Our Saturday club is aimed at younger riders who range from 5 years upwards
It runs from 10.00am to 2:00pm and riders get the chance to have a lesson, learn new stable management skills and just enjoy being around the ponies in the fresh air!
Check out the pictures from our Pony Club Camp
Barguse is thrilled to learn that we have been awarded Clubmark status.
We are not only the first riding school in Cornwall to have achieved this accreditation but also currently one of only 24 establishments in the whole of the UK to have received Clubmark approval.
We are pleased to be able to offer regular feldenkrais sessions at Barguse, Feldenkrais offers a unique and practical way to realise our potential more fully.
It is an educational method focusing on learning and movement, which can bring about improved movement and enhanced functioning.
Current championship standings for our summer competition series.
Congratulations to the following riders who all passed the following tests and achievement badges!
Barguse is thrilled to host jumping clinics with Richard Waygood MBE. Richard will be holding regular jumping clinics at Barguse starting on Sun 10th October 2010
Our winter dressage series begins again, see events calendar page for dates.
Barguse competition results for 2010 these are the results.
Michael Beining is one of the most sought after German coaches. This is mainly due to his ability to be able to divide his training system into manageable bite sized pieces that everyone finds easy to understand. He has regularly conducted clinics in Germany & the USA since 1985 & in the UK since 1998
To get a more thorough overview of Michael’s training methods please go to http://www.horsehero.com/95240?page=1.
Here you can see a number of training sessions with the Woodlander Stud horses where you can follow their progress and catch up on owner Lynne Crowden’s blog which makes really informative reading.
Michael received his degree of “Pferdewirt” in Germany and in 1992 Michael moved to Warendorf to continue his training with the legendary German and Canadian coach, Willi Schultheis and his student, Rudolf Zeilinger (the Olympic coach to the Danish team since 1997). For the uninitiated, Warendorf is the mecca for dressage in Germany!
It is home to the Deutsche Reitschule where most of the German bereiters do their testing and most of the top German dressage trainers are also located there!
It is also home to the Bundeschampionat, which is the federal Championship for the top 3 to 6 year old horses and the Westfalian Stud Farm which stands close to 100 stallions!
Thus, it was no surprise that having lived there for 15 years, “breathing” dressage from morning to evening, 12 months a year that Michael’s standards started to change! “ Being around the best tends to do that” Michael says.
Despite this it has not dampened Michael’s enthusiasm and drive to coach riders ‘ and horses at any level providing “their attitude is right!”
“Respect and love for the horse, willing to work on our own short-comings and not let the horse suffer for them, patience and motivation!”
Over 30 years, Michael has developed riders and trainers to Grand Prix in Germany, the USA and UK. He has a vast knowledge of the German scales of training and has been lecturing on it’s correct application since 1985. Something that was virtually unheard of in the US and UK at that time. He still finds that the understanding or more often mis-understanding on a practical level is still shocking. He is best known for his work on the bio mechanics of the dressage seat and all of his long term students are known for their effective, secure seats which allows them to give specific, refined aids to the horse.
“The seat is the entrance into your horse”- Michael
Many of the riders (too numerous to mention them all) have gone on to achieve fantastic results in the competition arena.
Michael has also trained numerous riders who have gone on to work as bereiters for top class trainers. Michael says, “ I personally measure my success with my students not by their wins in the competition arena but rather by the decisions of world class trainers, who hire them. Not many Grand Prix riders would be accepted as bereiters for the likes of Rudolf Zeilinger, Hubertus Schmidt, Juergen Koschel (former Olympic trainer for the Dutch and Swiss team) or in the UK, Carl Hester.”
Michael is well known for the enthusiasm he brings to his teaching and how even on the twelfth lesson of the day, he can still be so motivated!
“ I see myself in the first place as a teacher, that means, that I am driven by the challenge in front of me, how can I help this rider with this horse in this given moment! Then every situation, every pair, is interesting, because the challenge for me, is to find a way to lead them to a lasting result – as long as the student’s attitude is right!”
Michael firmly believes that to be a good rider, you need to understand how a rider learns and moves AND how the horse learns and moves. Thus his teaching deals not only with stylistic riding but also sports psychology, sport achievement and the human/equine nature. His approach to riding involves work both on and off the horse. He uses video and audio training techniques to accelerate and enhance motor learning processes in riding. Something he has been doing for years before it became recognised as a valuable tool in dressage particularly in Germany.
Michael schedules his travels to offer 3 to 5-day intensive training sessions. This allows him to diagnose problems and create a training programme that will benefit the horse and rider long after he is gone. While one or two day riders are welcome, he encourages students to try and watch other sessions to help grasp what he is trying to achieve.
“The idea is to confirm a training process or element not only in the mind of the rider, but also in the muscle memory of both the rider and horse”, something Michael has been teaching for more than two decades and recent brain research has proven him correct.
Michael is currently working on a book covering all of the above and which we hope will be published soon. No pressure Michael!
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