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About Jo

My lifelong love of horses has taken me across continents, learning from and teaching a huge variety of horses and riders. I feel there is no one route to follow but to glean what you can from many techniques. My “tool box” of methods can never be full enough and I am continually looking for more to add. From Shetlands to Shires, beginners to competitors I enjoy working with them all.

My firm but fair, non-violent approach creates a relationship of trust and respect between myself and the horses.

By embracing the knowledge of many, I can offer an extensive equestrian service which is applicable for all stages of interaction throughout the life of the horse.

BHS Intermediate Instructor, Monty Roberts Certified Instructor, Pony Club Instructor, CRB Checked, First Aid

Attaining my British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor (BHSII) gave me a sound base for equestrianism, although it left a gap in its education of horsemanship. This prompted me to travel many times to California and study the Methods of Monty Roberts. This was eye opening and fascinating- I gained a real insight into the workings of the horses brain and learning styles. I am now also a Monty Roberts Certified Instructor (MRCI).

My combination of the BHSII and MRCI qualifications is unique worldwide. Most recently I am studying under the experienced eye of Sylvia Loch; dressage expert, founder of the Classical Riding Club.

I am based between Kendal and Lancaster and travel to areas within Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire.

Enjoy looking through my web site and please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Always happy to help, Jo Birkbeck