3 Day Horsemanship Clinic – Suits Ridden Horses at Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Horsemanship Levels
Booking: Please email our clinic host: Greg@chesterfarm.co.nz Non refundable deposit due at time of booking.

New Clinic Format: Our new Horsemanship Clinic format will have participants split into 2 small groups of riders with a max of 7 in each group. The focus will be on feel, communication, leadership and progressing on the horse/rider relationship. Each group will have a practical 1.25hr session with their horse in morning and afternoon. A huge benefit of these clinics is you get a shorter session with more 1-on-1 time with Ben to really concentrate on personal progress. You then have the bonus to have a soaking/breathing time while spectating the other group’s sessions – learning from a huge range or situations which you can then apply to your horsemanship journey as well.

Date: Thur 9th, Fri 10th & Sat 11th Dec, 2021
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where: Chester Farm, 3 Wires Road, Paeroa 
Cost: $375 per participant (for all 3 days incl gst) + arena fee
Arena Fee: $45 (for all 3 days)
Spectators: $30 for 1 day or $75 for all 3 days
Overnight: $35 per horse for clinic duration, $35 per person for clinic duration camping in float (toilet/shower/fridge available).

Participants limited to 14 (7 max in each group). Spaces in the Clinic are run on a first-in first-served basis, with your spot confirmed by a non-refundable $150 deposit, due at time of booking. If for some reason you have paid the non-refundable deposit, but are unable to make the clinic – you will only be refunded the deposit if you are able to find a rider to replace your spot or if the clinic is full and there is a waiting list with someone who would like to take your spot.

Clinic Description

The emphasis in all Clinics is always on learning to communicate more effectively through “feel”, timing, and balance, building a working relationship based on respect and trust between horse & rider. All Clinics are flexible based on participant’s skill/experience levels.

The mornings may be spent on the ground doing foundational ground work followed by transferring those lessons learnt to the ridden work in the afternoon. Subjects covered may include (but are not limited to)
• Discussing the feet/mind/leadership connection and other foundational Horsemanship principles
• Learning how to be safer around your horse and develop a great partnership
• Understanding why you need to be the leader and how to become the leader
• Why respect is so important
• Understanding the relationship of pressure, release, and timing
• Techniques that are foundational to producing a well trained saddle horse suitable for basic riding and that understands and is obedient to a variety of cues
• Foundational Groundwork and how it prepares the horse to be ridden
• Basic Riding – Applying principles and feel learned on the ground
• Training and learning to “feel” and read the 4 areas of the horse both on the ground and under saddle – Head and Neck, Shoulders, Ribcage and Hindquarters
• Techniques both on the ground and under saddle that are fundamental to progressing from a basic level, applicable to horses and riders involved in any equestrian work, sport or discipline.
• Proper desensitization
• Fine-tuning Basic Groundwork, moving on to more advanced Groundwork
• Riding – Continuing to up-skill, more advanced maneuvers and opportunities to better feel and timing.