Petplan Equine, the UK’s leading specialist equine insurance provider, has announced dates for the 2014 ‘Petplan Masterclass with Lucinda’ series of cross country clinics. This year, the hugely popular masterclasses, formerly known as the Petplan Equine Lucinda Green XC the Safe Way clinics, are being conducted at equestrian centres across England from 2nd to 9th March inclusive.
Those aiming to kick off their season in style can choose from seven coaching masterclasses taking place at venues across the country from Surrey to Yorkshire and Cheshire to Cambridgeshire. Riders will have the opportunity to be trained by and receive advice from former World and European champion, Olympic silver medallist and six times Badminton winner Lucinda Green MBE.
The only rider ever to have won Badminton Horse Trials six times on six different horses, Lucinda, who continues to compete her own horse, ‘Cry Freedom’ at three star level, is one of the world’s leading coaches in cross country riding. Her particular passion and speciality is in helping riders understand the way that horses think and react while tackling the challenges that riding across the country presents. In the Petplan Masterclass with Lucinda series Lucinda provides expert advice; sharing techniques and skills that have made her one of the most successful riders in the history of eventing and also helped those she teaches to develop the confidence to ride more safely.
“The important message that I try to impart in my Masterclasses is that cross country riding isn’t about sitting on a horse, going flat out,” explains Lucinda. “Effective cross country riding is both a science and an art. As riders, our job is to do three things – keep the horse’s engine going, keep a good line into a fence – ensuring the horse has focused on the fence in plenty of time – and keep both our horses and ourselves in balance. A horse that thinks for himself and listens to his rider in equal measure is going to be a safer cross country horse.”
Dates and venues for the 2014 clinics have been announced at seven venues across the UK as follows:
- Sunday & Monday 2nd & 3rd March (Two day Clinic) at LMEQ, Reigate, Surrey
- Tuesday 4th March at Swalcliffe, Banbury, Oxfordshire
- Wednesday 5th March at Norton Disney, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
- Thursday 6th March at Somerford Park, Congleton, Cheshire
- Friday 7th March at Breckenborough, Thirsk, Yorkshire
- Saturday 8th March at Little Downham, Ely, Cambridgeshire
- Sunday 9th March at Dowlands, Warminster, Wiltshire
See more at: http://www.petplanequine.co.uk/masterclass
Tailored to suit riders
Each Petplan Masterclass with Lucinda can be tailored to suit riders of a wide range of abilities from those preparing for their first event or sponsored ride to those aiming for Badminton. However, from the outset, horse and rider should be confident jumping a course of at least 2’6”.
As a specialist equine insurer, Petplan Equine offers a range of flexible policies for both horse and rider. Its support for the clinics forms part of its commitment to the equestrian community and a desire to help riders of all levels learn techniques to keep them and their horses as safe as possible.
“Whatever your preference for cross country riding from eventing to fun rides, it is essential to be equipped with techniques that can help you keep you and your horse safe while enjoying your sport,” said Charlotte Collyer, Senior Marketing Executive at Petplan Equine. “Lucinda Green is not only one of the world’s finest cross country riders but she is also an expert in helping riders to enjoy the thrill of cross country riding as safely as possible. We are therefore delighted to continue our support of these clinics for what is now the 15th year,” explained Charlotte.
Win your own set of Lucinda style practice jumps
In celebration of the 2014 Masterclasses’, Petplan Equine is running a competition to win your own set of Lucinda style practice jumps so you can practice at home. This fabulous prize includes 2 blocks, 4 small blocks, 4 wings, 8 cups, 6 poles and 2 short poles. – See more at: http://www.petplanequine.co.uk/events/lucinda-green-competition.asp#sthash.mJ4MQqSl.dpuf
For further information on the ‘Petplan Masterclass with Lucinda Clinics’ visit http://www.petplanequine.co.uk/masterclass. To book a place, fill in the application form on the website and send it to the address on the form.