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clinic at bodiam 11 start until 2 4th December few spaces left

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on clinic at bodiam 11 start until 2 4th December few spaces left


Never stop learning!

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Blog, Buddy, Photos | Comments Off on Never stop learning!


Buddy ready for work!with linda courtney

All of us who ride with Susie never stop learning. She shares her immense knowledge generously and quick tips from how to lunge a fizzy horse so it’s safe to mount through to brief comments on how straight ones sitting in the saddle are so valuable.

Susie’s tips on taking time around your horse and letting the horse understand what they are supposed to do and what is and isn’t acceptable helps reduce anxiety and tension on both sides!

The community feel at Riverside is great. Susie’s knowledgable training team are always on hand to offer advice and riding around others who are learning at different levels and different disciplines makes it very relaxed and non competitive… We all learn at our own pace in a safe environment!


Joe rides Buddy

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Blog, Buddy, Recent Works | Comments Off on Joe rides Buddy

Dee Jay Read or ‘Buddy’ is a very experienced horse and takes everything in his stride.

He is being ridden by 12 year old Joe Bromelow who has cerebral palsy with limited use of his legs. Buddy has given Joe lots of confidence.

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Martletts Club Day

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Martletts Club Day

Saturday 23rd January

Susie ran a training session for a group of 9 riders and owners using a fabulous selection of horses at Bodiam International Arena.

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These training days are a great opportunity for people that Susie and her team teach to ride in a large arena. Everyone benefits from these sessions from those new to Western through to the experienced from gaining confidence and sharing a session together to learning more about each horse. Her plan for the day was to look at horsemanship and ranch pleasure how the rider manages the horse and patterns for both those classes .

Susie demonstrated a couple of horsemanship then ranch patterns on …. Dottie.. On whom Susie has partnered to win 3 AQHA all-around titles . . Dottie is one of her star performers.

After a general warm up to settle both horses and riders down ready for a lesson, Susie introduced the day.

Talking through the pattern Susie broke each section down explaining the use of the large arena available and the best way to use this space. She noted the tricky parts to each pattern giving clues as to the best way to negotiate these and to avoid penalty points.
Everyone then had an opportunity to ride the patterns.

She pointed out lots of tips for each individual to think about both in riding style, seat, posture and the best way to indicate cues to each individual horse – all done in her very informal, ‘no pressure’ and encouraging manner.

At the end of the session there was a free riding time and all worked on their own particular interest be it pleasure, trail or horsemanship.
All who attended really enjoyed the group riding and took away some valuable learnings.

It’s all calm and a fantastic learning environment. The best part is to watch the trainer demonstrate the patterns.. You learn far more watching a skilled professional than be shouted at from the ground! not that Susie ever shouts

These sessions allow each individual to have a go in a non competitive or judgemental environment and we all want to know when the next session will be.

Thanks Susie!



Thank You Paul Gallagher

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Thank You Paul Gallagher


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Our New Arena

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Blog, Recent Works | Comments Off on Our New Arena