Light Hands and Functional Training Seminar for Horses

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.

Steve Halfpenny functional horse training seminar UK

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.

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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.

What will you learn at this seminar?

This will be a one day seminar with demonstrations and discussion on the following topics:

  • The horse’s mind, how it works and how to harness natural curiosity and the desire to learn
  • How we as handlers and riders of horses can harness the power of positive to improve our equine communication
  • Ground work exercises to help develop a positive energy and relaxation between you and your horse
  • Ground work exercises to improve functional movement, strength and gymnastic ability
  • Ridden methods to develop a light contact and communication which is responsive
  • Ridden training to build gymnastic ability with functional movement which will enhance any ridden discipline including high level competition
  • How to better understand your horse’s intrinsic nature and deliver a programme of training individual to you both

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.

Would you like a FREE lesson with Steve?

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 show case 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 apply here if you think you would like this lesson which will be part of the demonstration on the day.

Where will the seminar take place?

Equine Centre Northop

When will the seminar take place?

20th July 9.30 am till 4.30 am

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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.

Training with Steve Halfpenny

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.

Places to stay

Mold holiday cottage

Bed and Breakfast

Holiday Inn – Northop Hall

St David’s Park Hotel – Hawarden

Nearest airports

Liverpool John Lennon


Event Terms and Conditions – event fees for both spectators and horse owners are non-refundable if cancelled in less than 45 working days from the seminar start date.  If a suitable replacement can be found then a full refund will be given (minus 5% administration fee), it is not the responsibility of the event organiser to find a replacement, however they will do their best to help. After payment, you will receive an email with PDF ticket from us 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 adminsitration 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. It is compulsory that all riders wear hats/helmets up to British Standard Riding Hats conforming to BS PAS 015 1998, BS EN 1384, or ASTMF 1163 95.  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 Instructors, The Venue and the event organiser does not insure the rider, your horse or your tack and equipment. You are strongly advised to have in place your own adequate horse and personal accident insurance at all times. You will be asked to provide proof of this prior to the event, failure to provide this proof may result in you not being allowed to take part with your horse.  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.