MATTHIAS GEYSEN; FREE RIDER


"Difficult horses do not exist. They have become difficult to handle, forced by man...

Revealing the beauty in man and horse. That is my challenge, every single day." 

Matthias Geysen

19-20 SEPTEMBER, WILLOW FIELDS, MARLOW, BUCKS

ABOUT MATTHIAS

The goal: To restore the natural balance between human and horse by respecting both identities. Striving for the horse's utmost freedom by acknowledging its nature and adjusting its care. Communication problems are the cause of many social and relationship issues between people, but also between man and horse.

 

Horses have stayed close to their true nature and are hard to condition completely, unless by means of violence and fear. Matthias has learnt that horses experience life differently, showing an enormous willingness to trust, but only fully indulging themselves when one respects their freedom.

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.

THE CLINIC

"I teach you how to handle your horse in a calm way, starting by respecting yourself and your horse. I love to take you on a trip that explores the pure connection between horse and man. A relationship of trust opens the world for both of you." Matthias Geysen

 

DAY 1

Matthias will present his philosophy and way of working with horses.

a.m. Matthias will work with each horse in order to show how to connect with every breed and horse character.

p.m. Matthias will work on an individual basis with the participants in order to observe the relationship between the rider and the horse.

Specific objectives chosen by everyone, will be defined in order to improve the rider / horse relationship.

Focus on groundwork exercises. Participants can also choose from the following:-

 

- to tackle problem behaviour;

- to improve their riding skills with or without a saddle;

- to learn how to ride with a neck rope;

- to learn how to ride with a bit-less bridle;

- to learn how to ride without reins, just with body language.

 

DAY 2

A continuation of work on the chosen aspects of the first day.

BOOK A RIDER PLACE

The cost to ride on this clinic is £350. Rider places are now full, but there is a waiting list open. If you would like to be added to the list, please email us using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

BOOK A SPECTATOR PLACE

Spectator options
Contact number

Online bookings close at midnight on 17th September. On the door prices £50/day or £90/weekend.

CLINIC INFORMATION

Address: Willow Fields, Pump Lane North, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 3RA

 

Each day will start at 09.30 and finish around 17.00.

 

The venue 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.

 

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided all day, 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.

 

There is plenty of parking for horseboxes and cars on-site.

ACCOMMODATION

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:-

 

Premier Inn Marlow

The Causeway

Marlow

Buckinghamshire SL7 2AA

www.premierinn.com

Crowne Plaza Marlow

Fieldhouse Lane

Marlow

Buckinghamshire SL7 1GJ

www.ihg.com

Glade End Guest House

2 Little Marlow Road

Marlow

Buckinghamshire SL7 1HD

www.gladeend.co.uk

Holiday Inn High Wycombe

Handy Cross

High Wycombe

Buckinghamshire HP11 1TL

www.hihighwycombehotel.com