View Full Version : Anyone been to Tanglewood and/or trained by Catherine Edwardes?
22nd Apr 2002, 11:10 AM
I'm looking around at the moment for extra/different schools near Basingstoke other than Wellington to get more inputs, and I've been sent a link to Classical Equitation (http://www.classicalequitation.co.uk/) which now has Catherine Edwardes offering lessons.
The description of how she works, the horses available and her other comments she's put on the website makes it sound really tempting.
Does anyone have any experience of her teaching (she does freelance most of the time) or the horses/facilities at Tanglewood?
22nd Apr 2002, 12:31 PM
I've been going to Tanglewood since last August for lessons with Catherine and i would deffinately recommend her if you're interested in riding the classical way, she has really opened my eyes and i can't understand why there aren't more people like her.
In terms of when she teaches, she's usually at Tanglewood mid to late afternoon till the evening but it's hard to get evening lessons recently 'cos she's got at lot of people at the moment. I'm lucky that i can usually get a lesson at a "off-peak" time. If you phone to book through Tanglewood ask for Alex who is usually around from 5pm, she's v.helpful.
In terms of horses, there's a great range from your typical riding school thing up to well schooled dressage horses so we are really lucky. Be warned though that Catherine works you hard and you are usually in agony for a day or so.
People that ride with Catherine usually go to a local pub every so often on a friday so it's been a good way for me to meet other horsey people although we try to keep horse talk to a minimum!!
If you've any other questions just reply.:)
22nd Apr 2002, 12:41 PM
do you reakon it'd be any good for me?
Im 20 and been riding on and off for years. I share a pony at the mo who isn't classical but my position and aids are terrible. I can sit to most of the stuff he throws at me but I just don't seem to get his attention or the responses I want.
If it is me causing the faults (which I am sure of - as he is an angel for his owner) then do you think it would help me sort out my position etc to be better? I do like classical riding too - went to the Turville demo yesterday (mentioned on another thread) - fantastic!
22nd Apr 2002, 03:28 PM
You sound like you're in the same situation as me. I've also been riding off and on since i was young (now 25) and was taught to ride with an arm chair seat. I started lessons again a couple of years ago after a break but i was still being taught in the same way until i moved to hampshire last Summer and found a classical teacher. I now share two Welsh D mares, one quite old the other just starting out. Neither have had any real schooling and are just for hacking out really.
I sort out classical riding 'cos i knew there was something better out there but didn't know where to start even after reading loads.
It is a great feeling when the horse i ride in lesons drops its head because i have used the right parts of my body and i'm balanced - really rewarding. It's also great to know that the horse is more comfortable with the rider in the correct position and responds better because of it.
I practice what i've learn't on the ponies i share but i don't have an arena just an uneven sloping field, it makes it hard achieve even the smallest thing but i have managed to get the older pony to turn by just using my weight aids and practically no rein so it shows even an unschooled one can respond when you give a clear signal. i've also found it more relaxed and doesn't tense up its neck in walk anymore. I think i'm going to try a bit harder with the youngster, we've built up a bond and she's more willing than the older one.
I can't wait to be able to have my own horse so i can practise what i learn in my lessons, it's not the same when it's someone elses and the owner isn't so interested in classical or EE riding.
I think i want a calm gelding though, two mares is sometimes too much to handle!!
Hope i've helped in some way.:)
22nd Apr 2002, 03:38 PM
Thanks Sozzie!! I think I may have to give classical a go - even if it is only for small rewards off my shared 14.2hh welshie - who has taken to crushing my leg against walls recently!
It has to be better than all the bruises I'm sporting at the minute!! :D
18th May 2002, 06:32 PM
I have heard only good things about Catherine, Paul, whihc makes a change in the horse world! Out of interest, do any of you know who was the long term student of Nuno Oliveira that she trained with? All of my teachers bar one, have been ex students of Nuno, and Luis Valenca with whom I train these days in Portugal is now considered by many to be adhering most closely to the Master's principles.
20th May 2002, 12:09 PM
Catherine trains with Mario De Mendoza. Excuse the spelling if it's not correct.
20th May 2002, 03:34 PM
Remmy said :
|Catherine trains with Mario De Mendoza. Excuse the spelling if it's not correct.|
OK, thanks Vicki.
10th Jun 2002, 07:21 PM
I also have lessons with Catherine.
Before I was lucky enough to have my own horses (a couple of years ago) and before I was unlucky enough to slip a disc, I had lessons with Catherine at Tanglewood. I would agree that the range of horses was good, and that I really gained from the lessons with her. In fact, it was a bit of a road to Damascus thing! Discovering I could stop, start and turn with just my seat was an incredible thing, and a relief to find that there was an alternative to kicking and pulling which I had been previously taught by all my previous instructors.
Now, I have started having lessons with Catherine again. At the moment she is schooling one of my horses, which I shall then hopefully have lessons on to sort my riding out (back permitting). Also, she is helping me to start my youngster. As my baby is just starting to act like a teenager (she's rising four), it's a real relief to have someone there once a week to keep us on track. Plus she is always at the end of the phone for advice.
Catherine has just started to teach two kids at our yard, and I have to confess to hanging about to pick up what I can! This week I have been religiously doing the exercises on the ground that she suggested to the kids - to much hilarity from my husband!
I'm just about to start joining the Fridays at the pub, so perhaps I'll see some of you there!
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