Do you want to create Working Equitation courses that consistently ride well?
Do you struggle to create courses that are suitably challenging to the level riding them? Not too hard. Not too easy. With a good balanced flow and a mix of technical challenges?
Learn to Create Course Maps that are easy to set up and ride exactly as you imagined they would.
Giving the Judge a variety of skills to evaluate.
Or your own horses a progressive level of difficulty, that builds their skills and confidence.
As riders when we have difficulty on a practice course we’ve set up, whether that be one obstacle, or more, we often think we have a training problem. But what if part of the problem was the lines between obstacles. What if we are choosing lines that don’t set our horse up for success, and we are practicing wrong.
Unfortunately you also see this when you go to some shows. A course, or maybe just one or two lines, for various reasons (that we cover in the course), don’t ride well for the horses at that level.
Perhaps you’ve seen this. Or perhaps it’s happened to you. Whether with your own horse, or in a course you designed.
You are not alone. This happens to everyone. There is a lot to learn to design courses. It’s not just trial and error.
That’s why I created the Course Design Camp.
A place to give you the tools you need to understand the elements of good course design, and a system to make producing your course maps easier.
The timing of the offering of this course was perfect as I was about to put on a schooling show and was worried about the courses. Coming from the jumper and equitation world I've often been disappointed in the courses in WE that we have shown on and with the maps that are used that are not to scale. Trish has pulled together information and technology in a way that makes it incredibly useful for show managers, riders, trainers, judges, etc. As a trainer or rider, the methods and practice of 'running' through your course on paper and working out different tracks is critical to gaining points in EOH and shaving time in Speed. As a show manager, the maps to scale saves major amounts of time when setting especially if you have a team of volunteers. Lastly, the formulas in the course time spread sheet can help avoid timing disasters if you inadvertently make a course too long and you have limited daylight at the beginning of the season.
Christy Reich El Campeon Farms Thousand Oaks, California
Building a Course Is Easy...
You draw some obstacles on a paper and then put them in more or less the same places in your arena, although your arena is not the same shape as your paper.
The obstacles are heavy and this is the third time you’ve moved the Reinback L, because you’re Not going to move the Pen or the Bridge. You think, “that’s pretty close, it should be fine.” You walk it, you shift some more things, your set-up crew is getting a little punchy. And finally it’s time for the first riders. Intro level, “hmm, probably could have used a little more space between the Drums and the wall for the ones who trotted, but a good challenge.” Novice A “managed it better. The horses are more used to trotting smaller circles.” Novice B, “Oh no, I didn’t leave room for the Novice B who have to canter those circles and make lead changes through trot...”
Oops! Ok, Building A Course IS Easy! When you have the right tools.
Imagine how you would feel as horses and riders successfully complete a course that’s ‘just’ challenging enough.
Whether you’re riding your own horse or watching others complete a course you’ve designed, you will feel a sense of pride when the horses and riders rise to the challenge, that’s within their grasp, and overcome it. A well ridden course is a pleasure to watch. Even at Intro level where the looks on the rider’s faces says it all. And your courses can make it or break it.
And that’s Why I created the Course Design Camp.
A place where you can learn the rules and requirements of the different levels in a practical way so they are easier to remember.
Learn to create maps with software that makes map adjusting easier.
Practice ‘Riding’ your own and other peoples maps and get a feel for what works.
Learn to ‘See’ your ride on paper and know if it will work in real life, or where the problems are.
And a place to learn to create maps that make set-up a breeze so your crew stays much happier.
Here's what you'll get at Course Design Camp
Full access to all the lessons from day one so you can work at your own speed through the 4 week live (online) class.
One years access to the lessons and community for review.
Lessons, Videos and Quizzes to make sure you’re up to date on the rules.
12 Map Assignments and revisions with feedback.
A Private community to share your maps and feedback with each other.
Feedback on your ‘Rides’ of your maps to help you understand the rules and abilities of the horses at different levels.
Reduced fees on attending future live (online) Course Design Camp classes.
I came into this course expecting my previous knowledge setting up and competing in many obstacle challenges to make it a pretty simple task. Although my previous experience helped, I definitely struggled at first to handle all of the information and learn a new software program.
The course is extremely "comprehensive" , and needs to be with all of the levels and rules that go into designing a course for Working Equitation.
Learning the software program was definitely worth the effort and I believe will be a huge asset for me in designing and riding my own courses. By the end of the class, I loved the program and could easily navigate building each course.
Trish is extremely responsive to each homework assignment and challenges you to "think" your way through solutions rather than just give you the quick way out. There are a lot of assignments that you need to keep up with or you can quickly get behind. Looking at the group forum, other folks maps and comments helped me make more sense of what was going on and at times made me feel like I wasn't the only one lost! If you're willing to put in the time, effort, are not afraid of digging in to learn a new software tool, you will come out with a wealth of knowledge to help you in your Working Equitation course riding and designing goals. I'm happy I did.
Laurie Wilson Georgia, USA.
Course Design Camp Is For People Who:
Want a better understanding of how the obstacles relate to each other and their surroundings so their courses ride better.
Have tried to read the rule book and are confused or over overwhelmed.
Can see the value in a practical understanding of the application of the rules.
Want to understand how to build in level appropriate challenges.
Understand the importance of participating in a community of their peers, and sharing different perspectives. This is a big part of the learning.
Are not afraid to try new things, fail, and learn from their mistakes. This is a very comprehensive program. Expect it to take you from 20-40 hours depending on your comfort level with computers (maps can be done by hand if you don’t like computers but this is an online program with both a lesson platform and a separate community).
How Would You Feel If:
If you were more clear on the requirements of each level?
If you were more clear on what the horse is capable of at each level?
If you knew how to adjust your map, or your ride, before you had to?
If you got lots of design and/or 'riding' practice and feedback, before the big day?
If you could almost guarantee the course would be built as you had designed it on paper?
Eleanor Thomas and Comandante
As a WE competitor and licensed official candidate, I found Trish Hyatt’s Course Design Camp to be amazingly beneficial and fun!
I went into the camp thinking that I might not be any good at designing courses since there are SO many things to think about.
By the end, I was feeling much more confident in my ability to design ridable courses, adapt courses as needed based on restrictions that may come up, and very importantly: accurately GRID my courses so that I know what to expect when it comes time to set them!
Furthermore, from the perspective of a rider and future judge, I gained a lot from considering how the courses should change as we go up the levels, and how they might need to be ridden or judged differently.
Thanks so much Trish for putting this course together!! I highly recommend it to anyone involved with working equitation, whether you’re a competitor, a judge/TD, a course designer or a show manager. There is a lot to learn
What Do You Think? Are you ready to create course maps that people and horses love to ride?
Are you ready to spend less time moving obstacles and more time riding courses?
If you were a 1:1 client with me I would charge $75/hour for this knowledge and it would take time (multiple lessons) to absorb it all. BUT, you have a full month to submit maps and absorb the lessons and in a group setting, we can spread out these costs making the Course Design Camp AMAZINGLY affordable for such a comprehensive program.
Participation in the 4 week course is just $127 and you retain access to the materials and community for 1 year.
Yup, you read that right! For less than the cost of a couple of lessons you get a 4 week program, feedback on 12 maps, and revisions and rides, and the ability to join into a future class for a special price.
I’m here to help.
I’ll give you the learning materials, support and feedback you need, to improve your course design, and we’ll all be there to cheer you on.
What are you waiting for? Are you in?
The Course Design Camp includes:
Practical lessons on video, with transcripts Quizzes, course map design and 'ride' analysis and discussions Amazing ongoing support and community
This course is about learning by doing, it's not just theory.
Course Design Camp Benefits
This programs format allows you to learn at a time that suits you
Rewatch the individual lesson as many times as you need to understand them.
Receive feedback and join in discussions in our private communtiy
For less than the cost of a lesson, you get 4 weeks of lessons and feedback
If life becomes an issue, don't worry. You get a full years access to the materials and can re-attend the live portion at a reduced fee.
Whether your new to the sport, a seasoned active competitor or a licensed official, Trish Hyatt's online course 'Course Design & Rider Strategy Camps' offer valuable tips that will help you feel confident designing, setting up or riding Working Equitation courses.
The online training program helps participants understand the technical challenges for obstacles chosen and ensures balanced and challenging lines are mapped for the various performance levels.
Take the time to invest in yourself! Kris Blacklock Wisconsin, USA
Course design camp Curriculum
Introduction to the Camp Community and Each Other
Arena Basics Obstacle Basics Introduction to Riding a Course Map Assignment 1 - Intro
Arena Markers Approach & Departure Gaits, Leads, Bends & Arcs Map Assignment 2 - Novice A First Map Creation Tutorial Map 3 - Build a Map
RIDERS, RULES & LEVELS
Riding the Full Course Identify Levels Second Map Creation Tutorial Map 4 - Minimal Map Modification
Maps 8-11 One Map, All Levels Map 12 - Map a Speed Course Shorten a Course
Join Today and Learn To:
Design a properly challenging map for a specific level of WE rider. Modify a map without losing its original intent. Look at a map and choose the route that is the most challenging your horse can handle. Use the online course map creation tool and/or grid.