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National Convention 2019: Cavan Equestrian Centre - Programme

national convention




13 – 14 MAY

Cavan Equestrian Centre Ltd, Ireland


Guest Speakers

  • Christoph Hess
  • Tom Holden
  • Sam Watson
  • Sam York FBHS
  • Gillian Higgins



Day One - Monday 13 May

Christoph Hess

Taking the stressage out of dressage

Christoph Hess presents simple techniques for maximum marks

Tom Holden

Getting On Track - on the ground

An informative and interactive session helping you to design and build great training tracks at home that get you “on track” to clear rounds in competition.

Tom Holden

Getting On Track – in the saddle

Helping you to ride the right tracks at home to get you ‘on track’ to clear rounds in competitions. Using minimal fences for maximum effect.

Sam Watson

Racehorse to your horse – finding a way forward

As the popularity of racehorses as recreational riding horses continues to grow this session will focus on how training thoroughbreds can differ from training other horses to ensure positive outcomes.

Sam York FBHS

For the Challenge for the Love

BHS Challenge Awards: Achieve your personal goals and aspirations! Develop your confidence, skills and knowledge with the support of your coach; introducing the BHS’s new offer of awards you can complete at your yard or your nearest BHS Approved Centre.

Gillian Higgins

How the Horse Moves

Using lungeing and riding Gillian Higgins will demonstrate the bio-mechanics of the horse and how the rider influences the movement of the horse.

Break out session

Allow time, check inside

An educational session designed to ensure that you and your horse are safe whilst out travelling. Helping you to identify the important checks you should be making to your horse transport.



Day Two - Tuesday 14 May

Alex Copeland


Christophe Hess

Coaching the rider (demo)

Alex Copeland

Introduction to professional assessments

Tim Downes FBHS, Sam York FBHS, Andrew Bennie FBHS

Standard setting Stages (demo)

Anthony and Anton

Ride Out Demo

Alex Copeland

Introduction to Bhs Challenge Awards

Sam York FBHS and Andrea Parsons

Standard setting Challenge Awards (demo)

Lucy Katan

Mental health for equine workers

Tim Downes FBHS and Andrew Bennie FBHS

Ditching the gadgets

Becky Vanden Bogaerde

Eating disorders in the equestrian world

Sam York FBHS

Coaching in the 21st Century

Alex Copeland

Wrapping it up, Q and A

Break out session

Marketing tools for equine professionals


  • Day 1 has been accepted as CPD for British Eventing


Gala Dinner

Tickets are still available for our Gala Dinner on Monday 13 April. With guest speaker Yogi Breisner FBHS this will definitely be an evening not to be missed. So book now to avoid disappointment. 


Cavan Equestrian Centre Ltd
Co. Cavan
Republic of Ireland


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