An NLP path approach to improved performance

Horses respond to their own map of reality, their senses are on a different scale to ours and they have different priorities. It’s our job to understand them as horses not as less intelligent human beings. Wendy Jago, a List 3 Dressage Judge, NLP Master Practitioner...
Farewell to affiliated dressage at Frensham Priory

Farewell to affiliated dressage at Frensham Priory

OPTIMUM EVENT MANAGEMENT held its last show at Priory Equestrian, Frensham, Surrey, on a drizzly grey early November day. But neither the dank weather nor the muddy lorry/car park dimmed the smiles or diminished the enjoyment of the competitors and their...
Invest in Iberian futures now!

Invest in Iberian futures now!

PROFESSIONAL RIDERS take note: the Iberians are coming and former big business manager and Grand Prix rider Karen Shepherd and her Pepperwood Park stud and training centre can put you on the inside track. She believes that if British riders ignore Iberian gene pool...
Is there a fast track to dressage success?

Is there a fast track to dressage success?

HOW QUICKLY can a raw novice rider gain sufficient skill to compete at international level? To the uninformed, dressage looks easy performed well. For the novice at the beginning of their training the challenge can appear overwhelming. Chasing down the wrong paths to...
The show stewards’ role in welfare and fair play

The show stewards’ role in welfare and fair play

Stewards are not the show police, but they are there to monitor the welfare of the horses and help ensure the smooth-running of the competition. The job of a steward demands the skills of a diplomat and ringmaster, an understanding of horsemanship and an encyclopaedic...
Breeding small with big ambitions

Breeding small with big ambitions

Dressage people don’t just ‘get over’ their obsession with horses, sometimes it takes an even more serious form: they start breeding them!  And, says Pippa Drew, “the only way breeding can be financially rewarding in this country is if you can...

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