Area 21 Training
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 spaces per training event and bookings will be co-ordinated by club secretaries.
Each year the area is able to apply for a £1000 training grant from British Riding Clubs. With this grant the area is able to subsidise some training events meaning that it can be offered at a lower cost than usual to benefit members.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Stef Mansell Flatwork Clinic @ Coombe Park Stables, Peniel, Carmarthen
Saturday 18th June 2022
Bookings are open and can be made direct to the Area Training Officer.
Levi Hunt Dressage Clinic @ Berthllwyd, Cross Inn, Llanon
Saturday 2nd July 2022
This clinic is fully booked.
Andrea Phillips Cross Country Clinic @ Cox Lake, Narberth
Saturday 23rd July 2022
Bookings are open via club secretaries.
Posture Assessment Clinic with Fran Griffith @ Penygraig, Nebo
Saturday 30th July 2022
Bookings are open and can be made direct to the Area Training Officer.
Stef Mansell Flatwork Clinic @ Little Mill Equestrian, Carmarthen
Saturday 13th August 2022
Details will be sent to club secretaries and bookings open on 25th June 2022.
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.
On 28th November 2020 we welcomed the highly experienced dressage rider and trainer Vikki Pengilly to the area, with a clinic held in Tregaron. All riders who took part had high praise and thoroughly enjoyed. We hope to welcome Vikki back for more clinics in 2021.
A two day clinic was held on 17th and 18th July 2021 with show jumper Pat Crann in Carmarthen. Riders and horses of all levels enjoyed the tuition raging from those just starting out to those wanting their BS 3 star level signed off. The question of the day was "When will Pat be coming back??" so watch this space!
On Sunday 14th November we welcomed the superb Vikki Pengilly to Moor Farm to teach a day of dressage lessons. Everyone had a fantastic time and in each lesson the difference from start to finish was clear to see. Looking forward to getting Vikki back in 2022!
A great days training was held on Sunday 30th January at Lluest Equine Centre, Aberystwyth with Suzanne Gill coming to the area to teach a polework and show jumping clinic. Everyone enjoyed the style of teaching with a real focus on position and how it effects the horses way of going both on the flat and over poles. We look forward to hopefully welcoming Suzanne back again in the future.
On Monday 7th March 2022 we welcomed Levi Hunt to the area for a full days training at Lluest Equine Centre, Aberystwyth. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed and spoke very highly of the tuition they received. Levi's fun, simple and sympathetic way of teaching saw everyone's confidence grow massively and horses and riders hugely improve their dressage moves.
A great days jumping was had by all on Sunday 27th March. Fantastic teaching from Jonathan Pett from his base at Trojan Stud saw smiles all round!
Easter Bank Holiday Monday was enjoyed by 25 riders at a days Cross Country Training with Loretta Joynson. Hosted by Brynllewelyn everyone was very happy to be out training on grass for the first time this season. With a wide variety of jumps, ditches, drops and water the horses and riders were put through their paces with everyone coming away having achieved their aims.
Another fantastic clinic was held on 5th May 2022 under the instruction of Levi Hunt. A fun and encouraging lesson was had by all where everyone achieved goals in one way or another. We had everything from young horses learning to canter to those practicing flying changes, piaffe and pirouettes. We look forward to welcoming Levi back in July for another grate day.
A great day of show jumping training on grass was had by all on Sunday 12th June. Using the great facilities at Brynllewelyn, Tim Joynson, set us up a fantastic course with a wide variety of fences and fillers. Everyone had a super lesson with great tuition from Loretta Joynson.