"A gifted horse will lead a good rider to victory. A great rider will give the horse the gift of soundness"
Jean Luc Cornille
Jean Luc Cornille M.A.(M.Phil) has gained worldwide recognition by applying practical science to the training of the equine athlete. Influenced by his background as a gymnast, Jean Luc deeply understands how equine training can be enhanced by contemporary scientific research. A unique combination of riding skill, training experience and extensive knowledge of equine physiology enables Jean Luc to "translate" scientific insights into a language comprehensible to both horse and rider. This approach has been the trademark of his training.
Jean Luc is a FEI-level trainer, instructor and international competitor. He has medal-winning expertise in dressage, show jumping, three-day eventing, steeplechase and also work in-hand.
The Science of Motion is a new approach to rehabilitation therapy, developed by Jean Luc Cornille, which, instead of treating the damage, addresses the kinematic (characteristics of motion) abnormalities that cause the pathological changes which lead to lameness in the first place. The approach has been used to successfully prevent and rehabilitate lameness, where other therapies have been ineffective, underlining the capacity of the horse's physique to heal itself, so long as the source of the abnormal stress has been corrected.
The Science of Motion approach works based on the scientifically proven fact that the kinematic abnormality is there first and it is the repetition of abnormal kinematics that causes injury. 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 lameness. By correcting the abnormality, if done early enough, it is possible to prevent pathological changes. Furthermore, once damage has already altered the integrity of the muscle, ligament or bone structure, correcting the abnormality is imperative for recovery and soundness.
This approach has been successfully utilised to rehabilitate many different chronic disabilities including severe cases of navicular disease and kissing spine.
TIME: 09.00 - 17.30
ADDRESS: ATTINGTON STUD, TETSWORTH, THAME, OXFORDSHIRE, OX9 7BY
09.00 - Lecture
10.15 - Break
10.30-1.30 - Lessons
1.30 - 2.15
2.15-5.15 - Lessons
5.15-5.30 - Q&A
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available all day, but please make your own provisions for lunch. The town of Thame is a few minutes drive away should you need to buy anything on the day and there is a pub within walking distance of the venue which serves food
The clinic is indoors and seating is provided. Please bring layers to keep warm!
Attington Stud is 5 minutes off the M40 at junction 6.
As you drive down the road into Tetsworth, there are two entrances that come up on your right. The first has large wooden gates. These are the gates to the main house, please do not use this entrance! The second has a black wrought iron electric gate and is signposted 'Equestrian Entrance'. Please use this entrance.
The XC course at Attington Stud is used throughout the day by visiting horses. Please park with consideration, starting from the far right.
We kindly ask that dogs are left in the car and exercised 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.
There are eight rider places on this clinic and each participant will ride for all three days. Limited places are still available. To register your interest please email us using the form at the bottom of this page.
The cost to ride is £225 per day, plus stabling at £30 per night. A deposit of £225 will be required to secure your place.
Please note rider deposits are non-refundable as standard. In the event that you are unable to ride we will do our best to fill your place, but will only be able to offer a refund, less administration fee, in the event that we are able to do so.
Spectators are welcome! Book your tickets using the PayPal button below.
Please note spectator tickets are non-refundable.
Your PayPal receipt or email confirmation serves as your ticket. Please have a screenshot or printout ready when you arrive.
Online bookings close midnight 5th October. On the door ticket prices are £60/day or £135 for three days.
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.
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.
If you can't wait to get started with your rehabilitation program, or you simply want to begin your journey to lifelong soundness and strength, you can book an analysis of your horse's movement with Jean Luc in our Horsemanship Hub here