Another Wonderful Gala Evening

Ham House Gala  guests on Sunday, July 9th saw a beautiful dressage and driving display from Minette, Vicky and Andy and then settled down to listen to an outstanding musical programme played by David le Page and Viv McLean.  The setting sun over Ham Polo ground and its attractive club house made a perfect evening for all the guests and helpers alike.

During the interlude an auction was held to raise money for the Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders.  The Diamond Centre is one of the largest in the world and was the first purpose built place for disabled riding in the UK.  It operates entirely by volunteer fundraising, receiving no public money whatsoever.

There are 300 -plus volunteers, 340 riders and 30 horses, providing and enjoying activities from general horse riding to Paralympic Dressage.  Hippotherapy, carriage driving and vaulting are also available.

A donation will be made to the Diamond Centre very soon.

Minette’s Riding Checklist

Pupils of Minette’s can have a free version of her famous, “Riding Checklist”.  This is a visual guide to how to sit and how to hold your body during riding, in order to get the best experience for both rider and horse.

Just ask Minette for futher details.

Riding is a wonderful form of exercise

Talking of planning ahead, scientists speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said that physical exercise is as important as mental exercise in promoting a healthy long life. The Times actually quoted the researchers as saying that exercise is essential to “grow back your brain”!

Hoof, the Olympic Legacy equestrian web site, has lots of interesting, up to date information about the health benefits of riding.

You can read them by visiting the Hoof website.

Riding DVD

dvdNew Riding DVD Helps Beginners And Experienced Riders Improve Performance And Enjoyment.
Minette uses her lifetime’s experience to show how everyday riders with ordinary horses can dramatically improve both their performance and their enjoyment of riding through more effective communication with their horses.

Says Minette, “I’ve competed in all types of equestrian events and taught over 10,500 lessons and I’ve learnt how to simplify and explain the art of riding. This DVD is easy to follow for beginners and new riders, has useful tips on improving performance for intermediate riders and is a real treat for anyone interested in horses.”

“Understanding the Art of Riding” – a 90-minute programme – is great value for beginners and improvers alike. The first DVD covers: walk on the lunge; trot on the lunge; bending the horse and transitions. Future DVDs will cover a wide range of topics, all aimed at improving the riding experience and performance.

Minette’s approach has already been endorsed by leading professional riders and trainers:

“an invaluable study with impeccable advice and beautiful images… thank you Minette for helping us to improve our equitation every day” Lauro Aguilo, Spanish Europa Dressage Team

“this is a very well put together DVD… it is full of straight forward common sense. There is something here for everyone, whatever their ability.” Jane Holderness-Roddam DVO, Olympic Team Medallist and former Chairman of the Riding for the Disabled Association.

“A beautifully crafted presentation of the essentials of good riding. This DVD fulfils and important role by introducing the beginner to the mystery of educated riding.” Daniel Pevsner, Fellow of The British Horse Society.

“The DVD is a labour of love” says Minette “as it is the essence of the core principles I have learned over the years. I wanted to make that more widely available – both for my customers to use at home and for a wider audience who are seeking expert guidance on how to get the best from their riding.

Image of Actual DVD – The Art of Riding Costing £20.00 the DVD is available to purchase online.