Background


Robert’s personal equestrian experience covers a wide spectrum of disciplines which gives him tremendous insight into riders’ weaknesses as well as their strengths, and enables him to encourage them to ride to the best of their ability.  His deep understanding of horses comes from many years of working with all types, breeds and characters. His aim is to be a positive influence, to coach and encourage riders of all levels and to promote the care and welfare of the horses both in this country and abroad.




Career Summary:


1975-76: Working for Captain Dick Micklem, Cornwall.
Breaking, schooling and producing horses.  While there he joined the Fourburrow Pony Club and passed his 'A' Test; experienced the yards of Bertie Hill and Lucinda Green and went on an intensive short course at Talland to enable him to  pass his BHSAI.

1976-78: Welsh Equestrian Centre.
A new venture running some of the holiday and residential courses for adults and children.  While there he competed the centre's horses and gained his BHSII

1978-82: Brennanstown Riding School, Dublin
Chief Instructor and Yard Manager. A busy riding school and livery yard catering for all ages and abilities and training students for their BHS exams.  While there he competed the centre's horses at Eventing and Dressage to National Championship Level.  He was sponsored by the Irish Horse Board for his BHSI training and also attended courses with Pat Manning FBHS, Iris Kellet, Jock Ferry (Irish Team Coach) and William Micklem FBHS.

1982-98: Wellington Riding Limited, Heckfield, Hants.
Director, General Manager and Chief Instructor.  Overall responsibility for smooth day to day running of the centre, 30 full time staff, 70 school horses and 30 liveries and training BHS students. While there he completed his BHSI, and achieved his NVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier qualifications.  He competed the Wellington horses in all disciplines including eventing to Intermediate level, showjumping to Foxhunter level and dressage to Intermediare 1.  He trained with Christine Studkelberger, Maria Gunther, Henk Van Bergen, Pat Manning FBHS, Jennie Loriston-Clarke FBHS, Iris Kellet, Bina Ford, Corinne Bracken, and John Smart. Robert also ran training and mock exam days for the BHS, and examined, progressing to Chief Examiner. 

1998 to date:
Robert now works on a freelance basis teaching, coaching, assessing, verifying, examining and judging. During this period he has worked all over the world: Hong Kong, Spain, Ireland, and the USA. He is a Chief Examiner for the BHS; Equine Observer and Verifier for Haddon Training Limited










Qualifications:

·Fellow of the British Horse Society 
· British Horse Society Instructor Certificate 
· International Trainers Passport 
· British Dressage Judge List 3 
· National Vocations Qualification Internal Verifier – TDLB34 
· National Vocational Qualification Assessor - TDLB 32 & 33 
· City & Guilds Youth Trainers Award
- Level 3 Certificate in Tutoring in Sport
· First Aid at Work Certificate

Positions Held: 
· Qualifications Committee Member – Examinations Advisory Group 
· Chief Examiner for the British Horse Society up to Stage 4 and IT 
· BHSI Examiner 
· National Vocational Qualification External Verifier
- Previous Chairman of the BHS Training & Education Committee