Laura King has been called the “secret weapon of competitive dressage riders.” Her skill at guiding athletes, from golfers to high-performance equestrians, to tap into their own subconscious power was a big bonus for the talented teenaged equestrians who participated Jan. 3-7 in the fourth annual Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic, sponsored in part by Dressage4Kids, at the Van Kampen Arena of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. “Thought equals outcome,” King told her audience.
The Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic guided participants through riding and less-obvious skills integral to becoming — and maintaining — a place as a top professional in the horse industry.
Joining King as featured speakers were Charlie Tota of the Dressage Connection on saddle fitting, Beth Haist of the Horse of Course on bridle fitting, Janet Foy and Charlotte Bredhal from the judge’s perspective, farrier Don Later on shoeing for performance, Lisa Slade of The Chronicle of the Horse on handling media, and veterinarian Dr. Shana Chase.
King is a seasoned speaker and teacher who describes her lifelong goal as sharing her training in hypnosis to create positive and lasting change. She credits hypnosis with saving her own life and instilling a deep passion to help others overcome their challenges.
“I grew up riding,” King said. “This has been a great group. I loved helping the students learn about their brain and how hypnotherapy can help performance. It’s so satisfying to see people enjoy riding more because they’re performing better. It’s about taking all that positive energy you feel for your horse and holding on to it when you ride.”
King has appeared on the Rachael Ray Show and has published four books on hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming, including The Power to Win. She has also produced a CD series called The Keys to Winning Dressage.
Learn more about King at www.summitpress.net or call (561) 841-7603.
ABOVE: Laura King, certified hypnotist and performance coach.