Report from Northern Training Day, Myerscough – with Judy Harvey FBHS 

As we have come to expect, Judy Harvey delivered an excellent day. Horses varied from 4 year olds just starting out, to two horses moving into Advanced Medium and working on changes.
The International Arena at Myerscough is indeed a fantastic setting. I had done a deal with the College that we could use the school in return for their equine staff attending the day. This arrangement worked well and helped keep the participant costs down.
Judy concentrated on the basics and “round and down” was the order of the day for warming up. With the 4 year old horse Judy emphasised that the horse must go off the leg with much less effort from the rider. Straightness was stressed throughout the other sessions and a simple comment to ride the changes more forward helped a lot. Judy’s real strength above other dressage trainers lies in the fact that she is also a rider trainer. It was refreshing to hear her correcting riders, and no one was exempt from her eagle eye, including the two F and I members who rode!
The audience was very much involved – although many commented that they had no need to ask questions as Judy was so clear! As usual though it was a pity that only 4 members of the F and I Association were able to attend – however those who made it thoroughly enjoyed their day. Thank you Judy, and thank you Myerscough!
30th October 2008 (report from Sue Pimbley)

F & I Show Jump Coaching Day at Kenneth Clawson’s yard, Leire.

This C.P.D. day was co-hosted by Peter Murphy and gave all those who attended a valuable insight into coaching show jumping skills to top riders.
The day was organised so that the morning consisted of coaching sessions on a one to one basis, where several Fellowship candidates were able to demonstrate their coaching skills with guidance from Peter or Kenneth.
Kenneth had the indoor school, while Peter had to get wet several times in the outdoor school. There were opportunities for the coaching sessions to be analysed and several teaching points were discussed before feedback at the end of the sessions. Peter was particularly keen to stress an attention to detail with regard to the basics. He encouraged the coaching candidate to identify the key issues to gain improvement in the area being examined before moving on to further exercises.

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Talland Study day

There is no doubt in my mind that this visit was the best day’s training any F&I member could possibly have done – or anyone who is passionate about training riders and horses. Because that was what was on offer : passion about training, open discussions, detailed questioning on strategy and tactics from a dozen slightly differing points of view, revealing fascinating answers…
There were interesting horses to ride and assess, and for several the chance to sit on superb schoolmasters and top competition horses, plus clear and to-the-point feedback from one of the UK’s top coaches. And you didn’t even have to ride if you didn’t want to or weren’ t fit – just watch and discuss and take it all in. What more could one want?
The only problem was the torrential weather, which made several attendees late as roads were closed around Cirencester – but all recovered their poise and we just carried on – which is of course also what Talland does par excellence!
The format was tweaked this year to incorporate both riding and assessing, AND a glimpse into the training methods of Talland on horses ranging from youngsters to potential Young Rider and Grand Prix prospects. Somehow it all fitted into four hours, and I think proved to be the perfect mix.

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Hickstead – Royal International Horse Show – July 2008 

Thanks to our very own Patrick Print FBHS, several members of the F and I Association and their guests were able clear their diaries on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy the BHS’s private box facilities overlooking the main arena at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead.
We watched some cracking rounds during the most prestigious jumping class of the day, and were treated to a course-walk with one of the leading names. We also had the chance to second-guess the judges for some of the Supreme Championships of the showing classes which were happening virtually under our noses. Add the opportunity to natter for the whole afternoon, whilst munching a delicious afternoon tea, and with a glass in one’s hand… my daughter and even my husband were keen to join me for this one!
The trade stands are available all day for serious shopping, and of course I strayed to the international dressage for the morning, which is also going on just across the way… Whichever way you do it, it’s a really civilised day out. Advance date for your diaries: 25 th July 2009 – and thank you again, Patrick!
report by Alison Craig

F & I Judy Harvey Training Day

We were treated to a gorgeous summer day at Judy Harvey’s where we could watch, listen and learn.  As well as a perfect opportunity for us I’s to bring along our own or owners’ horses to work on with Judy, it’s also a great opportunity just to spectate, and to spend time taking it all in and exchanging coaching ideas with fellow trainers.
Judy had several riders to help;  I will mention a few.  With Andrew Fletcher, Judy worked with the canter rhythm, sending him on and back so his horse learns to sit down more. She also included lots of transitions to help the horse “ping” off the ground.
Ann Birch rode her lovely TB X race horse, and worked on getting him rounder with more bend. Of the several riders that were helped an improvement was seen in all.
Nick Turner rode a 16 yrs Australian TB which he was taking to Burghley.  Nick bravely did some practice teaching as did Mandy Luesley.  They both did a great job, and Judy also offered some constructive help and tips to them.
I was lucky enough to have two lessons, one on Alison Lidstone’s and Neil Memery’s delightful 5 yr old which has been so successful at all his events with Alison.  Also on my son’s PC eventer.  With both, Judy was constructive, positive and encouraging.
How lucky we are to be part of this fabulous Association which offers us so many opportunities to learn and improve, in a relaxed atmosphere and with like-minded souls.
Thank you Judy and thank you to the F and I Association.
Tuesday 24th June 2008
(report by Caro Haynes)