Michel Assouline Clinics 20th & 21st May 2016.

DI Northern Region are proud to host a two day clinic with Michel Assouline on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May.

Lessons will cost the following: £60 private lesson; £35 shared lesson (two); £28 each for a lesson of three. This is open to members of DI only. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To make an enquiry or to reserve a space, please email: emmajbhobson@hotmail.com

Michel is a graduate of the French National Equestrian School, home of the Cadre Noir in Saumur and gained a vast international experience in the USA, France, Germany and the United Kingdom as an international dressage rider and trainer.

In 1988 Michel was long-listed to represent France at the Seoul Olympics and during time spent in Europe received further dressage training from Commandant Saint Fort Paillard (France), Willi Schultheis (Germany) and Jürgen Koschel (Germany). Fluent in French, German and English, Michel has become a highly respected dressage trainer, teaching numerous dressage riders of all levels across Europe up to Grand Prix at International level. This includes three years as resident trainer to Suzanne Lebek, the former European Dressage Gold Medal Young Rider Team Champion, in Braubach, Germany.

As a dressage rider and in competition dressage Michel has been achieving consistent results throughout with several international successes.With his Grand Prix mare Annastasia (Hanoverian, by Akzent II pictured left) they were consistently placed internationally in 2000. In the United Kingdom they won the Ardingly Premier League Grand Prix, the Etal Manor Premier League Grand Prix, the Royds Hall Premier League Grand Prix and abroad the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Saumur *** CDI. They were also fifth in the Grand Prix Freestyle at Germany’s Hamburg Derby CDI and the UK’s Hickstead CDIO, and were second in the Hickstead Grand Prix Derby. They won the French National Championship in October 2000, which was contested over 3 days (Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle). The pair finished on a final score of 75.80% .

With Louis Feraud, a 12 year old British bred horse by Lord David S they won several large tour classes in 2006, including the Patchetts Equestrian Centre Grand Prix and at the Hickstead CDIO they were Grand Prix Masters League Champions (pictured left).

In 2011 Michel won the Sheepgate Premier League Grand Prix on Luderitz, an 11 year old Holsteiner gelding owned by Antonio Da Silva; Michel is also the 2011 Hickstead CDI Medium Masters Champion with Dolcino, a 6 year old Hanoverian owned jointly with Michael Porter. In June 2013 Michel won the Hickstead Masters Small Tour Championship (PSG and PSG Freestyle combined) on Dolcino (pictured left below) and were also Reserve-Champions on Streisand a 10 year old Westphalian mare owned by Mr and Mrs Wyatt. Streisand and Michel also won their PSG Regional Championship at the College, Keysoe in August 2013.

Michel was voted ‘ 1995 UK Dressage Trainer of the Year, ‘ and is a member of the International Dressage Trainers Club. He is also currently on the British Dressage panel of trainers eligible to judge Potential International Dressage Horse classes and officiated several times at the Championships for four, five and six year old horses.

In 2005 Michel became the UK Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Coach and has so far taken his Team GB riders to win Team Gold medals at the 2005 European Championships, the 2007 World Championships, the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, the 2009 European Championships, the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games, the 2011 FEI Europeans, the 2012 London Paralympic Games, the 2013 FEI Europeans and the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games!

In March 2009 Michel was awarded the PDTT Coaching Award. In November 2012 Michel was awarded the UK Sports Coach Medal and inducted in the Coaching Hall of Fame at the UK Coaching Awards ceremony. Later that year at the London Olympia International he received the prestigious British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honour. Team GBR made the following statement: ‘Michel has been the British Paralympic team coach for eight years, during which time the GB team have remained unbeaten at major team championships, amassing 85 medals in total, including the 2012 Paralympic haul of 11 ‘

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