Our second session of the day will be a fascinating demonstration led by dressage supremo Adam Kemp and ‘World Record Barrel Racer’ Nicole Aichele with their session “From Dressage to Barrel Racing”

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.


Nicole Aichele 

grew up surrounded by horses in Walla Walla, Washington. Her father, Gary, was a successful race horse trainer and her mother, Dixie grew up with horses on her grandfather’s ranch and enjoyed many different equine disciplines. In the 1980’s, barrel racing grew in the area and Gary and Dixie began competing in the sport.

Naturally, Nicole’s main focus has thus been barrel racing, beginning to compete at a high level at the age of 9 on their family raised mare, Rosie (Major Debut). However, it didn’t really matter to Nicole what event she was doing, as long as it was with horses. She has experience in trick riding, jumping, dressage, cattle work, roping and showing.

In 2010, Nicole and her mare Blondie (Biankus French Girl), broke the World Record on a Women’s Professional Rodeo Assoc. Standard Pattern in barrel racing with a time of 16.643 and retained the title of “World Record Holder” until 2013. During that time, she traveled the US competing professionally in rodeos with much success. Some competition highlights include 3x Barrel Racer National 4D World Champion, Arena Record holder on numerous occasions, Northwest Professional Rodeo Assoc. Rookie of the Year, many first place finishes at races and rodeos all over the US, and she has been featured on The Travel Channel, RFD-TV and in numerous magazines.

After having to step back from competition in 2014 due to horse injuries, Nicole was faced with the opportunity to re-evaluate what is truly important in life and where to place her focus and trust: in Yeshua Messiah (Hebrew name of Jesus Christ). Since, she has found a new element to her lessons, clinics, and her own riding and development as a horsewoman which offers so much more to students than just success in riding and barrel racing. Her dedication, passion and devotion to both her riders and their horses have not gone unnoticed as her clients often describe her teaching style as “straightforward, humble and patient.”

Nicole’s greatest heart’s desire is to bridge the communication gap between horse and rider; for each of them to take part in the immense joy of being united as one as they face and overcome each new fear, challenge or trial together. Her focus can always be summed up as “going to the root” and helping her audience and riders recognize when it is a time to reflect, a time to press-in and a time to rejoice during each step of their ride.

All of this; wrapped up in a fun way of delivering each technique using comparisons, stories and celebrations of even the smallest victories. If horses are our passion, Nicole wholeheartedly believes it should be full of fun and encouragement.” Find out more about her on her website honorinhorses.com

Andrew Nicholson in action at a previous International Eventing Forum

Our feature, afternoon session combines none other than eventing legend Andrew Nicholson and Grand National winning jockey Robbie Power. Six-time Olympian Nicholson was a previous speaker at the IEF, and needs little introduction to those passionate about eventing. His sell out appearance at the Forum in 2015 was exceptional and left attendees hanging on his every word, so regular attendees will no doubt be extremely excited to see him return. The skills, determination and preparation required to win a Grand National are without question, but what many people may not know about Robbie Power is that he is also an extremely talented show jumper, having won team silver at the European young riders championships in his youth and having contested the legendary Hickstead Derby in 2014. These two ‘equestrian legends’ will come together for a demonstration and discussion on the development of “Horsemanship” when jumping cross country, show jumping and in racing.

Robbie Power in full flight

William Micklem

We’re also excited to announce that William Micklem has joined the panel of speakers for 2020. 


William’s educational presentations are wide ranging, covering all equestrian disciplines and coach education for all sports.  In particular he has developed a reputation for his innovative presentations and structures for improving performance in all activities, The GO! Rules, Habitual Hats, and Going Over The EDGE. He also presents his one-man entertainment Ride a Cock Horse. He is in demand at training conferences around the world and in 2018 was a keynote speaker at the world HETI conference (Horses in Education and Training International).


His book, The Complete Horse Riding Manual (Dorling Kindersley 2003 – published in eleven languages), is the best selling equestrian manual in the world and introduced his highly praised concept of using ‘Constants & Variables’ for all riding.  In addition he was one of the eleven contributing riders to 101 Exercises from Top Riders (David & Charles 2007) and one of the contributing panel to the BHS Advanced Manual of Horsemanship (Kenilworth Press 1980).


He was formerly National Coach for Bord na gCapall (Irish Horse Board), coach to the Irish Junior and Young Rider event teams and Training Director at the Mark Phillips Gleneagles Equestrian Centre. He currently trains Aidan Keogh who is long listed for the Irish Team for the Tokyo Olympics.  His work to make cross-country training safer has influenced many coaches and he also specialises in the assessment and training of young horses. In addition his innovative training ideas for children and young riders have challenged traditional methods.


He champions a kinder and more natural approach to horse training and his ground breaking and more humane Micklem Bridle is the top selling in the world and fully approved for all disciplines by the FEI.  The Micklem Bridle won the innovation award at BETA in 2008 and in 2018 won the Saddle Research Trust Welfare and Performance product of the year.  In 2018 his Micklem Girth also won the innovation award at BETA.  Both these products are manufactured and distributed by Horseware Ireland.


William is a columnist for Eventing Nation and The Chronicle of the Horse and a regular contributor The Irish Field and to equestrian magazines in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia.  His articles have had over a million reads online in the last twelve months.


William bred Mandiba, the World Breeding Federation event horse of the year for 2010, and Zara Phillips’ High Kingdom, British team silver medallist at both the London Olympics in 2012 & the World Equestrian Games in 2014, and in the top 10 individually in their five 4* competitions.  He also stands a stallion, their full brother Jackaroo, and continues to breed exceptional event horses, including High Haven, currently being campaigned by Irish World Silver medalist Padraig McCarthy.  He also found Karen and David O’Connor’s three great Hall of Fame Olympic medallists, Biko, Custom Made & Gilt Edge.


William is a Fellow of the British Horse Society (FBHS), a Tutor for Coaching Ireland and a Level 3 coach for Horse Sport Ireland.  In 2010 he was Horse Sport Ireland Event Horse breeder of the year.  In 2014 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award by Eventing Ireland, and in 2018 a lifetime achievement award for welfare and performance by the Saddle Research Trust.  He is a Director of the Traditional Irish Horse Association and a founding Director of Festina Lente, in Bray, Co. Wicklow, the groundbreaking organisation using horses for physical and mental therapy for a wide range of human challenges.


Cathal Daniels

Widely reputed as one of the best young Eventing riders in the world, Cathal Daniels won individual bronze at the European eventing championships at Luhmühlen in 2019, to follow his team silver at the World Championships in Tryon in 2018. And we are delighted to have him as one of our demo riders for the the 2020 International Eventing Forum. 



Monday 3rd of February 2020 – at Hartpury College – at 10.00am