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 enlightenment, as many have found, can be a costly and demoralising experience. But Vicki Thompson-Winfield, Chief Rider and Chief Instructor at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre has proved many times that it is possible to fast-track to the top with a knowledgeable, diligent, trainer ally. (Main picture above, Vicki competing Sam Francis' Mango Jacaro at grand . . .

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