Instructor certification Franklin Method Equestrians

Due to COVID-19 this event is postponed until

Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September 2020

2-day certified course by Franklin Method® Equestrian Educator Alysen Starko-Bowes on 24&25 April 2020  18&19 september 2020

The only official certified course for horse riding instructors for use of the Franklin Balls and Franklin Method® in teaching.

Many riders and instructors in the Netherlands and Belgium work with the Franklin balls to improve posture. Most of them are not certified (yet), which means riders and instructors do not get to experience most of the positive impact on results in riding.

Expand your knowlegde and skill by learning about the philosophie of the Franklin Method® and Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery ™. If you already use the Franklin balls in your lessons, you will see even more results in your students after following this course. If you’re new to the Franklin Method, you will find new potential in your students, yourself and your horse.

What will you learn?

The Franklin method® gives instructors a clear pathway for the use of the Franklin Balls in their teachings. After this course you’ll be certified to use the Franklin Balls in your lessons to

  • Increase flexibility
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve body awareness
  • Reduce tension
  • Improve posture

These positive changes are part of the evolvement of the nervous system as a result of riding with the Franklin Balls. This will implement new movement patterns which in turn will help the rider to be more balanced and follow the movements of the horse: an independent seat.

Learn about a new and unique way to increase awareness in riders with the use of the Franklin Method ®

Coördination is an important step in the communication with you horse and is largely dependent on the abilityof the nervous system to create and adapt movement. More information from your nervous system increases the navigation in your brain.


This is where you learn on positive imagery in relation to your anatomy. If we were working with the pelvis, you might imagine your pelvis sliding through coconut oil, supple and slippery as the halves move in opposition. It’s not just imagery or visulation, it’s the imagery combined with dynamic movement and embodiment that makes this mind body process uniquie.

There are 1000s of images in the Franklin Method® arsenal, and it’s always growing new approaches and new scientific studies are published.


When we move our bodies in alignment with our anatomy, that’s embodied function. For example: when you squat down your sit bones spread apart. If you tried to keep your squat short and narrow, that would defy your anatomy and create a contraction rather than an expansion… aka, stiffness and pain instead of flexibility and ease.

By squatting wide, deep, and low, you support the natural movement of your body. Embodied function helps you improve flexibility, strength, and sensitivity without tensing your muscles.


Proprioception is your ability to physically sense what’s going on in your own body, and what’s going on for your horse. It’s also the ability for your nervous system to produce and coordinate movement. Franklin Method® teaches simple exercises and images to wake up proprioception and get your “antenna” receiving all the information that’s available to you.

Why should I take this course?

Simply sitting on the Franklin balls only gives you a fraction of their benefits. Without imagery and embodied function, ballwork falls flat. Sitting on them might temporarily release a little tightness, but without anatomical education and scientifically-proven mental work, old patterns will quickly return.

As a teacher you’d take this certification workshop to expand your skill set, transform your teaching style and guide your students to self-correct. No matter how good your cues are, if your students don’t have accurate body awareness and sharp focus, they can’t make the necessary corrections.

You’ll go home with the official “Franklin Method Equestrian Franklin Ball Certificate” to use the Franklin Balls in your lessons.

Who is teaching this course?

Alysen Starko-Bowes is a level 3 Franklin Method Educator, Franklin Method Faculty Member and Franklin Method Equestrian Educator. She studied Psychology in University and has a movement background in dance and pilates.

Alysen got started in the horse world while working with a professional dressage rider to prepare her for showing. Since then, she’s been working extensively with equestrians from several disciplines on improving their mind-body coordination both in and out of the saddle.

In 2017, she partnered with Franklin Method founder Eric Franklin to create the first official Franklin Method online course for equestrians. This course shows you how the Franklin Method can be applied within riding. As the leader of FM Equestrian, she travels internationally teaching workshops, Franklin Ball & Band clinics and teacher training’s.

Where is this course?

Near the border with the Netherlands in Belgium, you’ll be greeted at Human&Horse Academy in Kootwijkerbroek, Netherlands.

On this beautifull estate we will use different facilities, like the conference room for exercises. If weather permits we can make outdoor facilities. The demo-riders can ride in the outdoor arena, and there’s an indoor arena available for us if need be.

What’s the price?

Invest in yourself and your students just 500 Euro 475 Euro (early bird rate, available up and including 31 july 2019). Prices are including taxes, drinks, lunch, Franklin Method® Trainer manual and certification.

If you do not have the Franklin Ball Rider set yet, you can purchase this separately with a discount of 25% if you take part in this course. You’ll find more information here about the rider set.

Attention! In order to save your place you’ll need to pay a deposit of 150 Euro. This is non-refundable.

Any practical issues?

You won’t need to bring your own horse to take part in this course. We’ll be working with different demo riders. There is also the possibility to practice yourself on Joker the Horse Simulator.

Drinks and lunch are included in the price for this course. The price does not include overnight stay. This is possible at the course-venue, but availability is limited. There is also list with local sleep accomodations available.

To take part in this course, you’ll automatically agree to our terms and conditions.

How do I sign up?

You can sing up and ask questions you might have by sending an e-mail to

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