My life has become more enriched through training and riding horses. Doing it not only well but also kindly is paramount. I want to help you, to obtain that interest and passion for training and learning by making it easy to understand. Horses are not complicated, people make it that way.
Looking to purchase my book. "A Better Way of Training and Riding Horses"
My family has lived in the New Forest, near Southampton since 1972 which is a most beautiful part of England, where native ponies roam wild, but we have to go back to when I was 14 to discover what kindled my love of horses. We, as in my family moved from Portsmouth to the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, due to my father getting a posting in the prison service. My younger sister wanted to ride on the weekends at the local riding school, so my parents tasked me, as older brother to escort my sister to the stables so she could ride. Whilst
my sister rode out, I would stay behind and help the gentleman who owned the establishment
sort and train the other horses, and as a reward for my help he would privately teach me riding. He showed me a lot, and was of a very
encouraging nature which planted the seed in me for my life's relationship with
horses. If he knew what his encouragement has nurtured, I would like to think
he would be proud.
I joined the Army as a mechanical engineer REME in 1972, and was subsequently
attached to cavalry units where people owned polo ponies and eventers, so when
time allowed I was down at the stables with them. I consider it was the army that
instilled in me to approach training in a way that it must be understood. In 1981 I married Bobbie and after leaving the Army moved to the New
Forest where our shared passion for horses soon had us back in the saddle.
After several years competing, I was very lucky to meet and ride with the
eminent Portuguese horse master Joao Oliveira, the son of the legendary Nuno
Oliveira. This man turned on the light bulb for me and from this meeting I
truly started to understand how training was structured; that riding was from
the mind and body, not the hands and heels. The years of hard practice that
followed, allowed me eventually to perform many entertaining displays
throughout the UK. Through my performing and travels I have been very lucky to
meet and ride with many of the greatest masters of European horsemanship; I
hold their friendship most dear for they are today’s key holders of the art. I
have spent considerable time discussing the finer points of equitation with
these eminent horsemen, which has allowed me to appreciate how they approached
training, and there personal techniques.
My passion for understanding, has led to many hours studying
the great literary works of the past masters, I would not like to consider how much time I've spent with my head in a book. Appreciating the history and the
development of horse training may not make a better rider, but it allows the rider when facing a problem to consider other routes, that may be easier for the horse to understand; correspondingly this has allowed
me to assist others in how to approach their training and understanding. Being able
to explain how movements developed through history, from where they originated
and their purpose brings structure to movements, which then helps in creating clearer
guidance towards training. I have been told that I have become renowned for my
way of clearly explaining how training and riding works and progresses,
coupling this with a logical process, linked with a psychological approach,
allows all to understand. My calm nature shows how thought is the most powerful
tool for the rider and education is imperative, which leads riders to see there is
no magical processes or amazing quirky methods, and that basic tack is best,
with no need for gadgetry.
The master’s books were written for others of a similar
disposition to follow; these works are hugely relevant to today’s riders, but
some find them too daunting and not easy to follow. Today’s masters are writing
works to help the modern horse and rider. My books are well structured,
allowing easy understanding so people can retain, or if necessary easily find
the information needed. I have the philosophy that a book is better off in the
tack room and used, than on the shelf at home gathering dust.
By Richard Chamberlin
Riding is the elegant display of structure.
We should only consider this an art, with poetic terms, which can reveal a moment of communion. How easy to strip bare with a few careless actions cast in anger, they ripple against that we love forever.
The mystery therefore is often quite simple.