April 2019 Workshop

Coming in April 2019 APAHA Interactive Art Workshop

APAHA will host a special workshop on April 27 and 28 in which horses and riders will merge their art with that of musicians and dancers.

The Saturday of the workshop will be hosted by Windhorse International in Bethlehem Conn. and will feature French Paralympian and former movie stunt rider Bernard Sachsé and Bettina Drummond, a leading American trainer in the French classical system. Drummond and Sachsé will open the workshop with a discussion on what, and how, riders must prepare their minds, seat and emotions for exchanges with artists from the non-equestrian world, particularly musicians and dancers. From there, the workshop will move through two days of interaction between equestrian artists and those from the worlds of music and dance.

Throughout the first day, Drummond and Sachsé will work with APAHA riders not experienced in riding to music on how to prepare for an artistic collaboration and interpretation of a musical piece with their horses. Joining them to assist and provide live music for the riders will be classical cellist Christine Gummere. There will be breaks throughout the day to allow for auditors to ask questions and participant in discussions with artists and riders.

The Sunday of the workshop will be hosted by Rivendell Dressage in Millbrook, New York. This second day of the workshop will feature special performances that combine the art of riding, music and dance and that will include Bettina Drummond, Allison Kavey, ETHEL and The Equus Project.

ETHEL is a New York City-based quartet known for its groundbreaking performances, engaging touring programs, innovative collaborations, mind-bending multi-media productions, imaginative compositions, bold commissions, and inspired recordings. The Equus Project is led by JoAnna Mendl Shaw, an internationally-recognized dance educator whose Equus Projects has become famous for its interactive performances of horses and dancers.

Included on the Sunday of the workshop will be performances by APAHA riders who will present their artistic creations to a panel of judges that will include Drummond, Sachsé, Mendl Shaw, Dorothy Lawson of ETHEL and choreographer and dancer Elizabeth Streb, founder of the famous Brooklyn-based STREB.

Stay tuned for more information on all the artists participating in this exciting two-day event!