Training

SWDRC organise Clinics throughout the year. Prices vary depending on the trainer, type of instruction, venue, etc, so for costs and up-to-date information including booking forms please see the EVENTS & RESULTS page.

SWDRC Clinic Cancellation/Withdrawal Policy
Any participant cancelling/withdrawing before the closing date of entries will be entitled to a full refund of any fees paid. Unfortunately we are unable to refund any fees paid for cancellations/withdrawals after close of entries under any circumstances, other than a replacement being found, and any unpaid fees must still be paid. SWDRC reserve the right to prohibit anyone with any outstanding fees owed to the club from attending any further Clinics or participating in Team events. For further information please click: Cancellation policies

Instructors:

Matt Cox is a dressage trainer, and currently competing at Grand Prix on his own self trained horse Aston. He has trained with Spencer Wilton, Andrew Gould, Carl Hester and Eileen O’Conner and ridden in lecture demonstrations for Carl.  He takes something positive and unique from each and every one of these trainers and combines this knowledge to perfect his own training and teaching techniques. He has completed his UKCC level 3 and is a British Dressage Accredited Coach.

Ros Blackmore is totally passionate about helping people to achieve their riding dreams – be it hacking out confidently on their own, or their first jumping lesson (at whatever age!), or competing in affiliated events of all levels. Qualifying as a Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) was a huge turning point for Ros, as it totally changed the way she felt about her riding, and therefore the results she got from her riding. She began teaching and running NLP workshops, as she wanted to be able to help others realise that they too can change their riding, improve their competition results, get rid of competition nerves – or just actually enjoy their riding without their own constant criticisms and doubts.

John Thelwall has spent a lifetime with horses including success as a rider in racing, show jumping and eventing. As a trainer John has been involved with elite riders and teams leading to successes including Burghley, Bramham, Windsor, Junior National Champion (Eventing), Junior Foxhunter and International Show Jumping.  John’s coaching is based on creating positive connection between horse and rider, both physically and mentally, to create harmony and balance. John will be instructing all disciplines.

Kate Rowland had a formal start in show jumping which developed into her love for dressage. Key successes are: Pet Plan Novice Open Winner with 76%. 2014 Reserve National 5 yr old Champion at Hickstead.  2015 Reserve National 6yr old Champion and FEI international 6yr Champion. Kate says;

“I enjoy teaching and enjoy helping nervous riders and horses. I get a lot of enjoyment watching my clients do well at shows to and help them achieve their goals.” Kate will be instructing show jumping/poles/grids and dressage.

Phillip Surl started eventing in 1980 and continued until to 2006, competing at all levels up to and including 4 star. He became a British Eventing Technical Advisor in 2007 and has been British Eventing’s Regional Co-ordinator for the East Region since 2010. A UKCC Level 3 qualified coach, Philip completed the coach development programme run by Yogi Breisner from 2005 – 2008. Philip joined the World Class team in 2013; he is Team Manager to the Eventing Nations Cup teams.

Nikki Crisp has competed internationally since she was selected as a child on her 13.2hh pony to compete for the British team in the European U21 championships. Competing as an adult at Nations Cup level she was also shortlisted for the 2012 Olympics and performed the test ride that opened the 2012 Olympic competition in London. Nikki has been fortunate enough to train with some of the most well respected and highly sought after dressage trainers available, both abroad and in the UK.  Amongst others Christilot Boylen & Udo Lange in Germany, Imke Schellekens Bartels in Holland & Ian Woodhead, Adam Kemp, Celia Bushnell & Emile Faurie in the UK.  She now trains with Erik Theilgaard and has done so for the last three years. 

John Stelfox is a former Canadian eventer. He was shortlisted for the Canadian 3 day event team in the early 70s and benefitted with training from some of the Masters like Alois Podalsky and Bertalan de Nemethy.