Category: Features

Can you name Kent’s homebred international dressage hero?

Not many riders can boast of training as many horses to grand prix as he has — of competing in two Nations Cup competitions for Great Britain — or helping a blind rider to compete successfully up to small tour level. He has quietly encouraged the local BD community and with his partner has become an enthusiastic supporter of Team Quest

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‘Unseen’ combo to meet Claire and an audience for the first time

Kent-based rider Hannah Knight and Indy Pepper will be Claire Gallimore’s previously unseen guinea pigs at her forthcoming lecture demonstration, “Training the Horse’s Mind for Relaxed Performance”. Hannah commented: “Exposing Indy to an atmosphere and to an audience with Claire’s help is going to be really good for her.”
The Desperado x Jazz six-year-old mare is described as an anxious character and was diagnosed and successfully treated for stomach ulcers earlier this year.

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Dressage training ‘outside the box’

To quote Alice Oppenheimer, one of the Claire Gallimore’s demo riders at the forthcoming Training the Horse’s Mind for Relaxed Performance event*, “You don’t train horses to grand prix by waving balloons around, but groundwork relaxation methods support competition success. While some people might dismiss them, they are an invaluable addition to more conventional work.”

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High summer and hot horses at competitions: how do you ensure their welfare?

What does ‘aggressive cooling’ mean for your horse as you travel to, and compete at, this year’s various summer championship competitions? And what other potential equine health risks should you be aware of when you are ‘Out and About’? Who knows what our chaotic climate will bring? We need to be prepared. We asked advice from FEI approved Treating Vet Clare Smith, BVSc MRCVS. 

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