Saturday, November 19, 2005 (Basic Clinic)
Sunday November 20, 2005 (Advanced Clinic)

  • Horse Whispering Clinics
Cypress Keep Services
 John Porter
 and Erika Matulich
 4909 Stanley Road
 Plant City, Florida 33565
 [email protected]
 (813) 982-2200 [phone] 
 (813) 982-9709 [fax]

Nearby Lodging to Cypress Keep:

  • Comfort Inn
  • (813) 707-6000(6.84 mi)
  • Holiday Inn Express
  •  (813) 719-3800(6.87 mi)
  • Ramada Inn
  • (813) 752-3141 (5.71 miles)
  • Days Inn
  • (813) 752-0570(5.67 miles)

Each day is a one-day seminar to provide an understanding of your horse’s body language and how to use it to benefit your training.  Each day's seminar will be limited to six equines/human participants and twelve human auditors per day. Saturday is the Basic Clinic. Sunday is the Advanced Clinic, only for those who have already attended the Basic Clinic (either in July or on November 19).
Goal: Establish better communications between you and your equine through better understanding of the way the horse thinks and reacts to stimuli. To improve your training regimen.
Clinician: Anne Greunke, German Championship Driver, with an Internationally Certified License in Driving, including driven dressage, cones, hazards/obstacles, and pleasure. 35 years of equine experience beginning with a career in military riding. After a jumping accident, she changed her profession to driving in 1988. Current member of the German handicapped driving team. Operates a training facility in Hamburg, Germany specifically for educating drivers and driving horses. This area is home of the Holsteiner horse.

Safety Information and Rules

  • All members of your party must sign a liability release form, including drivers, navigators, grooms, guests, or assistants. Additional Liability Release forms can be downloaded by Clicking Here.
  • All dogs/pets must be kept on a leash at ALL TIMES.
  • All children under the age of 12 must have adult supervision at ALL TIMES.
  • There is absolutely no smoking allowed within 25 feet of any paddock or stall, as well as the house and lanai area.
  • Hardhats/safety helmets are required when driving or riding at will throughout the property.


Horse/Human participants - $40 (includes paddock)
Auditors - $15
Lunch - $7 or bring your own (sandwiches, salad, drinks, desserts, snacks)
Private Lessons with Annegret: $35 for 30 minutes, reserve in advance.
To reserve your spot,  call (813) 982-2200 and talk to John or Erika or email Erika at [email protected] . Payment due prior to clinic start, either in cash, or check made out to John Porter. Please indicate WHICH DAY you plan to attend, your equine's name and breed, and whether you need a lunch reservation.

SATURDAY: The Basics of Horse Whispering: Training with your Equine in Their Language

Schedule of Activities on Saturday, November 19:
9:00 a.m. Horses get settled, registration, continental breakfast
9:30 a.m. Introductory Lecture
1.       History of the horse
a.       Nature of the horse
b.       How the horse uses its senses
c.       How they see the world
d.       Body language of the horse
2.       Understand body expression of the horse toward others
a.       What body language means
b.       How we can use their language in our training
11:00 a.m. Practical assessment (participants bring horses on a lead)
3.       Practical application of body language
a.       Look at horse and note body language
b.       Take note of body language
12:15 p.m. Lunch and discussion of what was observed
1:00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion
4.       What is the right horse for me?
a.       Students describe the “right” horse for them
                                                                 i.      Breed and why
                                                               ii.      Color, size, gender
                                                              iii.      Temperament
1:30 p.m. Practical (participants bring horses on a lead)   
b.       Take a look at the individual’s horse
c.       How do others see me and my horse?
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Lecture and discussion
5.       Training program
a.       State goals of individual training program
b.       Description of training program
c.       Changes in the training program to maximize the horse’s abilities
6.       Feedback session
4:30 p.m. Individual driving lessons (optional) $35 for 30-minute lesson

SUNDAY: Advanced Horse Whispering: Mental Work with Horses

(participants must have completed Basic Clinic)

Schedule of Activities on Sunday, November 20:
8:30 a.m. Horses get settled, registration, continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. Recap/review of Basics, Goals of the practical work step
9:30-11:00 a.m. Practical demonstration
* Body language
* Ranking and positioning - general moves and actions
* Mental situations and body tension
* demonstrate and train first moves
* Recap and practice
11:00-12:00: Practical Assessment with your equine
* Approaching equine
* Picking from pasture or stall
* Leading
12:00 p.m. Lunch and discussion of what was observed
1:00 p.m. Human and Horse body language demonstration
* Body language recap
* Working with hands, fingers, hips, and shoulders
* Stop, block, and move horse with your body
2:00 p.m. Practical training - body language in different situations
3:30-4:00 p.m. Questions and remarks
4:30 p.m. Individual driving lessons (optional) $35 for 30-minute lesson
# Name of Participant Equine/Audit Day Paddock Lunch?
1 Kami Horse SAT 10 ?
1 Jerry Hagaman Sax-Morgan SUN 4 Y
2 Rose Simmers Felicity-Shetland SUN 3 Y
3 Jennifer Marriott Bandy SUN 10 Y
4 Kami Horse SUN 10 Y
  Rose Simmers Felicity SUN