No matter what task we set them, it is of paramount importance that our horses are able to work for us (at any level), whilst maintaining their natural disposition. This is the fundamental principle I believe should be at the heart of all our interactions with horses. A well-trained horse should respond to a rider's communication rather than be forced into compliance by restriction and control.
The Horse Place is situated on the picturesque North Devon coastline, and home to Licensed Parelli Professionals, Alison and David Zuend.
Both are 4-star Senior Instructors. David is also a licensed Horse Development Specialist. The Horse Place is totally unique in having the two longest standing UK Parelli Professionals supported by resident 1-star instructor Niki Hardwick. We're dedicated to helping people live their dreams, achieving calm, confident and responsive horses.
In 2007, I switched to western style riding and still train regularly with an International Reining Champion. Having travelled abroad and witnessed ‘the rodeo’, barrel racing gave me new aspirations. In 2016, I became a regional organiser for the UKBHA. In 2017, I competed at the NBHA Open World Show in Atlanta, Georgia.
As a UKCC level 3 Coach, I now dedicate many hours to providing training clinics and competitions to further the interests of the barrel racing community and sport in the East Midlands and N.E. Anglia.
After spending many years travelling around America watching many Buck clinics, working in the background (on the ground) with horses, and also marketing a business for my now ex-wife…I had to start it all again for myself, from the ground up.
I looked at the market and found that there were lots of clinicians that did ridden and groundwork. It became apparent that so many of my previous business clients had trouble hacking out with their horses. Also, the idea of tackling obstacles, rather than just walking down a road, was out of the question. So the idea for Equestrian Fun Days was born.