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Western Dressage Intensive Workshop

July 31, Aug 1-2, 2020

CANCELLED due to COVID-19 Phase 2 attendance restrictions

Relational Riding Academy presents a 3 day WD Workshop with

Michelle Binder-Zolezzi

Information and Registration

Immerse yourself in Western Dressage for 3 days and ride World Champion Western Dressage horses!

Ride, Study and Learn the secrets of the successful western dressage practiced at RRA

The big difference between an RRA Intensive and other strictly "academic" programs is that you ride our beautifully trained western dressage horses. The education sessions and groundwork literally come to life on horseback so that what you learn visually and auditorily become associated with FEEL, the basis of all riding. Matching what we know in our heads with what we feel in our bodies and in the horses body is a critical missing element in today's riding world. Adding a visceral experience, the physicality of the horse with the academic work leads to breakthroughs and a profound learning experience that you can take home to your own horse.

Ride World Champion Western Dressage horses

Full days include:

  • Private and group lessons each day
  • Ground Sessions
  • Educational Workshops
  • Student Teaching
  • Restaurant quality meals served family style

Daily Workshops will feature:

  • Educational sessions designed to demystify basic equine/rider biomechanics
  • 3 days of riding instruction with Longe lessons
  • a workbook, pertinent handouts and the 3 DVD set "Understand Riding"
  • Guest speaker TBA
  • Networking and social time for a chance to talk, share stories, ask questions, and build relationships

Join us for a complete WD immersion experience for serious riders and instructors!


Friday: Starts at 8:00am

  • Registration and introductions
  • Demo rides
  • 6 private lessons
  • break for lunch
  • Educational Session: Demystifying Equitation; Understanding the working form
  • Ground Session: Breakthroughs in Rider Position
  • 2 group lessons
  • Dinner served on site

Saturday and Sunday:

  • 6 private lessons
  • Lunch
  • Educational Session; Equitation: Balance and Rider Influence
  • Ground Session; Bend and Position in Motion (trampoline work)
  • 2 Group Lessons
  • Dinner and networking

Michelle has been a nationally certified ARIA instructor since 1989, and has been involved in Western Dressage since 2012. She is a WDAA Judge Candidate, licensed NAWD Judge, World Champion competitor and classical equitation coach. Since 2017, RRA students have earned over 30 WDAA World titles, NAWD National Championships, plus countless state and local awards. RRA riders practice the classical principles in both traditional dressage saddles and in stock saddles. Michelle is committed to maintaining and ensuring that correct equitation remains the foundation of her training and that the classical principles are carried forward. She now brings Dr Gerd Heuschmann to RRA twice yearly as ongoing education for herself and her local community. FRIEND us on FB to stay connected to what is happening at RRA!

Use the PayPal Button at the right to register for this event, or for more information call Michelle at 509.290.4301

When you register, remember to PRINT your registration paperwork and return it via email or postal service. Paperwork MUST be returned to secure your space in the event as a rider AND/OR auditor.

RIDERS: ONLY 6 (six) RIDING SLOTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE WORKSHOP! $450.00 Includes: daily instruction, each rider receives 1 private and 1 group lesson scheduled from 8:00am-4:00pm, lunch and dinner daily. Riders may bring their own horse and participate with RRA horses.

If you can't ride this time, come audit. Riders from all levels will ride horses that represent work from Introductory level to Level 3 so the auditing experience will be truly worthwhile!

The Workshop is open to riders of all levels that ride any breed of horse.

Spaces are assigned on a first come first served basis.

Auditors may attend each day. Cost to Audit is $250.00 for all days, or $100.00 each individual day. Seating space is limited to 10 so register for your auditor spaces ASAP! You will learn more by attending this event as an auditor than you can even imagine. 4H, Pony Club, and WaHSET discount is available. CALL or email for youth registration form (

Relational Riding Academy is located at 3714 W Anderson Rd, Cheney, WA 99004
PHONE: 509.290.4301

Main Arena:
70X170 Indoor Arena with GEO-TEX dust free footing, bleacher seating, FRP kickwalls, filtered LED lighting

Warm-up Arenas: 60X120 Indoor Arena with sand/wood mix, 70X200 Full Court outdoor dressage arena with wood footing
STABLING is limited, call for availability or to reserve space
1 Acre parking lot
Acres of pasture trailer parking
Restroom facilities

RESTAURANTS: within 15 minutes
Chaps, Latah Bistro, Subway, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Gerardo's, Lenny's (Italian), China Buffet, Zips, El Rodeo (Mexican)


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cheney
3-star hotel
111 Betz Rd, Cheney, WA 99004•(509) 235-1100

Super 8 by Wyndham Spokane/West
2-star hotel
11102 W Westbow Rd, Spokane, WA 99224•(509) 209-9971

Northern Quest Resort & Casino
4-star hotel
100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001•(877) 871-6772

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