Training demos at Free Spirit Equestrian Centre, 41 Maytown Road, Bessbrook (near Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland) on Wednesday 1st, 8th and 15th July 2015, 8.30-9.30pm.

Does your horse look like this when asked to jump:

Would you like him or her to look more like this:

Learn how to use reward based training to help your horse find jumping fun.

Equine Behaviourist and trainer Dr Helen Spence will explain the science and psychology that help us understand why horses might refuse, run out, rush fences or stand off, and in turn, how we can use that understanding to help develop ‘The Happy Athlete’, a horse that truly enjoys jumping, that is calm, balanced and willing. The demos will focus on how to teach loose jumping in order to develop the horse’s confidence, but with an explanation of how to tailor the approach to suit the individual and how to move forwards to jumping with a rider and jumping courses.

The demos will utilise the use of targets for teaching jumping, popularised by dolphin trainer turned horse trainer Shawna Karrasch, and utilised by showjumper and Olympic gold medallist Beezie Madden. Most famously, Beezie used Shawna’s methods to teach Judgement to jump water to enable his return to top level competition.

Cost for attending ‘Jumping for Joy’ £10 per session at the door or £25 for all three booked in advance. If attending alongside the Lovely Loading (7.30-8.30pm), Caffrey training demo (7-7.30pm) and Q and A session (9.30-10pm) the cost for the whole evening is £20 on the door or £45 if all three full evenings are booked in advance. For advance booking please contact Helen Spence on 07773 157428 or