The first training night of the Danescroft NIYD group had poor weather forecasts to deal with. However the accuracy of the forecast was brilliant, as all training was held and all riders safe home before the weather deteriorated.
Thirteen rider’s, including some new faces, were coached by Alison Mastin Moore (BHSI; BD LEVEL 3 coach) in three different groups.  Attention is always paid to rider balance and position and it was the youngest rider’s who tackled work without stirrups extremely well on the night.  Developing the confidence and balance of the horse was strongly emphasised.  Stretching over the back, to a soft contact was practiced.  The importance of the term, ‘freedom of movement’, was discussed. It cannot be obtained when the horse is restricted by the hand or tense through the body.  Even suppleness on both reins, medium paces and leg yield were worked on with the Elementary horses and ponies.
NIYD is just about to launch in two new venues with excellent coaches. As soon as we have confirmation we will release dates and venues to you all.
NIYD is open to members of Dressage Ireland.  Non members are very welcome to join and ride at an additional £5.00 premium per session for insurance.  Joining Dressage Ireland is a great way of saving up to £60.00 a year on youth training.  Worth a thought.
Danescroft NIYD group return for their next training evening on Monday 12th February.
If you have any further queries or bookings please contact Alison Mastin-Moore by email:
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