Finley wins first race today

Finley Marsh a graduate of our Pony Morning won his first race as a professional today when he won the apprentices race at Southwell today.There were 14 runners and it was Fin's seventh race.Fin progressed from Pony mornings to having his own racing pony  at the stables ,kindly loaned to him,allowing him to get some practice pony racing .Then he gained a place at the racing school at Newmarket,before joining Richard Hughes yard last summer.

Fin also won the best male student at racing school, judged on all male students in the his year. No mean feat when considering the number of courses run at the racing school in any year.

Congratulations Alice!

Well done to full time member of staff Alice Breeds, who took and passed her Preliminary Teaching Test just before Christmas.The exam is a tough one with two practical teaching tests Plus theory and a presentation on a given topic.Not only did Alice pass but she got a distinction which is effectively, the highest grade.Nikki will be able to retire now!!!!


New After School Club for Children

This club is limited to maximum of 4 children two sessions could be run if necessary. In each session children will do some pony and stable management and be given a half an hour lesson. The aim is to develop confidence and safety around ponies and riding skills. This is a marvellous opportunity for your child to develop their skills in a safe interesting environment. 

Tuesday evenings 4pm - 5pm
Run by Caroline

Special Introductory Price for the first month £13.00 per session
(We request £52 to be paid in advance to cover the first month - unfortunately we can't offer a refund on cancellation or no show) 

Normal price £15.50 per child

Please phone Caroline Wall if you are interested in these sessions. 
Tel: 07967 011805

Dressage Competition at Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre

The last weekend of August, gave a great opportunity to take 3 ponies to the KSEC Dressage competition. Nikki, Alice and Karen all went with Ruby, Dancer and coloured Prince. For Ruby and Dancer this was their first time out, and first ever competition, Prince almost acted as a 'nanny' to give the two young horses confidence traveling, and in the new area. It was a great day for all, Ruby who has been broken in by us, came in during the summer as a 5 year old having done nothing. Has exceeded all hopes, loaded and travelled well, did extremely well in her first ever walk and trot test and came forth! Dancer is Alice's project for this year, it was also her first time out too. A beautiful looking horse, which I must add took a lot of cleaning by Alice, especially her feathers! Alice and Dancer came second! Well Done! Karen took Prince, he did very well also, and came third in his class! Well Done!

Congratulations Nikki

In May Nikki was personally requested by Philippe Karl to take a place on one of his courses to become a Licenced Instructor of the School of Légèreté (lightness. Philippe Karl, the author, classical trainer and highly respected former Écuyer of the Cadre Noir for 13 years, has become very well known in recent years as a champion of horse-friendly riding and a staunch critic of modern coercive training methods. Since 2004 he has been especially dedicated to the training of riding instructors within his School of Légèreté. The UK branch of his School of Légèreté instructor-training course began at The Holistic Equitation Centre (Northampton) in January 2011. 

Nikki was one of 80 auditors of the course able to study the first group of British students who were taught and assessed by Philippe Karl himself and she followed the progress and training of the eight instructors for three years. After putting his principals into practice with her own teaching and training of her horses at home, she then volunteered herself as a guinea pig for one of the eight instructors to teach as part of their final exam in May 2014. It was here whilst riding Neville that Philippe Karl was impressed with the duo and requested that she took part in the 3-year course herself to become a licensed instructor of the School of Légèreté. This is a huge accolade as there is a long waiting list for the course both internationally and in the UK and instructors wishing to take part are usually required to pass a stiff interview.

Nikki will begin the course in September comprising 10 clinics taught and assessed by Philippe Karl. At the end of the three-year basic training these riders can become licenced Instructors of the School of Légèreté only after successfully completing a four part practical and theoretical exam. Clinics are held 3 times each year and each clinic is 4 days in duration. Lessons include: individual dressage training work in hand, at the lunge and on long reins jumping quadrille, theory, teacher training, final exam. During the final exam, the students are judged on: their theoretical knowledge the training level reached by their horses and their competence in teaching. We wish Nikki all the best with the course and the exam!! For more information about Philippe Karl and the School of Légèreté click here.