F&I Study Day with Judy Harvey FBHS

Monday 9th May 2022.   Word must have spread as a large number of F’s and I’s gathered at Judy’s Buckinghamshire yard for the enviable treat of watching Judy ride and coach throughout the day.  We started with Judy, while riding, giving us a marvellous insight into how she found and eventually gained the ride on…

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F&I Badminton Course walk with Nick Turner

5th May 2022.   Well, what a treat. Not only to be back at Badminton Horse Trials to watch all the action, but the sun was shining, and we were in for a real treat being guided round Eric Winter’s 2022 course by Nick Turner FBHS. The course was running over 6688 meters with an optimum…

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Report from the Study Day at Hartpury College

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 Those of us who were fortunate to be able to attend both of the study days in the Talland and Hartpury double bill were struck by the huge difference between them. At Talland, we focused on the effect that the rider has on the horse, but at Hartpury we drilled down…

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Report from the Talland Training Day with Pammy Hutton FBHS

We all arrived to the beautiful Talland at 10am [Tuesday 1st March 2022], some with a skip in their step, some thinking what have I let myself in for and some with a strong coffee in hand.  I’m sure everyone who was there will agree we all left feeling confident and making plans to make…

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An Evening with Paralympian Sophie Wells OBE

PRESENTATION TO F&I MEMBERS & GUESTS BY SOPHIE WELLS OBE on 2nd Feb 2022 What a wonderful two hours spent in the company of Sophie Wells – AWESOME! As my local Co. Wexford farmer would say “She is Some Woman for One Woman”. Sophie started the evening by giving us some of her childhood memories,…

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Dressage – Annual Course Report from Keysoe 3rd & 4th Jan

Report on Dressage Sessions with Richard Davison FBHS – Keysoe. Firstly, Covid /government future plans raised questions as to whether or not the Annual Course would go ahead as planned. This caused the Committee considerable concern, upsets in arrangements and challenges in the planning of the course. Thankfully we were able to attend, albeit with…

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Jumping – Annual Course Report from Keysoe – 3rd & 4th January

Report on Jump Sessions with Caroline Moore FBHS. What a treat the F&I Convention was. With Covid leering as understudy in the wings, we were relieved to see some Coaching and Learning, so it was business as usual, albeit at our new venue at Keysoe International. Although I have seen Caroline coach, a lot, I…

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Report from the F&I Hydrotherapy Evening on Zoom

“The use of equine hydrotherapy in performance horses” Presented by Fiona Fitzgibbon BSc MIRVAP IEH Organised by Mark Robinson BHSI – Tuesday 16th November 2021 at 7.30pm Fiona is the research and training manager for ECB equine spa and is based in Northern Ireland. She was the pioneer and manager for 2 years in Ireland’s…

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Report from the Royal International Show, Hickstead 2021

On Saturday 24th July the weather was forecast to be raining with a strong possibility of thunderstorms. After the heatwave we have had, it was typical that this was set to blight our F&I day out at Hickstead. BUT, we were blessed with dry humid weather and no rain. 12 of us congregated first of…

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Lucinda Green XC Clinic Report

Stockley Farm, Calne, Wiltshire  15th June 2021 Held by Helen Martin On arrival, the first impressions of the facilities were excellent and professional combined with friendliness and a sense that nothing was too much trouble.  The day was organised with 5 groups of 4 riders with a lunch/discussion time with Lucinda, this meant a full day…

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Report from the Judy Harvey FBHS Training Day

May 5th 2021. Around 20 or so Fs and Is arrived at Furze House for the day. Some brought horses for coaching sessions, some volunteered to coach a session, and all of us had a chance to observe, discuss and enjoy the socialising with friends which has been in short supply recently. All socially distanced…

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Report from Talland Study Day

Tuesday 20th April 2021 The 5.30 am alarm went off, this usually means one of two things – either I am off eventing or I have to get up to get hirelings ready for autumn hunting. Today neither was the cause of my early alarm, instead I was off to “Talland“ for my first “Study…

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Report on the Diverse Communities in Equestrianism Webinar

What an interesting and eye-opening session we had discussing diverse communities in equestrianism. Ruth opened the evening, introducing us to Sandra Murphy. Sandra set up BERF – BAME Equine and Rural Activities Focus group – just after the George Floyd incident. BERF were represented for the first time ever at the National Equine Forum a…

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