Wellbeck Equestrian

Devon's Equestrian Centre Specializing In Dressage Only

Training

ADAM KEMP & MATT FROST  Dressage training clinics.

Spaces available on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in a lesson call Malcolm on 07752105141. For dates see DIARY page

 Trainers @ Wellbeck Equestrian


Carrie Strange Winner Of the Petplan Elementary Open 2008

Carrie is just one of the many riders who train here with Adam and Matt, many of their pupils are regularly qualifying for regional finals and have gone onto reach the winters, petplan and national championships.

Training Dates – See Diary

Please contact Malcolm (07752105141) to arrange training sessions

Adam Kemp – F.B.H.S www.amdressage.co.uk

Adam needs little in the way of introduction to Dressage enthusiasts around the globe. He is a highly sought after teacher, trainer and coach.

Adam’s career started at the Talland School of Equitation at the age of 16. He left school and was offered a scholarship to train under Molly Sivewright and Pammy Hutton. This training course ended up being 14 years in duration! During this time he passed all the BHS teaching, riding and horse care examinations, culminating in being awarded the Fellowship of the British Horse Society in 1995 having passed the gruelling 3 – day exam. During this exam he was examined in teaching, coaching and riding at Grand Prix level. He was the second youngest candidate ever to pass the exam, and the only candidate ever to have passed the specialist Dressage section. This puts Adam into the elite band of teachers’, of which there are only 50 worldwide.

During Adam’s time at Talland he was involved in the training of literally hundreds of career students. His role was to train riders and teachers from all over the world, and has many former pupils in highly regarded teaching jobs. His expertise as a teacher extends to teacher training and is highly regarded in this sphere as well as in that as a competition coach.

Adam was also manager at Talland for some years. He has been in charge of a yard of 120 horses, and in charge of the training and teaching of 40 career students. His knowledge of horse care and stable management is hard to rival.

Adam’s competitive riding career began in eventing. He rode successfully up to advanced level, including three day events. He is still heavily involved in the training of event riders’ for their dressage phase. His knowledge and experience in eventing keeps him in demand by the eventing fraternity. He coaches riders up to 4* level, and now has begun helping Junior event riders with their dressage.

Of course, Adam is mainly renowned for his success as a dressage rider and a top dressage coach, trainer and teacher.

As a rider, he has won National titles, competed many times Internationally, and has won and been placed at every level including International Grand Prix. He has ridden very successfully on many different horses, the majority of which have been trained by him from a young age.

Adam did his first World cup qualifier in 1994, riding Crown Marcasite, a horse which had been trained by Adam from 4 years old. Since then he has trained many horses to Grand Prix level and competed them at International level.

In 2004 Adam decided to cut down his competition commitments to allow him more time to devote to his main love, that of teaching. He is from a family of teachers and lecturers so it is in his blood to teach! He is in high demand, most of his regular clinics in the UK having a waiting list to attend.

He has many pupils, some aspiring to the top of the sport, some striving to achieve more humble goals. However, Adams’ commitment to them all is impressive. In 2005 Adam’s pupils had qualified for more than 70 Regional championship classes between them, and several went on to compete at National Championship level. His pupils’ levels range from Pony club area trials right up to Grand Prix levels. In fact, this year, Adams’ youngest pupil won the Pony Club National Dressage Championships, and his oldest got his first dressage point!

Adam also trains Para-Olympic riders, some of whom have competed at International level this year.

Pupils of Adam have been members’ of British under 21’s teams at European Championship level, again displaying the diversity of his clients’ ability and age range

Adam prides himself on having a great ability to pass on knowledge. His greatest reward in the sport is being to impart knowledge, to anyone wanting to learn.

Although Adam still has riding goals and aspirations of his own, it is the achievement of his pupils that is his main love. He has been lucky enough to train and learn from many top trainers’ in the world – including Georg, Monika and Inge Theodorescu, Henk Van Bergen and Kyra Kykland. This, combined with his knowledge of, and ability with, modern coaching techniques make him a very competent teacher.

Matt Frost –  www.amdressage.co.uk

Matt Frost started riding at the age of 6 at his local riding school near Bristol, after that first lesson he was hooked.  Spending most of his spare time at the riding school Matt learnt from an early age the discipline, dedication and hard work involved within the Horse industry.

After many years of begging, Matt got his first pony at the age of 10.  He started to compete her at local shows in all disciplines.  In his teenage years Matt worked at various competition yards having outgrown his beloved pony Megan.  He would turn his hand to anything with the horses he had the opportunity to ride.

In 1998 he rode his first “proper” dressage horse.  Having been used to highly-strung thoroughbreds that he was used to in eventing, he was amazed how much you could ride dressage horses – He was usually calming them down!

Having completed his A-levels Matt worked full time at the Isolde Stud, where he assisted in all aspects at the stud.  He received a lot of tuition and advice from Danish owners Jan Andersen and Birgitte Hartmann.  In this time he also completed his Equine Dentistry education in America.

In 2000 Matt packed his belongings and moved to Denmark having decided that he wanted a carrier riding horses.  In the spring of that year he had gone for a 3 week training trip to Birgitte’s homeland.  Matt was amazed by what he saw in the riding school each day.  He helped the apprentice riders and really enjoyed the hard work.  In the few weeks after the trip Matt really was hooked on becoming a professional dressage rider.

In the 4 years Matt was in Denmark he worked extremely hard, learning from some of the best trainers in the world.  Taking every opportunity that came his way to further his education in dressage riding, teaching, and running a business.

In 2004 Matt returned to the UK and worked at the Nibeley Stud where he backed, trained, and successfully competed their young horses.  He was training at the time with Carl Hester. Carl threw a lot of fantastic opportunities his way after Matt decided to start his own business in 2005.  Competing his wonderful young horses Matt really started to turn heads with in the British Dressage World.

At the end of 2005 Matt and Adam joined forces professionally. In this short time they have been a force to recon with – Notching up 14 regional, and 4 National titles.  Matt represented Great Britain and was placed at international CDI level in 2008.

 

Kate Simmonds- Bsc (Hon) Equine DIP Animal Therapy

www.katesimmonds.co.uk

Kate is available for weekly training sessions at Wellbeck.

Kate has gained experience in training dressage horses from backing through to Advanced level whilst working with many top trainers including a period as head girl for Ferdi Eilberg. She currently trains with Adam Kemp and competes her own horses up to PSG level. She has competed at both Regionals and National Championships.

Kate is also a qualified equine manual therapist having trained at the European School Of Animal Osteopathy. She uses her knowledge of anatomy and rehabilitation to aid in the physical development and training of the horse. Kate has helped many clients make the step from unaffiliated to affiliated competitions.