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, Silver and Bronze membership is available.)
Erik Herbermann Clinics
Erik Herbermann gives bi-annual clincs here at Arrow Equestrian in March and August. His next clinic is from March 16th - 20th 2016 and August 17th - 22nd 2016 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:
This was first published by the United States Dressage Federation in their magazine "Connections" in June 2014.
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 5 of his articles to be reproduced here on my Arrow Equestrian website. His previous articles also can be viewed in the "Library"
- Animation: The Art of Tuning
- Establishing Equestrian Ideals
- Forward and Down relative to BTV
- Nurturing Willing Participation
Pat Parker 1929 - 2015
Sarah on Crisp
Kick start your riding in 2016 by 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.
- 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
Luis Valenca DVDs - the complete training of the horse from breaking in to airs above the ground, these DVDs give a wonderful insight into the Portuguese method of training. They will be shown in sequence over the coming months, but don't worry if you can't come to them all as they will be repeated many times!
Theory and Practice Days - these are listed as "Arrow Members Day" but non members may join in for just £45 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.
Tai Chi for riders.
Tai Chi for riders with Nick Webb is both relaxing and enlightening. Classes will continue through the winter on Wednesday evenings from 7pm subject to Nick's competition commitments. Please contact Sue if you would like to join us.
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 £75. Check out our "Diary Dates."
"Blackberry" - the equine simulator proves his worth
Sue has been using "Blackberry" for almost 2 years 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