We aim to provide clinics on a regular basis for members in all disciplines. It is club policy on all clinics that if you have to withdraw at short notice (less than 48 hrs) you will be obliged to still pay to cover trainer's fees. Dates of clinics for the next month are available on the calendar on Events page
Flatwork clinics are run regularly by the club with Matt Jenkins at Ewelme Park Stables . Matt is a professional dressage rider and trainer and has an excellent raport with riders of all levels - check out his blog on www.horseandhound.co.uk Ind 45 min lessons £35. Contact Tracy Patient for details
SJ clinics are held regularly with Dan Griffiths at Thurle Grange, Streatley. Dan has competed in eventing to 1* and 1.30m SJ and having worked as head lad on event yard for a number of years is now running his own livery and training yard. He's sympathetic teaching gets the best out of combinations of all levels of experience. Groups of up to 3 horses £20 each. XC clinics are also arranged through the year.
Report from Charlotte on her last lesson with Matt:
Today, myself and Bruno had our 4th lesson with Matt Jenkins (top dressage rider and trainer), with Jo Munting kindly allowing us the use of her school. We set about warming Bruno up and Matt was pleasantly surprised at how well Bruno's now filling out and is starting to look like a proper dressage pony rather than a donkey! What I like about Matt is despite the amount of people he teaches and the number of horses he rides; he still remembers each time I see him what we worked on previously and whether Bruno has improved from the exercises he has given me to work on at home. Today, Matt noticed that he's now travelling forward well but getting a little too round, so we now need to work on bringing his head and neck up and forward rather than curling in on himself. This will improve the overall picture and hopefully gain us some marks when we go out competing. Matt's teaching style is very hands on, which I feel only helps my partnership with Bruno grow. He rode him today after I commented on how Bruno can lean on my inside rein on the left rein and I struggle to sometimes keep him from gaining too much inside bend. Matt got on to feel what I was feeling to then put it right and explain to me what I need to do going forward. It was also nice to see someone of Matt's ability and knowledge ride him and prove what he is capable of. It was also reassuring that Bruno still tried it initially and made Matt work a little too! Another good lesson, with lots of exercises and things to practise at home for next time, hopefully Matt will see an improvement again.