The BHS North Region's Biennial Margot Tiffany Memorial lecture event took place at the BHS Approved Benridge Equestrian Centre near Morpeth in Northumberland on the late August Bank Holiday.
Margot, a BHSI, was well known to the equestrian community both in the North Region and beyond and is still sadly missed, two years on from her untimely death.
This event goes some way towards celebrating Margot's memory and we hope to continue for many years to come.
Yet again Jane Bartle-Wilson BHSI presented a hugely entertaining and enlightening session, helping a number of guinea pig horse and rider combinations to improve their skills.
Jane is known to many as Director of Equitation at the Yorkshire Riding Centre and travels extensively in the UK and abroad for teaching clinics.
The theme of this year’s event was “The Long and the Short of it”, where Jane worked through exercises to help riders and their horses improve collection and the ability to lengthen strides.
Jane possesses the same wonderful empathy with horses that we all saw in Margot's teaching. She clearly demonstrates to riders how they must use their aids and responses clearly, in order to help horses learn quickly and easily.
We were delighted to welcome more than 80 people this year, including a member who travelled from Yorkshire by train!
Many thanks must go to the horse and rider combinations that made themselves available for the event, to Jane Mancey at Benridge who played the perfect host and to committee member Sally Booth for her delicious baking.
A bouquet of flowers was presented to a surprised and delighted Fiona Gough, Events Officer for BHS Northumberland, to specially thank her for her commitment.
There was universal praise for the evening and many people were planning a lesson with Jane for themselves as a result.
We may well look at organising a clinic in the New Year for any interested parties – please speak to Wendy in the Regional Office if you would be interested.