Marijke de Jong's ST Academy FAQs

Is The ST Academy Right For Me?

The ST Academy is extraordinary, but it isn’t right for everyone.

Get answers to the most frequently asked questions so you can make the best decision for you!

1. ST Academy Overview

Quick answers to the most common questions.

2. Who It's Perfect For?

Find out if the ST Academy is right for you and your horse.

3. Tuition & Guarantee

The costs, and our 100% risk-free guarantee.

4. Last Little Details

Clear answers to help you make the best choice.

1. ST Academy Overview

The Straightness Training Academy aims to form a worldwide professional group of loyal and dedicated horse trainers and instructors who commit themselves to the cause of improving health, joy, and beauty in working with horses based on the principles of Straightness Training (ST).

It all starts with joining the ST Mastery Program, which will help you fast-track your growth, achieve extraordinary results, and save you years of time-consuming trial and error. 

The next step is the ST Evaluation Program, which is designed to evaluate and measure your level of skill and that of your horse. This approach enables you to progress at your own pace, to stay on track, and guide you further on your journey.

Riders who passed a certain set of evaluations in all 5 training pillars of ST - which are groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding, and liberty -  those riders can be invited to the international ST Instructor Program.

The Mastery Class - which is the 12-month coaching program - to walk you through the Mastery and Evaluation Program step-by-step.

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The ST Academy will help you:

  • Clarify your goals
  • Leverage your unique strengths
  • Prioritize your time
  • Take smarter, more consistent action
  • Build trust and a good relationship with your horse
  • Create an empowering level of communication and interaction with our horse
  • Ending up with a motivated horse that is eager to learn, and willing to deliver
  • So you can do extraordinary things with your ordinary horse

Training your horse requires a vision and the ability to execute on the right strategies.

Without a roadmap or guidance, the process can be overwhelming.

The ST Academy can fast-track your growth and save you years of expensive trial and error.

The ST Academy is intensive and challenging. There are no quick fixes, silver bullets, simple formulas, or guaranteed results.

Oh yeah, and ST stands for Straightness Training, which provides you STructured and STeady STeppingSTones to STunning results. 

Everything is online — no travel is required.

You have lifetime access to the training so that you can go through the materials in the ST library in your student portal.

You can follow the 101 Steps in the Email Coaching - that will walk you through all materials - or you can slow things down and work at your own pace.

You have lifetime access to the ST library and its modules and during the first year - but also in the future years - you can train at your own tempo, setting your own goal, suitable with your ambition and your situation.

You can access the materials at your convenience. The core training consists of pre-recorded videos, manuals, transcripts, resources, and worksheets and you can access the materials - which are presented in a wonderful, easy to use and user-friendly portal - anytime you want.

The reason for life-long access is because there are limits to what you and your horse can achieve in a year. You can't expect that you can teach a young horse the piaffe/passage/pirouette/change/levade in 12 months, that's a process of YEARS! That's why can go your own pace and do what's best for you and your horse.

But while taking this program, there's a big chance you will advance much quicker than you ever could on your own.

If you plan to follow the email coaching in real time, we recommend between 4-6 hours per week to read the steps, watch the training, complete your growth assignments, and -if you'd like - engage with other Mastery students and ST Instructors in the ST community.

If you're not able to care out that much time at first, don't worry. You get lifetime access to the training and can easily work at your own pace, on your own schedule. Most of our students have full-time jobs or businesses and families. This experience is designed to stretch you, but it can also be customized to your life.

The more focus and dedication you put into the ST Academy, the more you'll get out of it. But many of our students go through the program as best they can; pause and return to it as their schedule allows.

Other factors that affect how much time you’ll need to complete B-School include:

Your overall clarity and how quickly you make decisions
How much momentum you have in training your horse
Your comfort level with necessary technology
Whether or not you participate in the comments and conversations in the ST community (recommended, but optional)
Whether or not you choose to complete every piece of coursework
To be clear, there are no fast or guaranteed results. Training a horse is not a 12-month, linear event. This program mirrors the reality of horsemanship — it’s intense, time-consuming, demanding and something you’ll work on for the rest of your life.

Developing a horse is not a 12-month linear event.

This program mirrors the reality of horsemanship and creating a masterpiece - it's intense, time-consuming, demanding, and something you'll work for the rest of your life.

So it's important to realize that the program consists of two elements:

Live long access to the ST Library with its modules, videos, manuals, and assignments
The Mastery Class with 12-month intensive coaching through 5 video lessons, 6 mastermind sessions, and the 101 Step Email Coaching which walks you step-by-step through the materials of the Mastery and Evaluation Program.
The main reason you get 12-month intensive coaching on top of the lifetime access is the following:

Having purchased the Mastery Program is a good thing, and reading and watching the materials is wonderful too, but actually DOING something with it is what matters most to me!

And when you start ‘doing’ you might experience challenges in the beginning.

That’s why you and I will meet live in a video conference, which is called a 'Mastermind session', and you can ask me all the questions you have about your personal situation:

Besides this, doing the video lessons in the ST Evaluation Program – the free touchstones - is essential and indispensable, so you get to know what you do well and what you need to improve.

After this year of coaching, you know where to start, what to do next and where to go in case of a challenge.

We outline the course breakdown, including our core curriculum and additional training courses and bonuses included here.

But the power of the ST Academy does not lie in propriety videos or secret formulas. All the information you could ever need to train your horse is available for free online, right now.

As the American biologist Edward Osborne Wilson remarked: “We’re drowning in information, but starving for wisdom.”

If you’re not aware of what you need to know to train your horse — and what you don’t — all the free information in the world doesn’t help.

The ST Academy is a transformative experience. It’s action-oriented and intense. It’s not about access to secret videos or hidden information. It’s about doing the work, being seen for who you are, leveraging your unique strengths and getting challenged to grow into your full potential.

The real value is in the skills and capabilities you’ll develop, the risks you’ll take to step out of your comfort zone and the relationships you’ll build with your horse and your fellow STudents.

In our humble opinion, who you’ll become as a result of completing our program is priceless.

We outline the specific course breakdown, including our core curriculum and additional training courses and master classes included here.

We don't cover how to raise your horse from the age of 0 up to 3 years old.

We also don't cover anything dealing with breaking in horses (getting them used to the saddle and rider) or topics such as obstacle training or trailer loading.

If you have specific questions, write to [email protected]

Good question, and just recently, we received this question:

“Does your program really does not help just people with years and years of horse training experience, but also a quite ordinary, horse in the garden type ladies and gents?

That we too actually can get this to work... if we put our minds to it?

There are many of us out there, you see, who watch things like this, even sign up, and by the end of the day...well, it is just another thing that will not really work, because one cannot get one’s head around it.

Full of good intentions... but it does not work, even when you try.

Been there, done that....”

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The answer is...

The ST Academy and the Mastery Program will work GREAT for ANY kind of rider and I believe it can help you too!

But, even though this Mastery Program has been wonderfully designed to help you master the Straightness Training principles in a structured way as easily as possible...

It still requires some dedication and persistent effort on your part.

At the end of the day, YOU are the only person who can make a difference for your horse, not me, not a book, not a set of ‘how to’ videos, not a spot in the ST Academy, not a special program….

So I’m not about to insult your intelligence by telling you this Mastery Program will do the magic for you.

However, it works:

  • If you’re seriously interested in helping your horse and willing to take some action and put some effort in, then this course will work!
  • Also for novice and one-horse riders!
  • Whether you are in your 20', 30's, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s or even 70’s or 80’s (our oldest ST student is 83 years old!).
  • It works for riders who are still struggling, at some level.
  • It's for people with 'ordinary' horses would need something like this course, but are a bit fed up with online promises.

We do know riders need help with what they are struggling with or what their horses are struggling with.

So that's why we created the ST Academy.

And this ST Academy has been running strong since 2013. We’re often imitated, but never duplicated.

The ST Academy is action-oriented, purpose-driven, and transformative.

We deeply care about you and your horse — our two- and four-legged students.

You get lifetime access to the training.

We’re constantly updating and improving every aspect of the program, and our alums get those updates free of charge.

Over the years, we’ve cultivated a growth-minded experience that helps you create results.

Here is what some students have shared about how the ST Academy experience is different.

"In this day and age we can get a bit cynical with all the different 'must have' 'early bird' 'sign now' etc. etc. 'best thing since sliced bread' blah, blah, blah! BUT here is the rub ST is genuinely the exception to the rule - it is the 'Real Deal' and is worth that leap of faith and diving in, taking your horse with you. You truly do get out whatever you are prepared to put in, it is not a quick fix - but it is a fix, it may not suit every human - BUT - it does suit every horse. If you are open to change, challenge and prepared to be the best human you can be for your horse - then this is moST certainly the programme for you." - Denise Jones, UK

"The Mastery program is some of the best horse educational dollars that I have ever spent. Ummm and I have spent lots of horse educational dollars! LOL The amount and volume of information is presented in an incredibly positive way. If you love detail, this is the course for you! " - Bonnie Siegel, USA

"To say the program has opened doors for me is an understatement. As an ST Mastery student, I have developed an understanding of theory that translates across all disciplines. Marijke has compiled information in such an easy to follow and structured manner. I teach university-level classes online as my primary profession, and the ST Mastery program is one of the most comprehensive and well-structured online courses I have ever seen. With the freedom to move at your own pace and lifetime access to the material, the investment pays for itself quickly." - Elizabeth Micheel, Houston, USA

There’s more free information available to more people on every imaginable subject, including horse training, than ever before in human history.

But if you’re not aware of what you need to know and what you don’t, all the free information in the world won’t help.

It’s not about access to a set of hidden videos or secret formulas. It’s about doing the work, being seen for who you are and leveraging your unique strengths. Putting yourself in the ST Academy means putting yourself in an environment designed to help you unleash your full potential and that of your horse.

The main difference between the two educational programs is:

  • The ST Mastery Entry Course is the BASIC and STARTERS course for Straightness Training 
  • The ST Mastery Class is the ADVANCED and FULL program that goes all the way up to the higher levels.

The Entry Course is an 'appetizer', but if you want to optimize your knowledge, master your skills, and actualize your horse's full potential in all five training pillars, the ST Mastery Class is the place to be.

Although the Entry Course is a small extract of the Full Program, we don't offer the full Mastery Program in separate modules.

The reason is that every training pillar - groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding and liberty - will add a different dimension to an exercise, so the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

And if you liked the Entry course, you'll LOVE the Mastery program!

Plus, to make it even more easy for you to choose:

  • If you enroll in the ST Mastery Class, it includes all the materials of the ST Entry Course.
  • And if you are already an Entry Course student, you'll get a full refund on your Entry Course payment(s), when you enroll in the ST Mastery Class today!

Registration for the Mastery 2019 Class will start in November 2018.

To get notified make sure to get on our waitlist »

Whether you’re a total beginner, advanced rider, or starting a new horse, look at the ST Academy reviews from our Mastery students here »

Learn more about the course specifics here ».

2. Who It's Perfect For?

The ST Academy is geared for big-hearted horse lovers, novice riders, ambitious leisure riders, advanced horse trainers, and instructors.

It’s for committed beginners and evolving professionals who want direction, clarity, and skills.

Our students span over several equestrian disciplines, over 100 breeds, and across 50 countries.

And there are riders who are taking the course right along with you who have lots of problems with their horse all the way up to riders and instructors with highly trained horses. It’s really exciting to work with such a broad spectrum.

The range of rich and diverse riders and horses we have in ST Academy is one of our distinct advantages. We spent a lot of time working on this course so that it works for all of you.

The experience is designed to help you get started and to help you become the best horse trainer you can be for your horse.

The ST Academy is not right if you’re looking for a quick fix. It's a "great fix over a long period of time".

Our program is not right for those looking for help with breaking in and getting their horse used to saddle and rider.

Our program is not right if you’re looking to market to your fellow students (such as your own tack, your private lessons, your own way of teachings). The ST Academy is a pitch-free environment.

Our program is not right if you're a member of a 'one-tool-tribe' or a 'one-concept-camp'. In ST, we avoid the extreme, we stay in green, which means, we're not against whips or pressure, nor do we favor positive reinforcement over negative reinforcement, or the other way around. We believe it's always the human behind the tool, technique, strategy, concept, framework, and approach: each will work if you do. So we do not step into the house of applying an 'avoidance' strategy, but we teach our students to use everything in an empowering way. The more tools you have in your toolkit, the more you can provide a tailor-made approach to your horse. Therefore, if you are a fundamentalist or an extremist and think the world is a nail, and you're the hammer - this experience is not right for you.

This program is not right if you hope to learn by osmosis. The ST Academy is for action-takers, researchers, and investigators who understand that real change happens starts from within, through constant and never-ending improvement, and with consistent, focused effort over time.

The ST Academy is not right for someone looking for a cookie cutter “plug and play” system, as if your horse is a bicycle with hair on it where you can just push a button, and it will ring. To phrase Steinbrecht: "As long as a horse is of flesh and blood, just like with the "philosopher’s stone”, people will search in vain for a tool to make gymnastic exercises redundant.'

The ST Academy is not right for someone who likes to show off and is happy with a look-a-like. To phrase François Robichon de La Guérinière: "Practice – stripped of sound principles – is nothing more than routine that only results in a false brilliance that fascinates the demi-connoisseurs, who are often amazed by the horse’s kindness, rather than by the rider’s skill."

Yes, the ST Academy provides a coaching program for horse lovers of all levels!

We've had students come into the program with no experience, ending up with several Touchstone and Grade certificates in the ST Evaluation Program. To be clear, developing your horse is not a 12-month, linear event. Our most successful total beginners have taken anywhere from several months (rare) to several years to optimize their skills and actualize their horse's potential.

While we can't guarantee that outcome for you, what we can say is this:

The ST Academy is ideal if you're just starting out because it will train you to think like a horseman and avoid many of the mistakes we make when we start training a horse. Plus, included in your tuition is a bonus especially for total beginners, called Horse Training 101. It tackles some of the biggest, toughest obstacles you may be facing such as:

  • How to deal with a horse that doesn't understand what you want?
  • What if your horse is ignoring your request? Or even worse: resisting your guidance?
  • How to get your horse inspired and motivated to work with you?
  • How to deal with a nippy, bity, pushy horse?

Horse Training 101 walks you through exactly what you need to understand, know - and most importantly - do in order to train in the right way.

Plus, if you know you're certain that you're meant to be one of the good horse trainers, there's no better environment to put yourself in than the ST Academy.

So there will be riders who have lots of problems with their horse all the way up to riders and instructors with highly trained horses in the Mastery Program.

And we spent a lot of time working on this coaching program so that it works for all of you, whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider.

If you are an advanced rider, professional horse trainer, or riding instructor, this program will help you to fast-track your growth and achieve extraordinary results!

I will personally advise what you need to adjust,

  • to experience the breakthroughs you need,
  • to get to a higher level and
  • to achieve the goals and the results you seek, plus.
  • I will help you with every challenge you encounter along the way.

Because the devil is in the detail!

Especially, if you are experiencing a 'plateau' for some time, you need to adjust with 2mm at a time.

By changing your approach with 2mm at a time you'll reach the goals you’re after.

But we will start at the beginning, because I believe that repetition is the mother of all skill.

And even though you are starting at the beginning, you are not repeating what you already know!

You are widening, deepening and broadening your knowledge, understanding, and experience in ST with the important 2mm!

And this is very important if you want to become an ST instructor.

The mission of this program is to develop:

  • Outstanding Straightness Trainers
  • Inspiring ST Instructors
  • and real artists in training horses.

And we'd love to have you join us!

With the ST Academy, we aim to form a group of loyal and dedicated instructors in different disciplines to the cause of improving health, joy,  and beauty in working with horses based on the principals of Straightness Training.

And to qualify for the admission to the International ST Instructor Program, you have to start with the ST Mastery Program and ST Evaluation Program.

When you have passed a certain set of evaluations in the Training Pillars groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding, and liberty, you can be invited by Marijke de Jong personally to enroll in the international ST Instructor Program.

So if you'd like to become an ST Instructor, the first step is joining the Mastery Class.

  1. Is becoming a Mastery Student automatically a path to becoming an instructor?

The Mastery Program and Evaluation Program exist on their own, so they are also perfectly suitable for you if you are completely happy to work on your own progress and that of your own horse.

So if you're not interested in teaching, you don't have to teach!

If you have no aspirations in that direction, you are very welcome to school yourself into a horse trainer expert with the help of the Mastery Program and the Evaluation program.

 So no matter your dreams and aspirations, you're very welcome to the Mastery Class!

We're proud to have graduates in 58 countries on all continents, from many equestrian disciplines, from all levels, and across 100+ horse breeds. And one of the key principles is: ST is for the horse, the horse is not for ST! ST is beneficial to all kinds of horses - no matter what breed! From Thoroughbreds, warmbloods, coldbloods, draught horses, sports horses, Selle Français, Frisians, Andalusians, Quarters, Icelandics, Norwegians, Lippizaners, Shetties, Arabs, Haflingers, Gypsy cobs, Welsh cobs, Paints, Appaloosas, Knabstruppers Morgans, Mustangs, Lusitanos, Foxtrotters, Saddlebreds, Boereperden, Frederiksborgers, Akhal-Tekes, Shires, Percherons, Freibergers, Highlands, Mangalarga Marchadors, Criollos, Pasu Peruano, New Forests, Connemaras, and many other breeds and mixed breeds. Because every horse is asymmetrical by nature - in body and limbs - so we need to rebalance and him so that he can carry us in a healthy way - no matter what breed. Your horse will be very grateful to have you as his Straightness Trainer!

Every flavor or rider is on board, from newbie to ambitious leisure rider, from professional horse trainers to instructors, and riders from all kinds of equestrian disciplines such as dressage, classical riding, natural horsemanship, trail riding, western, show jumping, eventing, and trick training. And ST is really a wonderful ‘add-on’ method because it helps to rebalance your horse, no matter what breed or discipline. With ST you can create the best possible physique for your horse, so he can do the job the best he can, so you can perform at your best in your own discipline!

What if you consulted the vet, the dentist, the farrier, different kinds of instructors and it’s still not easy to ride your horse? Well, if you have tried everything to solve your problems - such as rearing, bucking or spooky or stubborn behaviour - and got told that ‘’it must be a problem between your horse’s ears’’, then try Straightness Training! So yes, you are welcome to join the Mastery Class with your 'problem horse', so we can guide you to help your horse the best you can.

Straightness training is about 'think first, act later' so it's not a problem that you don't have your own horse yet. And perhaps you can ask the riding school to let you work with the same horse for a while. Some riding schools are really forthcoming to ST and let you practice in groundwork in your own time when it's not busy at the riding school. So perhaps there are opportunities at your riding school as well. Just ask, and you will find out.

In ST, we always start bitless to spare the mouth and to preserve the sensitivity of the mouth. Because in the beginning, most horses are a kind of stiff in the body, because of the natural asymmetry. Therefore, a bit is only introduced later on in the horse's education - but ONLY if a rider would like to. So of course, a bit isn't mandatory and if you wish to carry on bitless that is fine.

However, we're not 'against' bits, so if you're an extremist when it comes to bits make sure to consult FAQ 2.2.

We range from total beginner riders to professionals, and we have well-educated horses and horses who bring along a lot of challenges. And this rich diversity of horses and authentic riders in the ST Academy are one of our distinct advantages. No matter our age, no matter what equestrian discipline, no matter what level, we all must understand how to counteract the natural asymmetry effectively, how to rebalance our horse, and how to create a loving relationship and respectful working partnership with our horse. Regardless of our horse, the nature of every horse is that we need to know how to bond, how to build trust, how to educate a horse, how to create understanding and motivation, how to stretch his comfort zone, how to deal with challenges that we ALL face, no one excluded, and how to turn things around and make a positive change for our horse. So if you train horses, the ST Academy can help.

Since we have customers in over 50 different countries, unfortunately, it is impossible to serve all these countries with educational materials in their own language. But the good thing is, that I'm not a native speaker myself when it comes to English. Therefore, I use only simple words, short sentences and I speak slowly. So also for students from for example Italy, Spain, France, Brazil, Russia or whatever non-native-English speaking country you live in, the program is easy to follow. And people laugh about my 'Dunglish' expressions (Dutch + English). And we always enjoy the Swenglish, Danglish, and Genglish way of writing of our Swedish, Danish and German students. We can understand each other perfectly and feel the message and good intentions no matter what. We are not limited by perfection! So if you speak a little Franglais, Spanglish, Russlish, or another exotic English variant, you're very welcome to join the club!

No. While the majority of our students are women, we have a powerful and growing audience of male Mastery Students. The content is not gender specific, and everyone is welcome in the program.

We’ve had one 80+ year old student purchase his first laptop (ever) to do the program. As long as you’re hungry to learn and a researcher for life, you’ll be fine.

The ST Academy is a single membership program. Meaning, one person per membership. If you’d like to do the program along with your partner, please enroll separately.

3. Tuition & Guarantee

The tuition for the ST Academy is €1597 if you pay in full.

Extended payment plans are available during registration at €157 per month for 12 months.

You can also pay in US Dollars or British Pounds.

However, as of October 1st, we’re raising prices significantly.

The reason why is this:

So far, new Mastery Students could join the ST Evaluation Program for free and they also received 5 free video reviews at the start of the Mastery Class).

However, many hours of workforce have been devoted to designing the program, building the online system, training the ST Instructors, and hiring ST Evaluators to evaluate the thousands of Touchstones.

Therefore, in the fourth quarter of this year, we intend to integrate the costs of evaluating in the Class tuition, because we expect huge growth in online video lessons and the associated investments.

We offer 1-payments and 12-payments in Euros, US dollars and British pounds.

We accept all common credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

For pay-in-full orders, we can also accept PayPal or a manual bank transfer.

We are not currently set up to receive checks or invoices.

The prices differ because we offer you:

Payment options (1 or 12)
Currency options (USD, GBP, EURO)
Since we have to make additional currency conversion and administration costs, the Dollar price and Briths Pound price is a bit higher than the price in Euros.

Also with the 12 payment option, we have additional administration costs; therefore the price is a bit higher.

So the best option for you to choose is the 1 payment option in Euros.

Just converse your pounds or dollars first into euros on your own account and THEN purchase the course.

You're Safe With Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

I am absolutely certain you are going to love the Mastery 2018 Class, and I am absolutely certain it is going to help you!

So how are you going to know until you try? That’s why you should come on board today. And since I am so confident that you'll benefit from taking the Class, I will give you a 100% money back guarantee.

Here is how it works:
  1. Go ahead, get access to the Mastery Program and all the seven bonuses.
  2. Test it out for a solid week, just take the modules, watch the videos, do the assignments.
  3. After that week, decide if you feel we've delivered the value or not.
  4. And if it's not for you, just email our support team  and we'll issue you a full refund - no questions asked.

This guarantee is my way of making safe that you won’t be disappointed, and that there is no risk involved on your side!

Once you enrolled in the Mastery Program, you are entitled to a full refund of the amount of money (1 or 3 payments) you paid for the ST Mastery Entry Course.

Just follow these 5 steps to claim your refund:

1. Register for the full Mastery Program.

2. Choose your payment plan for the Mastery Program: 12 easy monthly payments or 1 payment, whatever you prefer.

3. Choose your currency: you can pay in US Dollars, British Pounds, or in Euros.

4. After purchase of the full program,  write to [email protected] to let us know that you enrolled in the Mastery Program and to claim your refund.

5. You'll receive the refund right after the final payment for the Mastery Program is paid: the final payment is the first payment if you chose the one-payment option, or the 12th payment if you choose the 12-payment option to enter the ST Mastery Program.

We get many requests for special payment plans or scholarships, and in the past, we offered those.
However, it's our experience that the dedication and effort decline once people don't have to put effort into entering the ST Academy. In the end, it's not the price, it's the value. And when something is obtained for free, it's often perceived as less valuable.

Therefore, we don't offer scholarships and special (lower) payment plans.

We recommend that you save money over a period of time to be able to enroll.

In the meantime, please take advantage of everything that is available for free.

You can download our free ebook, watch our free videos, read our article and blog posts.

Just click this link with an overview on where to start:

http://straightnesstraining.com/where-to-start/

And make sure to follow us on social media to be notified when we announce sales or special promotions.

For additional support, you can also join one of our public ST Facebook groups.

4. Last Little Details

 

A lot of riders are 'the only one' doing Straightness Training in the riding arena...

Or at the barn...

Or in their home-town...

Or even in the country!

And that's the wonderful thing about the ST Academy:

You’ll reach ST experts and like-minded Mastery students all across the world, but you never have to leave home!

Now there's an African Proverb that says:

If you go fast, go alone.

If you go far, go together.

So we believe in 'together is better'!

And thanks to the internet we can do great things together...

And we can get more results...

And get far!

Experience shows, that riders from all over the world really come a long way thanks to online instruction and coaching of the Mastery Program.

We have riders in the US, UK, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Europe, and other parts of the world doing really well with their horses through distance learning!

Thanks to the educational videos in the ST Mastery Program you have a good visual example:

✔️ By having this good strong image, you are able to apply what you have seen, with your horse.

✔️ By repeatedly watching the videos, you are able to see what needs more attention in the training

✔️ By having the visual images, you have a good 'benchmark' guide to work to.

✔️ The videos have been carefully compiled in a clear, professional, informative manner and are very easy to follow.

And as you have seen in the Mini Mastery course, we will provide:

videos for each training subject and
written documents to compliment each video.
And this is a very powerful combo:

When you are able to both 'watch' and 'read' around a subject, the learning experience is much clearer and more deeply understood.

......3. And then you can start 'doing'.

People learn in different ways, some learn by 'watching', others by 'reading' and others by 'doing'.

In reality, it is a blend of these in how we learn, but everyone is unique and one person may have more of a learning style dominated by watching and another by reading, others by doing.

So by providing both a video and written documents in combination with the video lessons in the ST Evaluation Program, it supports more peoples learning styles.

Because not everyone is lucky enough to have an instructor who can help both rider and horse because there are not many ST instructors around the globe yet (we are working on it!).

So in the Mastery Program, you and I work together as a team in your development, whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider, towards your goal and the results you seek!

And together with all Mastery Students, we can build a world in which the vast majority of riders go home every day feeling fulfilled by training their horse!

We believe in a bright future and our ability to build it together!

Dynamic, multi-faceted, caring support is the backbone of the ST Academy. Once you join the program, you’ll have guidance and support from a team of like-minded horse lovers in a safe and encouraging environment.

Here’s what each student has access to:

101-Steps Email Coaching
With the Email Coaching, you know exactly where to start, what to do next, and where to go when you encounter challenges along the way! To not get overwhelmed by all programs, modules, lessons, and assignments in the Mastery Program, Marijke will be sending you personal emails, so you know exactly what the next STep is you need to take. There are no deadlines, so you can take each step at your own pace, at a moment that suits you and your horse best.

ST Community
We’re proud to have one of the most active, encouraging and supportive global communities on the planet. In our private, Mastery- student-only Facebook Group you can share ideas, get feedback and connect with other students and ST Instructors.

In this group you’re invited to comment, post your questions and get the help you need. Often within minutes or hours, you’ll have a response from our professional team of ST Instructors, senior Mastery Students, your fellow students, Crew ST, and Marijke.

ST Instructors & Senior Mastery Students
You’ll have ST Instructors and experienced Senior Mastery Students present in the ST Mastery Facebook Group to help answer your questions and provide guidance, encouragement and feedback during the live program. These seniors bring expertise from groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding and liberty training. In the ST community, you’ll never feel lost or left behind.

Video Reviews (Touchstones) 
You can submit videos of your work with your horse, and it will be evaluated by my team of ST Evaluators. Through an evaluation form, you'll receive valuable tips, advice, and feedback on what you do well and how to tweak your work with the important 2mm. This way, you can create the best possible training habits and skills!

Mastermind Sessions
During the first year, you can hop on six live Mastermind Sessions with Marijke. She’ll tackle your toughest questions and provide guidance to move you ahead. We also record our sessions so you can watch and learn at your convenience.

FAQ Sections and the Support MOdule
You’ll have access to dozens of other students’ questions, along with answers from Marijke, so you’ll always have precise wisdom at your fingertips.

Crew ST
We take customer care to heart. If you have technical issues or are simply having a challenge you need help with, write [email protected] and we’ll take care of you as quickly as we can. 

This is a group learning experience so getting guidance and support is never more than a few minutes away.

You’ll have a team of professional ST Instructors, outstanding support from Crew ST, and our ST Community by your side.

The program is designed by Marijke de Jong and while she’s is active in the ST Mastery Facebook Group, we cannot guarantee individual feedback from her.

Of course, you can always meet her live in the Mastermind Sessions. 

During the first year, you can hop on six live Mastermind Sessions with Marijke. She’ll tackle your toughest questions and provide guidance to move you ahead. We also record our sessions so you can watch and learn at your convenience.

After the first year, you can enroll in a single session upon your request.

No worries: our ST community is super cool!

We have a really - really - friendly - helpful - group of people who are very like-minded.

And in fact, they are the inspiration for what I share with you in the ST Mastery Program!

So in the Mastery 2017 Class, we will be working together as a group of like-minded horse lovers.

Everybody who is familiar with the ST community will acknowledge that the atmosphere is always very positive, and constructive.

The ST community is one of the internet’s most incredible, supportive, dynamic, and passionate community out there.

The added benefits for you working with this group is that you will be able to share your stories and challenges and successes as we go along and you will experience the benefit of a mastermind group effect.

The other students will become your supporters and friends during the coaching program and beyond.

So it will really be a magical adventure, and we’ll make it a great 'movement'!

Therefore, being part of the ST Community on Facebook gives an extra dimension to your ST Mastery experience.

Because in between your video lesson and mastermind session, you will feel the aliveness of this program on a daily basis.

That's invaluable because I know, horse training can be a lonely business especially if you are the only one doing ST out there!

The loving support of the whole ST community including the ST Instructors, Evaluators and me is very beneficial to you because you’re getting positive help constantly and we work with you and help you genuinely.

The daily lifeline will keep you going; you'll not lose momentum!

When going through the ST Evaluation Program in the ST Academy, you'll submit videos (Touchstones) of your work.

When your work matches a certain standard, you'll pass this Touchstone and receive a Touchstone certificate.

Once you passed all Touchstones on a certain grade, you'll receive a Grade certificate.

Once you reached Grade 2 in the ST Evaluation Program, you can be invited to the ST Instructor Program. With a good result, you'll be certified as an official ST Instructor.

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