The BSHA holds an annual Conformation Training Workshop, which forms part of the application process for those people thinking of applying for the BSHA Judges' Assessment Day; they are also open to those people just wanting to learn more about this subject.
The workshops are intended to be a very relaxed and informal conformation training session, where the selection of horses provided, can openly be discussed and assessed with Judges who are willing to share their thoughts and opinions.
Attendees are divided into small groups and rotated round the horses, allowing everyone to take part and have an equal chance to discuss and learn.
Numbers will be limited and preference will be given to Ride Only & Probationary Judges but the Workshop is open to all, Members and Non-Members alike.
Twelve students braved the strong winds and rain in order to attend the BSHA Conformation Training Workshop, but they need not have worried, due to the excellent facilities provided by Craig McCelland and Alexander Osborn, at their Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, based in Sussex.
Held in the light and airy indoor school, Trainers for the day, Dawn Gooch & David Ingle were on hand to pass on their wealth of knowledge, to those attending.
The students were split into two groups, and two horses were provided, one for each group to look at, with the appointed Trainer. Students were encouraged to discuss, in open forum about the horse’s type, conformation, movement and cadence, with the help of either Dawn or David. At the end of the first session, the students swapped over and had an opportunity to assess the other horse.
Two further horses were provided for the two groups to assess in rotation, before a break for some excellent refreshments, generously provided by the Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
After the break, Caroline Holliday provided a further two horses for the students to access, which was very much appreciated by all, as Caroline had very kindly boxed these two up and driven them over from home.