...trying to develop a kind and relaxed way of training the horse into the highest level of dressage
"Liberty Dressage is based on the idea that I want to train my horse to understand my signals to an even greater extent. To me it is extremely important that my horse wants to come to me in every different position e.g. come straight towards me or move his shoulder or hindquarter towards me, move in side pass towards me or back up towards me. Even though a lot of my own previous training has been focused on natural horsemanship, I have chosen to no longer use that name. In natural horsemanship it is common practice to move the horse away from you. Since my way of training horses looks very different from traditional horsemanship I would like to avoid misunderstanding by instead using the name Liberty Dressage to describe the way I train horses. So in my Liberty Dressage, I first of all focus on getting the horse to relax and to let go of control. As soon as this is in place and the horse is calm, he is ready to listen to me and I can start the training towards a fantastic Liberty Dressage!"
"I now think differently about how I ride. Earlier, my so called Freestyle riding (bareback and bridless) was very similar to Western riding. I put a lot of focus onto moving the shoulders, hindquarters, backing up, turning and so on. Obviously this is important, but today my focus is on helping the horse find the same shape, balance and relaxation as in Dressage, even if I am riding without a bridle or a halter. My first goal is to help the horse find his balance forward and down. With the horse in balance I start teaching him shoulder in and travers, helping him to find a higher form. I also teach my horses to follow my signals when jumping without a bridle. So even though I ride without a bridle, I focus more on Dressage and jumping exercises than on western riding. Additionally, I do not ride with a string around the horses neck, but instead with two sticks, so that my seat is still my number one means of communication.
It is never to late to start improving on the communication between you and your horse and it is something that is achievable for everyone. Everyone should try to learn how horses perceive the world. Through this type of training both you and your horse get more variation in your daily work. You will build an even stronger relationship and reach a greater understanding of each other. By building a common language your horse learns to feel safe and to trust you. This training is aimed at building the communication between you and your horse as much as possible."
Each day includes a theory session and 8 individual rider sessions
Start time: 09.30
End time: 17.00
Coffee and tea will be available from 09.00 all day and there will be a break for lunch
The cost to ride on this clinic is £270 and there are 8 places available. To book your place please make the minimum deposit payment and return your completed booking form (download below), by email, as soon as possible.
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Spectators are welcome at all our events! To spectate at this clinic is £40 per day or £75 for the weekend.
Please note spectator tickets are non-refundable
Address: Willow Fields, Pump Lane North, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 3RA
The venue is very open, so please bring clothing for all weathers, from suncream 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.
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
Buckinghamshire SL7 2AA
Crowne Plaza Marlow
Buckinghamshire SL7 1GJ
Glade End Guest House
2 Little Marlow Road
Buckinghamshire SL7 1HD
Holiday Inn High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire HP11 1TL