Calgow Equestrian Centre was the venue for a demonstration by Pat Taylor of Taylor Made Dressage last Friday night. Attendees were treated to a relaxed but informative talk by Pat, ably assisted by ‘guinea pig’ Hazel Quigley, an instructor at Calgow Equestrian Centre. The topic under discussion was better communication between horse and rider in order to enhance the quality of work on the flat. This, in turn, leads to improvement in whichever discipline the rider wishes to be involved be it showjumping, showing, eventing or dressage.
Audience participation was encouraged with members being asked to share their experiences of working with their own horses and to judge the level of communication between Hazel and her ride for the evening – Macy Grey – a horse owned and competed by Anne Jolly, proprietor of Calgow Equestrian Centre.
Pat was keen to share her own style of training which incorporates elements of equine behaviour, natural horsemanship, biomechanics and classical riding. Her overriding principle, which shone out through the demonstration, was her concern that the horse should be at ease with its rider and what is being asked of it. She also places great emphasis on the horse being treated as a “partner” in the training relationship and not simply as a “vehicle” for the riders ambition! As she states on her website: “We owe it to our horses to ensure they are physically and mentally comfortable. Then they too would be able to enjoy participating in our sport!”
Friday evening’s demonstration was followed by “Taster Sessions” on Sunday and Monday where riders were encouraged to put Pat’s methods to the test. Pat hopes to visit the area, on a regular basis,
if there is sufficient interest. If you would like to know more about her training methods and influences, or if you are interested in one to one lessons or multi participant clinics please visit her website, www.taylormadedressage.co.uk