"Once we have partnership, we start training"
* Due to covid quarantine, the 2020 clinic has been postponed, dates for 2021 coming soon.
Tik is a fresh and dynamic horseman and his empathy with horses and humans alike and his charismatic nature, make him an impressive trainer.
Tik believes in developing fundamentals at the most basic level to be successful as horses mature. Horses need to learn to walk, stand, catch, come, go, turn, ground-tie, mount easily, and get used to new things before they progress in their mounted training. Tik’s techniques do things such as help a spooky horse relax, or help a young horse get used to the leg for example.
For those people who are more experienced, horse psychology helps them advance up the levels developing further understanding and better communication with their horses. This is done, through pressure and release of pressure, using horses natural curiosity, and adjusting the program and the speed of the program to each specific horse. Most of all the most basic foundational problems are identified and addressed with empathy, respect, communication and trust through this horse psychology program.
Tik’s methods are proven and have worked with horses who have not responded to numerous other training techniques. He is compassionate and has a natural ability to help horses reach new levels in various disciplines.
Once a partnership is developed Tik begins the horse’s training. While the relationship is the foundation, competition drives each of us to improve and reach for our potential.
Tik's following in the UK has grown exponentially since his first clinic and demo here in 2014, seeing him in Scotland as well as England since 2015, also featuring in and writing for Chiltern and Thames Rider and Horsemanship Journal magazines and generating interest from H&C TV (watch this space!).
Tik writes regularly for a number of US publications, including The Chronicle of the Horse, Practical Horseman and eventingnation.com. In 2018, his first book 'In the Middle are the Horsemen', was published in the US and the UK.
Amongst his many other credits, Tik also won the Freestyle, out of more than 200 trainers entered from across the globe, at the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover Competition and National Symposium, both in 2015 and 2018, showing off his flair for making connections with horses and getting the best out of them, whilst developing them for performance. Watch the video of his winning performances at the bottom of the page...
As with all our favourite trainers, Tik is also a remarkable people person, knowing instinctively how to get the best out of the horse/rider combination and inspiring confidence and progress in all his students.
Over three days riders will be coached through a series of horsemanship and schooling exercises on the ground and in the saddle, on the flat, and over jumps, with a view to the continual improvement of the confidence and ability of the horse/rider partnership, mentally, emotionally and physically.
The clinic will take in place in the outdoor arena and the all-weather cross country course.
Each day will start with a theory session in the classroom, on the main yard, opposite the indoor arena
Riders of mixed, competent levels are welcome and will be grouped according to ability. For the more advanced jumpers, there will be lots of opportunity to challenge yourselves over bigger fences and combinations. For those not yet ready to put your hearts in your mouths (!) Tik is equally happy to coach entire sessions over cross poles!
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As with all our clinics, spectators are welcome! The price to spectate is £30 per day, £50 for two days and £75 for three days.
Please note spectator tickets are non-refundable, but may be transferable.
Your PayPal receipt or email confirmation serves as your ticket. Please have a screenshot or printout ready when you arrive.
Online bookings close midnight on 22nd July. On the door prices £40/day £60/two days £90/three days
Riders: Please use the Mellon Place entrance on arrival and park in the field at the top of the lane. You will be given full directions in your logistics email two weeks before the event.
Spectators: Please use the Equestrian Entrance and park your cars in the smaller area on the right as you drive in, to make way for visiting horseboxes using the XC course.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available all day from 09.00, but please bring your own lunch, refreshments and anything else you might need.
We love dogs, but please leave yours at home!
You are welcome to stay on-site in your vehicles, but please note there is no hook up and no tents are allowed.
Contact: If you need to contact us on the day, please call 07870 808 589
Amy Brookbanks and Pudding
I just wanted to say a big thank you for organising such a fantastic clinic last weekend. As a horsemanship novice and being from a traditional pony club and eventing background, I didn't really know what to expect. I was overwhelmed by how welcoming and supportive everyone was. I genuinely felt like part of the family!
As for Tik, what can I say. He has an incredible presence and is a truly inspirational horseman. His natural way with both horses and people is something very rare. I have taken so much away from the classroom, groundwork and ridden sessions, and feel like I have a renewed energy to put his teachings into practice. The changes my horse and I made in one weekend surpassed all my expectations.
What has also been a welcome bonus, are the connections I've made. I'm teaming up with Hanna and George this weekend to go cross country schooling, and have been liaising with Debbie to arrange some Science of Motion training with her. Can't wait to get started; onwards and upwards!
Hanna Walton and Rufus
Still reflecting on one of the most positive and insightful learning experiences I have had in the past five years! What an amazing few days and such a great group of like minded and supportive people. I feel very lucky to have met and learnt from you all. Not to mention of course, Tik - what an inspirational horseman and communicator! Thank you Larisa and Nicole for making it possible!
Jennie Blakehill and Rupert
Thank you all for a wonderful weekend. It was so great to spend time with like minded people and see the fantastic changes in each horse and rider.
Looking forward to next year!
Many thanks to Organised Equestrian for this great clinic!