This Event Is Unmounted  - No Horse Required!

Team Tate Invites You to Experience this EXCEPTIONAL Lecture & Demo:

Functional Anatomy and Dynamic Posture | Course 1

with Jillian Kreinbring, MS 

When:      August 6, 7 & 8 2021 

Where:    Blue Ridge Farm |

         Landrum, South Carolina



Get to Know Jillian

In this sneak peek from her lecture from Team Tate Academy.

Watch the full lecture here:

Understanding Contact: Are You Taking or Receiving?

Functional Anatomy and Dynamic Posture

(Course 1 is a prerequisite for Courses 2 & 3)

August 6, 2021 
Wine & Cheese Reception 5:30 PM
Lecture 6:30 PM -8:30 PM

Evening Introduction - 2.5 hours

  • Lecture 1:

Looking at Your Horse ~ A New Perspective

August 7, 2021

8:30 AM -5:30 PM

Morning - 4.5 hours

  • Lecture 2:

Examining Anatomy and Function of the Equine Head and Neck

  • Horse Lab: 

Evaluate Horses’ Anatomies and Conformations

Afternoon - 4.5 hours

  • Lecture 3:

Equine Forequarters, Back, and the Importance of the Abdominal and Psoas Musculature

August 8, 2021

8:30 AM -5:30 PM

Morning - 4.5 hours

  • Lecture 4: Connection ~

The Hindquarters and the Significance of the Lumbo-Sacral Joint

  • Horse Lab:

Identify key palpation points of the horse. Discuss observations of lab horses and make recommendations on how to support each horse according to its conformation and stage of development.

Afternoon - 4.5 hours

  • Lecture 5: Coming Full Circle ~

The Mechanics of Balance & Collection

  • Photo Lab:

Develop your eye discussing photographs in a group setting

2 1/2 Day Course

Approved for USDF University Credits

An eye opening and practical functional anatomy lecture series for equestrians of all levels who want to learn more about how to train sound horses.
o Learn what to look for in healthy movement and muscular development

o Discover what creates a healthy posture in riding horses

o Connect how the horses’s body moves in concert with balance and collection o Evaluate a horse’s posture and anatomy from a new perspective

o Add tools to develop horses’ postural strength to enhance their well-being

About Jillian Kreinbring, MS

Get to know our clinician!



Jillian’s work with horses draws upon Classical Dressage principles and her roots in the Western Horse arena, as well as from her equine education. 

She has studied with Manolo MendezPeggy Cummings, Stephanie Millham, and the late Mark Russell.

As a perpetual student of the horse, Jillian also spends quality time reading literature to stay informed with the latest research from professionals in the field.

The convergence of all the information and wisdom shared by these instructors blends beautifully into what Jillian teaches her students.

Jillian makes decisions about what knowledge to apply in training, lessons, and lectures by determining if it is in alignment with horse and human functional anatomy, and their mental well-being.

She believes that the deepest and most insightful lessons come from the horses themselves — trusted friends.

Jillian earned her Masters degree at the school of Agricultural Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Madison in equine movement, posture, and muscle development, as well as adult vocational education. Her research was guided in part by Dr. Hillary Clayton, Dr. Nancy Nicholson, and Dr. Sara Wyche. With their support, Jillian completed her Masters Thesis entitled “Desired Muscular Development in the Neck of the Horse: An Equine Observational Communication Tool and Study”. Additionally, Jillian has spent time with Dr. Deb Bennett studying gross anatomy through the school of Equinology.

"Jillian is very well on her way to being one of the most important people
in the equine world and this is happening before our eyes.


I watched Jillian teach beautifully and kindly and with an extraordinary amount of insight; she referenced Mark multitudes of times and was able to put his teaching not only into words, but into her hands during demonstrations, and into her eyes as she helped students along with their horses. Along with referencing Mark throughout the clinic she also referenced Manolo Méndez just as frequently. She was able to join the work of both masters depending on where the horse was and where the student was and it all segued into a pretty amazing phenomenon to witness.

Throughout her presentations and lessons, Jillian also referenced Peggy Cummings and Stephanie Millham as she was able to bring so many great minds and their wisdom together. To all of this, she layered her own personal experience through her studies and research in equine functional anatomy and posture. She also infused her personal learning as a student of Tai Chi, and her brilliance became evident. Mark is very much smiling.

Mark had always wanted all of his students to ride with Jillian. And that certainly holds true today, perhaps even more so as Jillian grows moment to moment. She is particularly relevant to professionals, equine bodyworkers, natural horse trimmers, veterinarians, trainers, and teachers. And of course all levels of riders for whom the only requirement is that they wish to learn about their horse’s movement, their horse’s health, and their horse’s psyche."

Hela Russell, Natural Dressage

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