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Welcome to my page, inspired by my beautiful mare Grace who caused me to change my approach to not only horsemanship, but how we interact with all beings and life in general!

I am a freelance BHS Accredited Senior Coach, Trust Technique Practitioner (this is for ALL types of animal) and classical trainer based near Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK.

Build a partnership based on trust and confidence through:
Mindfulness – observe behaviour and develop a mental state of calm focus.
Groundwork – calm communication from haltering to classical work in hand.
Riding – basics to collection, based on classical principles.
Training for mental, emotional and physical well-being.

About Me

At the age of 8, I had to make a choice – ballet or horse-riding. I chose riding.

I had weekly lessons and by the time I was a teenager, I was spending all my weekends and holidays helping out, watching and learning. I was small, so I also got to back and ride away the young ponies.

I left school at 16 and became a working pupil at a riding school/livery yard/stud and took my BHSAI a year later. I spent a season working in a leading showing yard but I soon returned to teaching and was the head girl in a riding school/livery/competition yard for a while. I then decided I wanted a “proper job” so that I could, for the first time afford my own horse, but continued to teach freelance in my spare time.

In 1991 I took my BHSII and by this time I was starting to compete regularly in anything and everything on my own and others’ horses. My interest started to focus on dressage and I was more drawn to the classical training methods but still enjoyed competing. Over the following years I remained a keen student and in addition to continuing the classical training, I also explored natural horsemanship.

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Blog – Reflections on Horses and Life

Closing the Gap

I have just spent two inspiring days at The Donkey Sanctuary at The Trust Technique’s Practitioner Day followed by their open I Have a Dream Day. I have heard James and Shelley’s message over and over again during the last 2 years, but on each hearing there is a realisation of how much I still …

Trust

Before you can expect your horse to trust you, first you must trust your horse and even before that trust yourself. What does this mean? It means accepting that whatever is happening right here, right now in this present moment is O.K. You don’t have to like it, but no amount of resistance to it …