Your Horse Is Your Mirror

 

About Me

I promote ethical training and horsemanship for a calm and confident partnership with your horse, to help you achieve your goals. Do you ever listen to your horse when you are training? Have you ever noticed when you are unconfident, they are too? And when you are totally confident and connected with them, they give you everything you ask?

I source coaches and venues for you, to enable you to learn and progress in a confident & safe environment, and to return home in a more confident, positive place with a plan to progress.

My years spent with horses have given me the passion and drive to share with you what I have learned and continue to learn. It’s a journey that never ends.

In our clinics, you will learn how you can tune into your horse so you listen to their questions and feedback to help you achieve a true partnership, working together as one. TREC obstacles are used predominantly to give you and your horse a focus and purpose. These simulate things you would encounter on a trail ride, for example fallen logs, low branches, gates etc, so you develop practical skills that can be used while out hacking.

 

I have been riding horses since I was about 6 years old, and was never the most confident rider. However with Jake, my horse of a lifetime, I have done more than I could ever dream of.

I bought Jake as a 5 year old, ID x TB, who had hunted in Ireland but could not canter a circle! He took me eventing within 6 months of us becoming a partnership and delivered the most amazing dressage scores due to his light paces and careful, brave jump! We evented at pre-novice for a couple of years, then my trainer took Jake to intermediate.

2002 brought the urge to try side-saddle, and Jake took to it like a duck to water. We collected a wide and diverse wardrobe, ranging from vintage hunting habit to reproduction Georgian habit. I set up a group to promote side-saddle riding and we gave displays at many country show and game fairs, riding to modern upbeat music.

During 2008, Jake had another change of career and we started competing at TREC (orienteering on horseback), a sport derived from the test that trail ride guides in France had to undertake before they could escort trail riders. We also enjoyed TREC in a training capacity until Jake’s passing, and I continue to organise several training camps/clinics for various TREC clubs.

We also discovered natural horsemanship in 2011 and Jake was invited by Monty Roberts to be in his demonstration at Myerscough College, because of his fear of donkeys. It was an amazing experience to work with Monty and Kelly Marks, and Jake with Lucy the Donkey was featured in the Intelligent Horsemanship Christmas DVD.

Jake and I continued our horsemanship journey and TREC up until November 2016 when I retired Jake aged 27.  He had an idyllic retirement in Shropshire, doing what horses do best, eating, sleeping and pooping. Since then, I have followed the principles of horsemanship and was lucky enough to meet and have dinner with Buck Brannaman in 2015.

 

In 2017 I found Perry at Hopton Rehabilitation and Homing. I had been tentatively looking for another horse after Jake retired, and preferably a rescue horse. I wanted to give something  back to the equine community.

 

Perry had some issues, however I was confident we could work through them. He is nothing like Jake (15hh bay Welsh cross compared to 17hh grey IDxTB). He was very nervous and stressy, so my natural calm and laid back attitude suited him. 

We got on like a house on fire. He was a super safe hack, he earned the nickname quad bike. With regular coaching from Sally Brett we soon developed a mutually trusting partnership, and continue to improve as each day goes on. In 2019 we achieved one of our goals to ride with Buck Brannaman in his clinic at Aintree Racecourse in the UK. What a star, Perry took everything in his stride, 25 horses working together in the arena.

Sadly, on the 13th February 2020, it was the end of an era. I lost Jake after a short bout of colic and aged 31, he was put to sleep to graze pastures new in peace.

Julia

Associates

Helen

Wain

Ride With Your Mind

and

TREC Coach

Tot

Wall

TREC

Trainer

Dawn

Rothwell

Equine

Sports

Therapist

 
 

Testimonials

Jen

Thank you for all your help with Reuben and me this weekend. I can't thank you enough. Your way of training was perfect for me and him. It was great he loaded so well and I can be confident to go other places now as this was the first time I have gone without Graham.

Reuben had never seen poles and obstacles before and the way the course was structured with the groundwork was the perfect way for him. He is a sensitive soul easily frightened. (your horse is your mirror?!)

 

You gave me the tools to build on the experience.

A quick update:

Julia, I cantered many times yesterday when I was out with her. Even up the whole length of the gallop! She has been marvellous but without the confidence boost I had with you I don't think, (actually I know) I could have done it. Jen

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

All our current upcoming events are shown below, you can read more information about any you are interested in by clicking the "I'm Interested" button, which will take you to the event-specific page where you will find lots more information.

Once you have read through a particular event's details, if you are then thinking of booking that event you can register your interest by clicking the "Register Interest" button and completing the form.

Keep checking back for more events you may be interested in.

Virtual Map Room Webinar
May 26, 8:00 PM – 8:35 PM
Zoom Meeting
Join this virtual map room webinar from the comfort of your home. Newcomers, Novice and Advanced routes Details of how to join and how to get the maps will be emailed to you after you have registered
The Gables TREC Experience (North Wales)- Sold Out
Jun 26, 4:00 PM – Jun 28, 4:00 PM
The Gables, The Gables, Bwlch, Rhes-y-cae, Holywell CH8 8JT, UK
A long weekend with your horse, staying in the country house with all inclusive delicious meals, TREC obstacle and map reading training and miles of off-road riding. Suitable for newcomers, novice, and nervous riders
TRAC TREC Camp (Shropshire)
Jul 31, 4:00 PM – Aug 02, 4:00 PM
Feel Timing Balance, Coton, Whitchurch SY13 2RA, UK
Chris Kynaston has kindly invited us to the Chestnuts. Come along to find out more about the sport of TREC. Training with Sally Brett (horsemanship specialist) PTV (Obstacles) & MA (Control of Paces) and with Julia McHugh (TREC GB Judge and associate TD) POR (Orienteering)
Somerford Park Autumn TREC Camp -Sold Out
Sep 11, 1:00 PM – Sep 13, 4:00 PM
Somerford Park Farm, Holmes Chapel Rd, Congleton CW12 4SW, UK
You will have a minimum of 4.5 hours ridden training and full use of the farm ride from arrival on Friday until departure on Sunday. This is INCLUDED in the cost.
Brandy House Exclusive Rider Retreat (Powys)
Oct 02, 10:00 AM – Oct 04, 4:00 PM
Brandy House Farm, Felindre, Knighton LD7 1YL, UK
I'm delighted to share with you a weekend of Calm & Confident learning with Sally Brett & Tracey Cole
Trevor Hall Rider Retreat
Oct 13, 10:00 AM – Oct 15, 4:00 PM
Trevor Hall, Trevor Hall Rd, Garth, Llangollen LL20 7UP, UK
I am so excited to share my news with you and to invite you to the inaugural Rider Retreat at Trevor Hall in Llangollen.
Dudgeley TREC Training Camp (Shropshire)
Apr 16, 2021, 4:00 PM
Dudgeley Farm, All Stretton, Church Stretton SY6 6LE, UK
TREC Training with Helen Wain and Tot Wall, two of the best TREC trainers in the UK. Ridden training sessions (PTV & MA) in small groups, plus un-ridden map & compass exercises and plenty of time to explore out on the hills
Brandy House TREC Retreat (Powys)
Apr 23, 2021, 7:00 PM
Brandy House Farm, Felindre, Knighton LD7 1YL, UK
TREC Holiday, suitable for newcomers who want to learn more and have a go at map reading or experienced "treccies" wanting a pre-season refresh & improve "holiday"
Dressage Diva Retreat with BD level 5 Judge
May 04, 2021, 10:00 AM – May 06, 2021, 4:00 PM
Trevor Hall, Trevor Hall Rd, Garth, Llangollen LL20 7UP, UK
How would you like a retreat holiday with your horse and training with a BD List 5 Judge? How about a confidence and performance coach to erase your fears and anxiety? Sounds perfect doesn’t it. Join myself with Diane Hesketh Jones and Dr Tracey Cole for the most amazing dressage experience
Live Webinar with Helen Wain
Time is TBD
Your Laptop, Tablet or Mobile Phone
Join Helen Wain & I for this interesting webinar full details tbc soon
Hack your Mind Workshop (Shropshire)
Time is TBD
Upper Shadymoor Farm, Stapleton, Dorrington, Shrewsbury SY5 7AL, UK
What if you could accomplish your riding goals without fear? Do you want to eliminate the "what if thoughts"? If you are ready to boost your confidence then this is for you
Horsemanship For Hacking Camp 2020 (Shropshire)-Sold Out
Time is TBD
Upper Shadymoor Farm, Stapleton, Dorrington, Shrewsbury SY5 7AL, UK
How would you like to spend a whole weekend in a calm confident environment with your horse, to develop your partnership and learn how to be more confident riding, by understanding why your horse behaves as they do and what you can do to help them be more confident. Only 6 places available
Hacking Glamping (Shropshire)
Anytime
Feather Down Upper Shadymoor Farm, Upper Shadymoor, Shrewsbury SY5 7AL, UK
Glamping holiday with your horse grazing in the next field.
 

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