Stories of Positivity: Jenny and Lance

In 2019, amateur rider Jenny Achilles bought Excel Star Lance so that she could start eventing again. But the pair were having trouble on cross country, so she and trainer Gilly Slayter used Positive Reinforcement (R+) and Priority to Positive® Techniques to help. And just two years later, in addition […]

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Positive Reinforcement and Emotions – A Priority to Positive® Student Trainer’s Journey

In August of 2021, Cami Hustead arrived at Via Nova Training to begin her journey as a Student Trainer of Via Nova’s Priority to Positive® Program. She has been studying in and out of the classroom while simultaneously training and riding many of the […]

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Elephants and Horses and Positivity – Oh, my!

What happens when a retired elephant trainer buys her first horse? Positive reinforcement (R+), of course! After decades of personal success using R+ as a tool with elephants, it seemed like a natural training method for a horse. And this is how we met an amazing individual who […]

2022-04-01T09:33:57-06:00By |Blog, Training|Comments Off on Elephants and Horses and Positivity – Oh, my!

Stories of Positivity: Meet Jenny, an Amateur Equestrian, and Her Horse Frida

After 20 years out of the saddle and getting the bug to compete, Jenny purchased her first eventing horse, Frida. Soon after, she learned that her new mare was shutdown and sour, with a tendency to rear. Jenny was scared and stuck. With no money to buy another horse and […]

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Taking Priority to Positive® to the Next Level in 2022… Part Three

We are All About Supporting Educational Opportunities!
We are #alwayslearning—it’s one of the many aspects we enjoy about this journey. Expanding our horizons and supporting the welfare of the horse, Via Nova sponsored a select group of organizations and events in the last year.

In June of 2021, we sponsored CHATTcon, the virtual […]

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Taking Priority to Positive® to the Next Level in 2022… Part Two

As our team continues to grow, we are pleased to welcome new horses, boarders, students, and babies, and we look forward to this show season…

Priority to Positive® Student Trainers and Interns
Our Priority to Positive® Student Trainers, Cami and Jasmine, arrived at Via Nova in August of […]
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The Lost Art of Horsemanship Panel at Equitana – Part 2, Always a student. Be a horseman. Embrace the process of horsemanship.

In these five posts, we aim to recapture some of the highlights of this engaging discussion that crossed disciplines and backgrounds and was intricately woven together through expression and experience.

The panel consisted of Karen Rohlf of Dressage Naturally, Ronny Riemer, the “German Riding Instructor” of RC […]

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