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Respected trainers 
I have trained with include:
 
John Lassetter (rider from Spanish Riding School and Saumur France),
Major Anders Lindgren,
Jeff Moore, Bill Woods, Volker Bromman,
Tammy Crawford (2x Olympic longlisted rider), JJ Tate, Julio Mendoza, Mary Wanless (founder of the Biomechanics movement, RWYM).

 

   

I have gained inspiration and knowledge from auditing clinics with Reiner Klimke, Kyra Kirkland, Conrad Schumacher, Steffen Peters, Jane Savoie, Chris Cox, Tristan Tucker (TRT Method) and many other top trainers.


Who I Teach

- Pleasure and Novice level riders of all ages and disciplines.

- Competitive Adult Amateurs and Junior dressage riders.

- Hunter riders (improving flat work and jumping position).

Professional riders, including a former USA Olympic 3-Day event team member.

 


A Holistic Approach for Horse and Rider

 

The goal of my program is to help develop a skilled, knowledgeable and thinking rider, who rides with awareness and feel, thus creating a harmonious relationship with their horse and a happy athlete.
I love to teach and take pleasure helping all levels and ages of both horses and riders, whether they ride for pleasure or for competition.

The main elements of my system are: 

  • correct application of Dressage exercises and movements; 
  • correct use of the rider’s seat, core and biomechanics; 
  • correct use of lunging/effective ground work/in-hand exercises ; 
  • over-all awareness of the horses welfare with regards to gut health, feed, saddle fit and muscle/bodywork. 


DRESSAGE is defined by the USDF as :-

“The object of dressage is the development of the horse into a happy athlete through harmonious education. As a result, it makes the horse calm, supple, loose and flexible but also confident, attentive and keen, thus achieving perfect understanding with the rider”. 

Dressage should not look or feel like the rider is ‘STUFFING AN ELEPHANT INTO A SUITCASE'.  

Correct Dressage training is beneficial for all horses regardless of their discipline. It is a process that takes time, knowledge, understanding and fair ethical riding. So, the rider needs knowledge of the ‘what, when and why” of the movement or exercise as well as “the how to”.

This leads us into the world of Rider Biomechanics and how our body influences the horse in both negative and positive ways.


BETTER BIOMECHANICS = BETTER PERFORMANCE

I use streamlined corrections for the rider, taught in’ bite-sized chunks’, using words, images and a ‘hands on’ kinetic approach, and have the rider note the positive ‘feedback’ from the horse when correctly applied. Not always a ‘quick fix’ but it is doable and sustainable and will significantly improve the rider’s skill and influence on the horse.

Correct Biomechanics will:

  • Develop better awareness and feel   
  • Correct body asymmetry and body parts that misbehave  
  • Help you and your horse develop self-carriage
  • Enable you to put your horse ‘on the bit’ correctly, without fiddling your horses’ head down
  • Enable you to ‘pick up your horses back’ from your core  
  • Teach you the ‘cause and effect’ and ‘how to’ of riding  
  • Bring your riding skill to a new level  
  • Improve your dressage scores  
  • Develop a better partnership with your horse.

All levels of riders will benefit from this approach and it is often the ICING ON THE CAKE’.


WORKING IN-HAND

Effective In-hand work.... From pasture to competition

Traditional training promotes the use of lunge and long line work with youngsters prior to saddling and shortly thereafter with “fresh horses”.  Once horses really get going under saddle many riders rarely go back to these useful training tools. In addition, riders often don’t consider “natural horsemanship” as correct, necessary or relevant, especially in the world of dressage. This skill set is easily integrated into an existing training routine. I have found that adding a mix of these methods has a profound effect on the horses’ mental and physical state. And the benefits of unmounted work are carried over into ridden work.

 

Some benefits are:-

  • A way for horse to learn “how to” move through their bodies without the weight of the rider, helping balance and self-carriage – Horse yoga – The horse becomes ‘a Limbo dancer not a Line dancer’
     
  • A very tense, spooky or stiff horse finds a way to mentally and physically soften and then seeks to find the relaxed sensation when under pressure – develops confidence
     
  • Gives the rider a chance to observe and connect with their horse in a different way - change of mindset for both horse and rider
     
  • Correct lunging/long lining gives rider a chance to observe movement and biomechanics of their horse
     
  • In-hand exercises can show horses how to become more expressive and increase range of leg motion- athletic development e.g. leg lifts, piaffe etc