unique blend produces genius between two equine disciplines
British Horse Society and Riding Clubs in Scotland host a powerful
event sponsored by Equenox
enjoyed a unique blend of two sporting disciplines last week (27
November) when The British Horse Society and British Riding Clubs
in Scotland hosted 'An evening with Jeanette and Emile' - a Masterclass
featuring Jeanette Brakewell and Emile Faurie and sponsored by Equenox,
the equine clothing company.
event, held at Gleneagles EC, was enjoyed by over 500 people and
its hallmark was the complementary styles of the two presenters;
mixing the artistry and science of the disciplines produced excellent
entertainment as well as education.
first part of the evening saw Jeanette and Emile on youngsters,
discussing how they train for dressage and eventing. Emile brought
out 'Wild at Heart', a six-year-old Oldenberg stallion bred in England
by owner Lady Bamford, to exhibit the qualities of obedience and
elegance looked for in a potential dressage horse.
rode the enthusiastic and athletic 'Rickadoo', a four-year-old Thoroughbred/warmblood
cross, demonstrating that the raw material of the ideal event horse
is right attitude and temperament, good confirmation to safeguard
soundness and as near to thoroughbred as possible to provide speed
the interval came an equine first, a fashion show with human and
horsey models, finely choreographed and set to music, displaying
Equenox horse and rider gear that had the enthralled audience toe-tapping
and, better still, shopping.
world of high fashion and the catwalk is not too alien for Emile
Faurie who is to be in his first big screen production this February,
a short film with ballet dancer Adam Cooper aimed at the Cannes
second half of the evening saw Emile riding 'Livello', an eight-year-old
Rheinlander gelding, to show all the movements in a grand prix test
including some stunning one-time tempo changes. Emile commented,
"This horse is so exquisite I am genuinely thinking of preparing
him for the Athens Olympics, he is extremely expressive and trainable."
flying 'Lady Tiffany' is untypical of the usual Brakewell style.
Jeanette said, "She's the one I take show jumping in the winter
to pay for my diesel as she always wins prize money; a flying machine
who enjoys her work, an honest fun horse." The pair demonstrated
indoor cross-country involving accuracy and corners.
Masterclass was held between two days of teaching for Jeanette and
Emile and their classes were a sell-out. Emile said, "It was
nice to be presented with a mix of riding club and leisure riders,
along with some stunning Scottish dressage combinations and top
show jumpers. As a trainer who likes to get involved it was satisfying
to introduce a new perspective and advise all levels of riders."
Jeanette added, "The clinics have been great as everyone asks
questions and is so enthusiastic. In every combination we saw improvement,
which was gratifying."
Lochore, MC for the evening, ensured a well-organised event with
a bonus of a well-subscribed raffle that jointly raised over £400
for BHS and ILPH.