Benefit from Claire’s European dressage training experiences
Out and About Dressage’s fourth and final choice in its Christmas Present free training session prize draw competition, open exclusively to subscribers, is International U25 rider and UKCC3 coach Claire Gallimore. Claire returned to the UK only last month after several years spent in Holland for her advanced education in competitive dressage, training and coaching.

She has competed for Great Britain at European Championships all through her Youth Rider career. Firstly on Gigolo in Ponies, then on Daniolo in Juniors and at this year’s Europeans on her Young Rider and U25 GP horse, Annette Ballerina. At the Hickstead International in July she and ‘Bella’ won both her U25 Inter II and GP classes. She also announced her intention of establishing her future coaching career from an East Sussex base.

For the past two and half years Claire has been training with Tristan Tucker, the Netherlands-based grand prix rider and famous exponent of groundwork training and tension releasing techniques. He came over to help Claire warm-up at Hickstead and he remains an important mentor for her. Before joining Tristan in his yard she spent three years training at the Academy Bartels.

Claire explained: “I found that the European system is very much about detail and as coaches the Bartels were experienced in transferring the knowledge they have and fostering a rider’s ability.

“Annette Ballerina is Scandic x Jazz and not the easiest of characters. I could go into an arena and not get round a test because she was on her hind legs and spooking. Reasoning that always doing the same thing was getting the same results, I knew I had to change something, so I looked for an opportunity to gain more knowledge and come at our issues from a different direction. I was lucky enough to have Tristan Tucker willing to open his doors to me and my horses.

The on-the-ground work that I learnt with Tristan is definitely something I intend offering my UK clients. If riders specifically want to come for a groundwork lesson that’s fine but then I hope to continue to work with them when they have ridden sessions because they’re inter-linked. They are not two separate things. Groundwork is just a stepping-stone.

“I came over from Holland for my UKCC3 assessments. I think it’s good to put yourself in an environment where you have feedback and your coaching is analysed and critiqued in order to push yourself forward. Every coach can benefit from more knowledge in helping riders, and riders can benefit from more knowledge to empower their horses. Whatever riders’ personal goals are, if I can help them achieve them or help them on their journey, that will only give me pleasure.”

Claire is teaching at monthly clinics at Adam and Philippa Lanes’ bright, state-of-the-art surfaced indoor arena at Alder Lane Farm, near Newick, just off the A272. She is also available for private lessons and clinics elsewhere in the Southern region by arrangement.

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