Steve Halfpenny is a horseman who is a dream to watch, listen to and work with. He instills confidence into both horses and owners and has an intuitive feel for the horse, a soft, patient, energy focused method which always seeks to listen. Steve has proven that with the right training, any horse can be a relaxed and willing riding partner.
Originally from the UK, he is the founder of Light Hands Equitation. He moved to Australia in the late 1970s and has since become one of Australia’s successful trainers. He took part in the “Way of the Horse, Australian Horsemanship Challenge 2010” and in 2013 he was one of the six trainers who took on a wild Waler from Central Australia as part of Equitana’s “Waler Legacy Program”.
We have trained with Steve on a number of occasions here in the UK and find his knowledge fascinating. This is because his understanding of horses comes from so many different equestrian avenues and melds together both conventional, natural and western. He has also worked with classical dressage trainers and has a unique perspective on addressing both the mental and physical well-being of horses.
An accomplished ‘natural horseman’, using groundwork to communicate with the horse and ridden Vaquero techniques to develop a soft and light bridle horse, his passion for riding grew into a thirst for knowledge and he has dedicated himself, for over 30 years, to learning all he can about training and riding, attending clinics, judging seminars and competing successfully in equine competition.Light Hands & Functional Training for Horses a seminar with Steve Halfpenny on soft and effective horsemanshipClick To Tweet
His specialist style of training is not discipline specific and can easily be applied to any form of riding. He focuses on communication, on relaxation and on just getting the best from all horses and teaching them to move with grace and power under the rider.
Join Steve with Forageplus at a seminar in North Wales this summer to have the Light Hands Equitation magic rub off on you so you can enjoy more from your horse.
This will be a one day seminar with demonstrations and discussion on the following topics:
A range of different horses will be used to show how Steve’s unique and eclectic approach can help you be more understanding and effective with your horse.
We are looking for a rider who would like a lesson with Steve. Ideally this rider will be competing at dressage or another discipline such as eventing. Both the rider and horse should also be happy in front of an audience. This is because we would like to showcase the fact that good horsemanship can span any discipline and be a fantastic tool to develop the horse’s mindful connection with the rider to achieve a soft, light and responsive relationship.
Please contact us with details about you and your horse if you think you would like this lesson which will be part of the demonstration on the day.
20th July 9.30 am til 4.30 am
Tickets for this seminar can be purchased below, early bird tickets will be available until Monday April 30th at a discount of 20% if you enter the promotional code earlybird by clicking on the blue Enter Promotional Code text below
Doors to the Light Hands and Functional Horse Training seminar will open 30 minutes before the start time. Tea coffee and biscuits will be available but participants and spectators should bring their own lunch.
A continuation of the seminar will take place near Ruthin, Denbighshire on 21st and 22nd where Steve will teach a group of horse riders both his ground work and ridden techniques. There is both horse and rider accommodation at the venue and a few precious places are still available for those which to take part with their horse. Please contact us for more information.
Event Terms and Conditions – event fees are non-refundable. After payment, you will receive an email with PDF ticket as confirmation, please note that the email you supply to PayPal will be the address we use for this confirmation. In the very unlikely event that the event is cancelled, each attendee will be emailed, advising them of the cancellation and offered a full refund, minus 5% administration fee. It is important that each attendee ensures that we have their correct email contact details. The event organiser is not responsible for any expenses incurred, other than the cost of the event ticket in the event of a cancellation minus the administration fee of 5%. In the event of adverse weather conditions, a decision regarding cancellation will be made the day before the event is due to start. If the event is cancelled, each attendee will be notified by email. The event organiser reserves the right to refuse entry/or sale of tickets without stating the reason, to cancel the event and all rights of admission. The Management of the venue or the event organiser reserves the right to remove anyone from the event at any time without giving a reason. The event organiser also has the right to change the location of the event due to unforeseen circumstances. Horse/Pony sports are dangerous. Neither the event organiser nor any persons acting on their behalf, nor the landowner can accept any liability for loss, damage, accident or injury to any persons, horses or property. The Instructor, The Venue and the event organiser will take all reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of everyone present. For these measures to be effective everyone must take all reasonable precautions to avoid and prevent accidents occurring, and must obey the rules and instructions of the organisers and stewards/officials. The Venue, the event organiser and The Instructors will not be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss to any person or their property however this may be caused. If you have any queries please contact us.