Evening Talks

Evening Talk: Nuno Oliveira Lessons in Dressage with Diane Followell on 6 Sept at 7pm


Diane Followell studied classical dressage with Nuno Oliveira in the early 1980s. Spending three years full-time at his school in Portugal she had daily instruction from Mr Oliveira and the opportunity to observe him schooling his own horses, giving her a unique insight into the subtle methods he used to such powerful effect.

Diane now teaches classical dressage, passing on her knowledge to other riders, developing understanding and an enduring bond between horse and rider. In this talk, Diane will discuss some of the important dressage training concepts and ideas that every rider will find invaluable to the training for their horse.


Evening Talk: The Masterson Method Demonstration with Vicky Devlin: Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork at 7pm - 9pm

 What’s the benefit of the Masterson Method for you?
– Improve your relationship and communication with your horse
– Help your horse to be more relaxed and comfortable
– Achieve your potential by helping your horse to overcome physical limitations
During The Masterson Method Demo, Vicky Devlin will show you how The Method helps to improve performance, communication and relationship with your horse. Anyone is welcome and you don’t need to have any previous experience in body work to take part!
Come get a taste of this incredible method of bodywork. Vicky will explain how to recognize what the horse is telling you through visual and palpable responses. Then, in the demonstration, Vicky will show you how these responses enable you to get deep releases of tension in the horse. This is a truly interactive process that results in a change in relationship, and an improvement in movement and performance.
This demonstration is open to anyone and everyone, of all disciplines, that has interest in learning how to help your horse feel better and to develop an even deeper bond with your horse in the process. Come out and enjoy.
For those who want MORE….

Talk and Demo: Untangling the relationship between rider and horse movement asymmetries with Eva Marunova

Date: Saturday 30 September
Time: 10.00am to 3pm
Cost: £45 
Tilefield is delighted to welcome back Eva Marunova of Empowered Equitation for another information filled day about horse and rider biomechanics and the practical use of gait analysis in relation to performance and welfare of horses.

Have you ever wondered how much your riding impacts your horse’s movement? Is a problem due to your horse’s asymmetry or down to you, or a bit of both? This is often a very difficult question to answer. Here is a chance to learn more about the relationship between horse and rider asymmetry. There is also the opportunity for 2 riders to get themselves and their horse’s gait objectively measured and to take away the feedback (there is 1 place left – contact Amanda for more info).
By the end of the day you will:
1) Gain insights into how horse-rider interaction can be assessed objectively
2) Understand how rider and tack can influence the horse’s movement
About the day
The day will consist of a mix of practical and theory sessions which will give you insights into the effect of rider and tack on the horse’s movement as well as horse’s potential influence on the rider.
In the morning, Eva will give you an overview of recent research findings that help us to understand the interaction between the horse, rider and the tack. After the lecture, we will do a movement assessment of two horse and rider combinations in the arena. Eva will demonstrate how to use sensor-based gait analysis technology to gather data about the movement of 2 horse and rider combinations in the arena both with and without the rider. We will then head back to have a look at the riders on the simulator without the horse.
Amanda Barton, with the help of Tallulah the simulator, will be assisting with the rider biomechanics part of the day.
After a lunch break we will discuss the results from our horse and rider combinations. This will be a great chance to understand the practical implications of assessing movement objectively (i.e. gait analysis). There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and to explore the question marks that still remain in our understanding of horse and rider interaction.
Approximate timetable for the day:
10am Horse-rider interaction – research update (lecture)
11am Gait analysis assessment of 2 horse-rider combinations
12 Riders’ assessment on the simulator
12.45-1.30pm Lunch break
1.30-3pm Discussion of results and practical implications