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.
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