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Top dressage trainer Emile Faurie held a highly successful masterclass at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre at Blindley Heath, Lingfield, this month, hosted by Jacksons Fencing
Top dressage trainer Emile Faurie held a highly successful masterclass at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre at Blindley Heath, Lingfield,this summer, hosted by Jacksons Fencing.
Emile flew in from Germany, where he is currently training for the World Equestrian Games, and his audience was rapt as he talked through key training techniques which were demonstrated on horses at different stages in their dressage careers from Novice through to Grand Prix.
He stressed the need to allow plenty of time to work in just at walk to encourage softness and compliance, deliver clear and concise instructions to the horse and appreciate the sharp contrast between the workings of a horse's mind compared with that of a human!
Another gem of wisdom that had the audiences' attention was for the rider to always be aware of the horse's limits and to never overwork the horse, but rather learn to read its body language - over-doing training can undo any good you have accomplished.
Emile also touched on the importance of learning to resist the temptation to over practice the more challenging dressage moves, instead focusing on achieving total understanding between horse and rider and allowing the sense of occasion of a dressage test to reveal the horse's ultimate capabilities.
After nearly three hours of fairly constant work with the riders on a sweltering afternoon, Emile was whisked off to Heathrow. Many of the audience commented on how inspired they were by listening to him and seemed to have enjoyed it immensely, despite the stifling heat.
Profits from the tickets were divided between: The Emile Faurie Foundation, which helps to bring the joy of horses and riding to youngsters who might not otherwise get the opportunity to experience them, and Riding for the Disabled, Jacksons Fencing's chosen charity.