Training Photos & Testimonials

We were thrilled to receive this email from the mother of one of our working pupils:

I visited Harriet last week whilst she was on work experience with you and I felt compelled to write to thank you for the valuable industry experience you have provided. Harriet was able to describe the types of activities she has undertaken whilst on work experience, and what she has learnt; for example how cold therapy is used to support your competition horses. I must say it was a genuine pleasure to see such fit, healthy horses on my visit to your yard and I was made very welcome by your head girl, who took great care of me. Many thanks for providing valuable ‘real world’ experience.

Here are some of the emails we have received following training sessions with Bill:

Just wanted to drop you a quick email to say how good our XC training was today. Bill got the measure of the kids abilities very quickly & gave them some invaluable advice to tackle their issues or up their game. 4 x 14/15 yr olds aren’t always the easiest age group but the approach was spot on. He even got the hang of the Abi, Tabi, Toby combination of names which isn’t an easy task! ~ Jude Wheeler

I thought I would just drop a quick note to say that I can still hear Bill in my ears as I am going XC and it is working! We have had two really good events with Stratford Hills and Keysoe, managing a 9th at Keysoe. Clear XC both times. The training really helped and please can I bag a spot on the Clinic on Aug 20th ~ Simon Martin

Flippit and I did our first event since your clinic yesterday. I really took your training to heart and I couldn’t wait to try it in action. We had an incredible round. I rode much faster than usual, you gave me the confidence to know I have the pace I need when I want it – you are right, he really does listen. And we loved the deep one – no dangerous flyers at the let up fences. On a twisty track which I would normally say wouldn’t suit him we were the fastest round of the day. Met every fence perfectly. I think if you had seen it you would have recognised your influence and been pleased! I find it amazing how a really good clinic can take one to a whole new level ~ Sarah Arnott

“I last had a lesson with Bill about 10 years ago. I had only just started xc then and I remember struggling with a trakhaener. He had me approaching it “as fast as I dare” and this simple instruction transformed my riding. Obviously I was not carrying enough impulsion but this simple translation stayed with me. I was really looking forward then to Saturday. I have a new horse and was struggling to get it right with him. I really didn’t enjoy the lesson, I was still finding it hard to ride him, kept catching him in the mouth and generally having some pretty awful jumps, however Bills piece of advice was to lean forwards and ride out of my seat. We didn’t quite get it right but it stuck with me and I’d just like you to pass on to him that today I’ve ridden xc again and with Bills words ringing in my ears. My horse was foot perfect, no awkward jumps, no run outs, nothing. Literally transformed my riding again. Thanks Bill just wish you lived closer! ~ Zoe

This is Michele (the girl who couldn’t stay on her horse). I want to thank you so much for taking the time to work with us. Your adjustments are going to make a world of difference and give me more control. With your amazing guidance we made it over xc obstacles I would not have had the confidence to try. It wasn’t always pretty, but I know now that in time, we are capable if so much more. Thank you Bill for everything.  You made a huge impact on a little baby event rider ~ Michele Omran, USA

I just wanted to say thank you for all your help and wise words at various clinics and lessons. I successfully competed in my first Intermediate at Aston le Walls last week with a lovely clear x-country and in the time to finish 11th! I will admit I was very nervous but I remembered what you said and took my speed off before the fences, rode positively the whole way and produced a lovely round. Thank you and I hope to see you again soon at another clinic to continue to improve my skills. Eternally grateful ~ Erin Dobby

I’ve not had a chance to thank you for your clinic Ethan attended, he had such an amazing time came away beaming and, of course, more knowledgable. Bill’s teaching methods were extremely inspiring to a 13yr old, he’s since been out showjumping in pony club 90 teams and done really well, just need to practice his dressage! ~ Linda & Ethan 

A BIG thank you for this afternoon’s clinic – riders and horses had a fantastic time, even though weather was rather iffy at times! Hope to see you at one of your next clinics ~ Isobel & Lisa

Thank you for the clinics, they have been so helpful and my confidence has really grown. I am intending to put all Bill’s advice into practice this year ~ Claudia

I just wanted to say that Sasha really enjoyed her session with you. She learnt loads and was analysing the videos over and over in the evening. It would be great to do more with you ~ Alison

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for yesterday’s XC clinic. Emily learnt so much about the pony and herself and really came away with some clear, positive ideas to go and work on. We thought it was a fantastic, really worthwhile session ~ Hannah

Thanks to Bill for a fantastic clinic on Sunday. We both really enjoyed it, found it incredibly helpful and came away feeling so much more confident to move forward ~ Isobel

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