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James has extensive experience dealing with challenging horses, starting young horses, and developing a foundation of excellence for the fundamentals of performance in horses, as well as coaching students of all abilities through the Parelli Programme. Before studying directly with Pat Parelli, James trained with the late John Pocklington, legendary show jumping trainer of the Magna Stud, helping develop show jumpers to top level, with the opportunity of working alongside Irish jumping champion, Dermot Lennon. James then went on to fulfil his dream of becoming a farrier, and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to train with one of the most respected training farriers in the world, Mr. Stuart W. Spence. James spent 5 years at the famous Hose Forge, in Leicestershire, before setting up his own business as a qualified farrier.
It was a challenging horse, afraid of farriers, which led James to Parelli Natural Horsemanship. After realising how little he really knew about horses, and how much there was to know, James took the decision to quit his successful business to embark on a new journey, starting with an apprenticeship with Dave Stuart, master horseman and former 5 star Parelli Professional and Charlotte Dennis, former 3 star Parelli Professional and eventer. After graduating Level 3 of the Parelli Programme in 2003, James spent a total of 2 years at the Parelli Centres in Florida and Colorado under the tutelage of Pat Parelli and Linda Parelli.
James jumping Bee Animas
Parelli Natural Horsemanship has played a huge role in the development of James's horsemanship and teachermanship, with opportunities to present all over the world, including America, Europe, Canada, and more recently, Kenya.
Since his involvement with Parelli, James has had the chance to train horses for, and be trained by some of the world's top horsemen, including Dave Stuart, Rob McAuliffe, Olympic dressage team member Jane Bredin, World Class Show jumper Robert Whitaker, polo legend Andrew Seavil, 3 day eventers Georgie Spence & Kitty Boggis, and 2012 Eventing Olympics cross country course designer, Sue Benson.
James and Becks
James's passion is the starting of young horses, and developing relationships with horses to produce a solid foundation, to which the fundamentals for performance can be applied.
The first ride will never happen again, and is a unique experience, so the better it is, the better chance a horse has for the future, for a good start is not something, it is everything.
James has now developed a facility purely for horse lovers. It is purposely designed for the development of the horse's foundation and also provides an atmosphere to help the human learn how to think, feel, act and play like a horse using Parelli Natural Horsemanship.