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Frederic Pignon & Magali Delgado

LIBERTY AND DRESSAGE

1st & 2nd June 2024

9.30am - 5.30pm
“When I am with horses I have no ambition… I have a dream.” – Frederic Pignon

About the Trainers

Known as the co-founders of Cavalia and EQI, they have performed in front of more than 2 million spectators! They are exceptional equestrian artists and visionaries. Their horses are their inspiration and their teachers, they learn everyday from being with them.

Love and respect is the core of their relationship and philosophy. Therefore, when you see them on stage, you can only be touched by such authentic heart, connection and creativity.

Frederic Pignon

Since childhood Frederic has understood and communicated with horses, showing a mutual respect and willingness to cooperate. After trick riding and Voltige, he has gradually created his own way of working at liberty/in freedom. He shares his approach with the public through performances and workshops, which he gives along side Magali, all over the world.

Magali Delgado

Raised by a family of horsemen and breeders, Magali has ridden and competed in horse shows all of her life. She specialises in high performance Dressage and has ridden and competed to Grand Prix level. For over twenty years on the stage and around the world, she has practiced Dressage, highlighting the importance of the horse’s freedom and pleasure to participate.

About the clinic

‘Dressage’ with Magali Delgado AND ‘Liberty’ with Frederic Pignon!

Magali’s Harmony clinic will share with us her principles of riding horses without tension and stress – her lessons are about bringing out the best in you and your horse. Magali will work with horses and riders of all different levels, but her main focus will be to show the horse how to achieve a relaxed state of mind during all of the work, whether simply walking around the arena or performing canter pirouettes!

“If you give the horse the time it needs to develop, you will always have a horse that is happy and willing to do what you ask of it”

Frederic’s Liberty clinic will take us on a journey in understanding how we need to think to create a happy, trusting and inspired horse.

Be captivated by the beauty and freedom horses display when introduced to the unique training skills of “two of the finest horsemen in the history of horsemanship”.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

Frederic Pignon &
Magali Delgado
Spectator Tickets

Horsemanship Hub, Willow Fields, Pump Lane North, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 3RA

1st & 2nd June 2024

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Riders Tickets

Horsemanship Hub, Willow Fields, Pump Lane North, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 3RA

1st & 2nd June 2024

RIDER APPLICATION & JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

If you would like to be a participant/rider on the clinic, please complete your details below, preferred dates, you are of course welcome to put both clinics, if you are happy to travel. We expect a high demand on places, our plan is to pick from a hat! It’s to hard to choose otherwise.

Course Logistics

Venue details: Horsemanship Hub, Willow Fields, Pump Lane North, Marlow SL7 3RA – 5 minutes from Jct. 4 M40 10 minutes from M4.

Stabling or Turnout Pen available: £25 per day, stabling numbers are limited, the pens are approx. 5 x 10 metre, the grass will be low so please bring hay.

Pen or Stabling bookings: You can book pen or stabling on Horsemanship Hub Centre.

Hay and bedding: Please bring your own hay, or if pre ordered the by two weeks prior to the clinic £7 per bale. Bedding is provided in the stables, if you need additional the cost is £8 per bale.

Camping/Staying onsite in your lorry: There is no hook up available onsite, but if you have you are self-sufficient you are welcome to stay onsite, this needs to be pre-arranged with Larisa by email: larisa@horsemanshiphub.com

Catering: Tea and coffee will be available onsite, for a small charge. Please make sure you bring your own lunch, snacks and anything else you might need. There is a fantastic pub opposite, The Three Horseshoes, with great takeaway options.

Spectator: Chairs are provided so you don’t need to bring your own, however if you have one you prefer you are very welcome to bring your own. Please prepare for all weather, windy rain to gorgeous sunshine – it’s England after all! We have some covered areas and some open to the elements.

Dogs: We LOVE dogs! But are sorry to say that we do not allow dogs at the clinics, however if the weather is safe, you are of course welcome to bring your dog in the car and take for walks away from the clinic and our dogs onsite.

Please, email us at info@horsemanshiphub.com if you have any question.

LOCAL ACCOMMODATION

There are many hotels, Airbnb and bed and breakfast options in the area. Below are a few suggestions:

Premier Inn Marlow, The Causeway, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 2AA, www.premierinn.com

The Hamilton Hilton, High Wycombe, www.hilton.com

Crowne Plaza Marlow, Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1GJ, www.ihg.com

Glade End Guest House, 2 Little Marlow Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1HD, www.gladeend.co.uk

Holiday Inn High Wycombe, Handy Cross, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP11 1TL, www.highwycombehotel.com

FAQ’s

Will my ticket come in the post? – Your booking confirmation receipt is your ticket, please have this available for us to view at check in on a device or printed out.

Can I video the clinic? – Sorry this is not possible, you are welcome to take photos for personal use.

Do I need to bring a char? – There are chairs available for you, however, you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

Is Horsemanship Hub (Willow Fields) outdoors? – Yes we are an outdoor venue, there is a large marquee for spectators to use come rain or shine, you are also welcome to bring umbrellas, hats and sunscreen – please prepare for all UK weather!

Horse School

Animal and Equine Body-worker and Communicator. Horse Development Specialist.

Horseman’s Log

I’m not usually a big fan of introductions. I’d rather skip straight to the part where my blogs are already well established and maybe even with a readership…(!), where the only greeting needed is like one you’d give an old friend.

My name is Lucy Churches. I have been riding since I was 10 years old, and I started in the riding school. I was an average student. Solid enough that the instructors could put me on most of the working ponies without having to worry about who they’d paired me with, but I was never deemed good enough to ride the “special” horses that some of my friends could; the ex eventers, hunters and the few snazzy working liveries that were occasionally used in lessons.

In fairness, the instructors probably had it right. I was a good rider, but a fall early on had knocked my confidence, my stability in the saddle had suffered and I never really had the drive to compete in any of the available English disciplines at a young age anyway. But I was passionate, I turned up every week for my pony club lessons, and later on, you could find me at the yard every evening of the week and almost all weekend.

When I was 13, I met my first horse. He had been brought to the yard by a livery client who already had a horse stabled there; a gorgeous hunter/eventer type big chestnut boy called Claude. She was loaning this second horse from a lady who no longer had time for him. He was 16hh, a bay Thoroughbred with a white star, called Tayo. With a history on the racetrack and in stunt work, he was 16 years old, underweight and blind in one eye. Hardly the “snazziest” looking horse on the yard. I couldn’t have cared tuppence. That one eye had the depth of a hundred. I was in love.

I came to see him every day. Feeding him carrots over the stable door and stroking his nose like every besotted horse girl from every book. The lady who owned him must have noticed my affection for him and asked if I would like to help bring him back into work. I jumped at the opportunity, and started walking him out in hand in the woods behind the yard, and free schooling him in the round pen. Without a clue what I was doing of course. But bless his old soul, he ran round in circles for me and patiently waited for someone to come along and point me in a better direction.

That someone was a young Sean Coleman (now a 3* Parelli Professional), who had already introduced some of the other riders to Parelli Natural Horsemanship. I had heard whispers on the yard about this newfangled program, and I was eager to learn.

Pretty soon, I was hooked. Parelli opened the door for me to start the journey towards what I’d always wanted; to be able to communicate with a horse on their level. That moment of partnership and harmony when you feel that you and this furry four legged animal understand each other, and can be whatever you are together. To be able to build a relationship like that felt like living in a real life fantasy. I loved it.

Tayo was an incredible partner. Kind, forgiving, and patient as I fumbled and struggled and dealt with the frustrations of being a beginner. He is, I think, the oldest soul I have ever met, and when he died 2 years later – the result of a lifetime of physical stress and chronic stomach ulcers – I was utterly heartbroken.

I’d experienced my fair share of loss in life, but even so, there was something very profound for me in losing that first love, and my first equine best friend. There are so many amazing stories that can be told about him and our time together; now that this blog exists I am sure that they will be written, but for now I must stay on track.

My light at the end of the tunnel came from the lovely Jo Bates, who very generously asked if I would like to play with her rather brilliant Tillie, and to help keep her fit; she had a penchant for good grass and was a little eensy weensy smidgen overweight…!

Well, this was a very different kind of horse! Smart as a button, quick-witted, and clocked me from right across the yard. She knew more than me and boy did she know it too! When I got it right it was like magic. She had lightness, skill and style, and we could pull off moves that made me feel like a pro! But when I got it wrong she made no allowances. She had a look she would give me, the kind of look I didn’t know horses could give. Some of you have horses like this I bet. You know this look. From pro to no in less than 10 seconds, and my magic would grind to a halt.

She was an excellent teacher. Firm but fair, she never let me get away with anything but my best, and only when my best was good enough did I get my reward.

I have been very blessed with opportunities in my life with horses, but in the midst of my school career I was too busy, and I had to take a break for a few months to keep my head from exploding!

I re emerged from these months with a voice ringing in my ear. It was my mother’s. For as long as I could remember, my parents had told me I could get a horse when I had the money to buy one myself.

At 16, you can legally own your own horse. And I had a bit of money in the bank, enough to pay for the horse and the essentials with a Saturday job and a bit of careful saving. Being young and foolish, I decided I was ready. Of course I smile fondly looking back on my naivety. I had no idea what I was getting myself in for. But I wouldn’t change it for the world, for at 16 years old, I bought the horse that would bring me here, to this life, and to this blog. For £425 from a preloved.com listing, I found Valentia Island, better known as Lawrence. Back then he was as damaged as I was under qualified for the task ahead, but the story of our first years together is for another day

At 17, some excellent fortune and good friends brought me into the path of Larisa Tasker, and the rest, as they say, is history…!

I have been so fortunate to have ridden with or studied the work of horsemen including Mikey Wanzenried, Wally Gegenshatz, Frederic Pignon, Magali Delgado, Matthias Geysen, Ben Atkinson, Pat and Linda Parelli, Jean Luc Cornille, Elsa Sinclair, Tik Maynard and more, so many through the incredible work of Horsemanship Hub. In September 2018 I began work on my BSc Equine Science, which will be completed in 2024, and my interest in horse health deepened, along with my desire to share my journey, and talk through the struggles of the student of the horse!

I am incredibly privileged to have studied up close the work of horsemen (and women) who are masters in their fields; my life has led me to this pathway in horsemanship and I wouldn’t change a thing.

These blogs is designed both for me and for you. I’m very excited to document my journey, to be able to write down my reflections, look back at them and see my own journey from a different perspective as a result. I am also learning so many things that I never knew and was too scared to ask, and I’m also so pleased to be able to share it all with you, the reader. To be able to display my thoughts, learning curves, breakthroughs and struggles as a student is a privilege, and I will dare to hope to motivate, inspire or maybe even be some easy reading for us horse lovers out there. My blogs are a mix of horse health, horsemanship and personal reflection, and I hope that there is something in there for everyone!

So on that note, peace out and pony love!

Lucy
Horseman’s Log

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Horse School

Animal and Equine Body-worker and Communicator. Horse Development Specialist.

I can’t have been the only one who sat in the classroom at school, daydreaming out the window thinking about how cool it would be if all my lessons were about horses. Learning about feet, and feed, and forging connections… I could have filled every lesson with my questions! 

I loved riding, but I was often a little intimidated to ask about everything I didn’t know – everyone else seemed to know so much, and I didn’t want to look silly at that age! Luckily, I grew up a bit, and five years on, I started my BSc Equine Science, and finally made it to horse school! I’m nowhere near finished yet, but I’ve learnt so much cool stuff along the way I’d like to start sharing it.

I want to get deep into topics like nutrition, disease and management styles, and hopefully bring some of the latest research in, because there are fascinating studies being carried out every day, that are super useful if applied right!

But I’m going to start with the basics. What better place to start?

Horses are quadriped (four legged) mammals (live young bearing milk feeders), who were first domesticated over 6000 years ago, as far as we can tell!

Throughout time, they have served purposes including pulling carts and carriages, transportation over long distances and war.

As the world has evolved, they have increasingly become used for sporting, and now there are over 20 different types of sports on horseback, with even more variations of each!

I believe we are drawn to the horse for reasons that mirror in many ways the connection famously between “a man and his dog”. Horses are creatures of complex intelligence, who have many valuable skills to offer us, and we in turn can offer them safety, comfort and food. This is a partnership that is millennia old, and will continue for millennia to come.

But what is a horse actually made of?

Horses are prey animals, and their bodies are built to help defend themselves against predators. They are fast-moving, agile and have excellent stamina for their size. Their lungs take up a far larger volume of their chest cavity than I realised, and when fully inflated, can fill the length and breadth of their entire ribcage and take in almost 50 litres of air every single minute! Next time you groom your horse, have a feel of how far back their ribs go. Pretty huge right!

Humans usually have a resting heart rate of around 60-90 bpm (beats per minute), which is around 1 per second. Horses are slightly larger than humans (!), so it’s unsurprising that their resting heart rate is around 36-42 bpm.

The maximum heart rate for a middle-aged human is just under 200 bpm. But a horse? The horse can max out at up to 240 bpm if necessary. For an animal so large this is a huge range, and goes some way to explaining why anxiety attacks can be so difficult for horses to manage. Can you imagine your heart rate increasing by 600%? How difficult would it be to come down from that kind of physical high? Even if it’s over something as small as a plastic bag? Now imagine someone is shouting at you in a different language whilst you’re freaking out…..triiiiiickyyyyy!

Horses have a forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain, have been shown to have excellent memory, and an ability to learn complex patterns and communication pathways.

Their digestive system, although monogastric (one stomach), requires hind gut fermentation to break down much of the plant matter that they feed on.

There is much we don’t know yet about horses, but there is also much being discovered, and I’m excited to be able to explore the new horizons. Hopefully some of you will want to come on this journey too, and if you have any requests for topics, please do let me know, I’d love to know what people want to read about!

I’m going to include an informal reference list at the bottom of each of these posts, places where you can go to get stuck in and learn a bit more. I will endeavour to favour sources that can be accessed by everyone, if anyone would ever like any more information, just let me know and I can find some!

For now,
Peace out and pony love!

Lucy
Horseman’s Log

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Like for all the updates at: facebook.com/horsemanslog

References:

Brega, J. (2005). Essential Equine Studies – Book 1 Anatomy and Physiology. London: J.A. Allen.

Encyclopedia Britannica. 2020. Tracing The History Of Horse Evolution And Domestication – Origin Of Horse Domestication.. [online] Available at: <https://www.britannica.com/topic/Tracing-the-History-of-Horse-Evolution-and-Domestication-1900351/Origin-of-Horse-Domestication> [Accessed 21 August 2020].

Woods, R., 2016. Sports Involving Horses. [online] Topend Sports website. Available at: <https://www.topendsports.com/sport/horse-sports.htm> [Accessed 21 August 2020].

Harmony Equitation

Online Courses

Created by Jennie Blakehill, Harmony Equitation combines horse behaviour and natural biomechanics into a horse friendly, ethical training methodology that treats all horses as individuals and allows everyone to develop a deeper understanding of their horse and training practices that prepare the horse thoroughly whilst keeping them sound.

We are excited to be able to bring the Harmony Equitation online course to Horsemanship Hub! This course is an excellent foundation in horsemanship, setting you up to be able to progress your horse into any discipline you choose.

The course is divided into three parts, with no obligation, so you can do one piece at a time, or enroll in all three together for a great discount, if you know that this is what you’re looking for!

"I am super excited to be working with Jennie! I met her some time ago whilst at a horsemanship event and I thought then what a kind and friendly person. You can tell that she is 100% dedicated to the horses well being and wants to show others how to achieve optimal success both in horsemanship skills with their horse and horse training for that horse whilst maintaining a great bond between horse and human and ensuring the welfare is at its highest. She teaches you about the whole horse and has a wealth of knowledge in all areas meaning she doesn’t just fix one problem, but enhances your horses life overall.

I had a couple of lessons with Jennie when she was passing through, as she is not local to me, I was hooked and wanted more but being so far away this was tricky. So Jennie supported me online and I would ask her questions and send small video clips where needed. Then she launched her online course and video/live lessons and I can’t express how pleased I am! This works great for me. It means I can manage my time with the online learning and progress at the speed I want and my horses need. When ready, I just book a lesson slot and with someone filming I have direct access to Jennie, she coaches me through my wireless ear phones. It’s perfect! I love the online course as it is easy to follow and interactive. You are set mini assignments and there are small quizzes to ensure that you have retained the knowledge in each section. She also holds weekly webinar sessions for all to join where she clearly explains how the horse functions and the science behind why we do what we do. I love the way that she breaks all the information down into manageable bite size pieces and the way she explains it in layman’s terms so we can all understand. Jennie is an amazing teacher and her best skill is that she adapts to the horse and rider that she is presented with at the time. I look forward to more learning with her and watching my horses and I progress."
Laura Cartwright

Frederic Pignon & Magali Delgado

Equestrian performance artists, Liberty and Dressage at its finest!

Known as the co-founders of Cavalia and EQI, Frederic and Magali have performed in front of more than two million spectators! They are exceptional equestrian artists and visionaries. Their horses are their inspiration and their teachers.

Love and respect is the core of their relationship and philosophy. Therefore, when you see them on stage, you can only be touched by such authentic heart, connection and creativity.

Cooming soon in 2023!

Book a video or on-site lesson with Arran Parker

“Escape the complexity, find the true nature and make time to simply Enjoy Horses!”

In search of learning and studying many of the horsemanship programs, Arran has worked for many top trainers in different equestrian sports and finally found his own truth and enjoyment in the academic art of horsemanship. Arran has built his life and family around horses and enjoys sharing it passionately with his students all over the world. He has found horses (and children) to be the most amazing teachers of how to really thrive and succeed by being fully present.

In the same way a child can engage with a marble or cardboard box for hours on end, Arran has learned to engage fully and presently with the systematic, academic education of horses and humans, coaching many courses on how to “Stay Engaged in the Moment” creatively and allowing you and your horse time to enjoy, be curious, explore the moment fully and through this process achieve deeper learning and from that your personal best. To place our knowledge in soft focus and see as though through the eyes of a child, opens up the door to infinite possibilities for learning, creativity and enjoyment.

As children, or indeed horses, we enter into education wholly through inspiration and exploration. As a child, Arran assumed that Dressage, meaning “The dressed horse”, would be an educated horse in the whole sense. From childhood, Arran’s journey has been about that understanding of “The Dressed Horse” or indeed “The Dressed Human”, borne of awareness and therefore in complete freedom.

Through coaching Arran has observed that if we can sustain our “Student Status” then the “Mastery” takes care of itself.

Book a lesson with Arran to improve your Dressage, Liberty and general horsemanship through gentle thought, understanding, engagement and connection in the moment.

Book a video lesson

One to one online video lessons with Arran are also available in person at his facility, Dudmaston Stud, Tuck Hill, Six Ashes, Bridgnorth, WV15 6EW.

Lessons last 30 minutes and we recommend that you book two slots with at least an hour in between, so that you can have a groundwork and ridden session with time for the horse to rest. Please make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of your lesson, to give you time to settle your horse and tack up and warm up if necessary.

Book an on-site lesson at Dudmaston Stud

One to one lessons with Arran are also available in person at his facility, Dudmaston Stud, Tuck Hill, Six Ashes, Bridgnorth, WV15 6EW.

Lessons last 30 minutes and we recommend that you book two slots with at least an hour in between, so that you can have a groundwork and ridden session with time for the horse to rest. Please make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of your lesson, to give you time to settle your horse and tack up and warm up if necessary.

Ben Atkinson

Professional stunt rider, horse trainer and liberty artist

Ben is a professional stunt rider, horse trainer and rider from East Yorkshire. He is well known for his appearances in film, TV and live events, with an enviable list of projects including Victoria, Peaky Blinders and Poldark! The family business, Atkinson Action Horses, is one of the most respected equestrian services companies to the film and television industries, supplying highly trained horses, riders and trainers for a variety of disciplines and stunts.

As you would expect with such a career, Ben’s horsemanship is spellbinding. He will wow you with fearless stunt riding, classical dressage and the art of Liberty! And now he can teach you to do the same…

And if you haven’t seen it yet, you can rent or download Horsemanship Hub’s debut film ‘At home with Ben Atkinson’, a one-off special feature documentary on how to train a horse for Liberty, bridle-less riding and maybe even the movies! See the trailer below and download details below…

Ben has enviable horsemanship knowledge in so many areas, there is not much that he couldn’t help with! Maybe some ground skills, Liberty of course, Classical Dressage… the choice is yours!

"We all know Ben is excellent at communicating with horses but he is also excellent at communicating with humans. This means that even a video call lesson is extremely effective. In my first lesson we worked on establishing liberty work, 7 years of failing to crack it and in the first practise using the exercises Ben had given us and we made progress! In my second lesson we focused on ridden work - despite riding western, possibly the one discipline Ben has not specific expertise in - he has such a wealth of knowledge and ideas along with a desire to tailor exercises to the individual needs of the horse and rider it did not matter (I knew it wouldn’t). The aim of having a horse to work mentally and physically with you is universal and Ben is very good at explaining how to do this."
Alison Cheetham

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