"A free horse is a happy horse"
Ben is a professional equine stunt rider, trick trainer and rider from East Yorkshire. He has been riding his whole life and is a key member of the family business, Atkinson Action Horses, who have spent nearly three decades training horses and riders for Film, TV and live events. They pride themselves on being ready for any task that comes to them and they provide to the industry, horse master and lead actors horses, stunt training for riders and horses, liberty horses, carriage driving horses and classically trained dressage horses.
"When I see a horse I see something that is pure and free, untainted by greed like humans are. I see something that will do anything for you and always love you no matter how many mistakes you make or how little you understand. They are the kindest and most generous creatures on the planet." Ben Atkinson
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES:
FOR THE MAXIMUM AVOIDANCE OF RISK, SPECTATOR PLACES ARE LIMITED AND EVERYONE IS REQUIRED TO WEAR FACE MASKS WHILST IN BUSIER AREAS OF THE VENUE I.E. AROUND TOILETS AND REFRESHMENTS. SPECTATORS ARE ASKED TO KEEP TO THE 2M DISTANCE RULE. WILLOW FIELDS IS A VERY OPEN OUTDOOR VENUE AND THIS SHOULD BE EASY TO DO. SANITISING STATIONS WILL BE SET UP AROUND THE VENUE IN KEY AREAS. ALTHOUGH WE USUALLY PROVIDE TEA, COFFEE AND REFRESHMENTS, IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF SAFETY, AT THIS EVENT THERE WILL BE A MOBILE CATERER FROM WHOM YOU CAN BUY YOUR REFRESHMENTS.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By attending this clinic, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
If you feel unwell, or anyone in your household has symptoms, we ask that you please do not attend and follow the government advice to self-isolate.
TIME: 09.30 - 17.30
ADDRESS: Willow Fields, Pump Lane, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 3RA
The day will start in our gazebo, with a theory session from Ben, who will talk with us about his philosophy, his horses, how he achieves clarity, consistency & confidence and more! Ben will then guide everyone through rider sessions and demonstrations throughout the two days. Riders are welcome to focus on ground/liberty or ridden work, so the clinic is open to both those who ride and those who don't.
At our venue we have use of a sand arena and sand or grass round pens. It is very open, so please bring clothing for all weathers, from sun cream to raincoats! There is a large viewing marquee for spectators, should it rain.
Spectators, there is no need to bring your own chair as we have seating at the venue.
Tuk Tuk coffee will be on site all morning for hot drinks and light refreshments (see menu below and www.tuktukcoffee.co.uk), but please bring your own lunch and anything else you might need. Should you prefer to go out at lunchtime, the Three Horseshoes pub across the road serves good food, or there is an Asda superstore two miles away that has a range of hot and cold food options. Additionally, the nearby town of Marlow has a variety of shops, delis and supermarkets.
Respectfully, we ask that spectators do not bring dogs to the venue. This is because we have our own dogs that will be on site throughout the weekend.
You are welcome to camp onsite in your horsebox, or caravan, but please note that there is no hook up. Below we have comprised a short list of local hotel/B&B options and there are many more in the area: -
Riders places are £350 for two days. If you would like to ride, please complete the below application form, letting us know a bit about yourself and your horse.
Rider places are now full, but please do still email us to be added to the waiting list
RIDERS: IF YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY BOOKED A PLACE, PLEASE DOWNLOAD, COMPLETE AND RETURN THE BOOKING FORM BELOW
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Online bookings will close at midnight on 6th August. On the door price is £50/day or £90/weekend.
Have you ever wondered what was missing in your Liberty training? Why you just can't get that one thing right? Do you want to know how to teach a great Spanish Walk. Or to train your horse to Bow or Lay Down?
Well here it is.... a series of individual, themed, training videos from Ben Atkinson, of Atkinson Action Horses, to teach you these things and more. And all with the ethical methodology that we respect most. Because as Ben says... "A free horse is a happy horse"!
Ben's horsemanship is spellbinding. In this behind the scenes educational documentary, Ben will wow you with fearless stunt riding, classical dressage and the art of liberty. But what does it take to create a courageous action horse and how does he form those unbreakable bonds of trust?
For this film, Larisa from Organised Equestrian, spent a day with Ben Atkinson, stunt rider, trick trainer, Liberty artist and horseman, to learn what it takes to train the ultimate performance horse.
See the full film at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/organisedequestrian