F & I Show Jump Coaching Day at Kenneth Clawson’s yard, Leire.

This C.P.D. day was co-hosted by Peter Murphy and gave all those who attended a valuable insight into coaching show jumping skills to top riders.
The day was organised so that the morning consisted of coaching sessions on a one to one basis, where several Fellowship candidates were able to demonstrate their coaching skills with guidance from Peter or Kenneth.
Kenneth had the indoor school, while Peter had to get wet several times in the outdoor school. There were opportunities for the coaching sessions to be analysed and several teaching points were discussed before feedback at the end of the sessions. Peter was particularly keen to stress an attention to detail with regard to the basics. He encouraged the coaching candidate to identify the key issues to gain improvement in the area being examined before moving on to further exercises.

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Talland Study day

There is no doubt in my mind that this visit was the best day’s training any F&I member could possibly have done – or anyone who is passionate about training riders and horses. Because that was what was on offer : passion about training, open discussions, detailed questioning on strategy and tactics from a dozen slightly differing points of view, revealing fascinating answers…
There were interesting horses to ride and assess, and for several the chance to sit on superb schoolmasters and top competition horses, plus clear and to-the-point feedback from one of the UK’s top coaches. And you didn’t even have to ride if you didn’t want to or weren’ t fit – just watch and discuss and take it all in. What more could one want?
The only problem was the torrential weather, which made several attendees late as roads were closed around Cirencester – but all recovered their poise and we just carried on – which is of course also what Talland does par excellence!
The format was tweaked this year to incorporate both riding and assessing, AND a glimpse into the training methods of Talland on horses ranging from youngsters to potential Young Rider and Grand Prix prospects. Somehow it all fitted into four hours, and I think proved to be the perfect mix.

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Summer/Autumn Newsletter 2008

Dear Members

Welcome to the new newsletter. The credit card crunch, threats of a collapse in the housing market and extortionate fuel prices cast a shadow over the country, but our Association is going from strength to strength.

My committee has worked hard to get these dates for future training days early and I am curtailing long reports of our fantastic spring training days so as to get these summer/autumn dates to you all to allow you to put them in your diary.

These training days are inspirational. They revive the brain cells and instil enthusiasm and knowledge and of course are a must for any exam candidates, competitor or coach!

I hope to see you on these and while I’m at it may I remind you of our superb two-day Annual Course and AGM/Dinner with Di Lampard and Carl Hester 7 th-8 th Jan 2009 at Addington. Book the dates off now!

Yours sincerely


William Blane FBHS Chairman, F&I Association.