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Heidi Potter

Heidi Potter is a professional horsewoman who is well known and respected for her clear, kind and consistent style of teaching and training. Horses and humans alike benefit from her extensive knowledge and gentle approach. As a natural style trainer she specializes in the gentle and progressive way of working with horses. Her ability to read the horse and then progress with calmness, clarity and consistency has proven successful in building trusting and respectful partnerships between horses and their humans. More >

Just released! Heidi's new book,
Open Heart, Open Mind,
A Pathway to Rediscovering Horsemanship

Open Heart, Open Mind, by Heidi Potter
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Heidi's recently completed book, Open Heart, Open Mind is now available! Click here for a peek at the contents and introduction.

Order your copy now with PayPal, or use this order form. $25.95 per copy, plus $4.00 shipping. 6% sales tax is applied when shipping to Vermont.

In her new book, Open Heart, Open Mind, A Pathway to Rediscovering Horsemanship, Heidi shares the value of mindfulness, understanding and compassion towards horses. It offers readers great depth in their quest to create a lasting bond with their equine partners. It was written for the horse and the horse lover. It includes exercises, case studies and lessons in horsemanship. Heidi draws many parallels between her training in traditional Martial Arts and horsemanship. Readers will develop an understanding on how embracing eastern philosophies can positively affect not only their horsemanship but their life in general.

This "one of a kind book" is filled with life lessons, strategies for coping with stress and reminders on how one can fully embrace being in the moment. Its contents will help guide you to a truly natural form of horsemanship, one based on understanding and connection, rather than dominance. Read about the endless benefits of positive reinforcement training and how it can create a more trusting, confident, safe and enjoyable partnership with your equine friend. If you are looking for a better way you'll find it here. Enjoy!

Heidi Potter Obstacle Cllinic



Western Dressage & Obstacle Training Clinic Series

Heidi Potter & Cathy Drumm are joining forces to offer you this educational and fun new format.

These Two-Phase clinics will offer riders of all breeds and levels a chance to improve the training, fitness and confidence of their equine partners. Walk/trot riders, pleasure trail riders, to high level competitors will benefit from this duo's extensive base of knowledge and kind, compassionate, committed teaching style.

  • Cathy's Dressage Lessons will focus on teaching the value and performance enhancement of light, correct dressage.
  • Heidi's Obstacle Training will focus on improving confidence and performance in a progressive, safe, positive manner.
  • Both instructors will focus on helping their riders become the most balanced, soft and supportive rider possible.

Sunday afternoon is reserved for a fun, judged, Schooling Show, offering participants a chance to put all they have learned into practice. Participants will be invited to ride one WDAA Western Dressage Test and one Obstacle Course based on the Working Equitation Int'l Assoc. of USA tests. Heidi and Cathy will offer coaching and support while judge, Karry Brothers will provide everyone with helpful feedback. A wrap up session, including the awarding of ribbons and score sheets, will close out this wonderful event.

Join us and learn how Western Dressage and Obstacle Training for Confidence will enhance your horsemanship, your horse's fitness and the overall relationship you share with your equine friend.

Below is a list of our 2017 Two-Phase Events. Early Bird Discounted Rates are ending soon so don't delay!

June 10-11

Hampshire County Riding Club
Goshen, MA

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July 8-9

Green Mountain Horse Association
South Woodstock, VT

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Register on line at GMHA's Website >

Registration Form (Print and Mail) >

August 26-27

Full Circle Farm
Newport, NH

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Ride with Heidi in Wyoming!

Heidi Potter Trail Clinic

Centered Riding Natural Horsemanship Clinic

July 30 - August 6, 2017
Bitterroot Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming

Join me for a memorable, all-inclusive week-long retreat at the beautiful Wyoming Bitterroot Ranch. Be paired up with an equine partner & enjoy learning holistic horsemanship techniques designed to improve communication & understanding, Centered Riding lessons to improve overall balance, confidence & comfort, & pleasure trail rides in the amazing Wyoming countryside. Enjoy, wholesome, healthy meals, time in the baby pasture and Yoga sessions.

For more info or to register contact Hadley Fox: hadley@equitours.com; 800-545-0019

About Bitterroot Ranch > Photos from the 2016 clinic > Retreat Info >

Upcoming Clinics & Presentations

April 7-9, 2017

Arnhem, Netherlands

Centered Riding Open Clinic

Hosted by Piet Nibbelink
Location: De Paardenmatt Arnhem, Netherlands
Contact: depaardenmaat@hetnet.nl or phnibbelink@hetnet.nl

April 18, 2017

NECH, Guilford, VT

Cathy Drumm

Cathy Drumm Western Dressage Teaching Day

Private and Semi-Private Lessons, Auditing

Register by March 18 for the early bird rate

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Cathy's 2017 Teaching Days at NECH:

  • April 18, 2017
  • May 31, 2017
  • June 14, 2017
  • September 6, 2017
  • October 25, 2017
May 3-5, 2017

Guilford VT

Piet Nibblelink hosted by Heidi Potter

Piet Nibblelink Relationship Clinic

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May 25, 2017

Guilford, VT

Horse Speak by Sharon Wilsie


Learning Horse Speak
with Sharon Wilsie

10 am- 3 pm

Learn the true language of Equus with "Horse Speak" author Sharon Wilsie. This clinic will focus on "Boundaries and Bonding" & "How to Lead a Horse with Your Feet". Join us to learn what your horse really needs from you.

Visit Sharon's website to learn more. Bring your horse or use one of ours at no charge. Limited to 6 participants. Auditing available!

Registration Form >

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Quick Reads, Great Info

Back to Basics
Reconnect and Build Trust with Centered Riding Basic

Published in
Equine Wellness Magazine, August/September 2016

Using Centered Riding basics has a positive effect on both you and your horse!

> Click here for PDF


More articles >


Never Stop Learning!

Don't Lose Your Guppies!

Why a Picadero?

Help Your Horse Build Confidence

See what Heidi's clinic participants and students say.

Say Whoa

My Personal Colic Success Story

Western Dressage professional
backing from gentle touch

Horse Agility - for Minis too!

Dales pony

Building concentration and connection.

Centered Ridign body work

Centered Riding bodywork.

Developing Feel

"Squaring up" in Colorado

Horse agility

Mission Statement

Improving relationships between horses and their humans using compassion, understanding, patience, and praise.

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Heidi Potter Holistic Horsemanship
New England Center for Horsemanship,
761 Weatherhead Hollow Road, Guilford, VT 05301
802-380-3268; Heidi@HeidiPotter.com