Training and Education


Mel has been teaching riders of all disciplines for over 20 years now, from grassroots to advanced level.

Whether you just ride for leisure or specialise in dressage, show jumping or eventing, every horse needs to be a “riding horse” first and respond to the rider’s aids at all times. The rider needs to have a good understanding of the psychological and physiological needs of the horse to make it all come together.

Mel’s training aim is that the rider truly understands why he is doing what he is doing and why the horse is doing what he is doing (or not). This allows everyone to “troubleshoot” by themselves at home rather than aimlessly “regurgitating” the lesson without concept.

“If I tell you more leg or more outside rein or this or that and you don’t know why you are doing it, you are going to be just as clever as before the lesson. But if you know WHY you are giving every little signal, you will start to communicate with your horse without me being there”. (Mel every day)

You can bring your horse to Hall Court and make use of our fully mirrored arena, however be prepared for “not always politically correct language” …:) Mel’s training approach is lighthearted, fun and informative. So no one should ever think they are “not good enough” to have a lesson.

Troubleshooting and problem horses

Mel’s passion is to “rehabilitate” horses that have learned unwanted behaviour, either on the ground or under the saddle. Vices like napping, rearing, bolting or bucking always have a reason, even if it is sometimes hard to comprehend to us humans. Rather than using the common violent approach, Mel uses her knowledge of equine psychology to help horse and rider to regain common ground. Get ready for big smiles again.. :)))

Nervous riders

After many years of handling and riding young horses, including a fair share of tricky ones, Mel knows what it is like to be worried or apprehensive at times and can therefore empathise well with nervous riders. Improving the communication between horse and rider will reduce the unpredictability of certain situations and build up trust and confidence. Prepare to relax..


Mel is happy to school your horse and to educate it in an understanding way, logical to the horse as well as the rider. If you are watching the session, Mel will talk you through everything so the rider gets the full benefit too.




If you have a horse that prefers to travel on foot, Mel can come out to you. Again, the horse will learn to choose to enter the box/trailer by himself. Forget about lunge lines, brooms and big audiences.



We are pleased to now be able to add therapy and rehabilitation to our services. We can work your horse through all rehab work on the ground as well as under the saddle. Our patients can benefit from a range of individual services depending on their needs:



Mel is happy to give demos and talks about the "Speak horse and win" training system as well as specific subjects such as difficult horses/nervous riders, the importance of energy, balance and straightness of the horse, groundwork, horse/rider communication.

Competition support

Riding your horse at a busy competition can be an entirely different business than training at home, so if you require some help and advice at local competitions, Mel can come and warm you up and offer “emotional support” so you are not all by yourself “out there”.



Check out the “Sales” page, Hall Court Dressage always has some lovely horses for sale which have all been started and produced slowly to make reliable and genuine competition and/or leisure partners. Mel has built up a good reputation for selling honest horses with nice temperament and still keeps in touch with most of her clients who regularly update her with their progress!




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