2019 Summer roundup

Posted on: Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:37 By: lisa

Well summer went out with a bit of a bang literally - as coming home from one of my external clinics, I was involved in a car crash ( basically I was the meat in the middle of a car sandwich -none of it my fault I might add!)  which put me out of action for a while, but other than that we’ve had a pretty wonderful summer full of clinics and intensives here at Wings Farm.

We saw an increase in people wanting private clinics during 2019 which is great for us and we will be offering more dates for those next year. I am coming across more and more people who are wanting to work either privately or attend with a friend rather than ride in a big group. The intensives are focused solely on you and your horse, working from where you’re at and at a speed you can keep up with. We work on the things you want to work on and also the things you NEED to work on but in a very low stress way.  Private clinics at Wings Farm are great if you want a break from the norm or want a learning holiday with your horse or if you just want to spend time with your horse in wide open spaces.  Contact us for details and available dates.

Jeff Sanders visited us again to do a couple of clinics, Its always great fun when Jeff arrives, and its been really lovely to watch regular students improve over the years we have been running these clinics. Jeff will be running 2 more clinics in 2020 the dates can be found on our events page and bookings are now being taken.

Steve Halfpenny also gave a clinic here in July, this was very well attended and I’m pleased to say Steve will be back again in August 2020, again bookings are being taken now and the dates are on the events page.

Details for both Jeff and Steve’s camps will be available very soon!

We were fortunate enough to host a clinic day for Holly Barber too, for those who don’t know who Holly is,  well she is rank 6th in the world of working equitation and is the UK’s top working equitation rider, this was a fabulous day with individual lessons going on throughout the day. In 2020 we will be holding more training clinics as well as some training competitions.

Autumn sees us holding some classroom workshops the first one being 27th October with Kim Matthews on Zoopharmacognosy. I’ve seen Kim in action and this is pretty amazing work. Horses know exactly what they need!  Come and learn more about this fascinating work. Details can be found on my facebook page as well as on the website events page.

In November, we will be hosting a level 1 reiki clinic with Hannah Jones who is a reiki master and Masterson body worker, so if you’re into energy therapies then please come and support this one, Details will be coming very soon.

Our horses continue to thrive here at Wings Farm and our newest member of the Bruin family is proving to be a great asset, Famoso came to us last December. He wasn’t the easiest horse and he didn’t have much patience for people either, we’ve had some interesting times with him from standing up on one back leg to running off with me mid Jeff clinic and leaving the arena at canter during one of my lessons with Sue. Difficult horses always make you think more, and this boy has certainly kept me on my toes. One of the hardest things was getting him to be consistent with a good diet. I can’t say he was a happy horse and food was of no real interest to him, After trying all sorts of feeds and experiencing many behavioural issues probably ulcer related, we seem to have settled on a good high calorie, non heating diet and he is steadily putting weight on, with that his temperament is a lot less volatile and we are starting to progress in our work, which is brilliant as this boy has a heap of talent. Famoso will take over from Skeeter on the working equitation front - He is so athletic, and will be amazing IF I can keep his mind with me!

Grace is turning into an incredible horse, she has been the one who taught me the most about being patient! She has packed so much muscle on over the last 12 months and she is becoming stronger and more balanced in her movement - this winter we will be out doing some dressage competitions before trying our hand at working equitation next year. Grace also did extremely well at the 2019 Lusitano breed show, taking best rescue and came second in the cruzado class to a stallion, the comments from the judge were fabulous and very encouraging. More showing for Grace next year!

Gisella, also continues to improve, She too has not been an easy horse and is still rather shut down - Steady progress is being made though and her personality is starting to shine. She appears to like jumping! Hmm, I remember doing that a long time ago!

Skeeter owes me nothing - he worked his heart out for me last year and is enjoying taking life a little easier now while watching the others take over.

What am I doing? Well I’m continuing to learn as much as I can about working equitation and I am doing the judging training courses I have also recently gone onto the UK working equitation instructor list, so I am now offering obstacle training at Wings farm as we have a full set of working equitation obstacles. I also continue my own education seeking out the best horsemen and women in their chosen fields to learn from and this year I had the pleasure of watching one of my lifelong idols Mr Arthur Kottas - He was absolutely everything I hoped he’d be in a horseman and I look forward to learning more from him next year!  I am also working alongside LEAP equine facilitated psychotherapy and learning - I am teaching the horsemanship clinics for their students - I have had a brilliant time with these students and I look forward to doing more with them next year.

Other than all that Life at Wings Farm is a never ending list of jobs to be honest, we continue to slowly and steadily improve this place - The ragwort epidemic that the previous people here left us with is now very much under control - I have actually enjoyed picking the 3 or 4 pieces this year that the weed killer missed rather than picking acres of the stuff! The fields are really starting to look healthy again, next year we will plant a wider variety of grass seeds along with horse friendly herbs and I’m sure there will be more miles of fencing going in too.



Do keep checking my facebook pages along with the website for details of upcoming events.

lessons with Famoso and Paulo

Posted on: Sun, 05/05/2019 - 10:16 By: lisa



Famoso and I have just come home from a fantastic 2-day flatwork clinic with Grand Prix Dressage rider Paulo Santos at his base in Chichester. I did a year worth of training with Paulo last year when I was part of the UK Working Equitation Squad with my other horse Skeeter, so I knew just how much work we were about to receive, however, this clinic was a little different. 

In some ways it was a lot more laid back yet in others it was very intense. The cool thing about this clinic was that it was fairly exclusive, there were only three of us riding, we had a mixture of ridden lessons, watching each other's lessons, and there were plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discuss our lessons. 

We also got the chance to watch Paulo teach some of his other pupils as well as watch him school his own horses. On day one we were able to watch him work a horse who is at Advanced medium level dressage and on day two another horse who is working at Grand Prix level. My lessons with Famoso were pretty intense, we worked a lot on posture both mine and Famoso's. There were some frustrating moments but many many lightbulb moments!

Paulo is a hardcore no nonsense instructor. He's not for the faint hearted - you don't go to him if all you're looking for is nonstop praise or you just want your instructor to agree with you. He says it as it is and you work hard to earn your praise! 
You do however go to him if you want to seriously improve your riding or your horse's way of going, Paulo has a brilliant way of pushing you to want to do better but at the same time he teaches you from where you and your horse are at - You actually end up pushing yourself more and more.

He is incredibly knowledgeable regarding the horses bio-mechanics and the effect a rider has on the horse both for the good and bad, he also seems to have eyes in the back of his head as he misses nothing- so you cannot cheat or hide anything from him! I respect him greatly for that. I came away with so much in the way of homework, I have a clear plan of where I want to go and what I need to work on. I also took zillions of notes which I will have to sit down and slowly go through!

Thank you so much to Georgia Shone and Paulo Santos of QRP dressage Lusitanos for organising this workshop, Thank you, Paulo, for your never-ending patience and knowledge. I had an absolute blast, loved every minute of it and I hope you will do more of these as I'll be booking on them for sure.

I'll be putting regular updates of our progress on my website so keep checking that out 


Ready, Steady, Lie down...

Posted on: Mon, 04/15/2019 - 00:00 By: lisa

This kind of sums up how today is going to go! As soon as one clinic ends, we get ready for another one and more new arrivals tomorrow- day 1 of holistic horseworks clinic with Jean Whitebread.

Horses in field

CD Prep

Posted on: Sun, 04/14/2019 - 00:00 By: lisa
All western horses this morning must be cowboy dressage then...


Workshop TQ

Posted on: Sun, 04/14/2019 - 00:00 By: lisa

Thank you so much to all you guys who braved the icy temperatures and camped in your lorries and trailers for this weekend's workshops at Wings Farm, been there and done that myself many times so I do appreciate your commitment very much! lovely weekend catching up with you all, and great to see some newbies here too.

Hopefully next time you all come over it will be warmer!

Today's office

Posted on: Thu, 03/28/2019 - 00:00 By: lisa
A big shed
I absolutely need this shed in my life!


Obstacles Nobstacles

Posted on: Thu, 03/21/2019 - 00:00 By: lisa
Famoso with his tongue out
And this is what he thought of all those obstacles


Lisa & Famoso

Posted on: Tue, 03/19/2019 - 00:00 By: lisa

Love this boy to bits, he tries his heart out every time we have a lesson. Thank you Sue for a fabulous lesson and thank you Famoso- I told you all that ice blue saddle pad matched his eyes.

Lisa and FamosoLisa and FamosoLisa and Famoso

Developing nicely

Posted on: Fri, 03/15/2019 - 00:00 By: lisa

Ok Smartie pants, he did all my obstacles today, with some really nice canters in between. I had planned on taking my time this year and bringing him out to working equitation competitions at the end of the summer. He may have other ideas.

Too Deer

Posted on: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 00:00 By: lisa
Deer in field
Wings Farm wildlife tours

I think our little herd of deer were a bit chilly last night or they were just fed up of the wind and rain, they were all in the car park this morning by the stables watching the horses, looks like the herd is getting bigger

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