Testimonials

Receiving positive feedback from your teacher or your pupils is always welcome and very much appreciated. This is from my “mentor” Erik Herbermann with whom I have studied for over 30 years and every day I endeavour to live up to his exceptional standards of horsemanship and tuition.

"Despite all of the struggles we have both encountered, you have always been amongst my best pupils. There are but one or two at most at any of the numerous clinics I had the privilege of teaching. Everywhere I go, I refer to your equestrian capacity and quality, indicating especially the importance of not needing to use power to ride – thinking of your relatively petite size as compared with Pooh Bear’s 1,700 pounds! Riding is always a very personal journey during which each must travel every inch of the way alone. Teachers can give us ideas and guidance but in the end each individual must translate those concepts into personal truths which fit them individually – mentally, physically and spiritually – with only the horses as our true mirrors and judges of our ability to communicate with them. Thanks to your dedication and endurance you have truly become a very fine rider in the classical sense of the word. It has been a sincere pleasure and privilege to have worked with you."

Yes, it has been a struggle with tears of frustration at my own inadequacy but it has also given me some sublime moments where my horse and I move as one: my thoughts - his spirit. Thank you Erik!
Sue Nevill-Parker

And now for some comments from my students:

"Sue offers a truly personalised instruction. She is endlessly inventive in devising exercises and explanations to suit individual needs and is patient, exacting, encouraging and challenging."
IL, London

"A really wonderful few days. Accommodation lovely and comfortable, cosy and warm. Have never enjoyed lessons so much on beautifully schooled horses and with superb teaching from Sue. Heartfelt thanks, Sue and to the girls on the yard who made me feel so welcome."
CW, Anglesey

"Simply excellent. Sue NP gives the “how”; others only give the “what”. Without the “how” the “what” is impossible”."
AM, Surrey

"Exactly what we were looking for. Brilliant informative lessons; lovely horses who are great schoolmasters. My seat has never been so tuned!"
BW and SH, NSW, Australia

"I looked forward to this 4-day break and I was not disappointed. The tuition, horses and accommodation far exceeded my expectations. I need Sue every week!"
CR, London

"There is a saying 'when the pupil is ready to learn, the teacher will appear'. Whilst I would not dare to question such wisdom, I sincerely wish Sue Neville Parker had appeared to me years ago.
I am not a natural rider, and for over a decade I have worked hard to be the rider my horses would choose. I have read books about centred riding, learned the Alexander technique and been on a Mary Wanless weekend. But with my endurance riding I continued to lose stirrups, fall off, get rubs on my coccyx and inner knees and struggled to get my best endurance horse to yield and soften.
When I joined the British Endurance Development Squad last year, they recommended every rider have monthly lunge lessons. I heard of 'a wonderful woman in mid wales' at a lecture on exercises to improve your riding. Arrow Equestrian is over an hour away, but Sue's teaching is so well worth it that 8 months on, I have not missed a lesson. She is a gentle, generous, reflective woman who is comfortable with discussing my idiosyncratic mental imagery after changing position: 'I feel like a cowboy walking into a saloon with guns at hips' or 'so my hips are supposed to be like the wheels of a steam train?'
Through a combination of lessons on Sue's mechanical horse blackberry (with CCTV showing your riding position from all angles) and wonderful Lusitanos and Connemara, I have finally understood how to be secure in the saddle, even going downhill at speed; where my weight should be; how to relax knees and hips and how to keep my feet from flapping. Even after a 120km endurance ride, I am rub free!
Tonight my long suffering arab gelding, who has never given up on me getting it right one day, felt the difference too. In the arena he was light, elasticky, relaxed, rounded, easy. Even cantering on small circles. Such a good feeling! I had a little weep as I took his tack off. Silly, I know. Tonight I am trying to mentally bottle that feeling so that I can spray it on before every ride.
Sue, why didn't you appear to me before?!
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C.F. Monmouthshire