Randi Thompson first discovered horses as a young girl where she rode bareback for years though the country sides of Minnesota. The horses in her life became her best friends and greatest teachers. It was the love of horses that inspired Randi on a journey that began with self discovery and personal growth.
As she grew into her professional horse career, her experience extended from pleasure riding to barrel racing, western pleasure, saddle seat, gaited horses (flat-shod Tennessee Walkers and Paso Finos), hunters/jumpers and dressage. Along the way, Randi developed her own ideas as well as working with, teaching, and judging with some of the top trainers in the international equestrian schools. In 1979 she trademarked “Horse and Rider Awareness™”. Now she is known as a trainer's trainer, teaching riders, instructors and trainers of all breeds and styles of riding.
Professional Background Randi Thompson received her original certification from the Meredith Manor School of International Horsemanship in 1978. Randi has attended many clinics with world class trainers for hunters, jumpers and dressage, and judging. She has also participated in three USDF Violet Hopkins National Dressage Instructors Programs.
Ms. Thompson has attended the judge training programs from the United States Equestrian Federation in Hunters, Hunter Seat Equitation and Jumpers. She learner-judged at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, for four years. She also attended two “L” USDF (U.S. Dressage Federation) programs in Florida.
Her method—the Horse and Rider Awareness® program—hasreceived national recognition including headlining with presentations at the Equine Affaire's, Equine Extravaganza, the World Equestrian Games GEE, the U.S. Pony Club National Convention, the Florida Pet and Horse Expos, and many other regional and local equestrian events. She has also been a guest on nationally syndicated radio shows including: the "Horses in The Morning Show" "Stable Scoop" and "Horse Tip Daily" and "The Horse Show" with Rick Lamb. Randi is also an author who has been published by Omega Fields, Foothills Riding Club (NC) North Carolina Horse News, Horse and Pony (Florida Edition), Florida Horseman Magazine: 'Flying Changes', Newsletter (Gold Coast Dressage, FL), Equinesite.com and more.
Randi introduced the Horse and Rider Awareness® teaching techniques to the Horsemanship Safety Association, and her successful techniques have being taught to their clinicians and instructors throughout the United States and other countries. In 2010 Randi began sharing her riding and teaching techniques on social media. There are now over 700 videos in the Horse and Rider Awareness series that follow the training process of several riders and their horses. Check out some of those videos by clicking here.
Currently, Randi has riders competing in the Dressage circuits. Her riders are currently winning from Training through Prix St. George. This includes winning rides at the USDF Dressage Finals and the Regional Dressage Championships.
Watch for the upcoming HARA Club. A Monthly membership program for instructors, trainers and those who would like to be.
Randi also serves as a Horse Industry Expert Consultant and Witness. For more information click here.
Now you can experience Randi's simple, yet amazing "Horse and Rider Awareness" exercises that will connect you with your horse quickly and safely.
Learn proven techniques that have been tested on 1000's of horses and riders.
The Horse Club is now forming! Join our monthly subscription program designed for riding instructors, horse trainers and those who would like to be. Each month we will focus on one topic. This includes a webinar and a Q and A session so that everyone is kept up to speed on the progress we will be following. Enroll in one the HARA Club today!
Congratulations to Susan Faulkner Evans and Mission Point USDF Dressage Finals 2013
AA Training Level Championship. 4th place 70.20 percent (under 3 judges)
Susan had many wins in the Dressage show circuit with Mission Point in Training and 1st Level. Her other horse, Victory Park carried her into the winners circle multiple times in 4th Level and Prix St. George.
Check out their winning USDF Finals ride by clicking here.
This is Camille Beatty who rides Marco Polo. In their first year of Dressage competition they competed at the USDF Region 1 Championships. They came in 2nd for the Junior Rider Equitation and 3rd Place (out of 20 qualified riders - she was the youngest) at the Junior Rider Training Level Championship Class.
Check out their winning Regional ride by clicking here.