Horse And Rider Pilates Retreat – Saturday 21st September

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Horse And Rider Pilates Retreat – Saturday 21st September


Saturday 21st September
North Farm Stud
Fawley, Wantage OXON OX12 9NJ

Julie Driver and Fran Compostella are delighted to announce their first exciting collaboration together.

Combining Julies decades of experience as a Pilates teacher and Frans expertise as an Equine Surgeon, Julie and Fran aim to improve your understanding of how horse and rider can both compliment and influence each other’s movement.

This highly practical day is designed to leave you with the necessary tools to continue developing your own seat, balance and posture, as well as understanding the specific needs of the ridden horse.

The day will be divided into theory lectures and Pilates classes which are open to all.

Attendees will have the opportunity to observe a ridden test, and work through the process of integrating Pilates concepts (for both horse and rider) to influence the pair’s movement. (Unfortunately ridden places for this date are already sold out!)

The group will be taking part in rider focused Pilates matwork classes, as well as attending all other sessions, where the use and need of specific exercises (for horse and rider) will be analysed and where Q&A are encouraged.

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Julie Driver

Julie is a passionate believer in the power of Pilates.

In 2005 she had a freak ski-ing accident that left her temporarily wheelchair bound. with the help of her physiotherapist and her own knowledge of Pilates, Julie astounded her surgeons by walking again after only nine months and without the permanent limp they had predicted.

In 2014 Julie won the prestigious “Pilates Anytime” Instructor of the year competition and is proud to be a regular contributor to the site.

Julies passion for movement extends into her love of horses and her desire to help riders build stronger and deeper connections with their horses. Pilates is the perfect tool for this journey, improving the riders seat balance and stamina.

Julie recently wrote a three part series of “Pilates for Riders’ for ‘Horse and Rider Magazine and has also contributed to ‘Intelligent Horsemanship magazine as well as ‘Pilates Style’ and other regular publications.

In 2017 Julie was honoured to be invited to film classes for the “Monty Roberts online Equus University’.
Julie is Mother to seven year old twins.

Fran Compostella

Fran is an Internationally renowned Equine Surgeon with over a decade of experience dealing with complex equine surgical and Orthopaedic cases.

As part of her treatment plans, she has developed her own personal skill set assessing equine movement using Joseph Pilates principles and applying them to horse and rider. This innovative approach to horse movement is made possible by her deep understanding of anatomy and Veterinary issues.

Outline of the day:

8.30 – 9.00 Arrival and introductions
9.00 – 10.00 Introduction to Pilates and Mat class.
10.00 – 10.30 Horse Pilates – is it even a thing?
15 min Coffee break
10.45 – 11.30 Horse physical assessment
11.30 – 12.30 Ridden assessment
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 – 15.00 Rider physical assessment and group discussion.
15.00 – 16.00 Repeat and reassess horse and rider under saddle have established the Pilates concepts
16.00 – 17.00 Group mat
17.00-17.30 Q and A session


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