I almost feel like there isn’t a lot to report this month, with me not coaching and doing clinics.
I don’t know when I will be able to travel again to the other regions and states, it’s frustrating but I know we have ALL been massively affected by this situation. A big disappointment for me was that the Belinda Bolsenbroek clinic was also cancelled, but as a fill, in until she can get back here we are doing an online version of the clinic next month. Fingers are crossed my internet will allow it.
So although I have been grounded at home and isolating, I have been really busy creating “The Sound System of Riding” Heidi and I are out in the arena a couple of times a week pre-recording the lesson so I have a ‘few in the bank’ in case of bad weather and also when I get back to coaching, I might be pushed for time.
This has certainly been a massive learning curve for me, as far as ‘creating stuff’ (lots of stuff) on the computer. Although it challenging it is also rewarding and I am enjoying what I’m putting together.
The course opened on the 20th April and we have 49 people joining us and so enthusiastic, I love the messages on the FB page for the members and answering the questions. A massive thank you to all of you who have joined me on this new aspect of my coaching, I am truly grateful.
Here are just a few comments I have received from riders that have joined us.
“Riding to the audio lesson brings such simplicity and harmony to our ride, that I haven’t felt in a long time. I don’t have to think about what we are going to do next only how we are going to do it. Also… I can’t believe I forgot about my leg pits prior to this week!”
“EEEEKKK .. I finally got to ride the first lesson on Anzac .. it was fan-bloody-tastic .. he was a little quicker than Heidi to begin and I kept getting a little ahead .. then he was a little behind as she loosened up.. we maintained 6 strides on each 1/4 of our circle and he was LOVELY and soft, swinging steps … it felt really strange to start but after 5 minutes or so we got into the zone and it was BRILLIANT. Almost as good as having you there Ann xxx”
“Had my first lesson this morning.
Let’s just say I’m going to sleep well tonight.
I loved having you in my ear Ann, I get very lazy when riding by myself at home and as soon as I get tired I call it a day.
These lessons keep you so focused, I even managed to do the whole lesson.
Can’t wait to ride it again. 🐴”
“Well, that lesson was fun & focussed. I clearly lack discipline when riding at home so this was the perfect way to keep me and 🐝 on track (railway tracks that is)!”
“These lessons will give me the consistency that I lack. I am loving it. I like also following your track as it gives me a good indication of how slow/ fast we are going. The other thing I really noticed is my concentration helps my horse from being distracted from things. There were workmen on the road, she looked but stayed with me. Normally she would need to stop and look. So this is helping us in many ways. Xx”
If you are interested you can still join the course. You will have access to all the lessons we have done so far and the material associated with each lesson. Here is the link if you want to join us. https://annmontgomery.com.au/the-mindful-rider-sound-system-of-training/
I’m hoping to get out and coaching in May again in my region and am reorganizing my calendar atm and talking to my clinic hosts, so watch out on FaceBook for the dates.
So I hope you all can take a positive from the isolation we have all experienced and maybe make it a new way for the future. It’s interesting how this situation has pushed me to look deep, and to earn an income from another source. It has made me keep trying when one door closed, push my boundaries to the maximum and made me grow with new skills.
Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.