Riding in Harmony, Lee Clatworthy

I have been riding for over thirty years and began teaching informally some seventeen years ago while working full-time in an academic environment. Having left academia I have been working as a freelance classical riding insructor for ten years.

I am not a natural rider, I understand the concept of having to work to achieve, more so than some of our very naturally talented riders who also teach. Probably my most often expressed saying, however, is less is more. This applies so much to riding. The less the rider does with their body, the clearer the communication with the horse. As soon as the rider stops shouting, it is perfectly possible to have a normal conversation with their horse. The horses are usually grateful that they are no longer being shouted at by the riders actions, but asked nicely to participate in what will hopefully become a light-footed dance.

While not an active competitor at present, I have experience of competing in both dressage and show jumping, particularly within the University Sports Association competitions. I have also experience of organising and running competitions.

For your peace of mind, I have an enhanced DBS clearance.