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Talks and Workshops

I run regular clinics and talks at a variety of venues around the UK and Ireland. If you are interested in hosting a clinic or a talk at your yard or business please contact me to discuss your options.

Perhaps you and a group of friends would like your own bespoke clinic? This is also possible- just contact me for a chat and we can design something appropriate.

Forthcoming (2009) dates for talks and workshops:  

There are more courses (on using the clicker; improving horsemanship skills; improving lateral work through groundwork; working with young horses; the clicker and natural horsemanship; classical riding and trick training) planned for the coming months- as soon as dates and venues are confirmed they will be posted up here. In the meantime if you would like to request a clinic on particular topic/ in your area please contact me!

Below are all dates of finalised clinics for this autumn:


Horse Sense for Vets and Horse owners

Friday 28th-Sunday 30th August

Salon Hilkossa, Finland. Clinic organiser Tuulia Burgher.

This clinic will cover both theory and practical skills on ethical ways of working with problem horses, and also how to prevent common problems developing


Reiki for Horseowners with Jacky Ingram Reiki Master

Saturday 12th September and Saturday 3rd October

Loughgall and Kircubbin.

Learn how to use Reiki with your horse. For further information about Jacky please visit her website www.hollybankhealing.com


Loading Clinic

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2009

Derrygiff Equestrian, Swanlinbar Rd, Enniskillen.

If you are interested in learning more about kind, ethical & safe methods for:

·         Introducing a horse to travelling for the first time

·         Understanding how loading problems develop & how to avoid them

·         Dealing with problems once they happen

Then you will enjoy this two day clinic. Open to everyone from the most novice horse owner to the most experienced professional, this innovative clinic should provide food for thought for all.

Cost of clinic attendance is £20 per day (pay on the day) or £30 in total if both days booked and paid in advance.

Booking deadline Friday 18th September 2009.

For advance booking or further information please either contact

  Helen Spence on 07773 157428


Joanna Balcombe at Derrygiff on 028 66 348483 or 07711 708064

Weekend Accommodation available- please enquire with Jo.


Horse Sense and the Clicker Clinic

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October 2009

Derrygiff Equestrian, Swanlinbar Rd, Enniskillen

Learn all about rewarding horse training with Dr Helen Spence!

Would you like to strengthen the bond between you & your horse?

Would you like to train in a way that increases your horse’s calmness & confidence, yet at the same time improves responsiveness & lightness?

Have you always wanted to use more reward when training your horse?

Have you ever felt that you are being pushed to use more pressure than you would wish when working with your horse?

Do you have a horse that is nervous & spooky or sluggish & ‘switched off’?

Do you have a young horse that has lots to learn?

Do you have an old horse that has seen it all before & is bored with schooling?

Do you like the idea of training in a way that is both gentle & safe for you & your horse?

Do you want to have a horse that looks forward to being trained so much that they gallop to the gate to see you?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes then this is the clinic for you & your horse!!!

Cost of clinic attendance is £100 for two days. Just five spaces available. Booking deadline 16th October 2009.

  For advance booking or further information please either contact:

Helen Spence on 07773 157428


Joanna Balcombe at Derrygiff on 028 66 348483 or 07711 708064

Weekend Accommodation available for you & your horse- please enquire with Jo.

Returning inthe spring!! Open Training Nights, Brookvale Farm, Saintfield:

This spring we ran  fortnightly 'Open Training nights' at Brookvale Farm, Saintfield, . Many thanks to Olivia Pele for providing great facilities and hospitality for these evenings. We hope to run more next spring (2010) so watch this space!

These nights are a chance for you to come along and observe me teaching. Format of the night will be:

7pm Lesson number one- 45 mins followed by chance for questions and answers

8pm Lesson number two- 45 mins followed by chance for questions and answers

9pm debrief, further questions and answers and tea/ coffee/ biscuits!

You can come along and observe either or both lessons- audience fee is £5 per head per lesson, so if you stay all evening it will cost £10. You can come along to either or both and stay for the tea/ coffee/ chat after. No need to book, just turn up with a smile :-)

Lessons slots cost £20. The purpose of the evening is to give people the opportunity to  1. have a slightly reduced cost lesson (the privilege of being a guinea pig for the audience to watch!) and 2. find out a little more about how I work and the type of methods I use and 3. learn something useful in the process!!

I will be working outside, so please wear appropriate clothing and bring yourselves a chair/ stool!


For further information and booking forms please contact Helen by phone, post or email.