Trainers Directory

The classical principles of the Old Masters have been handed down for centuries, encouraging empathy with our friend the horse and 'Harmony In Horsemanship'.  Many equestrians realise that there is 'a kinder way to ride', but do not know where to look for such help and guidance.

Therefore, CRC has compiled a Directory of some who are able to proffer such instruction and tuition.  All Trainers listed have reaffirmed their commitment to the CRC Charter, which embodies the very ethos of the classical ideals. Whilst the majority of those listed within the Directory are from the UK,  there are some Overseas entries.

As well as the all important contact details, additional information such as experience, taught by, influenced by, schoolmasters, base & facility, clinics/freelance, insurance details and 'interpretation of classical' enable the reader to make an informed decision with regards to which Trainer to approach.

As with all Club publications, it should be noted that the CRC Trainers Directory remains purely an informational tool.  Indeed, there are many kind and understanding trainers (many of whom may not even call themselves ‘classical’!) who can help and guide you along this worthwhile path of achievement... if you find any of these gems, please be sure to introduce them to CRC!


Whilst this list is maintained in all good faith by the club for the benefit of the visitors to the website, CRC are unable to vet or approve individuals or their entries.  Anyone taking advantage of these details, should therefore be prepared to make their own checks and judgements prior to any consultation.

  • Mrs Gillian Elliott

    From Berkshire From Borders From Central From Cumbria From Dumfries and Galloway From Durham From England From Fife From Gloucestershire From Greater Manchester From Hampshire From Highlands and Islands From Isle of Wight From Lancashire From Lothian From Oxfordshire From Scotland From Stirlingshire From Strathclyde From Tayside From Tyne and Wear From Wales From Warwickshire From West Midlands From Wiltshire

    Number of Years Experience: 1995

    Interpretation of Classical : Is the basis of all correct equitation


  • Mr Derek Clark

    From Bedfordshire From Berkshire From Buckinghamshire From Cambridgeshire From Central From Leicestershire From Northamptonshire From Nottinghamshire From Oxfordshire From Warwickshire

    Number of Years Experience: Professional coach (to Olympic level) since 1989, professional riding teacher since 2006

    Interpretation of Classical : For me, a classical approach to riding and training is based first and foremost on respect for and understanding of the horse. Built on principles that have stood the test of time, it consists of clear, effective and ethical methods that lead to efficient and measurable progress for both horses and riders. A classical rider and trainer makes a commitment to life long learning and takes personal responsibility for their words as well as their actions.


  • Ms Donna Rae Walls

    From England From France

    Number of Years Experience: 40

    Interpretation of Classical : A classical trainer/rider is constantly aware of the natural way of going of the horse, and it's personality. They constantly check their posture and attitude. They listen to the horse, who will always teach them - if they listen. And will always have in mind that thought comes before action, it is sometimes these thoughts a sensitive horse will react to.


  • Miss Lisa Ann Williams

    From Durham From Northumberland From Tyne and Wear

    Number of Years Experience: 20 years 1996

    Interpretation of Classical : To me the word "Classical" is a representation of art and any true work of art should express in it a part of self from the artist. In following the explanatory teachings of the classical masters, training our horses with empathy and patience, looking to self as a means of improving ones skills, always being aware of ones own posture, balance and application of the aids. This, combined with the self discipline to increase ones own knowledge and ability for ones own benefit and that of the animals which one works with is in part what classical means to me.<br /> There are many methods of training horses which produce competitive correct movements and with them provide competitive success but these movements, without a sense of pride, cadence and spirit from the horse are nothing more than painting by numbers. Where there is true harmony between horse and rider, combined with mutual trust and respect you also have mutual pride where both partners enjoy their work. To me this is classical in its most pure art form.


  • Mrs Paula Wood

    From England From Norfolk

    Number of Years Experience: 10

    Interpretation of Classical : Classical to me means working together with the horse with empathy,taking into consideration that each horse is an individual. Utilising the horses intelligence and agility to work together in partnership and unity. Building on the horses strengths with out the use of force or gadgets. Combining humans posture and balance with the horse to create the imagine of fluid togetherness.


  • Mrs Amanda Mullins

    From Hampshire

    Number of Years Experience: 27

    Interpretation of Classical : To ride with an open ever learning, listening and understanding attitude without force allows the horse to develop naturally, and as a result far more beautifully.


  • Miss Francesca Turner

    From Greater Manchester

    Number of Years Experience: 1995 20 years

    Interpretation of Classical : To me classical dressage is a methodical and kind training system that works for every horse and rider. The methods used have stood the test of time which is testament to this horse training method. My personal ethos with classical dressage is to be consistent in using proven, effective and humane techniques.


  • Mrs Claire Burrow

    From Lincolnshire

    Number of Years Experience: 20+

    Interpretation of Classical : The art of training and riding horses with their wellbeing at the forefront of my mind and enabling the rider to work in harmony with their horse.


  • Miss Lucy Ketcher

    From Bedfordshire From Buckinghamshire From Cambridgeshire From Essex From Suffolk

    Number of Years Experience: 2010

    Interpretation of Classical : I believe that classical work is predominately about enabling the horse, through correct training, to be the best and most beautiful he can be within his own limitations. A classically trained rider is one who always strives to improve themselves in order to be the best they can be for their horse. A classically trained horse is treated with respect and patience in order to achieve strength and balance without using short-cuts or force, allowing him to live a healthy, long and productive life.


  • Executive Director/ Head Instructor Megan Malan

    From US

    Number of Years Experience: 10 years professionally, since 2006

    Interpretation of Classical : Classical riders and horsemanship students help their horse find a balance that carries his rider or works in hand while developing "proper" muscle; that improves his own way of going; and that improves that horse's odds of living a long, productive life without using short-cuts or force. Every client, whether able-bodied or disabled, can learn to understand and to apply these basic principles.


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