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Applications are now open for new training places on the Academy programmes. Join us! Part 1: Jack & Amber

By Wiola Grabowska

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We are a small training initiative so places on the programmes don’t come up often and when they do, they usually become taken by friends of riders already on the programmes. For the first time in a long while, I’d like to invite applications from riders who perhaps have not come across such an opportunity before and would like to experience the Aspire Equestrian adventures! 

There are several places up for grabs this Spring thanks to fantastic owners I am lucky to work with who enjoy having sharers or loans on Academy programmes.

First go two absolutely fantastic ponies, Jack and Amber.

JACK – 13.2hh Welsh Section C. Available from 1st March 2018 (can be stabled at Northolt or Henley on Thames)

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screen-shot-2017-10-02-at-21-47-42-e1506979276112.pngSuper, versatile pony with a huge willingness to please. Sensitive but sensible, can be ridden by a child, lightweight teenager or a small adult. Jack is a true all-rounder, is easy to do, very affectionate and a true “people’s person”. Brave and spirited yet perfectly suitable for bitless and bareback training. 

RIDER PROFILE FOR JACK

You will: 

– be a caring, patient yet adventurous rider who enjoy developing own flatwork/dressage, jumping, cross-country, hacking skills;

– enjoy taking part in training outings, arena hires, Intensive Training Camps and/or low key unaffiliated shows 

– 13 years or older and maximum 8st (younger riders possible if capable riders)

– happy to take Jack on a minimum of 6 months loan (ideally 1 year)

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For more photos and information on financial commitment please see our website: http://www.aspireequestrianacademy.com/training-loan-horses 

If you would like to chat through this opportunity please feel free to call Wiola on 0749 2202 400 or email aspire@outlook.com

Update 22/03/2018 ****AMBER IS NOW TAKEN*****

GRYFINDOR AMBER FLAME (AMBER) – 13.2hh Welsh Section C. Available from 20th March 2018

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Experienced, ex-competition, one in a million kind of pony with numerous Pony Club wins to her name in previous loan homes. Now a very capable schoolmistress, fantastic in the arena with less confident riders but still with plenty of exuberance with more adventurous ones.

RIDER PROFILE FOR AMBER

Amber is available for Start (complete beginner rider) programme or Foundation (novice rider) programme to give her a quieter life she now deserves. She is a fantastic, confidence giving pony with larger than life character and would be a wonderful friend to someone wanting to learn the foundations of riding skills with. Suitable for children 10 years +, small teenager or a small adult (maximum 8 stone for a learner rider).

For more photos and information on financial commitment please see our website: http://www.aspireequestrianacademy.com/training-loan-horses 

If you would like to chat through this opportunity please feel free to call Wiola on 0749 2202 400 or email aspire@outlook.com

A couple of more places will be available soon at the UB5 location and at Henley on Thames. Stay tuned or email now to be informed as soon as the places come up!

#Barebruary by Nigel

Nigel is a rider on Aspire Equestrian Foundation Programme and today he shares a few thoughts on his bareback lessons’ experiences from a novice rider point of view 🙂

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Nigel on Star during their today’s training session

Riding without the saddle makes me more aware of small movements I make and the difference they have on Star. This is helpful because often I am out of ideal position or posture; it’s like the saddle wraps your body in cotton wool so that you don’t feel the actions and responses so strongly…Riding bareback allows me to feel the differences between balanced seat and one that is about to become an unbalanced one! I am able to feel the issues much quicker and make smaller corrections thanks to that.

Thank you for sharing Nigel!

Would you like to join in #Barebruary training theme? If you do, email your bareback pictures to aspire@outlook.com, post them to our Facebook page or Tweet at @aspireacademy adding #barebruary hashtag with a few words about how bareback riding has helped you with your riding skills – I will publish your photos on the blog throughout February!

To read more about #Barebruary click HERE

*Please note: I don’t accept any pictures, no matter how beautiful, of riders without riding hat/helmet or of horses wearing “creative” bits/bridles suggesting violent training methods.

One teenage rider’s “before” and “3 months on” progress tracking video

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Learning to bandage. August 2014.

Today I would like to share with you this short progress tracking video of a 14 year old rider on Aspire Equestrian training programmes. I review each long term rider progress every 3 months to make sure they improve in their awareness, balance, coordination and understanding of horse friendly training. Every rider will progress at their own time and according to their own needs and goals but the ethos of the Academy is to always strive for little improvements and as such, these little video progress trackers are very useful 🙂 These reviews also sharpen my eye for details that I might be missing or becoming complacent to as I am sure many instructors can relate to.

Caitlin came for an assessment session at the end of April having ridden a little as a small child and wanting to re-start her riding lessons. Her mum found me by searching for progressive and structured lesson programme and initially enquired about Start Programme (Aspire beginner rider programme consisting of of 12-16 sessions focusing on seat training on the lunge and using Racewood simulator).

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Caitlin at her first lesson with me – assessment session. 26 April 2014.

Having assessed Caitlin and found her to be a very quiet albeit very unbalanced rider I decided on a combination of Foundation Programme (an all-round rider education) with elements of seat training from the Start Programme.

She has made a wonderful progress improving her technique, feel and awareness in the last 3 months. She rides with me once a week most of the time with occasional twice a week sessions.

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Simulator training helps with strengthening of the body without causing negative tension. It’s fun and challenging yet has no adverse effect on a horse.

Here is a short video: 

Aspire Equestrian current coaching offer: http://aspir1.wix.com/aspireequestrian2014

A Peak Into 11 Weeks of One Rider’s Adventures on Aspire START Programme

I am preparing a short video spanning 12 weeks of one rider’s training on Aspire’s START Programme and I thought I would give you all a little preview 🙂

This rider purchased the 3 months of training which is the time frame of the START Programme if the rider wants to cover all planned lessons and elements of training. Her last lesson of the course will be on the 16th of February after which she will officially progress onto Foundation Programme. I will put a video together some time after her last START training session.

Hope you enjoy the photo snippets 🙂

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1 minute and 57 second Video of What You Can Expect at Aspire 2014 Programmes…

Here’s is a very short video that will take you for a brief journey through Aspire Equestrian‘s riding courses. The goal of those courses is to bring quality, classical principles based equitation to riders at all levels, including beginner and novice riders. No pulling, no booting, no skipping on solid basics. Join us and help Aspire Equestrian and other programmes like ours change the way horse riding is taught at grassroots level…

Full details on our 2014 programmes can be found here: https://aspireequestrian.wordpress.com/aspire-academy-2014/ & our Christmas Offer waits for you here 🙂 https://aspireequestrian.wordpress.com/aspire-christmas-offer/

Continue reading 1 minute and 57 second Video of What You Can Expect at Aspire 2014 Programmes…

How would you like to take part in something amazing in 2014? Introducing our next year’s offer…

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THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME…

… to invite all inquisitive riders and challenge seeking riders-to-be to our 2014 all-levels training programmes which will initially be available at the following two locations:

1. Cullinghood Equestrian Centre, near Reading, Berkshire (5o min from West London)

2. Moorwards Farm Equestrian Coaching Facility, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire (25 min from West London)

CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAMME: 

ASPIRE2014STARTFor real first timers or anyone who wants to go back to basics and establish a safe, correct seat both for jumping & dressage. You don’t need your own horse to sign up for this programme. You will be free to progress to the next programme once you’ve achieved the following skills: Start Skill Set

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For all you ambitious leisure riders out there! You will be challenged within your level, encouraged to progress your skills and better understand horses as riding companions. You don’t need your own horse to sign up for this programme. However, horse owners are welcome to join in as well as non-owners who would like to loan or share a horse for duration of training (help with choosing the right horse is given free of charge). You can stay training and riding at this level indefinitely but will be free to progress to the next programme once you’ve achieved the following skills: Foundation Skills Set

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Both for leisure and sport minded riders who have keen interest in training a horse that moves in a bio-mechanically correct, happy and healthy way. No gadgets training aimed at understanding rather than quick fixes. You don’t need your own horse to sign up for this programme. However, horse owners are welcome to join in as well as non-owners who would like to loan or share a horse for duration of training (help with choosing the right horse is given free of charge). You can stay training and riding at this level indefinitely, we never stop learning to school different horses. The skills worked on during this programme: Development Skills Set.

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For grassroots, amateur competition riders with passion for dressage, show-jumping or eventing. You will be a horse owner or Development Programme level rider who is keen to loan or share a horse to compete.

12 PLACES AVAILABLE…

From March 2014, each month we will have up to 12 places available and they will be offered on first pay first serve basis. There will be 5-6 places for non-horse owners and 5-6 for horse owners. All training will be available in form of packages consisting of 8 ridden training sessions (average price: £40-£60 per 90 minutes session) and 8 Aspire Coaching Sessions. Stay tuned for ‘Early Bird’ Packages coming up on the 6th of December! UPDATE: Click here for further details

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE REGULARLY WITH A CLEAR PROGRESSION PATH, EXCEPTIONAL ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND INTERESTING CHALLENGES AHEAD OF YOU? 

Email Wiola at aspire @ outlook.com and be the first to receive Aspire offers.

Looking forward to meeting many aspiring riders in 2014 🙂