you do with the horse, rather than to the horse. This participation and interaction are what makes the method fulfilling for those who use it and transformational for the horse. Testimonial after testimonial describe radically improved performance, movement, behavior, and relationship with the owner, as a result of The Masterson Method®.
Click here to watch a video of Jim talking about the value of The Masterson Method.
Sunday, October 24
- Tad Coffin (1975 & 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist with Bally Cor) will be conducting a clinic highlighting his Performance Saddles designed for the comfort and well-being of our equine partners.
Tad became involved with saddle design in 1976 when he was approached by Miller Harness Co. to endorse an all purpose saddle for event riders. The popular Crosby Lexington TC was the result. In the late 80s he developed another best seller for Millers, the Equilibrium close contact saddle, also manufactured by Crosby.
A quest for improved saddle performance led to an extraordinary period of research and development for Tad at his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia in the early 90s. The result was a new saddle, a new company and a new and very innovative manufacturing process. Tad has come to believe that, of all the tools available to riders, the saddle has the most untapped potential to positively impact horse and rider performance. In partnership with his long-time friend and horseman Justin Kenney, Tad’s saddles have gained immediate popularity with many of America’s top riders.
Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia is excited to host Olympic gold medalist Tad Coffin for a discussion and demonstration of his latest SmartRide RxTM saddle technology, which has demonstrated a consistent ability to reduce back pain, stress, and anxiety in many horses, leading to optimized performance. This same technology is in his new therapeutic device, the Thera-Tree, which is helping horses across a variety of riding disciplines. Tad Coffin is uniquely qualified to discuss issues inherent to saddle design, performance and manufacturing. Under the training of Jack LeGeoff, and at the age of 21, Tad won two gold medals in three day eventing with his mount Bally Cor at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. In addition to his riding expertise, Tad has been involved in saddle design for 40 years, with 28 years of experience engineering and innovating improvements in saddle technology. Through his years of research, Tad is convinced that a new and exciting narrative exists in our discussion of saddles, saddle fit, and equine wellbeing. For more information give Tad a call (434) 989-3229 or visit our websites: www.tadcoffinsaddles.com www.thera-tree.com.
TRAV Statement on Inclusion and Diversity
The Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV) states its mission as a “… non-profit formed to foster equine-assisted activities by offering education and networking opportunities to operating centers and to raise public awareness of the benefits of these activities to individuals with disabilities.” To further clarify, TRAV endorses fairness, justice, and equality for all regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, religious/spiritual belief, gender, socio-economic status, or age. TRAV holds this belief integral in providing services to the population identified in the mission statement and is committed to uphold this standard as a valued tenet.