Sarah Williams: ‘super woman’ and softie

Sarah Williams: ‘super woman’ and softie

BD List 2 judge and trainer Sarah Williams, also frequently seen coming down the centreline to compete, is an heroic mix of empathy, determination and manic energy. The softer side of the ‘village girl done good’ as she describes herself, adopts dogs and parrots —...
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...
Top trainers volunteer to mentor young riders

Top trainers volunteer to mentor young riders

MARY-ANNE HORN has planted the seed of an idea that she hopes will help more young riders blossom  — with the help of some like-minded allies. She plans to offer on-going mentoring to one or two selected youngsters who for economic reasons do not have access to a...
Four Elms five star livery and training

Four Elms five star livery and training

ANYONE who takes their riding seriously, especially those hooked on dressage, will tell you that right after the health and happiness of their horses, access to good training is central to their enjoyment and fulfilment. Few venues in the area offer training...

Stephen Clarke and Miguel Ralao: unlocking a tight back

At the Training the Teachers of Tomorrow seminar (22 April) FEI Judge General Stephen Clarke and Portugal Olympic rider Miguel Ralao investigated a tight back affecting both walk rhythm and canter. Miguel explains the ‘against instincts’ tactics with a hot horse;...

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