A casual remark to local List 1 judge and trainer Leanne Wall that I wondered how rider training for beginners had progressed since I first started learning in the mid-1970s (often ending up incredibly confused by conflicting advice) led to me accompanying her one wet January morning to watch her teach. She also volunteered to explain how BYRDS operates. Exploring further, I was over-whelmed not only by her enthusiasm but also by the enthusiasm that BYRDS inspires in young people and their parents. The result, after a hectic fortnight, is a series of features posted on the website . . .

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