A packed audience including competition winners and invited guests were treated to an afternoon of inspirational demonstrations and discussions from Dodson & Horrell’s expert Nutritional team, Elite Sport Psychologist and Brand Ambassadors.
Four-time Olympic Dressage rider Richard Davison rode his potential Olympic mount Bubblingh, showing how to build a horse up to top class competition. Fellow Olympian and Para Dressage rider Sophie Wells MBE shared her knowledge and experiences on training the young horse.
A nutritional discussion saw Dodson & Horrell nutritionist Jennifer Little share her knowledge on feeding the competition horse with support from international event rider Piggy French. With the recent launch of its new Performance Range Dodson & Horrell was able to share the benefits of feeding the performance horse the best nutrition and enlightening the audience on the depth of research that goes into developing a new range of feed.
Next, Piggy French demonstrated the balance, trust and partnership she has with her horses by jumping angled fences, combinations and oxers with her Nations Cup team horse Quarrycrest Echo.
During the afternoon, Dr Karl Steptoe CPsychol, Performance Psychology Lead at Loughborough University, gave a fascinating insight into coping with the pressures of competing, sharing his top tips on how to prevent nerves affecting performance.
The Masterclass was drawn to a close with an entertaining demonstration by the talented and highly entertaining Geoff Billington, who has also represented TeamGB in two Olympic Games.
Everyone that attended went away inspired for the season ahead and received a Dodson & Horrell goody bag to take away.
Kelly Mitchell, Branch Supervisor at Carrs Billington commented, “Thanks so much for taking the Carrs team to the Dodson & Horrell Performance Masterclass. What a fantastic day; Dodson & Horrell’s hospitality as always was fantastic. The venue Arena UK looked incredible and the displays and promotion of your new range was eye catching and informative.
“The demonstrations themselves were excellent, involved all spectators and were interesting and easy to understand for all levels. In particular, we enjoyed Piggy French as her display was realistic for all levels of riders and her horse was so well and happy in his work. Geoff Billington, as always was charismatic and enthralling to watch.”