Our intention has always been to create a transformative experience for horse and rider during clinics or the Symposium here at Barbier Farm. We are happy to have this proof of what we know happens here…. Join us for our next event in February 2016. Click the link above!

~Amities, Dominique and Debra

At his clinics Dominique Barbier shares his insights and examples of enlightened horsemanship in a format and learning environment designed for seeking and discovery.  The symposiums are set apart by their complement of riding clinic and lectures on diverse topics, with abundant space for questions and answers.  A light happy horse in constant partnership and communication with its rider is the goal of this training and what you will likely observe in the clinic portion, where horses from all walks of life perform exceptionally and in relaxation. As a participant in one of the symposiums, I found that Dominique’s expansive response to a single question about my horse’s behavior led to a lasting change in my relationship with that horse, from one of mutual inattention and mistrust to one of quiet confident partnership.  Another participant, who rode in the symposium on a Barbier Farm Lusitano, was so moved by the stallion’s generosity that at the close of his ride he was brought literally to tears, and the entire audience with him.  This is classical training that synthesizes the theoretical, practical, and empathic, a unique experience that can be truly transformative. Not to be missed.”  ~ Jane Otto, New Jersey


It was another stellar event! Though we were concerned about our neighbors who have suffered terrible losses from the fires, we were, thankfully safe and sound. Here are a couple of images from the three days…all showing engaged riders, happy horses, and Dominique in fine form.

Make plans to join us in late February on the 19th, 20th, and 21st, as we hold our 12th Classical Series Symposium. They get better each time with greater depth and participation. Join us! Click the link here!


It’s going to be a tremendous event….lots of demonstrations, hands-on learning. And come see the new stallions! The harvest is nearly finished in the Valley, but there is lots to do and see, beginning with all the lectures and teaching from Dominique. This is a unique opportunity to greatly increase your depth of understanding of in-hand technique and how that works to improve all your riding objectives. Compassionate, sustainable, honorable and enlightened horsemanship. That’s our goal, our mantra, our raison d’être! Join us! Click on the links above to register….and then plan to join us in Portugal for Golegã. There are just a few spots left. Amities, Dominique and Debra

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On the Road!

With demonstrations, lessons, and two multi-media lectures each day, this is the best opportunity to access knowledge, inspiration, and understanding of enlightened principles (locally) for training your horse. Join us to expand our vision for the world we create with our horses! The ON THE ROAD Series is designed to complement and provide the foundation for the ongoing CLASSICAL SERIES SYMPOSIUMS at Barbier Farms. So make plans to join us either here in California, or somewhere closer to home. You will come away inspired and informed, ready to partner with your horse on a much deeper level!

Topics for the FIRST ON THE ROAD SYMPOSIUMS include:

What is Enlightened French Classical Dressage…and what is it not?

Purity of the Gaits, development, preservation, and refinement

Toward a Deeper Understanding of Mental Communication

Work In Hand and Longeing, the Foundation for All

The Shoulder-In, First and Last Movement for Training and Refinement

Molecular Equitation, What is really happening when we choose consciousness and partnership?

Contact us for more information and click on the Clinic Schedule Tab for all the local contact information.

Keron has just launched a funding initiative on Kickstarter and with just two days in has received enormous support. We are proud and happy for her success! Take a moment and visit her site, and please, share with friends. Though the work is unrelated to horses, it is filled with compassion, integrity, and an enlightened understanding of how we might dispel darkness.


We’ve finished our TENTH Symposium, and though I’ve said it before, they just keep getting better! Here is the announcement for the 11th Classical Series Symposium, this September in Healdsburg. Dates are blocked at the Dry Creek Inn for the best possible rates…..Rooms are limited so call soon! All the information is on the Symposium tab above. Debra and I and all the team will be looking forward to welcoming you to Barbier Farm!

The horse in the photo below is Raja (MAC), whom I visited at Torres Vaz Freire, the breeding farm of Mr. Carlos and Mr. Marco Torres in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Raja is a Larapio son and has the most horses in the Lusitano studbook in Portugal with gold medals and scores over 80%. You can see the refinement passed on by Larapio in this beautiful portrait.

We’ll have a full Symposium report up in the coming days.  Some other important dates to keep in mind:
Brasil trip with Auction, May 21 – 31, and our trip to Golegã, Portugal, November 9 – 19. Click on the tabs above for full information.

~ Amities, Dominique


I am very sad to note the passing of one of the best ecuyers of our time. Mr. Michel Henriquet died December 8, at home in France. Debra and I extend sincere condolences to Catherine.
Michel was not only a refined rider, he was a great teacher. He was the author of many books on French Classical dressage and was an early promoter of the Lusitano in France.
After being a student for many years of Mestre Nuno Oliveira, he went on to coach his wife, Catherine Durand, and achieved some success in using and adapting classical methods in competition.
Michel and Mestre Oliveira exchanged letters for years about l’art equestre. Those letters, along with Michel’s diaries, create a day-to-day peek into the life and practice of the great teacher and an accomplished student who would become a master. He was part of an era when many disciples were passionate about the art and exchanged letters, experiences, techniques and books. Along with Dom Diogo de Bragança, Professor Da Costa, Dr. Borba and Monsieur Baccarat (who translated the Mestre’s first book) they were the core of the students who would follow the teachings of Mestre Oliveira and take that knowledge to their students via their riding practice and the books they would write. It is, sadly, the end of an era. There are very few original students left.
Sometimes I have a great deal of nostalgia (saudades, longing) for this time.
Looking ahead, as we must and as it is all we can do, we see the art of riding becoming less physical and more mental. Riders are slowly becoming more conscious of the well-being of their partners and because of this we are making some progress in the right direction.
With gratitude for all the Masters gave us in the example of their finesse and dedication to l’art equestre, we look to the New Year with renewed commitment to the health and happiness of our equine partners. Let us always have in mind these four questions when we are working with our horses:
Are we being compassionate?
Is our practice sustainable?
Is our practice honorable?
And is our practice enlightened?
Amities, and Best Wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year!
Dominique and Debra Barbier

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