"you get what you work for, not what you wish for"
Holly Barber is best known for being a trainer and rider in the sport of Working Equitation. She has been part of the GB Team 11 times and was ranked 6th in the world at the last International World Championships. She is also a level 4 trainer and national judge for the governing body, The Association for British Working Equitation.
Holly and her family run a training yard in Norfolk - Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation, where they take horses in for schooling, training and backing, as well as teach riders on their own horses.
As the name suggests they have a classical background but Holly has an interest in all spheres of equitation - tips, exercises, principles, anything from whatever discipline; if it helps with training of horses, it interests Holly!
Like Holly, the sport of Working Equitation has a mix of certain attributes from different disciplines. It is a three or four phase sport originating from using horses as working animals in the field for herding and farming purposes. It has a dressage phase, obstacles replicating things that might be found working the countryside as well as other technical obstacles marked like a dressage test, a timed speed phase, and internationally there is also a cattle penning phase.
Not only does Holly love competing in Working Equitation, but she uses the obstacles extensively for training horses and riders as she believes it is an ultimate test in training and helps create a very versatile horse that can respond to their rider and whatever tasks are asked of them, establishing a better partnership through trust and obedience.
In this clinic, Holly will spend two days coaching in depth on how to navigate these obstacles, building not only on physical ability, but also on the strength of the partnership and ultimately confidence in both the horse and the rider.
A peek at Holly in action!
TIME: 09.30 - 17.30
ADDRESS: Willow Fields, Pump Lane, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 3RA
COST: Riders £300. Spectators £40/day or £75 for the weekend
Each day will begin with a theory/classroom session over coffee, followed by training sessions focusing on obstacles and gymnastics throughout the day. Riders will have the opportunity to ride in groups and individual sessions with Holly over both days as well as watching other sessions as part of their course.
The two day clinic will take place at Willow Fields, home to Organised Equestrian. At the venue we have the use of a large sand arena and a covered round pen or grass round pens and lots of obstacles in open space. It is very open, so please bring clothing for all weathers, from sun cream to raincoats!
Spectators, there is no need to bring your own chair as we have seating at the venue, although you are of course welcome to if you prefer.
Please note the seating is not undercover, but there is a large viewing marquee, should it rain or for shelter from the sun. The chairs available will be set up 24 hours before the clinic and fully disinfected. You are welcome to reposition your chair within your bubble, we ask that you put something on your chair to maintain the use of one chair throughout the day.
Please bring your own lunch and anything else you might need. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
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.
IN THE CASE OF ALL EVENTS WE WILL BE FOLLOW COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES AS SET OUT BY THE GOVERNMENT AT THAT TIME
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