Schleese Education for August 2023 – 14 Livestreams to View

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Join us for one of the livestreams listed below at your convenience and educate yourself on the latest developments in saddle fitting! Mark your calendars!

  1. Shelby Dennis –  – August 4th @ 12:45PM and August 17th @ 12:00PM

Shelby Dennis is a lifelong equestrian residing on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. She is an IAABC certified Equine Behaviour Consultant and has done extensive post-secondary studies in the equine science field, in addition to dabbling in journalism and human psychology. She is the author of “The Other Side of Horsemanship” and is a repeat guest with Schleese.

  1. Kate Kudelko –  – August 8th @ 12:15PM

Kate is a young professional based in Brooksville, Florida, specializing in training ponies, small horses, and rescues in dressage. Most of her client’s horses are paints and stock crosses, so that she has run into her fair share of complications fitting horses who have very wide shoulders in comparison to the size of their body.

  1. Alyssa Neilson – – August 9th @ 3:30PM

Bio to follow

  1. Emily McDorman – –  August 10th @ 10:00AM (to be confirmed)

Hailing from Washington state, Emily McDorman is a rider with over 8 years of experience under her belt, primarily focusing in eventing. Emily has since moved to Colorado to pursue her education in Equine Sciences. Her passion and love for all things horses has inspired her to pursue education in all aspects of their care. She is part of the United States Pony Club which helped her start learning about horse care early in her riding career.

  1. Hannah S. – – August 14th @ 2:45PM

Hannah (silversnaffles) is an English polo groom and equine manager based in Fredrikstad, Norway. After graduating with a Film Studies degree from the University of Warwick, she took on a social media internship at The Norwegian Polo Club which soon evolved into her becoming their groom and equine manager! With four horses and ponies of her own, she has always been a weird horse girl who is unapologetically obsessed with horses and how to improve their well-being.

  1. Meaghan Monahan- – August 14th @ 3:30PM

Meaghan grew up in Massachusetts. The culture of horsemanship modeled for her was science and health- veterinarians, saddle fitters, massage therapy, chiropractors, farriers, and taking care of the horse from the ground up. She interned with a sports medicine veterinary clinic and worked at SmartPak Equine’s only retail location. Meaghan went out west to Colorado State University for Equine Sciences in 2009 and got a crash course in western culture, learning from the wisdom of real cowboys and how a well fitting saddle was crucial in keeping a horse and rider both safe and healthy. Competitive Trail Rides (NATRC organization) have been a welcome home. Meaghan qualified for ApHC World Championships the last few years and hopes to go this year. Her organization with Appaloosas is classified as an educational nonprofit (501c3), founded in the memory of Clyde Al Maxey. (, and platforms of TikTok (@SassyAppys) and Instagram (@Sassy_Appys) reach people around the globe.

  1. Mia Hickey –– August 15 @ 3:30PM

Mia has always loved animals and has been riding for 9 years. She started out in both English and western, then fell in love with jumping.- riding and competing in hunters, jumpers and equitation. She is a working student at a hunter jumper barn and a member of her university’s equestrian show team. She is also pursuing an Equine Welfare certificate through Guelph University’s online program.

  1. Emily Thompson – – August 21st @ 9:00AM

My name is Emily Thompson, I am an Eventer and have ridden at the 3* level. My training and sales business operates out of my new farm, Creekside Stables. I ride a variety of horses ranging from OTTB’s to Irish Sport Horses. I love my horses, I currently have an ottb mare named Star who is Eventing and a young Irish sport horse gelding named Cruise.

  1. Zoey C. – – August 22nd @ 12:30PM (to be confirmed)

Topic: 14 reflex points

Zoey is an occupational therapy student from Florida, USA. Along with her horse Caspar, she enjoys pleasure riding and sometimes jumping. Zoey is keen to learn more about how saddle fit affects her seat, position and ultimately her relationship with her horse.

  1. Alexisandra Travis – – Date TBD (tiktok and Instagram)

Alex Travis is an indigenous veteran from Arizona with over two decades of large animal training and handling experience, as well as a Masters Degree of Science in Animal Biomedical Sciences. She owns 8 equines; 2 registered quarter horses, 5 mustangs, 1 draft cross mustang and 2 donkeys. Alex’s training emphasis is on meeting the 3Fs and LIMA protocols, exclusively trains with positive reinforcement and most of her program is at liberty. She primarily works with feral/untouched horses and ones that have had a violent or aggressive history.

  1. Emily Setton – – Date TBD

With 22 years in the saddle, Emily Setton has experience in the jumper, dressage and US pony club worlds. Emily has experience as a working student for a well-known trainer in the Chicago area with expertise in both the dressage and jumper worlds where she was introduced to Schleese and the science behind their saddles. Later, as a USPC member she was constantly reminded about checking tack fit and what to look for, what was right, what was wrong. It was when she began riding with other people outside of her barn, either through USPC or showing, that just how many horses had poorly fitted tack was evident and began to truly appreciate the role Schleese has played in keeping horses happy and healthy. Spending some time at WEF 2021, she was once again struck by how saddle fit was so often overlooked. Currently, she is a 4th year graduate student and PhD candidate at UW-Madison. If she is not riding she is teaching a handful of students, working with project horses, and volunteering as her farm’s co-barn manager.

  1. Mary Lauritsen – Millennium Dressage – – Date TBD

Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen is a rising young professional on the competitive FEI dressage scene. Riding since before she could walk, Mary has developed a thorough understanding for training of horses and riders of all ages and levels. Mary has expanded her knowledge training with some of the most reputable trainers and clinicians on the globe as well as education opportunities offered through the USEF/USDF and the Dressage Foundation throughout her career.

Schleese Channel Livestreams:

13- Schleese Livestream Q&A: August 2nd at 3:30PM ET

14- Schleese Livestream Lecture: August 31st at 5PM ET

About Jochen Schleese and Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd.
Jochen Schleese got his certification as Master Saddler in Germany at the age of 22 and came to Canada in 1986 to establish and register the trade of saddlery in Ontario, Canada. With over 100 different models designed over the years, Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd is the world leading manufacturer of saddles designed for women, specializing in the unique anatomical requirements of female riders. Schleese authorized representatives provide diagnostic saddle fit analysis and saddle fitting services across the globe to maintain optimal saddle fit to horse and rider and together they have enriched the lives of over 200,00 horses.

He and his company have been the recipients of numerous business and industry awards over the years and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal , twice on the Discovery Channel as well as PBS. He has also won a “Winnie” award for his DVD “Beyond the 9 points of saddle fit” as best educational video in 2017 at the EQUUS Film Festival in NYC as well as one in 2019 for best educational book for his best-seller: Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses.

He is a regular guest lecturer at various equine and veterinary colleges around the world.

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