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There is still time to get your tickets for the Open Eventing Forum to be held at Addington Manor on 10th and 11th November.

International riders, trainers and judges will be passing on their equestrian expertise at the world’s first Open Eventing Forum, which is being staged in Britain. Support for this forum has been received from Spillers, Shearwater Insurance, British Eventing and PERA.

The Spillers Response Open Eventing Forum takes place at Addington Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire, on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th November, 2003 and promises to be an exciting, unique, thought-provoking and informative two days.

The purpose of the Forum is to share training techniques and ideas, so that everyone can improve or hone their riding and training skills. As a result rider and horse safety will be enhanced.

The impressive list of speakers at the forum includes:
· British Eventing’s World Class Performance Manager Yogi Breisner
· Six-times Badminton winner and British Eventing Director Lucinda Green
· Christoph Hess of the German Equestrian Federation and German Equestrian Olympic Committee
· Commandant John Ledingham, Ireland’s Olympic and World Championship show jumping rider and three-times winner of the Hickstead Derby
· Gill Watson, FBHS, who won Burghley Horse Trials and has successfully trained Britain’s Junior and Young Rider teams since the early 1980s,
· Jan Jonsson, Sweden’s Performance Director for Equestrian Disciplines and a former individual bronze medallist.
· A panel of behind-the-scenes experts in producing the fit event horse, comprising Ruth Bishop, Technical Director of SPILLERS, Dr David Marlin of the Animal Health Trust, Dr Colin Roberts from the University of Cambridge Vet School, Jenny Hall, British Eventing Team vet and Anna Johnson, leading physiotherapist.

The initiative is the brainchild of Olympic trainer John Bowen and FEI Eventing Official Jean Mitchell MBE.

“The overall objective is to better prepare and educate both horse and rider through correct training” explained John Bowen. “Through demonstration and discussion we intend to compare different training and riding techniques, highlight the physiological effects of each of the training methods and, through discussion with vets and physiotherapists, show the relevance of this to the modern event horse."

“Eventing has grown enormously in popularity and the demands upon horse and rider are tremendous. All competitors need to have a sound and thorough training before tackling the demands of this sport. We hope that the forum will show that there is more than one route to success and highlight the importance of sound, progressive and safe training” added John.

An international trainer accredited with both British Eventing and British Dressage, John will also be one of the speakers. He uses the ‘deep and round’ technique within his training and will discuss this method, outlining the benefits he has found and pointing out the pitfalls that can result from incorrect use of this technique.

As well as learning from international trainers and riders, those attending the forum can discover what the judges are looking for. Christoph Hess is an International Judge in Dressage and Eventing while Jean Mitchell is an FEI Official Judge in Eventing and an FEI Candidate International Dressage Judge. They will give an invaluable insight into the judge’s mindset.

The panel of behind-the-scenes experts has convened by SPILLERS, in recognition of the increasing role of sport science in producing a fit event horse. Each panellist will speak on the importance of their particular area of expertise in horse performance, followed by a panel discussion Each of the speakers Ruth Bishop, Jenny Hall, Dr Colin Roberts, Anna Johnson and Dr. David Marlin, have extensive home and international experience in their specialist subjects.

The emphasis on the first day will be on flat work training, while the speakers on the second day will concentrate on jumping training.

There is to be a dinner on the Monday evening when the guest speaker will be Giuseppe Della Chiesa, member of the FEI Three Day Event Committee and the FEI Technical Advisor for Eventing in Athens.

“Everyone is welcome” added Jean Mitchell. “Whether you are a rider, trainer, owner, breeder, vet, course designer, technical delegate, groom, volunteer, or simply interested in Eventing, the forum promises to be the event you cannot afford to miss.”

Tickets for the world’s first Open Eventing Forum cost £80 for both days and £45 for one day. Tickets for the dinner cost £25. Application forms can be found on the website, www.openeventingforum.com or bookings can be made directly by contacting Emma Hunter on 01767 651664 between 9am and 5pm. Emma can also take credit card bookings.



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