Arrow Equestrian Club

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. It has hosted World renowned teachers such as Erik Herbermann and Filipa Valenca as well as other experts in their own field. It is one of the few centres that teaches work in hand to beginners and more advanced students. To find out more please visit the Club page "(Gold and Silver membership is available)"

Articles written by Erik Herbermann

Sue has been a student of Erik Herbermann for over 30 years, hosting bi-annual clinics and promoting his teaching and philosophy of horsemanship. Erik is one of the very few truly “Classical” horseman who lives and teaches how he writes. Arrow Equestrian is privileged to be able to print some of his articles on this website. All his articles are copyright protected and are produced here on condition that they are neither copied, reproduced or circulated in any way as they have been previously published in the US Dressage Federation magazine, “Connections”. They can be viewed in our "Library"

Pat Parker 1929-2015

Sarah on Crisp

Sue's Mum, pictured above with her Connemara stallion AJ, passed away on June 13th, 2015. News and photos from Sue and Peter Parker's chosen charity have been added to her tribute.Read about this remarkable women and the orphans of Shiroka Luka.






A lovely relaxed correct position "Murphy" and Richard who considers himself a "Complete Novice"

Latest News

Licensing Fiasco!

You may be more interested in good horses and good teaching than the mindless bureaucracy we riding school owners have to go through to get our license. Like all establishments that hire out horses for profit (don’t fall about laughing!) I must have a license and it must be prominently displayed on the premises (in our loo) and on my website. So here it is – N-RID19. Non compliance may result in the suspension of my license and the officer in charge who has no experience of horses at all would, as she points out, “be failing in her statutory duty if she did not recognise this non compliance”. Of course this is not the only bone of contention as according to the DEFRA guidelines I must produce written procedures for cleaning stables and how I would store a carcass and my staff must produce written evidence that they have received training in these areas and be given written appraisals to prove their competence. My staff are extremely competent in the mucking out department but are not too happy with cutting up a horse and stuffing it into a freezer! I hear of many other ridiculous and impractical conditions that have been expected of other riding schools in other parts of the country so it’s not just Herefordshire Council. And of course its not just riding schools but nearly all businesses have to waste valuable time dealing with pointless bureaucracy when they should be simply getting on with the job. Surely there are more important things in life? Talking of which,there was no mention of procedures for the prevention of the spread of Covid 19 which is still very much with us. I am still taking precautions and have Covid Procedures in place.

The health and wellbeing of staff and clients is of the utmost importance.

The Covid 19 Declaration Form must be completed and signed 48 hours before your lesson and if you are in any doubt, please take a Covid lateral flow test. We will not be handling cash, so payment must be by BACS or cheque posted IN ADVANCE. To make a booking, first, please either email (sue@arrow.u-net.com) or phone (01544 388 415) between 6 and 7.30pm or text (07966 526 239) and arrange a time and date. The Booking and Declaration form and the Covid 19 Arrow Equestrian Procedures will be sent to you. Please note that internet and mobile reception is patchy here so if you do not receive a reply within 48 hours it means that I have not received your message so please retry.

Download the Covid 19 Declaration Form.

Download the Covid 19 Arrow Equestrian Procedures.

Events for 2021

I am currently open for lessons but group activities are still on hold. Instead I am using Zoom to give tutorials which are open to all Arrow members, (Silver £25 per annum; gold £70 per annum). These have been very successful during lock down so I will be continuing with them through the autumn and into 2022.

I can offer the following activities to those who are able to abide by our “Covid Arrow Equestrian Procedures"

  • Lunge Lessons
  • Lateral Work on Schoolmasters
  • Work in Hand Lessons
  • Ridden Work
  • Video mini-lessons on Facebook (Arrow members only)

Chris English, regular visitor to Arrow, is offering on line Alexander Technique lessons via Zoom. She and I have had a few sessions to see how it works and it has been very useful; not as good as seeing Chris in person and having “hands on” lessons but we look forward to welcoming Chris back to Arrow in the future. Further details here.

Blackberry Equine simulator proves his worth

Photos and video lessons - see Gallery!

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

Equine Simulator