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

Covid 19 Pandemic

Covid 19 is a virus that has ended many lives before their time and continues to do so. Think – just 50 deaths is the equivalent of a bus crashing with all passengers killed and yet this has been happening EVERY DAY. 182 NHS staff have died while trying to help others and there are still many hundreds of new infections every day. Do not be complacent. It is highly contagious and infectious and up to 40% of all Corona Virus infections are likely to have been transmitted by individuals who have the virus but show no symptoms at all. It is vital that you are aware of the symptoms. It is also vital that if you show any symptoms that you alert all of your contacts in case you have inadvertently infected them. Please take all reasonable precautions including avoiding crowds or situations where social distancing of 2m is compromised.

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

1. A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

2. A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual and the cough tends to be dry rather than moist)

3. A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

4. You may have only mild symptoms or maybe only one of the symptoms but do not take any risks with your life and the lives of others

Arrow Equestrian has been closed due to Covid 19 but we will reopen from July 19th with additional measures in place to help prevent the spread of this virus.

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

There is a new Booking and Declaration form and this must be completed and signed prior to your first lesson at Arrow since the Corona Virus Lock Down. 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 2020

Sadly, most of our planned activities for 2020 have had to be put on hold. We very much hope that we will be able to rearrange them in the future but at the moment that future is still uncertain. However, I hope that we can get back to some sort of normality re lessons, especially as nearly all lessons are one-to-one with me. Lessons on the Equine Simulator, “Blackberry” or “BB” as he is known are still under review. Look for updates on the Arrow Equestrian Facebook page.

We 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.

Theory and Practice Days

These are listed as "Arrow Days" and are held approx. monthly. The days focus on a specific aspect of riding starting with theory and dismounted work, then putting it into practice with a choice of group or short individual sessions, mounted or dismounted. Feldenkrais work on the equine simulator is one of the options which always proves popular so book early!

Taster Days

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

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