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Back story: Caroline Sparks dressage trainer and philosopher

Back story: Caroline Sparks dressage trainer and philosopher

Caroline Sparks told Out and About Dressage how her early dressage education took her to international competition within a year and that she likes to use exercises with the people she trains to help them understand what it is that they are feeling.  Experience in the...
Alfie — thriving and competing at last!

Alfie — thriving and competing at last!

DESPITE all her knowledge and experience in horse care, Debby Lush ran out of solutions when her future competition partner, Alfie, developed a persistent digestive problem. She tells her story: “I’ve had plenty of horses with weight issues — they’ve been too fat, all...
Co-operative cobs make happy competitors

Co-operative cobs make happy competitors

FORGET for a minute those fabulous, flashy continental warmbloods and consider a cob! At Oldencraig, Surrey, recently the wonderfully named “Black Bottoms”, and his happy owner Claire Hayes, won the challenging novice 39 qualifier and went home with a frame-able...
Leanne warms down BYRDS weekend with thoughts on warm ups

Leanne warms down BYRDS weekend with thoughts on warm ups

Leanne Wall’s final advice to all dressage competitors, whether BYRDS or adults is summed up in three words: “Watch, listen and learn” Leanne Wall’s ‘holiday’ this year will be the Europeans in Valencia in July which she will be attending as an...
Brilliant BYRDS 4 — Europeans medals launch a future in training

Brilliant BYRDS 4 — Europeans medals launch a future in training

While small in stature and diffident in manner, West Sussex-based Sarah Millis has a big reputation as an international competitor and as a trainer. She told Out and About Dressage how it all began and what being a BYRDS British Team member taught her MELISSA BEER who...
Brilliant BYRDS Part 3: Mums (and daughters)

Brilliant BYRDS Part 3: Mums (and daughters)

When Out and About Dressage spoke to Sam Osborn, BYRDS rep for Surrey, she said: “Children today are under a lot of pressure both in their academic education and from Facebook to be perfect. Horses and ponies bring you back to reality. They don’t always go 100% the...

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