Upcoming clinics and events with David 2022

For further information or to make a booking please contact me directly via email [email protected] or phone/text 0427 393 144

 

Banyandah 4 day camp

April 16 - 19

Do you want to ride and work towards achieving the next level of horsemanship in the most beautiful setting? Then this Supercamp is for you. Learning, developing but most of all, enjoying working with your horse against the backdrop of the Murray River and the majesty of the gums that line its banks makes this clinic so very special.

Participating in these learning experiences and guided by the David’s expert advice will help you build a better relationship with your horse. It’s about understanding and developing a shared language and building true communication and connection. It concentrates on building your confidence, helping you to become a more confident horse(wo)men.


Every day, you will participate in activities which will build your own and your horse’s confidence in new environments and in a group of horses. It will teach you and your horse to be soft, relaxed and at ease with each other in a working or other environment.

Date: April 16 - 19

Cost: $540pp. Max 12 riders

Location: Banyandah Naturally - Howlong NSW

 

Sensitive Horse clinic

May 14th 

This course is specifically aimed at riders who are riding and having issues working with their sensitive horse(s).

From my many years of working with my own sensitive mare I believe there are a number of factors that riders may not have considered which will be impacting on their success.

Do you experience any of the following?

  • Your horse shortens and compresses with upward transitions
  • The horse twists their head and neck
  • The horse can’t/won’t go forward easily or calmly
  • The horses speed/pace is constantly changing.
  • They are tense and upset
  • It takes a long time for the horse to be calm and settled
  • They are easily distracted and lose focus easily

For both rider and their horses there are many factors which may influence whether they are able to achieve the calm, relaxed, balanced and energetic connection that we all strive for.

  • The timing of the aid(s)
  • The pressure used
  • Where the pressure/aid is applied
  • The pattern you are riding
  • The speed/pace the horse is moving
  • Whether the horse is aligned back to front
  • Is the horse in balance left to ride
  • Is the horse in balance front to back
  • How the rider is breathing
  • How stable the rider is in their own body, hand and lower leg
  • The type of equipment we are using
  • The footing/surface we are working on
  • The emotions of the horse. Fear, worry, boredom
  • Any one of these ideas or all of them can be contributing to the problem.

The secret with making progress with the sensitive horse is knowing what the real issues are and how it is affecting the connection between the rider and their horse. Choosing the correct answer and applying it successfully.

 

The horse playing up now becomes feedback on whether we were correct or not.

 

For some people they never find this answer because the difference between getting it right and getting it wrong can be measured millimetres  and grams of difference. It’s not about riding perfectly, but rather being perfect for your horse. Some horses just don’t tolerate it not being right.

The good news is that I have been through this journey and I can give you some of the answers. We then apply these ideas and look at the horse’s response to judge whether we were correct or not.

 

So spend a day with me and allow me to give you some ideas into what maybe hindering your progress.

This day is for 6 students only. Students will work in pairs for 1 hour both morning and afternoon. By watching the other students and their horses we will be able to cover much more then what can be taught in a single session.

 

  • Date: May 14th
  • All students must arrive by 0830 for a 0900 start
  • Cost $200, BYO lunch
  • Free day yards available for all horses

Developing confidence outside the arena

June 4th

This one day clinic is centered around helping a small group of riders become more confident and relaxed riding their horse out of the arena and into our surrounding paddocks.
The clinic is for nervous riders or green horses who need that extra support to become successful. 6 students only.

This is a structured day to develop a plan for success, incorporating both In-hand work and riding.

Students are welcome to bring a horse that is not ready for riding and participate with In-hand for the entire day.

Date: June 4th

Cost: $200pp

Location: 2401 Strathfieldsaye Rd, Eppalock.

Lesson Day at Heathcote Pony Club

June 12th

This day is being organized by the Heathcote & District pony club. Lessons are available for either a private or shared lesson.

Please contact Prue Ottrey for bookings and further details.

Date: June 12th

Cost: TBC

Location:  Heathcote

Contact 0407 849 413 [email protected]

Sensitive Horse clinic

July 16th 

This course is specifically aimed at riders who are riding and having issues working with their sensitive horse(s).

From my many years of working with my own sensitive mare I believe there are a number of factors that riders may not have considered which will be impacting on their success.

Do you experience any of the following?

  • Your horse shortens and compresses with upward transitions
  • The horse twists their head and neck
  • The horse can’t/won’t go forward easily or calmly
  • The horses speed/pace is constantly changing.
  • They are tense and upset
  • It takes a long time for the horse to be calm and settled
  • They are easily distracted and lose focus easily

For both rider and their horses there are many factors which may influence whether they are able to achieve the calm, relaxed, balanced and energetic connection that we all strive for.

  • The timing of the aid(s)
  • The pressure used
  • Where the pressure/aid is applied
  • The pattern you are riding
  • The speed/pace the horse is moving
  • Whether the horse is aligned back to front
  • Is the horse in balance left to ride
  • Is the horse in balance front to back
  • How the rider is breathing
  • How stable the rider is in their own body, hand and lower leg
  • The type of equipment we are using
  • The footing/surface we are working on
  • The emotions of the horse. Fear, worry, boredom
  • Any one of these ideas or all of them can be contributing to the problem.

The secret with making progress with the sensitive horse is knowing what the real issues are and how it is affecting the connection between the rider and their horse. Choosing the correct answer and applying it successfully.

 

The horse playing up now becomes feedback on whether we were correct or not.

 

For some people they never find this answer because the difference between getting it right and getting it wrong can be measured millimetres  and grams of difference. It’s not about riding perfectly, but rather being perfect for your horse. Some horses just don’t tolerate it not being right.

The good news is that I have been through this journey and I can give you some of the answers. We then apply these ideas and look at the horse’s response to judge whether we were correct or not.

 

So spend a day with me and allow me to give you some ideas into what maybe hindering your progress.

This day is for 6 students only. Students will work in pairs for 1 hour both morning and afternoon. By watching the other students and their horses we will be able to cover much more then what can be taught in a single session.

 

  • Date: July 16th
  • All students must arrive by 0830 for a 0900 start
  • Cost $200, BYO lunch
  • Free day yards available for all horses

Developing confidence outside the arena

August 27th 

This one day clinic is centered around helping a small group of riders become more confident and relaxed riding their horse out of the arena and into our surrounding paddocks.
The clinic is for nervous riders or green horses who need that extra support to become successful. 6 students only.

This is a structured day to develop a plan for success, incorporating both In-hand work and riding.

Students are welcome to bring a horse that is not ready for riding and participate with In-hand for the entire day.

Date: August 27th

Cost: $200pp

Location: 2401 Strathfieldsaye Rd, Eppalock.

Banyandah 4 day camp

October 22 - 25

Do you want to ride and work towards achieving the next level of horsemanship in the most beautiful setting? Then this Supercamp is for you. Learning, developing but most of all, enjoying working with your horse against the backdrop of the Murray River and the majesty of the gums that line its banks makes this clinic so very special.

Participating in these learning experiences and guided by the David’s expert advice will help you build a better relationship with your horse. It’s about understanding and developing a shared language and building true communication and connection. It concentrates on building your confidence, helping you to become a more confident horse(wo)men.


Every day, you will participate in activities which will build your own and your horse’s confidence in new environments and in a group of horses. It will teach you and your horse to be soft, relaxed and at ease with each other in a working or other environment.

Date: October 22 - 25

Cost: $540pp. Max 12 riders

Location: Banyandah Naturally - Howlong NSW