RICHARD Waygood proved a resounding hit with both his pupils and the enthusiastic audience who crammed into Barguse Arena, St Austell, to enjoy an informative evening with this top-class trainer.
The successful training weekend was hosted by British Riding Clubs Area 19 and started with a series of cross country clinics at Chyverton Equestrian Park, Zelah, before moving to the indoor venue at Barguse for an Evening Lecture Demonstration.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed every part of the weekend," said Richard. "I hope my pupils and audience have gone away feeling inspired and armed with training tips to work with in the future."
This popular coach captivated the 100-strong audience in sharing his expertise which focused on training the event horse. The inter-active demonstration featured local guinea pig riders Michelle Sanders, Jo Retallack, Caroline and Amanda Friend, Louise Garland and Maxine Enever.
"Richard explained the techniques and exercises to help get the best from the horse and the rider during their training," said British Riding Club area chairman, Caroline Wills.
"As a former riding master of the Household Calvary, he is well used to presenting to a large audience and he didn't disappoint. He managed to coach the riders, interact with the audience and share humorous anecdotes to draw everyone into the demonstration.
"By using local riders and horses at different stages of training the demonstration offered something for everyone. It appealed to the rider who does not like leaving the ground, riders who like to jump but within a smaller comfort zone and to those who go to bed at night dreaming of riding around Badminton." Maxine Enever from Lanivet, partnered her six-year-old Dutch bred gelding Baltimore who she is producing with the future in mind.
"It was a great experience for both myself and my horse," said the freelance riding instructor who is currently competing the grey up to newcomer level.
"Richard was quick to pick up on the points I've been working on. He gave me some useful tips to take away and encouraged me to let Balti think for himself which was an invaluable lesson for cross country riding.
"The cross country exercises were a refreshing change for my horse and he thoroughly enjoyed it."
Michelle Sanders, who lives near Bodmin, also came away feeling inspired. "It was a great demo and I was grateful to be given the opportunity to be one of the riders. I got loads out of it and thought all the horses improved over the evening."
Jo Retallack from Lostwithiel agreed: "I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the demonstration and offer my congratulations to Caroline for organising the weekend."
Ros Boisseau of Wadebridge summed up the spirit of the weekend "A superb and inspirational coach," she said.
Caroline Wills said: "We're lucky to have someone of Richard's calibre coming to Cornwall to teach. Area 19 worked in partnership with Lisa and Alistair Todd of Barguse as they have Richard down on a regular basis. By working together we secured an excellent weekend for our British Riding Club (BRC) members.
"Richard has also been very accommodating. He is an active supporter of BRC and has been a trainer of the winning BRC 2* European team. Currently one of his key roles is as chef d'equipe of Britain's gold medal dressage team and with the Olympics on the horizon he is very busy. Due to the success of the weekend we hope to organise other events with Richard in the future."
CAMEL Valley Riding Club and Cornwall Trec have clinched coveted tickets to two important British Riding Club championships.
Teams representing the clubs were successful at the area combined training and showjumping qualifiers held at Colraine Equestrian Centre, Truro.
The Camel Valley team of Michelle Sanders (One Vision); Sally Rowe (DJ's Corona) and Sally Gentle (Weronique) took the top ticket in the combined training qualifier to secure their passage to the British Riding Club Festival of the Horse championships being held at Aston-le-Walls, Northamptonshire in June.
Camel Valley members Jo Bryan and Helen Lentern will also be in action at Aston-le-Walls having previously qualified for the pairs in the Festival of the Horse Challenge.
The Cornwall Trec showjumping team of Harry Greaves, Rosie Scrambler, Lauren Jasper and Alex Reeves secured their ticket to this year's Royal Windsor Horse Show in May. The quartet will represent the area for Cornwall Trec in the British Riding Club team event.
"Rosie is our newest junior member and she is doing the team proud with her cracking pony High Flyer," said Cornwall Trec team manager, Jamie Lee Ball.
"On behalf of the club I'd like to extend a massive thank you to all the parents involved. We wouldn't be able to do it with out them and let's keep up the good work."
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