Steve’s Background and Philosophy
Steve Halfpenny is the founder of Light Hands Horsemanship, the principal trainer for horses that come to the Silversand Centre to be started or for re-training and also delivers the Light Hands Horsemanship Program. He travels extensively delivering clinics in Australia, NZ, UK and Germany.
Watch the Steve Halfpenny Light Hands Equitation Short Documentary here.
Steve’s specialist style of training is not discipline specific and can easily be applied to any form of riding. As one of Equitana Australia’s successful trainers in the “Way of the Horse, Australian Horsemanship Challenge 2010” and last year, as one of the six trainers who took on a wild Waler from Central Australia as part of Equitana’s “Waler Legacy Program”, Steve has proven that with the right training, any horse can be a relaxed and willing riding partner.
In the creation of “Light Hands Horsemanship”, Steve has combined the knowledge gained from the many great horsemen who have provided him with inspiration, with his own experience and intuitive feel for the horse. His key focus has been to find an easier way for the horse and rider to communicate, creating simpler ways of explaining horsemanship to people, so that they can better understand the horse’s intrinsic nature rather than simply delivering a rote training program.
In recent years, Steve has identified that his training methods are extremely successful in helping dressage and competition riders achieve their goals. His training emphasis on a much lighter contact and responsiveness between horse and rider has initiated a new component to his training system, “Light Hands Dressage”. This technique is not only effective for dressage and high level competition, but is also highly beneficial for anyone looking to build their horse’s gymnastic ability, create softness in their horse and improve communication between themselves and their equine partners.
Steve is very approachable and happy to help students with their horsemanship though the Silversands online education system.
Steve’s next clinic in WA will be in November 2019 and April 2020.
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What to expect from a Steve Halfpenny clinic
Steve’s clinics attract riders from many disciplines, from beginners through to advanced riders and horses. There are a maximum of 12 riders and riders are split into two groups, each group participating for a morning and afternoon session.
Steve’s clinics begin with ground work, which is beneficial not only for young or green horses but also for more experienced horses to check if the horse’s foundation training is solid and to help horses carry themselves in a healthy posture.
‘With a suggestion from AMT Equestrian I made the best decision of my equine life to date – to participate in a Steve Halfpenny clinic. To use a cliche “it changed my life”! The patience and understanding of Steve, along with his techniques, gave me the tools to give my horse confidence, and better educate him on his journey from racetrack to riding.
The difference in my horse in just a few days with Steve was indescribable! The potential for my horse, the blossoming horse and rider bond, and the grounded approach of his clinic opened a window into my personal psyche highlighting some areas that could benefit from a review!
My appreciation of both Steve Halfpenny, and Andrew and Maike from AMT Equestrian is enormous, and I look forward to the new direction of my equine future.’Keryn & Mack
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