Jennie Loriston-Clarke MBE FBHS is one of Britain's leading dressage riders and trainers. She has represented Great Britain in four Olympic Games: Munich (1972) and Montreal (1976) with Kadett, Los Angeles (1984) with Prince Consort, and Seoul (1988) with Dutch Gold (14th). She also won the World Bronze medal in 1978 and was sixth in the Alternative Olympics in 1980, riding Dutch Courage, whom she trained from a three-year old. Jennie has enjoyed a long and successful career with horses, having bred and shown prize-winning ponies, hacks and hunters, as well as having ridden show-jumpers, point-to-pointers and eventers before specialising in dressage.Inspired by the long-reining displays given by the Spanish Riding School, Jennie decided to train her retired Grand Prix stallion, Dutch Courage, to perform advanced movements without a rider. This he did with such success that later she also trained Dutch Gold, and Jennie soon found herself in great demand for the impressive demonstrations these two horses could give. Jennie is a Fellow of the British Horse Society, holds the National Pony Society Diploma and is an examiner for both societies. She is a well-known judge of show horses, a List 1 dressage judge and a highly respected trainer. In 1978 she was awarded an MBE for her services to British equestrianism and in 2001 she was awarded not only the Animal Health Trust's Special Award (a rarity) but also was made a member of the Worshipful Company of Farriers and the Worshipful Company of Saddlers for her dedication to the world of horses and equestrianism. In 2006 Jennie was the first recipient of the Queen's Award for Services to Equestrianism an award which she particularly treasures. In 2007 Jennie was elected a Chairperson of British Dressage. A role which she has taken on with great enthusiasm as it will give her further opportunities to promote British Riders and British Horses and British Breeding and in 2013, Jennie was asked to be President of British Dressage as well as being nominated to Chairperson of Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain.
A step-by-step guide to the art of training, exercising and
suppling horses from the ground, by one of the world s leading
exponents of the art. Starting with training foals and young
horses, Jennie works through to perfecting in-hand piaffe and
Often lunging is rushed through in the trainer s eagerness to get the horse going under saddle, which surely is the ultimate aim when a horse is being broken in. In this beautifully illustrated book Lorison-Clarke shows how lunging and long reining can be used to firstly establish the horse s basic education, but also how to use this with older, difficult horses. Loriston-Clarke's knowledge, and willingness to share this, shines through in the text of this book. It is written in an easy to read, no nonsense style that will make this book one that can be dipped into over and over again.
The book is a must read for anyone training a young and/or inexperienced horse, I wish I'd have known a lot of the safety techniques when re-schooling an ex-racehorse we had to stay last Summer. Since reading I have a deeper understanding of lungeing - why we do what we do - and feel more confident and effective in my training. I have added a new string to my bow in the form of long reining...something I have only ever done once before and I am thoroughly enjoying playing with the technique in the safe confines of the school and as I gain experience I am looking forward to practising the more advanced moves to improve our suppleness. -- Jessica Challenor