The day will start with the talented dressage duo of Adam Kemp and Matt Frost (who came together in 2009 to found AM Dressage), with their session “Simple” still Works!
Adam Kemp (F.B.H.S) needs little in the way of introduction to Dressage enthusiasts around the globe as 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 when he left school and was offered a scholarship to train under Molly Sivewright and Pammy Hutton, a training course that ended up being 14 years in duration! During this time, Adam 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.
Adam’s competitive riding career began in eventing. He rode successfully up to advanced level, including many three-day events. He is still heavily involved in the training of event riders for the dressage phase and his knowledge and experience in eventing keeps him in demand by the eventing fraternity. Adam 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 competed at 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. 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.
International dressage rider & trainer Matt Frost started riding when he was six and got his first taste at an equine career with horses when working full time during his A-levels at the Isolde Stud, where he assisted in all aspects at the stud. He received a huge amount of tuition and advice from Danish owners Jan Andersen and Birgitte Hartmann and during this time he also completed his Equine Dentistry education in America.
Matt spent considerable time in Denmark which was fundamental in making him the rider he is today, notching up countless Regional titles, and 6 National titles.
Matt has represented Great Britain and has numerous placings at International CDI level, and is now out competing and being well-placed both in the small and big tour classes.
In our second session “Direct” Riding is with none other than Major (Retd) Richard Waygood MBE.
Richard has ridden from an early age and at 16 he realised an ambition to join the Household Cavalry (The Life Guards). After years of hard work and dedication he was commissioned from the ranks to hold the highly prestigious and respected post of Riding Master in the Household Cavalry. In 2002 he realised another lifelong ambition to ride around Badminton. Not only did he finish clear but also inside the top 20 and he was the first serving officer of the British Army to compete at Badminton for 23 years! Richard also rode and evented a number of horses for Her Majesty The Queen.
Richard has had a busy and varied career. Within his role of Riding Master, where he was instrumental in many ceremonial duties such as the Queen’s Birthday Parade/State Opening of Parliament, he choreographed the world famous Household Cavalry Musical Ride that has been performed all over the world – as far reaching as the frozen lake at St. Moritz to the heat of the desert in Dubai! In 2009 he was awarded an MBE for outstanding service.
Since leaving the Army in 2009, Richard was appointed Performance Manager for the GB Dressage Team, successfully winning Britain’s first ever dressage medals at the London Games, Team Gold and Individual Gold and Bronze followed by the Rio Games where the Team Silver and Individual Gold Medals were won. In January of 2017 Richard was appointed Performance Manager for the GB Eventing Team and at the 2017 European Championships the Eventing Team won their first Team Gold for 8 years. 2018 was another successful year where the Team Gold and Individual Golds were won. Since Richard’s appointments in elite sport in 2009, he has been involved in securing 27 Senior Championship medals.
Richard is an Ambassador for the Brooke charity who work tirelessly to support working Equines around the world. He was invited to become a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company Of Saddlers and given the Freedom of The City of London in 2015.
In our feature afternoon session, International Course Designer Tom Holden teams up with Former Show Jumping World Champion Dermott Lennon for The “Jumping Test” and “The Solution”!
Born in Banbridge on the 12th of June 1969, Dermott began riding at the age of 9. He admits to just ‘very amateur pony and horse riding’ until leaving school at the age of 18. From there he did his AI certificate and got a riding job in the UK with the late John Pocklington where he spent two and a half years Showjumping and hunting his horses with great success.
In 1991 Dermott started his own yard and spent 10 years on the National circuit in Ireland winning almost all the major young horse championships during this period. His International and Nations Cup career started in September 1999 and Dermott was on winning teams in Dublin, Aachen, Hickstead and Calgary, to name just a few.
In 2001 Dermott was on the team that won gold at the European championships and he followed this with Individual gold at the 2002 World championships. Since then Dermott has continued his outstanding success with many International wins around the world with 5* Grand Prix and World Cup wins in Germany, UK, Spain & Italy.
Monday 4th of February 2019 – at Hartpury College – at 10.00am