Area 21 Training
Each year the area is able to apply for a £1000 training grant from British Riding Clubs which allows subsidised training to be arranged at a much lower cost than usual. We were succesful in obtaining the grant for 2020.
As well as the training subsidised by the area grant, throughout the year other events will be arranged.
All training is open to any member of an Area 21 Riding Club. Due the size of the area and the number of members, each club will be allocated a certain number of spaces per training event and bookings will be co-ordinated by club secretaries.
Confirmed training dates are as follows:
Dressage Lessons with Vikki Pengilly. Cwmnant Arena, Tregaron, SY25 6NL - 28th November 2020
Individual 45mins £40 and Paired 45mins £25 - please contact your club secretary to book before 17th October 2020.
These events will be ran to comply with all Government guidelines in relation to Coronavirus. Whilst all necessary precautions will be taken by the venues and trainers please note that your health and safety is your responsibility and you must adhere to any rules and take the correct precautions when attending.
For more information on any of the above please see the BRC Area 21 Facebook page or contact your club secretary or Emma Brooke via any of the methods detailed on the "Officers" page.
In October 2019 we welcomed International 5* Eventer Louise Harwood to Carmarthen. A day of pole work and jumping was thoroughly enjoyed by the members who took part in the clinic.
On Saturday 8th February 2020, Andrea Phillips was welcomed as instructor at the Area 21 Arena Eventing Clinic in Penskyber Equestrian Centre, Letterston, Haverfordwest. Thanks to Storm Ciara it was touch and go as to whether it would go ahead but thankfully we continued as planned and although the winds picked up in the afternoon the morning saw glorious sunshine. Riders from all over Area 21 came to sample the amazing facilities and top tuition some lucky enough to be only 20 minutes down the road where as others made impressive 2 hour plus journeys. The day saw riders and horses of all abilities take on the show jumps and arena eventing style fence. Some riders wanted to build confidence and improve technique over the smaller cross poles whilst others were more confident over bigger fences but wanting to improve lines and turns. And as for the horses we had ponies pinging jumps like they were stags, cobs who just loved to jump and ex racehorses learning about life after the gallops. It was a well-supported day with much positive feedback. Huge thank you to Andrea for great teaching over the 8 hours and Sarah for the use of the facilities. I will look to do another when the weather is a bit warmer and we aren’t threatened by a storm!
A two day Dressage to Music Clinic with Kelly Bergheim was thoroughly enjoyed by a number of members on 8th and 9th August 2020. Some of those who attended had never ridden to music before and others wanted to perfect floorplans or music as they were competing at the Area DTM Qualifier. It was a super weekend and everyone left inspired!
A fantastic Bank Holiday Monday Cross Country Clinic was held on 31st August 2020 in Cambrian, Talsarn.. All members thoroughly enjoyed the top tuition provided by Jonathan Pett and in particular the paddle in the lake followed by a good gallop up the hill. We had groups ranging from combinations who'd never done cross country before to those being brave enough to jump 1m plus - this course is one that provides something for all and the smiles on members faces just proved what fun it was!
A wonderful oppurtunity to really get in tune with your horse and how we ride was provided to some members on 6th September 2020 in the form of a Rider Biomechanics Clinic with Helen Williams. Held at Little Mill, Carmarthen it provided the perfect venue for riders to be put through their paces. Lots of improvement in rider positions and the horses way of going was clear to see at the end of each session.