Boulder, CO, September 20th, 2006 - Mary D. Midkiff,
renowned equestrian, author and founder of Women & Horses,
will add to her exceptional line of products and services for
the female equestrian with the launch of the second installment
in The Dynamic Rider System (DRS), an innovative and
unique Pilates-based program of integrated flexibility, strength
and postural position exercises to help female equestrians get
the most from the time they spend with their horses. The second
part in the DRS series, "Insert
2: Exercises for Functional Core" is now available.
DRS has been developed by Midkiff in collaboration
with certified Pilates Method instructor and lifetime horsewoman
Maggie Parker. Subscribers of DRS will receive a series of easy-to-use
installments detailing body part specific exercises and related
riding techniques. Over the course of progressive learning inserts,
DRS teaches the female rider - both in and out of the saddle
- body movement patterns and awareness, body alignment, breathing
with exercise, development of core strength, stability and flexibility
of the pelvis and shoulder girdle, spinal rotation, flexion
and extension and much more. A unique aspect of this system
is that it can improve the rider's physical integration both
in riding and in everyday life.
The first installment of The
Dynamic Rider System (DRS), entitled "Finding Your Foundation:
Insert 1", was launched earlier this year and is currently
available for $17.95 plus shipping through www.womenandhorses.com.
The initial package includes an introduction to the DRS and
the Pilates Method, a full-color, fold out instructional exercise
pamphlet, a biomechanical diagram of the female rider in the
saddle, and cover art for a reference binder to store the installments.
Insert 2 transitions from the foundation
to the functional core, providing the user with the basics of
what a functional core consists of in easy to understand language.
The insert comes with simple uncomplicated anatomical illustrations
of the abdominal muscles used in riding to help the rider understand
their own body better plus a full-color, fold out instructional
exercise pamphlet. Insert 2 is available for $13.95 plus
shipping and handling. The easy to follow exercises are designed
to create more core awareness and strengthen this very important
area while also disposing of muscle actions that have been contributing
to non-efficient patterns of movement. Click
here to order.
"This is a unique program fully integrating the
nationally acclaimed Pilates Method with effective riding specifically
for women," Midkiff says. "This is a total exercise and biomechanical
solution that will enable female equestrians to achieve better
form, function and comfort with their horses."
Other W&H products include the books: "Fitness,
Performance and the Female Equestrian" (Macmillan), "She
Flies Without Wings: How Horses Touch a Woman's Soul" (Delacourte),
and W&H Essential Oils.
Electronic photos are available upon request.
About the Authors
Mary D. Midkiff (right) is the founder and creator of the Women
& Horses Fitness and Performance Program and the author
of She Flies WithoutWings: How Horses Touch a Woman’s Soul
(Random House) and Fitness, Performance and the Female Equestrian
(Wiley). She is a Horsemaster® certified by the British
Horse Society and the Maryland State Department of Education.
Mary is an instructor, clinician and active rider residing in
Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Maggie Parker (left) is a certified Pilates teacher
and former professional dancer with more than 25 years of formal
equestrian riding, teaching and training. She brings a unique
knowledge of horseback riding, the human body, and the Pilates
Method together to help riders increase balance, strength, endurance
and flexibility and the communication with their horse. She
lives in Austin, Texas, USA.