Trick Riding lessons & COURSES The Training centre for the British Dzhigitovka Equestrian Association - BEDTRA The only centre in the UK affiliated to The International Equestrian Dzhigitovka Federation - IEDF - based in Russia. We offer top quality Cossack Trick riding lessons in true Cossack style. We are also honoured to sit on the committee of the IEDF.
With a background in dance, performance, gymnastics and fitness and over 23 years working trick riding experience plus a passion for this discipline we understand how to teach true correct styles.
The team have competed at the World Championships in Moscow in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and now work alongside Russian Dzhigits considered the best in the world to throughly understand correct and safe techniques.
We work alongside The 2018 World Dzhigitovka champion Sergey Murugov in our shows and here training.
Cossack Trick Riding requires good upper body and core muscle strength and good flexibility.
We teach students safely with a selection of trained, safe horses and move you forwards with a programme to learn at a suitable pace for you.
To see the team performing at Liverpool International Horse Show 2017 Click Here https://youtu.be/3J7YCcnCS30
DATES 2023 TBC INTRODUCTION TO COSSACK TRICK RIDING - HALF DAY COURSES. COST: £120 per person payable in advance. Come and learn with the only team in British history to have been invited to compete at The World Dzhigitovka Championships in Russia, home of Trick Riding, for the last 3 years. Learn true techniques on well trained calm horses on the grounds of a 2000 acre historic country estate in Hertfordshire. Learn from scratch how to use a Cossack saddle, learn the basics on our wooden horse before moving onto a real horse to study movement and how it helps us perform the trick elements. All levels welcome but the fitter you are the easier you may find the course. Coaches are certified to teach Dzhigitovka including Cossack Trick riding by The International Equestrian Dzhigitovka Federation, Russia. Riding hats must be worn by all students. Email or call the office to book your place. Max group number 6 per half day session. If the morning session fills up we will open an afternoon session on the same day starting at 2.30pm. Min age 12 yrs old. All drinks and snacks included. Spectators welcome. PRIVATE / SEMI PRIVATE Trick Riding - Lesson structure
After a warm up and conditioning exercises we move onto some stretches and then look at various static vaults onto the Cossack saddle on our wooden horse. By using our wooden horse we can teach you the basics safely and gain confidence before moving onto a real moving horse.
A wooden horse doesn't mind a few kicks to the head - my horses do!
Learning then progresses onto the lunge in a circle where we can try tricks with movement and in control and work through the paces always starting at a walk.
After a session we always finish with a cool down and stretch.
Our instructors will also demonstrate some tricks from the basic starting ones to more advanced tricks to give you an idea of what's achievable.
The lessons take place in an arena on our brand new Flexi-ride surface with thanks to Equestrian Direct Ltd.
Complimentary hot/cold drinks included.
Hats must be worn for lessons.
Prices: £75 per person per hour payable in advance of the lesson.
Lessons available now
Please note that a strong gymnastic, athletic, dance or otherwise physical background is essential to trick ride well and safely.
You need to be able to work with straight legs and pointed toes at all times, wether you are male or female.
You maybe be asked to supply videos or photos to support your application for PRIVATE lessons and allow us to assess your suitability.
I'm afraid we do not offer PRIVATE lessons for something different just to try or as a experience day type activity
We train people to the highest standard in this skill and are always looking for strong, fit people to maybe join the team in shows and or at Dzhigitovka competitions.
Roman Riding lessons - Currently Unavailable Roman Riding lessons are offered on an as and when basis, this is an hourly session when we and you have availability, so no set dates. Please email or call to discuss options and suitability. This is suited for students wanting to take this skill to a more serious level or perfomance level, it is not an experience day type activity.
Roman Riding is taught on a one to one or two to one basis at £65 per hour. Over 16yrs only.
Payment in advance by debit or credit card over the phone or by bank transfer.