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Monthly eNewsletter - July 2018
Hello All,

Just a quick note to catch everybody up. Spent a week in Santa Barbara with friends and family, saw some 4 th of July fireworks, then went on to a full-on gallup week at the Happy Dog Ranch in Colorado where we did a Weekend Seminar and our third collaborative clinic with Mark Rashid, Considering the Horse – Mind and Body. Or as we refer to it, the Mark and Jim Show. 
“Alright you dad-gum varmint. Draw!"
I can’t tell you how amazing it is when we bring a horse and rider into the middle of what Mark has to offer and a little bit of what I have to share. Listen to what the rider has to say, see what the horse has to say, then mix it up with some bodywork and the results are amazing. Mark and I have talked about how much we both learn at these things. When it’s shared with the horse, the rider, and the auditors it’s pretty powerful stuff. 
They do a lot of good work at the Happy Dog both with horses and humans, plus it’s a nice place to stay.I noticed every morning from my porch, when they let the horses out to pasture, the same thing would happen with a tiny little grey burro and his buddy, a big ole’ painted gypsy vanner. The big paint would amble out. The donkey would lag way behind, stop to roll, then take off bucking to catch up with his buddy. I guess this routine provided him a little drama in his life.

Anyways, it went well again and we’ll be doing it some more, so keep an eye on the newsletter and our Course Calendar .
One more short trip to California in a week then I’ll have almost a whole month at home. Should give me time to catch up. I’m looking forward to reading this newsletter so I can see what’s going on myself.

Will also give me time to prepare for the annual fall trip to England and winter trip to Australia. While there I’ll be at the Equitana horse expo in Melbourne and also, for the first time, teaching a Weekend Seminar at Steve Halfpenny’s Silversand Horsemanship Centre in Blanchetown, South Australia.

Please take time to read about our new Masterson Method Certified Practitioners, and also to see what’s new with our Equine Specialist Program. (There will be a test : )

In lieu of more exciting news I’ll leave you with a couple of exciting photos of our little homestead here in Iowa:
“Homestead on a sunny day.”
“Homestead on a stormy day.”
Also have a gander here at Babalooey and his Gypsy buddy on their morning routine:

Until our next exciting newsletter,
like me,
Enjoy your horses - and donkeys!

Have you read the MM Blog?
This month's blog post was from Megan Dushin, Masterson Method Fieldwork Student and Program coordinator for the Masterson Method Equine Specialist trainings.

Brooke USA
Brooke USA is a super organization to which we frequently donate.
Learn more about Brooke USA's Mission.

The excerpt below was from their recent newsletter.
The bulk of the donkeys, mules and horses’ work consists of transporting wet and dry bricks by cart or pack within the kilns and to external locations for use in the construction industry.

These animals carry many tons of bricks in blistering heat every day. They suffer from serious health and welfare issues caused by the environment in which they work, as well as by poor husbandry and management. Extreme temperatures, lack of shade, difficult terrain and overloading can cause disease and injuries. Wounds and lameness are common.

Our "Brooke Bricks" campaign will raise funds to support Brooke's very effective equine welfare projects in many of India's kilns. "
Photo and information from Brooke USA .
Masterson Method Equine Specialist Program News
PATH International Conference Presentation and Exhibit

Lise Lunde and Megan Dushin have been invited to present at the PATH International conference in Orlando, Florida. The session is entitled, Masterson Method: Equine Bodywork Based on Connection with the Horse, and will be held Friday, October 26 at 9am. They will also have an exhibit booth table at the conference.
Testimonies From the Field

"Here is a picture of Cindy, a U.S. Veteran, and Micah enjoying the bladder meridian. We do the bladder meridian when we can’t ride or the weather is too hot. Cindy has been working on ground work and riding Micah for the last three summers."
Dawn Rick,Sherrill, Iowa
Masterson Method Equine Specialist, PATH Int'l Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Learn how this program has evolved and why people like Dawn Rick embark on this journey!
Upcoming MMES Trainings
Interested in training to become a Masterson Method Equine Specialist? Mark your calendar for these fall 2018 trainings - pick one that's closest to you! If you've already attended the Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar, you have the option to skip the Friday portion for a $200 discount.

Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14, 2018 
Cold Spring, NY

Friday, November 16 - Sunday, November 18, 2018
Sherrard, IL
Special this month!
The Beyond Horse Massage Wall Chart is 15% off for the month of July!

The Beyond Horse Massage book provides you with detail, background, and understanding of how The Masterson Method works; the DVD provides you with visual guidance; and the wall chart gives you a useful tool to take with you into the stall.

*Discount is only for shipping in North America.

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Jim demonstrating Hind End Releases
with The Masterson Method
New Certified Practitioners
Tine Ditmar
Bernex, Haute Savoie

Tine was born in the Netherlands, where she obtained her certification as a physiotherapist. However, she felt that there was more to “taking care” of people, so she went on to complete a three-year course in naturopathy with a specialization in acupuncture and phytotherapy (the use of medical herbs). At the same time, she studied shiatsu and raja yoga, She then moved to France, where she worked in a local hospital for 25 years as a physiotherapist.
She took her first riding lesson at the age of 40 (she had wanted to ride since she was a child, but her parents thought it was “too dangerous”). When she was 45, she bought her mare, Mia, who has helped her learn a lot both about horses and about herself.
In trying to find the best way to do that, she discovered The Masterson Method and intuitively knew that it was what she had been looking for. She would very much like to get The Masterson Method more known and widespread in France to help people help themselves and their horses. Over time she has found that the “simpler” things have more “power” and that in humans as well as horses the “body doesn’t lie.“
Tine uses her deep knowledge of physiotherapist with a more holistic point of view in combination with The Masterson Method to work with horses and donkeys as well as riders/owners in the greater Geneva area. 

Mobile: + 33(0) tineditmar74
Clare Hewitt-Stubbs
Nakuru, Kenya
Clare comes from a farming background in Kenya where she has ridden all her life. Clare has trained as a Massage Therapist and a Chiropractor. When she saw the effects of what The Masterson Method did to her horses she had to do the course and is now the first certified practitioner in Kenya.
Clare lives outside Nakuru and travels where she is needed.
Phone: +254 722 527565
Sonia Bascu ñ ana,
Barcelona, Spain

Ever since she was a little girl, Sonia has always felt fascinated with horses, with the beauty of their souls and their noble and generous character. For years she has been learning and studying to understand their nature, how to establish a relationship with them and how to help them.
Through this learning journey, she decided to make it her life's aim to do anything that she could to help improve the communication between people and horses, so that they could benefit mutually, and also that horses could lead a better life.
She started studying an Equine Therapy postgraduate, and thanks to it, she could see how much people with different issues could improve just by riding and/or establishing a relationship with horses. On the other hand, she also observed that many horses really needed some kind of therapy themselves after having worked as a “therapist” for the human, but unfortunately this was not always perceived by their caretakers.
That is when she started to take an interest and study several kinds of therapies to help horses release their tensions, which in some cases had been held for very long. Soon she came across Masterson Method and she realized that it was a really powerful method to help horses release physical and emotional tensions, and that that was exactly what she had been looking for to become practitioner of.
Sonia is based in Barcelona and is willing to travel.

Phone: +34 661800774
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!) please email .
USA Seminars

Saturday, July 28 - Sunday, July 29
Augusta, ME (FULL)

Saturday, Aug. 11 - Sunday, Aug. 12
Gunnison, CO (FULL)

Saturday, Sept. 1 - Sunday, Sept. 2
Placerville, CA

Saturday, Sept. 8 -Sunday, Sept. 9
Grants Pass, OR

Saturday, Sept. 22 - Sunday, Sept. 23
Watsonville, CA

Saturday, Spet. 29 - Sunday, Sept. 30
North Jackson, OH

Saturday, Oct. 6 - Sunday, Oct. 7
Collinsville, TX

Saturday, Oct. 20 - Sunday, Oct. 21
Yankton, SD

Saturday, Oct. 27 - Sunday, Oct. 28
Wickenburg, AZ

Saturday, Oct. 27 -Sunday, Oct. 28
Hempstead, TX

Saturday, Dec. 1 - Sunday, Dec 2
Wellington, FL

Saturday, March 2 - Sunday, March 3, 2019
Watsonville, CA

Canada Seminars

Saturday, Sept. 22 - Sunday, Sept. 23
Thamesford, ON    

Saturday, Oct. 27 - Sunday, Oct. 28
Rosedale, BC
Europe Seminars

Saturday, July 28 - Sunday, July 29
Ipsach, Switzerland (taught in English)

Saturday, July 28 - Sunday, July 29
Helvoirt, Netherlands

Sunday, August 5 - Monday, August 6
Orvin, Switzerland (taught in English)

Saturday, Aug. 25 - Sunday, Aug. 26
Uddel, Netherlands (taught in Dutch)

Saturday, Sept. 1 - Sunday, Sept. 2
Wojciechowice, Poland (taught in Polish)

Saturday, Sept. 29 - Sunday, Sept. 30
Oxfordshire, U.K.

Tuesday, Oct. 2 - Wednesday, Oct. 3
Mammendorf, Germany (taught in German)

Saturday, Oct. 6 - Sunday, Oct. 7
Hertfordshire, UK

Thursday, Oct. 25 - Friday, Oct. 26
Hibbat Zion, Israel (taught in English/Hebrew)

Saturday, Oct. 27 - Sunday, Oct. 28
Großefehn, Germany  (taught in German)

Australia Seminars

Saturday, Nov. 10 - Sunday, Nov. 11
Yarck, VIC, AUS

Wednesday, Nov. 21 - Thursday, Nov. 22
Blanchetown, SA, AUS

Saturday, Nov. 24 - Sunday, Nov. 25
Yarck, VIC, AUS

South Africa Seminars

Saturday, Oct. 13 - Sunday, Oct. 14
Midrand, ZA
Masterson Method Equine Specialist Training
MMES Training Seminar
Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14, 2018 
Cold Spring, NY

MMES Training Seminar
Friday, November 16 - Sunday, November 18, 2018
Sherrard, IL
Masterson Method Collaborative Clinics
Considering the Horse - Mind and Body
Collaborative Clinic with Mark Rashid and Jim Masterson

April 1 - 5, 2019 Blue Dot Farm, Nicasio, CA
To register contact: 415-847-6878

July 8 - 12, 2019 Happy Dog Ranch, Littleton, CO
To register contact: 303-915-8531

*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, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2018 (FULL)

Mequon, WI with Advanced Instructor Becky Tenges
Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 24, 2018 (FULL)

Manchester, NH with Advanced Instructor Coralie Hughes 
Monday, September 17 - Friday, September 21, 2018

Watsonville, CA with Advanced Instructor Sandy Vreeburg
Monday, October 22 - Friday, October 26, 2018 (FULL)

Georgetown, TX with Advanced Instructor Coralie Hughes 
Monday, November 5 - Friday, November 9, 2018

Watsonville, CA with Advanced Instructor Sandy Vreeburg
Monday, January 28 - Friday, February 1, 2019

Wickenburg, AZ with Advanced Instructor Coralie Hughes
Monday, February 25, 2019 - Friday, March 1, 2019

Watsonville, CA with Advanced Instructor Sandy Vreeburg
Monday, April 29 - Friday, May 3, 2019

Canada Advanced Courses

Abbottsford, BC with Advanced Instructor Mark Fletcher
Monday, October 1 - Friday, October 5, 2018 (FULL)

Europe Advanced Courses

Oxfordshire, U.K. with Jim Masterson
Monday, October 1 - Friday, October 5, 2018 (1 spot left)

Oxfordshire , U.K. #2 with Jim Masterson
Monday, October 8 - Friday, October 12, 2018

Egestorf, Germany with Jim Masterson and Instructor Walter Saxe
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - Sunday, March 17, 2019

Australia Advanced Courses

Melbourne, VIC, AUS with Jim Masterson
Monday, November 26 - Friday, November 30
Certification Completion Course Schedule
Friday, August 24 - Saturday, August 25
Watsonville, CA #1

Sunday, August 26 - Monday, August 27
Watsonville, CA #2

Saturday, October 13 - Sunday, October 14
Hertfordshire, UK

Saturday, October 27 - Sunday, October 28 (tentative - minimum of 5 students need to be met)
Fairfield, IA

Saturday, December 1 - Sunday, December 2
Victoria, AUS

Wednesday, February 6 - Thursday, February 7, 2019
Tucson, AZ
Expos and Demos
Pony Club Camp July 17, with Danna Antoine
Port Matilda, PA

Ocala CEP Equine Engagement Program July 19, with Laurel Watson
Ocala, FL

Double JJ Stables July 21, with Danna Antoine
State College, PA

Unbridled Hope Demo July 23 (recurring event), with Laurel Watson
Citra, FL

Lendon Gray Clinic July 28, with Lee Ann Sommerfeld
Fombell, PA

Unbridled Hope Demo August 27 (recurring event), with Laurel Watson
Citra, FL

Masterson Demo at Sacred Peaks Sept. 15, with Tasha Kline
Flagstaff, AZ

Unbridled Hope Demo Sept. 24 (recurring event), with Laurel Watson
Citra, FL

Canadian Horse Expo Oct. 13, with Samantha Walker
Harwinton, CT

Mane Event Oct. 19 - 21, with Mark Fletcher
Chilliwack, British Columbia

PATH International Conference Oct. 25-27, with Lise Lunde
Orlando, FL

Equitana Nov. 15 - 18, with Jim Masterson
Melbourne, Australia
Masterson Equine Services