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Getting to the Core of It
Virtual Seminar

Getting to the Core of It

What is the core and why do I have to strengthen it?

January 27, 2024 at 10:00 AM-12:30 PM EST

Seminar Objective

A virtual seminar to help participants understand the basic anatomy of what makes up our “core” musculature, its implications for stability of our movement patterns, breathing mechanics, and posture all of which impact our riding position and performance.

Seminar will Cover: 

1) Introduction to basic anatomy of the abdomen and spine

2) Identification of key muscle groups every rider needs at their center

3) Breathing mechanics- what’s typical and what’s ideal, implications for our nervous system

4) Pelvic alignment and common rider faults that lead to back pain (with some tricks to fix)

5) Importance of posture out of the saddle as much as in the saddle

6) Core exercises most pertinent to riders (do these exercises!)

Participant Materials Needed to Participate

  1. An updated, working computer with high-speed internet.

  2. A headset and microphone.  Please check these with your computer before the session.  Computers with a built-in microphone can also work, but participants with excessive background noise will be muted if distracting from the session.  Microphone optional--if you cannot speak, you can type your questions and answers if needed.

  3. (Optional) A webcam or built-in computer camera.

  4. A Discord account.  (Please note: if you already have participated in a Camp Leaping Horn virtual clinic, you will still have access to the main server.  Registering for the seminar will give you additional privileges and access in the same server.)

Participants will be sent instructions to participate via email before the event.  PLEASE NOTE: the instructions will be sent to the email used to register.  Everyone is encouraged to log in at 6:30 PM on the evening of the seminar to be checked-in, be given an overview of the platform, and deal with any possible technical issues.  No refunds will be issued for tech-related problems if the participant skips this part of the seminar. 

Participants have access to tech support throughout the seminar, have the opportunity to participate in text, audio, and video channels (as desired).  

We strive to create an inclusive, educational, and supportive space for interested parties to learn and grow their sidesaddle knowledge.  No refunds will be issued if a participant is removed for belligerent behavior.  

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Featured Speaker: Amy Magee

Dr. Kate Dowd of Metcon Mechanics PT

Dr. Kate Dowd has been a physical therapist since graduating with her doctorate in 2007 from Lebanon Valley College.  She has been a lifelong athlete competing in multiple sports including softball, soccer, dance, gymnastics, triathlons (up to 1/2 Ironman distance) and Crossfit.  


Having had a younger sister involved in the equestrian scene since she was a little girl, and seeing a number of equestrians with injuries in the traditional clinic, Kate was inspired as an adult to learn and love to ride horses.  She has worked with clients who come from a multitude of equestrian backgrounds including English dressage, hunter jumpers, cross country (eventing), and side saddle.  She has also worked with a number of clients with Western backgrounds including barrel racers and cutters to help them build the strength they need to ride at their best and without pain.  “Just stop riding” doesn’t exist in her philosophy. 


Outside of the equestrian scene, Kate has spent the past 6 years rehabbing and coaching barbell athletes in the functional fitness realm.  Having worked with hundreds of athletes around the world, including at the semi-professional level, she has helped to bridge the gap between the traditional physical therapy setting and fitness/ performance.  It is her goal to help encourage an active lifestyle amongst ALL those wishing to improve their overall health and not let any setbacks derail their health journey.  


Navigating each client as a WHOLE person, coaching services focus on more than just sets, reps and exercise.  It is important to have a clear understanding of what is holding back progress as well as know how to get past these barriers.  Communication and the support of a coach is often the key. 

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