Manolo Mendez

Manolo Mendez is een uitermate bedreven en bekwaam trainer en ruiter met meer dan 40 jaar ervaring in (klassieke) dressuur, verschillende disciplines van springen tot polo en Doma Vaquera (dit is de Spaanse vorm van Working Equitation). Ook is hij EFA (Australische FEI) Level 3 Dressuurcoach.

In 1973 werd Manolo First Rider van de Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre (De Koninklijke Andalusische Rijschool) in Jerez de la Frontera en is hij 1 van de oprichters hiervan. Deze school is 1 van de vier klassieke rijscholen in Europa die ook het Cadre Noir in Saumur, de Spaanse rijschool in Wenen en de Portugese School of Equestrian Art in Lissabon omvatten. In zijn tijd als First Rider reisde Manolo regelmatig naar deze scholen om hun trainingsmethoden te bestuderen. Manolo woont momenteel in Australië.

Manolo is internationaal geliefd door ruiters en therapeuten, waaronder dierenartsen en osteopaten, voor zijn holistische benadering van het trainen, ontwikkelen en revalideren van paarden. Dit heeft hem tot een zeer gewilde clinicus over de hele wereld gemaakt.

Hij staat bekend om zijn toegewijde, sympathieke en grondige trainingsmethode ‘Training for Wellness ™’. Deze methode bereidt paarden fysiek en mentaal voor op elke volgende fase van hun trainingsniveau van basis tot Grand Prix. Door gebruik te maken 
van bodywork (manuele technieken), in-hand-work en riding helpt hij fysieke of mentale blokkades bij de paarden te voorkomen enop te lossen. Door deze veelzijdige benadering wordt het makkelijker bij het paard nieuwe bewegingen te introduceren, correcte bewegingsafloop te ontwikkelen en deze te verbeteren. 

Manolo richt zich op het ontwikkelen van zelfverzekerde, uitgebalanceerde, soepele paarden. 
Hij is daarbij een expert in het trainen of opnieuw trainen van de 3 P's: Piaffe, Passage en Pirouette.

Manolo Mendez

I was born in 1953 in Los Palacios, South Spain. My father was a farmer. The bulk of his living was running cattle and sheep. Horses, donkeys and mules were always used on the farm and were essential to us in so many ways. I helped on the farm and learned to ride and work with horses from a very early age. I knew from the time I was very young that I had a special affinity with horses. I knew that even before I was big enough to lift the saddle on to my horse’s back.

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Manolo Mendez’ Fundamental Principles of Training for Wellness
  1. That the horse is not damaged in the body or mind by his training;
  2. That the training is a partnership between horse and rider, with horse and rider equally willing to learn from one another;
  3. That each horse is trained according to his strengths and weaknesses as an individual, and never pushed beyond what he is physically and mentally capable of;
  4. That the horse’s beauty and strength increases, not diminishes, over the years of training, so that at fifteen he is better and fitter than he was at five.

Bron: https://www.manolomendezdressage.com/manolo-mendez/manolo-mendez-dressage/manolo-mendez-fundamental-principles-of-training-for-wellness/

Manolo’s Training Philosophy

My style of training emphasizes a soft, swinging back, making sure all the joints in the body including the hindquarters are moving freely and evenly, and making sure I have even diagonals in all paces. I will ask for this before I ask the horse to seek the bit. It is a conscious decision rather than a training error on my part.

I encourage the horse to distribute his weight evenly over his four feet, and to become a partner. In the early stages of training, I encourage him to be free with his head and neck, to keep the poll supple and the throatlatch soft and open, and to travel with his eye level with a point between the stifle and the hip depending on his conformation so his muscles build from strength to strength. I do not ride purposefully behind the vertical nor do I shorten or stack the neck. The horse learns to relax through the poll and jaw and to carry himself and me with ease. I use this early work to develop straightness, balance, rhythm, flexion and regularity in all paces – a crucial basic foundation. Along with riding, I use in-hand to encourage the horse to use its entire body.

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