Fine Contact defines a subtle connection between horse and human; in non-ridden work, it means as light a contact on the lead rein as possible, or no contact.
Non-ridden work can be performed either in-hand or at liberty. In-hand refers to the handler working with the horse in a bridle, headcollar or halter. At liberty refers to the horse having no lead rein and being free of any restraint. In all Concordia competitions, the horse is allowed to work with a natural length of neck and with the nose in front of the vertical.
Tests are designed to assess the horse and handler in their horsemanship and handling abilities. Tests vary in their requirements; some are more obedience-based while others are building the groundwork for dressage training. Some of the tests also include polework and obstacles that one might find in horse-agility. While fundamentals of each of these areas are relaxation, rhythm, communication, handler positioning and effectiveness, they may each have their own additional and unique criteria.
Respectful and Correct Basic Training
The Fine Contact concept was introduced by veterinarian and trainer Dr Karin Leibbrandt. The in-hand dressage tests are designed to encourage training that gives the horse core strength, suppleness and confidence in the handler. Concordia in association with Associate Organisations Equimind and 4DimentionDressage are taking these new competitions online to a worldwide audience.
If you would like to organise a competition for a specific group of people ie a riding club or group of friends, then please contact Silke Ceruti to discuss your requirements.