Saturday 12th of June 2021

IEF17: Key note speakers inspire next generation

A packed day of inspiring talks from eventing royalty was enjoyed by the crowd of eventing fans that thronged to Eric Smiley’s International Eventing Forum at Hartpury College.

The demo from Tracie Robinson with Izzy Taylor and Tom McEwen focussed on the basics: scales of training, knowing your horse from conformation, its way of thinking, suppleness to achieving clarity with your training.

It was inspiring to hear Tracie share her positive approach to self belief: that belief fuels your mind and a healthy self-belief prevents sabotaging your performance.  

Caroline Moore put the Young Riders through their paces and concentrated on accuracy, rhythm and asked the riders to take strides out, swap the whip over and lose stirrups over a fence to increase the pressure on themselves and emphasised that practising this at home would help when things don’t go to plan at a competition. 

The Gaitpost caught up with keynote speakers Diarmuid Byrne from EquiRatings who spoke about his innovative ERQI safety system and how stats are shaping performance anaylsis (watch interview here) as well as Super grooms Alex Van Tuyll, Imo Mercer and Zanie King who between them have looked after some of the most successful horses in recent history to find out how they trained for the world stage.

Eric Winter, Badminton Horse Trials’s new course designer shed light on what is in store for the riders in May, and described the type of horse needed to tackle his 4* track and Rio bronze medalist and 2016 Burghley champion, Chris Burton, revealed his plans for the season and what he looks for when buying future stars.


Save The Date: The next International Eventing Forum will take place on 5th February 2018

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