The Click that Teaches 2020 Coaches Schedule
Through my clinics, I have come to know some very gifted clicker trainers. You are in for a treat attending one of their clinics.
Mary teaches in the UK, France, and Germany. Visit her web site to stay up to date with her schedule.
TRAINING INTENSIVE PRACTICAL Skills for Riding (or Not)
With Katie Bartlett, Jane Jackson, and Cindy Martin
Contact Jane Jackson:
Three of my coaches will be teaching together at Jane Jackson's Bookends Farm in Vermont.
July 10-12 at Bookends Farm in Sheffield, VT $300/person
How to use clicker training while riding is a question we often get. Even if you don’t currently ride or ever plan to, the training techniques we’ll share this year are valuable for everyone, especially if you want to adjust your location to a saddle, a cart, a longe line or at liberty. Building chains, secondary reinforcers, and using cues as reinforcers are some of the skills we have each used and can share with attendees.
While Bookends Farm ponies are not suitable for most adults to ride, they offer the experience to demonstrate the above skills with ground work/in hand, so participants can practice the techniques, before taking them to a saddle or cart. With three coaches for the duration of the clinic, you will have access to guidance like no other opportunity (for more information on the coaches, please see the next page).
The event begins on Friday evening (afternoon?) with pizza and introductions, followed by some introductory practice on Friday night. Saturday and Sunday are a balance of brief presentations as well as plenty of time for hands-on training.
Fee of $300 for the weekend covers the educational experience, Friday night pizza, light breakfast and casual lunch both days. Non-refundable deposit of $100 is due with entry. Payment can be made via check (mailed to Jane Jackson, 2908 Square Rd, Glover, VT 05839), Pay Pal (Bookends Farm) or credit card (please contact Jane). Remaining $200 is due on June 10. Refunds after that will only be if your place can be filled by someone on the waiting list. If not, your entry will be put toward next year’s clinic.
You will be free to enjoy local fare for Saturday dinner.
Clinic is limited to 12 participants, first come, first served. We will maintain a waiting list for anyone who doesn’t make it in.
Participants are responsible for their own lodging. The very rural Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is a popular summer tourist destination for hiking, mountain biking, lake activities, antiquing etc. Bring your families and make a week of it! Lodging varies: economy motels; a Comfort Inn; Bed and Breakfasts; lakeside cabins for rent. Anyone interested in sharing with another participant will be added to a list of contact info so you can communicate directly. Due to the tourist demand for lodging, I highly recommend you make reservations now. Googling lodging near Glover, VT will help locate possibilities. Burke Mt Resort and the town of St Johnsbury VT are also possibilities. For mapping purposes, Bookends Farm physical location is
2908 Square Rd, Sheffield, VT 05866
Please contact Jane Jackson at or 802-279-2505 with any questions. We are very much looking forward to this weekend!
Katie Bartlett- I grew up in Carlisle/Concord Massachusetts in a non-horsey family. I started riding when I was about 6 and when I was 9 my parents asked if I would like to continue taking riding lessons or get a pony. Ah....tough choice.... I have had horses and been riding ever since. Over the years I have done some local hunter/jumper shows, low-level eventing, and dressage. We moved to our current farm in 1995 and started acquiring more horses.
I started clicker training in November of 1999 when I read Alex’s first book and went out and tried to see if it would work with my horses. Yes, it did! I was particularly interested in trying it with my young horse (Rosie) who was very aggressive towards people, including me. I went to my first clinic with Alexandra Kurland in 2001 and was a regular at the Groton clinics (3x year) for about 10 years. During that time I acquired a few more horses. We currently have 7, all clicker trained. A few of them are ones I started from babies and trained to be riding horses.
For the first few years that I worked with Rosie, I spent a lot of time using clicker training to build a relationship with her that was based on understanding and accepting each other. As she got older, my focus shifted to riding and performance work. For the last few years we have spent our time working toward upper level dressage, which has included figuring out how to take a clicker trained horse and ride her in lessons with non-clicker trainers. Last year I started riding my young mare, Aurora, who I have had since she was a weanling
Some of my other horse interests are barefoot trimming, teaching safe hoof handling, and bodywork. In 2015 I became a certified Masterson Method practitioner. In addition to working with Alex, I have also worked extensively with Kay Laurence and had a lot of fun doing her dog course with my horse.
I have spent the last twenty years trying to promote and educate people about clicker training through my website and blog. In 2018, I published my book “Teaching Horses with Positive Reinforcement.” I currently do some local teaching, clinics, and online coaching.
Katie’s website: http://www.equineclickertraining.com, blog:
Jane Jackson- I was a very lucky girl born into a horsey family. In my early years, I tried different equestrian sports and training methods. I worked at a race stable, a breeding farm, for an Olympic eventer, a vet, etc.
But I believe it all comes back to the relationship with the horse, regardless of the style of riding. The basic skills of horsemanship, equitation and two-way communication are the same for all of us. I have taught people of all ages as well as those who ride western, and those who aren’t interested in competing.
I first held a clicker 20 years ago when I took a puppy to obedience classes. I chose the class after reading Alexandra Kurland’s article about clicker training in “Equus” magazine in ’99 and joining the Clickryder yahoo group. Having had horses all my life and been through the traditional routes, it was a long and bumpy transition into being a clicker trainer (as opposed to training with a clicker). I had a lot to shed a lot and I sympathize with others who are on this journey.
I am grateful for all those who have helped me along the way- Alexandra Kurland who got me started, speakers at Clicker Expo, brilliant trainers like Ken Ramirez, Susan Friedman and Steve Martin with whom I have taken hands on workshops, multiple book authors and blog post writers who share their experiences with various species, and of course, my good friends Cindy Martin and Katie Bartlett. They not only share teaching at this clinic, but we support, collaborate, and laugh together long distance through the year.
I have six horses here, three homebreds who were raised with clicker training, and three individuals that I bought and introduced to positive reinforcement later in their lives.
Anyone who reads my blog or follows my Facebook page is probably familiar with my TB/ warmblood cross Percy, who has challenged my education and my skills on a regular basis, teaching me so much in the process. He keeps me on my toes, reminding me that this isn’t a formulaic, one-size fits all approach. Observation of the individual we start with is key.
I am also a Level 3 TAGteacher and a Certified Training Partner with Karen Pryor Academy. Jane’s website:
Cindy Martin- I fell off a horse when I was five years old, suffered a concussion, and was forbidden to be near horses. From age 11 I took lessons and worked at a stable near Seattle, WA.
Later, I spent many years in the sport of foxhunting, which fulfilled my love of horses, dogs, nature and non-competitive riding. Deep down, the notion of working in harmony with a horse, of riding a horse in a physically beneficial way, has always appealed to me. But that seemed more dream than reality.
I was never good at the confrontational, controlling approach inherent in traditional horsemanship. Nor was I happy that the only measure of "success" was ribbons and points and how many times a person would "cowgirl up," after an incident. Clicker training offered a fresh perspective on motivation, systematic, incremental teaching, and collaboration between horses and humans.
In 1999, I first learned about clicker training and was inspired. After dabbling with clicker training periodically for years, I embraced it fully. I have spent more than 10 years learning more about the science of learning and behavior change and the art of applying it. Some of my greatest influences have been: Alexandra Kurland, Professor Rosales-Ruiz of UNT, Susan Friedman, Ken Ramirez, Kay Laurence, Katherine Bartlett, Jane Jackson, a bull terrier named Scarlett and our horses, Porter, Scout, Burley and Reuban. Along the way, I completed the Karen Pryor Academy Professional Training program and a Primary level TAGteach certification.
Clicker training permeates my life; I use it with our seven equines - five horses, a donkey and a mule, as well as our dog. I strive to use it with humans as we navigate this brave new way of communicating with and relating to others.
As part of this process, I have learned more about equine ethology, biomechanics, nutrition and hoofcare.
To meet Mary and learn more about her teaching listen to the December 2018 Equiosity Podcasts. We interview Mary in a four part conversation.