March 7th-10th 2019
November 8th-11th 2019
Venue: The Dovecote Stables, Hastings Hill, Chipping Norton Road, Churchill, Oxfordshire OX7 6NG
Rider places in March are full, but there is a waiting list open.
To register for a place in November, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.
Read all about our 2018 riders who got here despite the Siberian weather!!
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The Science of Motion is a new approach to therapy, which, instead of treating the damage, addresses the biomechanic abnormalities that cause the pathological changes in the first place. The approach has been used to successfully prevent and rehabilitate lamenesses, where other therapies have been ineffective, underlining the capacity of the horse's physique to heal efficiently, so long as the source of the abnormal stress has been corrected.
Every horse moves differently and since none move perfectly, especially with a rider on their back, even minor defects in gait can eventually result in lameness. As with human athletes, careful analysis of how a horse moves and the use of an individualised training program can both enhance performance and rehabilitate injuries, including those resulting in chronic lamenesses. The Science of Motion is a new approach to training and therapy, which is based upon identifying and correcting the specific gait abnormalities inherent in each horse. This approach was developed by Jean Luc Cornille, an international level Three-Day Event rider and trainer, who has extensively studied equine movement. His skill, experience and research has allowed him to perfect methods that can be used to correct the imperfections of gait that inhibit a horse from reaching its full athletic potential and often lead to lameness.
The Science of Motion approach has been successfully utilised to rehabilitate many different chronic disabilities including severe cases of navicular disease and kissing spine.
"Lightness is not the bit. Lightness is perfect control of forces and therefore balance. Lightness is efficiency and efficiency in the horse is lightness. "
Jean Luc Cornille
Spectator feedback from previous clinics...
Thank you Jean Luc Cornille for a truly inspiring weekend! After spending two years
riding lame and miserable school horses at university and my new ex racing TB being so sore from his racing career, I had come to the conclusion that it is
damaging and therefore ethically wrong to ride horses.
To find your work, whilst researching kissing spines was a dream, but in my head, I thought it was work I would never have the skill to do with my horse.
To hear you say that it takes time and that it can be frustrating but that anyone can do it has given me the courage to try. Finding a way of riding which is actually beneficial to the horse has inspired me to dig out my riding hat. 😃😃The fact that your work is based in sound science helps as I am fascinated with biomechanics and the way horse and rider interact together. Wonderful!
I can recommend this clinic. Jean Luc Cornille is a great teacher and gives you every practical tool you need to train horses thoughtfully for long term soundness and expression.
Fab day! Lots learnt. Thank you very much for hosting a lovely event! Should have bought more clothes 😆
My head is still buzzing from this clinic. A real eye opener! Definitely need to brush up on my anatomy & physiology! So many takeaways, but the one that really needs to be heard is 'The neck can not place the back, when the back is working properly, the neck will place itself. And to remember that every horse has a slightly different natural neck position'. Stay sound and healthy folks!
Just to say thank you for organising this fantastic clinic. I spectated on the Friday (would have done more but didn't hear about it until recently). It was fascinating and inspiring and I can't wait to get started to help my horse.
09.30 - Lecture
11.30 - Break
11.45 - Lesson 1
12.30 - Lesson 2
13.15 - Lunch
14.00 - Lesson 3
14.45 - Lesson 4
15.30 - Lesson 5
16.15 - Lesson 6
17.00 - Lesson 7
Please note that GPS systems will not take you to the stables! - See directions below...
If you are coming from Chipping Norton, take the first turning right in the village of Churchill, just before the bus stop (Hastings Hill). Then turn immediately right again down a small lane, which has a bridleway sign and is signposted Old Barn House. The Dovecote Stables is at the end of this lane.
Please pass slowly through both gates (signed Dovecote Stables). The second set
of gates will take you through the yard - please follow the signs for parking. Please
drive very slowly down the lane and through the yard onto the car parking area.
There is plenty of parking, but The Dovecote stables is a small private yard. We ask you to please park considerately so that we can fit everyone in and also to car share if at all possible.
We kindly ask that dogs are left in the car and excercised off site.
Dogs are allowed in the lorry park only.
Below is a short list of local Bed and Breakfast accommodation. There are lots of accommodation options in the area, easily found by doing a Google Maps search. Please contact us if you need any help finding somewhere to stay
The Corner House
01608 658 432
The Forge Bed and Breakfast
01608 658 173
Trinity House Bed and Breakfast
01451 831 284
Honeysuckle Bed and Breakfast
01993 830 387