Arrow Equestrian offers a different approach to teaching and learning and specialises in Classical Dressage combined with complementary techniques.
Members of the "Arrow Equestrian Club" have exclusive access to fantastic facilities, a team of experienced and knowledge teachers and therapists and some very special horses. These horses enable both the amateur and professional rider to improve their "feel" for correct work and to gain experience of more advanced work on a trained horse, something that is difficult to find in this country.
Sue Nevill-Parker, owner of this unique equestrian complex, is an experienced rider and trainer and provides a highly developed level of tuition in all aspects of horsemanship. She has trained with a wide range of exceptional teachers, both in the UK and abroad and has further enriched her teaching skills by working with practitioners of complementary therapies such as the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais and Pilates.
The Arrow Equestrian Club offers its members a wealth and depth of expertise which is truly unique and includes world renowned US author and teacher Erik Herbermann and Filipa Valenca from the famous Equestre de Leziria Grande in Portugal. It is also one of the very few centres to offer tuition in work-in-hand, long reining and advanced work on the lunge. To find out more, please visit the club page. (Gold and Silver membership is available.)
Erik Herbermann Clinics
Erik Herbermann gives bi-annual clincs here at Arrow Equestrian in March and August. His 2017 clinics are March 14th-19th and August 22nd-27th and spectators/auditors are welcome. Cost £40 for the first day and £20 for each additional day. Tickets must be booked and paid for in advance. NO TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR. The ridden places tend to be booked from clinic to clinic and there is a waiting list if you want to ride with him. Please contact Sue for further details.
Articles written by Erik Herbermann
I am delighted that Erik Herbermann has once again very kindly allowed Arrow Equestrian to reproduce his latest article on Classical Dressage:
As with all his articles, it is copyright protected and is reproduced here on condition that it is neither copied, reproduced or circulated in any way.
Erik Herbermann, author of "Dressage Formula" and "A Horsesman's Notes" is one of the very few truly "Classical" horsemen who lives and teaches how he writes. He has been a personal friend for many years and therefore has allowed 6 of his articles to be reproduced here on my Arrow Equestrian website. His articles, some of which were first published by the United States Dressage Federation in their magazine "Connections", can be viewed in the "Library"
- The Morality of Riding.
- Animation: The Art of Tuning
- Establishing Equestrian Ideals
- Forward and Down relative to BTV
- Nurturing Willing Participation
Pat Parker 1929 - 2015
Sarah on Crisp
"Mellow" has recently joined the select group of "Arrow Schoolmasters". He is a 12 year old, 15.3hh cremello gelding of Spanish origin. He stood as a stallion in France for several years before being sold to the UK where he was gelded. He has settled in well and is proving to be a lovely horse with beautiful fluid movement, sensitive but sane. He has all the lateral movements and has started flying changes. He is a quick learner and "push button" easy to ride if you know how to push the right buttons so a perfect schoolmaster! You can see him being ridden at his former home here.
"Duque" is an 8 year old, 15.1hh grey Lusitano stallion found for me in Portugal by Filippa Valenca on my most recent visit. He is an "Icaro-twin", (for those who know my older Lusitano stallion, Icaro) and has been very well trained by a young working equitation rider. He is also "sensitive but sane" and has established flying changes up to 2-tempi and is great fun to ride.
Both horses will be given time to settle in to their new surroundings but will be available for selected pupils to ride as we get to know them more.
A great time to pause and reflect and spend some quality time getting to grips with your seat and position! Our Rider Biomechanics lessons combine seat analysis and posture both on and off the horse and use exercises on the Equine Simulator to help you (and your horse!) reach your full potential. When tackling any problem, you not only need the right tools but you also need to know how to use them in any situation: you need a correct position and you need to know how to uses it to influence not just your horse, but any horse. More leg and more contact is rarely a sensible or effective solution! Arrow Equestrian teaches you to be classically correct in theory and practice so there is no need for force or coercion.
Our 2016 programme offers an abundance of mounted and dismounted activities.
- Tai Chi for riders
- Biomechanic feedback on the equine simulator
- Lunge lessons
- Lateral Work on a schoolmaster
- Work in Hand classes
- Craniosacral work for both horse and rider
- Feldenkrais and Pilates lessons
Theory and Practice Days
These are listed as "Arrow Members Day" but non members may join in for just £65 for the day, numbers permitting. The day will focus on a specific aspect of riding starting with theory, then putting it into practice on the horse then an Awareness Through Movement Class to iron out some of the associated biomechanics problems encountered.
On selected dates, Sue Nevill-Parker and Sarah Merriam Pierce are offering a taste of what Arrow can offer. No matter if you are an aspiring amateur, a happy hacker or a professional, we can make a difference. The session will include a ridden assessment, work on the simulator and dismounted Feldenkrais work and costs just £95, with a discount of £10 per person if you bring a friend. Check out our "Diary Dates."
Blackberry Equine simulator proves his worth
Sue has been using the simulator for several years now and is continually finding new and effective ways to help riders improve their riding. Recently she has developed a number of exercises aimed at improving "Core Stability" and this has had a dramatic effect on a number of riders who had been searching for a more secure and stable seat. This in turn enables them to develop a more "feeling" contact with the horse's mouth. Its a win win situation!
There are numerous uses for this piece of equipment:
- Warm up before you ride
- Posture and position corrections
- Hands on adjustments to the rider while in motion
- Instant video/mirror feedback
- Galloping and jumping position practice
- Fitness and endurance training
- Introduction to riding for beginners
- Suppleness, coordination and balance exercises