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Monthly eNewsletter - August 2019
Hello All,

Still in Iowa, and have been busy in the office (ugh!) getting things lined up for the fall and winter. I am enjoying being home, as anyone who’s been bored enough to follow my FB page will see.

A lot of travel coming up in October and November (you know… England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa… the usual). ; )

In the meantime, we have a few seminars and courses on this side of the pond that still have space that I’d like to direct you to, and a couple “over there”, too. You can click on the Course Calendar farther
down to see the details, but here’s the overview…

We have a Weekend Seminar being taught by Pam Martin in Australia in prep for my visit where I will be teaching an Advanced 5-Day Course in November. On November 23rd - 24th, Pam will be teaching a Weekend Seminar in Yarck, VIC . I arrive in Yarck on November 25th to start the Advanced 5-day course .

I’ll be teaching Weekend Seminars in Sydney (Redfern) on November 16th - 17th , and in Coroglen, New Zealand on November 18th - 19th.

If you don’t happen to be passing through Australia, we have a couple of seminars a little farther east… or west if you’re going the other direction… in either case you could end up in:

  • Kerrville, TX for a Weekend Seminar with Lise Lunde on September 14 and 15
  • Coatesville, IN for a Weekend with Coralie Hughes (author of Dressage Movements Revealed and Dressage Horse Optimized) on September 21 and 22
  • Rosedale, BC Canada for a Weekend with Mark Fletcher on September 28 and 29 (Advanced 5-Day Course following),
  • Or, if you keep going east you can join Chaja Kolthoff-Voest in Ruinerwold in the Netherlands on September 7 and 8.

And that’s just in September.

In October, unless you’re already there you can go to Bozhurishte, Bulgaria for a Seminar with Nikki Kagan on the 2nd and 3rd. (No need to brush up on your Bulgarian as Nikki speaks English).

BTW, in an interesting way, Nikki has forged an unlikely partnership between horses that yawn (she makes them do it!), and the business world through her work as a Masterson Method Instructor, and as a facilitator in the business world. Apparently, there is some value to horses that yawn in the corporate world.
It would be nice if we could have her tell us more about that and her book Instinctive Leadership in our next newsletter. I’ll see if I can facilitate that. Stay tuned!

We also have Seminars coming up in October in South Lanarkshire, Scotland (w/me, woo hoo!), California , New Jersey , Minnesota , Ontario , Germany and Poland .

If you’ve already done the Weekend Seminar and would like to do an Advanced 5-Day Course with me in Oxfordshire UK, I’ll be teaching one there on September 30 to October 4. Join me! (There may be a pint
or two in it for you). ; )

If you’re in B.C. Canada and would like to do the Advanced Course, Mark Fletcher has room on his Advanced 5-Day Course directly following his Weekend Seminar in Rosedale, BC . Mark’s a great teacher and if you’re ambitious you could do both!

Check our Course Calendar for November and beyond until the end of 2019. We’re working on dates for 2020 as we speak. If you’re interested in hosting a Seminar , call Tamara at the office or send her an email at .

If you’re not sure or are on the fence, check in here with Kirsten " Worth 10 times the price of the course."

or Michelle " This seminar is a must!"

Long-time MMCP and friend Leslie Brooks sent me this short video clip of her doing a demonstration…no, not a political demonstration, a Masterson Method Demonstration at the Rockleigh Equestrian
Center in NJ.
Carrie Wirth, of EQ Media, wrote a very nice article about The Masterson Method in a very nice magazine called Equestrian Living . You can see the entire magazine here: or you can just get to the important part on page 86, if you’re in a hurry.

You can expect to see more articles out there in other magazines in 2020, not just about The Masterson Method, but on educational topics I like to share that affect your horse, as I sharpen my pencil and get back to some neglected writing. I like talkin’ but have been too busy to sit down and do it for a while. Time to make myself do it. Talk to you soon.

Until then, like me,

Enjoy your horses

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Masterson Method Equine Specialist
Program News
About MMES
The Masterson Method Equine Specialist specializes in sharing specific light touch Masterson Method techniques with persons served in equine-assisted learning and therapy programs. By doing this bodywork on horses, participants deepen their connection with horses while also gaining self-awareness and self-regulation skills; meanwhile, therapy horses are tended to through simple bodywork and learn a new way of relating to people. It's a win/win!

Questions?  Visit the   Masterson Method Equine Specialist Website   or contact the Program Coordinator at .
Congratulations to new Equine Specialist
Jody Klingman
Oelwein, IA

I grew up on a farm in NE Iowa where my journey with horses began. We had 4 quarter horses that I spent a lot of time with as a child and developed a lifelong love for these animals. I grew up, married and had a child of my own. My career was in healthcare and I spent 15 years working in a Mental Health Facility as a caregiver. I never forgot the horses that I loved as a child and felt called to find a path back to horses. I began volunteering for a nonprofit horse organization Chiron Inc. in 2017. Working with the horses has had a profound impact on my life, and my journey in personal development. I have also witnessed the positive impact it has had on the lives of others. Horses are natural healers, they give so much. I wanted to find a way to give back to them and that is when I discovered the Masterson Method. I took my first weekend seminar in 2018 and have practiced on our herd at Chiron. The herd at Chiron Inc. has not only benefited physically but has benefited from the connection and communication that this method offers. I will be incorporating the MMES in to our programming at Chiron Inc. to help as many horses and people as I can.

Liz Williams
Alameda, CA

I was a horse-crazy kid, longing for the connection with a horse that I’d read about in books. My mare and I had our moments, but they were nothing like what I saw Jim Masterson achieve. I wanted that connection with a horse and I wanted to share it with others, so I jumped at the chance to be certified as an Equine Specialist. Soon after, I added The Masterson Method® Bladder Meridian Technique to the therapeutic facilitation curriculum I was developing for Connected Horse, an equine-guided program for persons with dementia and their care partners. It has been a joy to see what giving back to the horses does for Connected Horse participants. It is remarkable to see how speaking the horse’s language helps humans to connect with each other. I look forward to bringing that connection to more horses and humans.

Releasing Tension in the Horse's Shoulder
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New Certified Practitioners
Setaria, South Africa

I grew up in a non-horsey home, but had a love for horses as long as I can remember. I was only able to own my first horse as an adult. Wanting to learn more about horsemanship and understanding my horse better I started looking for someone to bodywork on my horse. I came across Rob and Chantal Holder who was willing to travel to the area I live.
Not long after Rob and Chantal Holder came to treat horses at the yard with The Masterson Method (with amazing results) they hosted the first Masterson Method Weekend Seminar in South Africa. I attended and my journey to become a certified practitioner started. Being able to read a horse’s responses and helping them has opened a whole new world for me.
It’s been an amazing journey, learning and seeing great results both performance wise and mentally in a horse after a treatment.
I’m situated in Thabazimbi, Limpopo province. Willing to travel.

Phone: +27826062691
Julie Steorts
Gilbert, AZ

I have loved horses since I can remember and started riding when I was 8. I grew up riding hunter/jumpers but branched out into a bit of reining and working cow horse as well as dressage over the years. I have a bachelors degree from the University of Arizona in equine industry and while there, had the opportunity to learn to work with studs, start colts and work with “problem” horses as well. My first horse was an OTTB and he sparked my love of the breed. I love to rehab and retrain OTTB’s and my current horse (the handsome guy in the photo!) led me to The Masterson Method! He told me in no uncertain terms that traditional massage and chiropractic was not going to be tolerated so I went in search of a way to help him. I started slowly, just doing bladder meridian from across the stall; it was all he could tolerate at first. As I watched him melt and he was able to handle more I realized how much I loved not only helping him feel better in his body but also the way this method was allowing us to communicate with each other. I wanted more!
I jumped down the rabbit hole, watching every YouTube video I could find as well as all the DVD’s available. I have always been interested in anatomy and physiology but I was inspired to deepen my understanding of equine and rider biomechanics and their connection to bodywork. The more I learn the more passionate I become about this way of doing bodywork! I became certified in February 2019 and work on horses of all breeds and disciplines! I am located in Gilbert but will travel. 

Phone:  520-730-3789
Albuquerque (Peralta), NM

I’m excited to be a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner. I discovered The Masterson Method in 2015 & after a year of working with my own horses & a group of EAAL (therapy) equines I was so impressed with the benefits of The Masterson Method that I decided to pursue more advanced training & became a Certified Practitioner. I’ve found The Masterson Method to have multiple benefits to equines – physical, mental & emotional. But perhaps the greatest benefit has been the deepening of my connection with the equines I work with & the heightening of sensitivity to their challenges, opening the door to enhanced benefits in the physical/technical application of the Masterson Method. The Masterson Method has really raised the bar of my “horsewomanship” & many of my clients are expressing the same discovery with their own equines!
I provide service to the greater Albuquerque/Santa Fe areas. I also provide service traveling to outlying areas for multi day Masterson Method services & often combine Masterson Method services with horsemanship instruction/clinics. Discounts are available for multiple horses & multiple session packages. I primarily work on dressage, hunter/jumper, eventing, EAAL (therapy) & distance competitors, but I’m happy to offer service to any type, breed or discipline of equine. The Masterson Method is a great resource for any equine – I firmly believe that it is the best thing that has ever happened to me & my horses!    My equestrian background is in the sport horse disciplines, long distance competition & recreational trail riding. Professionally I instruct & train, primarily in the sport horse & recreational trail riding disciplines, teaching from a strong commitment to classical Natural Horsemanship.   I’ve also worked as a PATH Certified EAAL Instructor, Advanced Level for the past 21 years. My EAAL experience has enhanced my appreciation & understanding of the impact of injury & illness on equine & humans alike, with both immediate & long term affects.   Please contact me personally to discuss what Masterson Method can offer you & your equines!

Phone: 505-501-3633
Weekend Seminar-Workshop Schedule

* if the course you had your heart set on is sold out, please email to be added to the waiting list, or   if you'd like to host your own weekend (earn your spot free OR earn the cash equivalent!) please email .
USA Seminars

Saturday, Aug. 24 - Sunday, Aug. 25
Augusta, ME (Full)

Saturday, Sept. 7 - Sunday, Sept. 8
Neola, UT (3 spots left)

Saturday, Sept. 14 - Sunday, Sept. 15

Saturday, Sept. 21 - Sunday, Sept. 22

Saturday, Oct. 5 - Sunday, Oct. 6

Saturday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 20

Saturday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 20

Saturday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 20

Saturday, Nov. 2 - Sunday, Nov. 3

Saturday, Nov. 2 - Sunday, Nov. 3

Saturday, Nov. 2 - Sunday, Nov. 3

Saturday, Feb. 1 - Sunday, Feb 2, 2020

Saturday, May 2 - Sunday, May 3, 2020

Australia & New Zealand Seminars

Saturday, Nov. 16 - Sunday, Nov. 17
taught by Jim Masterson

Monday, Nov. 18 - Tuesday, Nov. 19
taught by Jim Masterson (Full)

Saturday, Nov. 23 - Sunday, Nov. 24

Saturday, Feb. 1 - Sunday, Feb 2, 2020
Europe Seminars

Saturday, Aug. 24 - Sunday, Aug. 25
(taught in German) (Full)

Saturday, Aug. 31 - Sunday, Sept. 1

Saturday, Sept. 7 - Sunday, Sept. 8

Wednesday, Oct. 2 - Thursday, Oct. 3

Thursday, Oct. 3 - Friday, Oct. 4
(taught in German) (Full)

Saturday, Oct. 5 - Sunday, Oct. 6
taught by Jim Masterson (Full)

Saturday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 20
taught by Jim Masterson

Saturday, Oct. 26 - Sunday, Oct. 27
(taught in German)

Saturday, Oct. 26 - Sunday, Oct. 27

Saturday, Oct. 26 - Sunday, Oct. 27
(taught in Polish)

Saturday, Nov. 2 - Sunday, Nov. 3
(taught in German)

Saturday, Nov. 30 - Sunday, Dec. 1

South Africa Seminars

Saturday, Dec. 7 - Sunday, Dec. 8
taught by Jim Masterson

Canada Seminars

Saturday, Sept. 28 - Sunday, Sept. 29

Saturday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 20
Masterson Method Equine Specialist Training
Friday, August 30 - Sunday, Sept. 1
Sharon, VT (Full)

Friday, Oct. 4 - Sunday, Oct. 6
Leesburg, VA (1 spot left)
Masterson Method Collaborative Clinics
Considering the Horse - Mind and Body
Collaborative Clinic with Mark Rashid and Jim Masterson

October 15-17, 2019 at Horse Creek Farm

February 7-9, 2020 at Horse Sense Training
To register contact: 520-403-8200

April 6-8, 2020 at Blue Dot Farm
To register contact: 415-847-6878

April 24-26, 2020
To register contact:  920-428-9550.

July 8-10, 2020 at Happy Dog Ranch
To register contact: 303-915-8531

Your Horse's Brain: A User's Manual with
Dr. Steve Peters, Mark Rashid and Jim Masterson

July 11-12, 2020 at Happy Dog Ranch
To register contact Bernadette Spillane:

*Auditing is available, see link above for more information.
Advanced 5-Day Course Schedule
USA Advanced Courses

Watsonville, CA with Advanced Instructor Sandy Vreeburg
Monday, September 23 - Friday, September 27, 2019 (Full)

Manchester, NH with Advanced Instructor Samantha Walker
Monday, October 7 - Friday, October 11, 2019 (Full)

Coatesville, IN with Advanced Instructor Coralie Hughes
Monday, October 7 - Friday, October 11, 2019 (Full)

Beasley, TX with Advanced Instructor Becky Tenges
Thursday, October 10 - Monday, October 14, 2019 (Available)

Tucson, AZ with Advanced Instructor Vanessa Helvey
Monday, October 28 - Friday, November 1, 2019 (Full)

Watsonville, CA with Advanced Instructor Sandy Vreeburg
Monday, January 27 - Friday, January 31, 2020 (Available)

Wickenburg, AZ with Advanced Instructor Coralie Hughes
Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10, 2020 (Available)

Europe Advanced Courses

Oxfordshire, UK with Jim Masterson
Monday, September 30 - Friday, October 4, 2019 (Available)

Thierhaupten, Germany with Walter Saxe (taught in German)
Saturday, October 5 - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 (2 spots left)

Oxfordshire, UK with Jim Masterson
Monday, October 7 - Friday, October 11, 2019 (1 spot left)

Canada Advanced Courses

Fraser Valley, BC with Advanced Instructor Mark Fletcher
Monday, September 30 - Friday, October 4, 2019 (Available)

Australia Advanced Courses

Yarck, Australia with Jim Masterson
Monday, November 25 - Friday, November 29, 2019 (Available)
Certification Completion Course Schedule
Friday, September 20 - Sunday, September 22

Saturday, October 12 - Sunday, October 13

Wednesday, November 20

Saturday, November 30 - Sunday, December 1

Wednesday, December 4 - Friday, December 6

Tuesday, February 4 - Thursday, February 6
Expos and Demos
Masterson Method Demo November 2 with Kelly Jefferson
Georgetown, TX

Equine Affaire November 7-10 with Jim Masterson
West Springfield, MA

Equitana Auckland November 21-24 with Jim Masterson
Epsom, New Zealand
Masterson Equine Services