Demonstrations like this are a fantastic way for folks to get together and share their passion for equine training. In addition to being productive and cost effective, demos are sociable and great fun, offering insights into groundwork and ridden issues.
Demonstrations may incorporate the use of a round pen, trailer or other spooky demon! Typically, two or three horses are selected from a previously volunteered list to provide a balanced spread of issues for the demo topic.
Richard’s philosophy is that “a horse that performs with a happy and willing mind is a safer and much more enjoyable horse to be around. I take inspiration from many people and never stop learning! I’m always seeking something new to disseminate through my clinics and ensure my methods are easy for riders and owners to maintain daily in order to continually improve the relationship with their horses”…
Based in Suffolk, Richard travels the UK (and abroad) teaching proven solutions to horse and pony owners of all levels and ambitions. Some would simply like to lead their youngster without being dragged through the muck heap, others need answers for issues under saddle, and competitors learn techniques which can maximise well-being and performance.
Horses were an early interest and Richard starting riding aged nine before owning his first pony at the age of eleven. His love of all things equestrian remained through his first few years in the army, until he transferred to The Household Cavalry Regiment and swapped growling tanks for gleaming Cavalry Blacks! He became a Riding Instructor, training Life Guards subalterns and backing the young horses coming over from Ireland. During this time, Monty Roberts came to prominence and this provided Richard’s introduction to natural horsemanship.
As Richard studied, adapted and incorporated the best of both natural and traditional methods of horsemanship, it quickly became evident to him that where a horse’s behaviour changes, pain is often the catalyst. “I don’t think a horse wakes up one morning and decides he’s had enough – there has to be more to it” Richard’s explains, a sentiment that saw him begin considering a horse from a “physical first” approach. This decision connected Richard with Andy Andrews and Jim Masterson, later forming the foundation to Richard’s Bodywork Courses.
We’ve all met a horse we think should feel better! Bodywork is the process of releasing tension and engaging our horse. It encourages them to seek active participation, rather than simply tolerating procedures being applied. Richard is an accredited Masterson Method TM practitioner.
Poldice Valley is a purpose-built competition and training facility set in a quiet village in a lovely part of West Cornwall 8 miles from Truro and Falmouth.. The site is idyllic and combines both superb facilities with a tranquil and relaxed setting. Re-opened under new management after a four year wait the indoor arena is 61m x 21m with a TurfFloat surface, a large Viewing Galley and 2 Judges’ boxes.
Karen Trezise, the owner, is herself an experienced horsewoman who has competed both Nationally and Internationally. She offers training herself and clinics run by many other professional trainers like Richard. She also runs regular competitions as well as making the facility available to local Pony and Riding clubs to host their own competitions and has also had dog agility groups and rugby clubs making use of the arena during the winter months.
Tickets for the event are £25.00