Jacqueline Billington

Mrs Jacqueline Billington

Witham Friary
BA11 5HH

Mobile No: 07773032670
Home Tel: 01749 850197


Years Experience Teaching: 1992

Years Experience Riding: 47

Qualifications: Enlightened Equitation Level 3 Trainer, Straightness Training Student since 20, Academic Art of Riding Bent Branderup student with Ylvie Fros, (Accredited Bent Branderup Trainer), EE Level 3 Trainer, Academic Art of Riding by Bent Branderup Groundwork and Lunge Test holder

Current Teaching Level: Lateral work

Involved in Classical Equitation and training since: 2010

Taught by: Marijke de Jong, Heather Moffett, Ylvie Fros, Katrin Wallberg, Kathrin Branderup-Tannous,  Christofer Dahlgren,  Monika Sanders

Influenced by: Gustav Steinbrecht, The Gymnasium of The Horse, Bent Branderup, Nuno Oliviera, Positive Reinforcement, Pluvinel, Guerinere and von Neindorff

Familiar with the teachings of the following: 

  • Oliveira

Other Authorities:

Schoolmasters: Work In Hand or AAoR style Groundwork

Base and Facilities: Yes

Indoor or Outdoor Arena: I have a large outdoor sand and fibre arena with floodlights

Willing to Freelance: I will travel only up to a maximum of 20 miles (will travel further if 2 or 3 (or more) people wish to take lessons at the venue) and I am willing to teach one or two day clinics away from home

Willing to Travel Abroad: I am willing to travel abroad.

Insurance: I have insurance cover with Shearwater which covers teaching students on their own horses for ridden work and my horses used for work in hand and groundwork

Complaints: No complaints

Interpretation of "Classical": I strongly believe that all horses will benefit from gradual and consistent kind, neo- classical step by step training, building trust and balance, co-ordination and understanding and aiming to teach the horse the language required to communicate and recognizing what the horse’s feedback is telling us. I believe that dressage is for the horse and the horse is not for dressage. I prefer to use Positive Reinforcement to train my horses as I want to produce a “yes- sayer” in the horse and avoid creating a “no-sayer”. Ask a little and reward a lot. I strongly believe that feel can only be learned once the eye has been educated - and human educators must be chosen with great care as they must have also proved that they have themselves developed good feel from training and riding experience, or it will not be possible for them to teach this. If the horse is forced it will not become more beautiful and if the horse is diminished in any way then for me it is not a method I like to use. Any training must improve on what the animal was blessed with and the training should enable the horse to discover his or her own hidden talents. I am not an expert. I am a lifelong student and I chose my own educators with great care. I believe that training horses is a vocation and not a career. I live by this statement from Egon von Neindorff "If the horse is trained with force, then force will be required to ride him"

Agreed to the CRC Charter: Yes

Kay Brown

Miss Kay Brown

Brimley Cottage
Newton Abbot
TQ13 0DL

Mobile No: 07773 232711
Home Tel:


Years Experience Teaching: 35

Years Experience Riding: 45

Qualifications: Enlightened Equitation Teacher Level 4, IH student over 20yrs

Current Teaching Level: Novice to advanced

Involved in Classical Equitation and training since: 2011

Taught by: Heather Moffett

Influenced by: Heather Moffett, Sylvia Loch, Carl Hester, Bill Noble, Monty Roberts/Kelly Marks

Familiar with the teachings of the following:

  • Podhajsky
  • Decarpentry
  • Seunig
  • Oliveira

Other Authorities:

Schoolmasters: For long reining

Base and Facilities: No

Indoor or Outdoor Arena: Yes (both)

Willing to Freelance: Yes

Travel Abroad: Yes

Insurance: Freelance Instructors Insurance (Shearwater)

Complaints: None

Interpretation of "Classical": To me 'Classical' is the ultimate in good riding & training, showing lightness & ease at all levels. Where training is carried out in a progressive & gymnastic way, allowing the horse to understand the question before progressing. Where the rider moves in complete harmony with the horse.

Agreed to the CRC Charter: Yes

Trudi Dempsey

Mrs Trudi Dempsey

Holland’s Orchard
Over Stratton
TA13 5LQ

Mobile No: 07980 274202


Years Experience Teaching: 25 years

Years Experience Riding: 53

Qualifications: None current

Current Teaching Level: Novice to Medium

Involved in Classical Equitation and training since: 30 years

Taught by: Inger Bryant, Penny Hillsdon

Influenced by: Waldemar Seunig, Nuno Oliveira, Udo Berger, Anya Beran, Richard Watjen, HML Van Shaik, Sylvia Loch

Familiar with the teachings of the following: 

  • Podhajsky
  • Decarpentry
  • Wynmalen
  • Seunig
  • Oliveira

Other Authorities:

Schoolmasters: No

Base and Facilities: No

Indoor or Outdoor Arena: No

Willing to Freelance: Only freelance

Willing to Travel Abroad: Yes

Insurance: Dressage instruction with Shearwater Insurance, Behaviour consultations and training with Balens.

Complaints: None

Interpretation of "Classical": Classical dressage considers the whole horse (mental and physical), it is a system of gymnastic training that encourages the horse to be light, supple and strong enough to carry us. In a world that expects fast results this systematic gymnastic work allows a horse to carry itself with elegance and to perform movements that are seen when the horse moves at liberty under its own energies. Classical training develops the true ability to dance together as a partnership with a lightness that can truly be called art.

Agreed to the CRC Charter: Yes


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