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NLP 7: Framing satisfying and realistic personal goals

Wendy Jago is a British Dressage List 3A judge and Neuro-Linguistic Master Practitioner and Master coach. Her article NLP:7 concludes her series on using NLP techniques to improve rider performance with thoughts on how to frame both personally satisfying and realistic...

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Paul Hayler, “All Dressage is about balance”, part 3

Paul Hayler, “All Dressage is about balance”, part 3

While piaffe-passage helped Aldborough Rubenhall gain strength in his core to become a grand prix athlete, as a youth rider Bobby Hayler developed hers with the help of a fitness ball. In the final session at the Paul Hayler lecture demonstration at Belmoredean, West...

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Paul Hayler, ‘All dressage is about Balance’, part 2

Paul Hayler, ‘All dressage is about Balance’, part 2

BD Training Director Paul Hayler, continuing his Balance-themed lecture demonstration at Belmoredean, West Sussex (10 March), examined some of the issues of balance that face both riders and judges at novice level. His guinea pigs in this second session were local...

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All dressage is about Balance: part 1

All dressage is about Balance: part 1

British Dressage Training Director Paul Hayler used a statement that is generally accepted but perhaps not thought about sufficiently as the main theme of his lecture demonstration to riders and judges at Belmoredean, West Sussex (10 March). He said: “All dressage is...

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Test 98 analysed — the ultimate advanced medium work-out

Test 98 analysed — the ultimate advanced medium work-out

List 2A judge Sara-Jane Lanning, who has provided this latest Test Analysis in the Out and About Dressage series, is an enthusiastic competitor as well as being a popular trainer who includes test riding clinics in her diary. In her competition life she proves that by...

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Model success to improve your performance

‘HOW’ is the basis of all Neurolinguistic Programming investigations, writes NLP Master Practitioner and coach Wendy Jago. Modelling how successful people do what they do can enable us to do what we do better. MODELLING is not the same as imitation as it involves...

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Zoe Sopp to relaunch Priory dressage shows

Well-known dressage rider and trainer Zoe Sopp plans to relaunch dressage competitions at the popular Priory Equestrian Centre venue. The shows will run monthly starting this March and Zoe hopes that support from the dressage community will lead to renewed affiliated...

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Giant scene stealers and big personalities pursue ambitions

Giant scene stealers and big personalities pursue ambitions

Merrist Wood, Surrey, 1 April
Featuring riders Sarah Millis, Claire Moir, Tor Fenwick, Liz Diegutis, Debbie Poynter, Jo Wood, Rowan Bryson, Holly Colgate-Hardaway, Jamie Broom, Issy Rosser, Natasha Gibbons and Betty Tatchell,

BIG TOUR at Merrist lived up to its name with Grand Prix and Inter II classes filling the warm-up arena with giants at the end of a day featuring many big personalities. A lot of combinations were stepping up to a new and challenging level — so frequently scores were on a more modest scale. But Sarah Millis, below, took 18hh-plus Behroez from his current competitive international plus-72% small tour level two steps up the ladder to winning his debut grand prix on an impressive 67.5%. 

Claire Moir, featured top, made what was almost her own grand prix debut, as well as that of 18hh-plus Davonport Bewes. She thereby exceeded her ambition, achieved two years before to compete “Rodney” in small tour at a favourite international venue, Compiègne. Another two GP debutants were Joe Bright and a confident and relaxed 18hh JBD Wodan, see below. The previously nervous horse has clearly benefited from SAS-equivalent arena familiarisation training that included Stoneleigh last year as a member of the Hickstead Quadrille,

Since Compiègne, which Claire celebrated with Rodney and Rodney’s owner and breeder Anne Haydon in 2016, the rider has had a battle with colonic cancer that involved a 10-hour operation. But she said, “I was not able to ride for a couple of months afterwards but during that time I taught [16-year-old] Samantha Willson on him and she competed him at Advanced and enabled her to get her qualification to ride at PSG.”

Claire reflected: “Compiègne was wonderful and everything we achieve now is a read more…

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Established horses prevail over new talent

Hickstead, West Sussex, 23 March Featuring Francesca Bradley, Luke Baber-Davies and Tania Grantham at PSG and also riders Sarah Millis, Astrid Redshaw, Trina Stewart, Georgina Howard, Anne-Marie Rawlins, Natalie Mather, Sarah Dwyer-Coles, Rowena Gilbert, Molly Key,...

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Timolin — just look him now!

Crofton Manor, Fareham, Hants, 21 March Featuring riders Lizzie Murray, Sara-Jane Lanning, Denise Fryer, Erika Fitches, Zoe Harrison, Kate Welch, Louise Brown, Anna Kendell, Christine Smith, Alison Heywood and Rebecca Brown CATHERSTON STUD’s Timolin’s charisma and...

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