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Masterclasses confirmed for Equi-Expo

The Kent Event Centre, co-organisers of the event are delighted to announce that the line-up for the Masterclasses have been finalised for the Equi-Expo 2015 on the 6 June 2015.

Emily Lewellyn – Emily Llewellyn, age 25, is the only rider to have ridden on 8 consecutive Youth European Championship Teams, winning 6 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. She is also the only rider to have ever won collectively the U16, U18, U21 and U25 National Championships. Emily has already completed three Badmintons, all with a top 25 placing as well as being best British U25 rider both years. In 2011 Emily produced a fourth clear cross country on Pardon Me II. She has also been listed as a reserve for the Senior Championship Team for the last two years whilst still being part of the youth category, which shows her potential for the coming years.

Sonny Hillier – Carriage Driving Sonny Hillier competes at international level in the demanding sport of horse driving trials, the carriage driving equivalent of ridden 3 day eventing. He is currently competing in the advanced single horse class with a Dutch harness horse ‘Ranno’-a 16hh gelderlander owned by Mrs Sarah Garnett – is in a strong position in the selection procedure for the 2014 single horse world championships. Sonny has twice been national champion in 2009 and 2012, sadly Sonny and Ranno were unable to defend their national title in 2013 due to international competition commitments.

Jason Webb– Having competed at the highest level at polocrosse in Australia, he travelled to the UK to play and coach but became sought after to start young horses in the South East. He quickly gained a reputation for producing calm, well mannered horses and for having an ability to turn around horses with severe behavioural and ridden problems. 2002, Jason settled in the UK and set up his business, Australian Horse Training, at Risebridge Farm, the family farm of his future wife, Penny. Jason and his team now handle over 200 horses a year, from professional riders, studs and private owners nationwide and he regularly receives referrals from vets, farriers, equine dentists and other equestrian professionals.

Simon Blight – Para-Equestrian Show Jumping Simon Blight is a Kent based Para-Equestrian who started riding at the age of three at his local riding school. As a young man Simon competed while managing yards specialising in horses with behavioural problems. Then, in his mid-thirties, Simon unexpectedly developed Multiple Sclerosis and nearly lost everything. Simon’s family and some very good friends rallied round and between them they have helped Simon to get back in the saddle. Starting slowly, he began competing in local dressage shows. Last June, Simon started jumping again and with his old show jumper, Causeway’s Carrick Boy, competed in the National Para Club Championships in 2013, taking first place in the 80cm Category 2. Simon and his team are now aiming for the GB squad, with the dream of making the next Paralympics in Rio.

Parelli Team – The Parelli programme offers expertise and natural methods to gain success with your horse based on the way horses relate and communicate in their natural world. The natural approach to horse training is effective with all horse breeds, all disciplines and all styles of riding including dressage, jumping, cross country, drag hunting, polo, racing, or simply happy hacking.The Parelli programme teaches you to achieve success without force, partnership without dominance, teamwork without fear, willingness without intimidation, and harmony without coercion – all based on love, language and leadership. Learn the Four Savvys working and playing with your horse On Line with a halter and rope, at Liberty with no halter, under saddle FreeStyle or solve precision riding problems with Finesse. Why not try the Parelli programme and open up a whole new world of natural training with your horse to help achieve success whatever discipline you train in or simply to be safer when around your horse or pony.

For more information about the Equi-Expo 2015 visit http://www.equi-expo.co.uk/

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