Claire Ballantyne CV

& Training Client Results for 2008

(2007/2006/2005/2004)


Curriculum Vitae
Born in Bath in 1967
Educated at St Dominic's, School, Stone to A Level.
Stafford College. Two year Diploma Course to Ordinary Degree Level.
Fluent in German.

Qualifications
LCCPAS Diploma ( Administration, Management and Organisation).
BHSI
German FN Bereiter
German Silver Medal Rider
British Dressage International ** Trainer
British Dressage listed judge

 

Equestrian Experience

Pony Club Reserve Champion 1982
Member of Championship Team 1984 ( North Staffs)
Young Rider International 1983-1988
Qualified BHSI 1991
CDI Competitor 1995, 1996

Reserve Champion State of Victoria Australia 2000
1991 - 2000
Worked with Director of Dressage Training
And Mare Selector of the Hanoverian Society at Verden Germany.
Claire has many years of experience in producing horses for various German auctions
Including the Elites, Stallion Licensing and mare shows.
Bereiter to Holga Finken Member of German B Squad and producer and former rider of Wie Weltmeyer
German Qualified at Warendorf.
'Find a Star Trainer' for the German State of Neidersachsen (Bremen/ Hannover)
Awarded German Riders Silver Medal
Trains Australian competitors to International
Grand Prix level.

 

A Clinic with Claire Ballantyne
by Hayley Gilbert

Hayley Gilbert is a talented and keen Dressage rider who has worked very hard to realise the potential of her wonderful imported mare Odiana K and the Australian bred Cynara.  Claire Ballantyne is a UK based trainer with a strong and long standing client base here in Australia where she comes regularly and gives clinics.  As an attendee I can personally vouch for Claire's understanding of the correct principals and her unique way of getting the message across.

Hayley attended Claire's early 2008 clinic and share her experiences.
Hayley and her mum Lyn are well known and popular identities in the Victorian Dressage world through their involvement with the exclusive riding boutique - The Riders' Shoppe which carries the beautiful Kyra K range and the wonderfully comfortable Sommer Saddles which they import from
Germany .

Hayley has agreed to share her clinic experience with Cyberhorse readers .....

Berni Saunders.
Cyberhorse

For me, Claire Ballantyne (pictured right) has been such an influential trainer formyself in recent years. When Claire came down to Australia recently, we once again moved forward significantly. I had some lessons on both of my horses, the first was Odiana, who is my chestnut mare who is currently competing at Prix St George,Inter 1, and my other mare Cynara, who was just recently broken in.

When Claire saw Odiana, she thought that there was an improvement from last time she saw her, which as you probably know, it is always a great relief when instructors say that. As Odi and I are ultimately aiming for grand prix, we predominately focussed on piaffe and passage, which always makes for a fun lesson. Odi has in the past become very tense when we would venture into such training but is slowly getting better. She can sometimes lose rhythm and her steps can become very quick. However, Claire had some very good techniques to help reduce the tension. When asking for piaffe, Claire suggested that we walk in shoulder fore in a small circle. This was able to establish a calm, steady rhythm, whilst keeping her listening to me and prevented her from taking over, which she can sometimes do. Then when I was ready to ask for piaffe, I simply first applied my outside aids, to stop the side ways motion, then asked for piaffe by alternating left and right aids. These were probably the best piaffe steps I have got, she stayed in rhythm and it felt fantastic. I think the piaffe came so easily because the side ways momentum was then transferred into the energy of the piaffe, without getting confused with tension from anticipation. When we did lose the regularity, we just went back into the shoulder fore steps and continued the exercise. We re-visited this exercise throughout the lesson, but went on to canter work in between, to keep her thinking forward and to prevent any tension from such a demanding exercise.


Hayley Gilbert on Odiana K

Claire saw my young horse for the first time and at the time Cynara didn't have much top line and a bit of a hay belly. The good thing about Claire is that it doesn't matter if she knows the horse or not, she is able to see what is going on straight away. She was able to see that Cynara's canter was not quite connected. In other words, Cynara had a very exuberant canter and she found it difficult for her hind legs to always be in tune with her front legs. So basically, we worked on a nice forward canter, and I just mentally focused on swinging my seat to encourage forward momentum and for her back to soften and raise, as opposed to kicking or slowing or collecting etc. She said that for Cynara, it was simply a strengthening issue. I also concentrated on allowing her to stretch her neck lower and longer. This is because in her slightly unbalanced canter, she tended to hollow her back and shorten in her neck. So by encouraging her neck to stretch out, this in turn encouraged her to raise and soften her back. Therefore, this work helped her to use the correct muscles to hopefully strengthen her back for the future.

The work we did with Cynara is probably true for many young horses and I was able to go home and keep concentrating on sitting back and swinging with her to encourage her swing through the back more consistently. It was great to know that with the canter, it isn't always about shortening, or kicking it forward or changing it, but instead, just to encourage and over time the canter will come. I guess the follow on effect from this way of riding, was that in recent weeks, Cynara has become very sensitive to the seat. Even in transitions from walk to trot and vice versa. She just seems to listen to more subtle movements as opposed to more blatant aids such as whips and spurs (not that I am game enough to wear spurs yet).

Claire's clinics are always valuable and influential. She can immediately assess the horse and rider's weakness and there is no chance of hiding any problems from her. She gives exercises that are relevant and might be slightly different from what you have tried in the past, which is always refreshing and it keeps the horses guessing. Next time Claire is down, I would recommend anyone going to her, especially if you want an honest assessment of where you are currently with your horse. And it is always helpful when the exercises given can be used on all your other horses and in your teachings.

Good luck for future riding,  Hayley Gilbert.

Contact Judy Gronn   0409 351 149 or mailto:cgja.gronn@pacific.net.au for information about Claire's clinics in Australia .

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ACHIEVEMENTS AND RESULTS FOR 2010

 

•  Horses won and placed in British Dressage competitions up to and including Grand Prix level.

•  Multiple horses qualified for Summer Regional Championships.

•  Horses placed Summer Regional Championships.

•  Horses won and placed young dressage horses classes.

•  Qualified Badminton Young Dressage Horse of the Future Finals.

•  Heart of England Sport Club Dressage Team second in team competition at Badminton International Dressage Championships.

•  Event horses won and placed up to CCI** Level.

•  Horses won Area Festivals at Advanced Medium and Prix St Georges.

•  Horses placed Area Festivals at Preliminary, Novice and Medium.

•  Multiple Horses qualified NAF***** Winter Dressage Championships, Hartpury 2011.

•  Qualified Winter Regional Championships 2011.

•  Horses qualified Dressage Masters Hickstead CDIO.

•  Horses won Cricklands Dressage Championships of Great Britain, David Broome Event Centre

•  Multiple places at National Championships of Australia, Sydney.

•  Multiple places State Championships of Victoria.

•  Horse placed Melbourne CDI ***

•  Resident Dressage Horses at the Heart of England Equestrian have amassed over 1150 BD dressage points a great achievement for all concerned!

Congratulations to all riders and owners.

We will continue to support you and wish you further success during 2012

 

 

 

2009 Heart of England 's Clients Training Achievements

Wins and placings from Prelim to Grand Prix

Horses qualified for NW Winter Regional Championships 2010

Horses qualified for NW Summer Regional Championships 2009

Horses qualified for Pet Plan Area Festivals from Prelim to PSG 2009

Horses qualified for Pet Plan Finals at the Winter Championships Hartpury 2010

H of E E Sport Club team achieved 2 nd place at Badminton Dressage Team Championships

H of E E Sport Club member was 5 th in the Individual Championship Ride - Off.

Preliminary and Novice winners at Chricklands Championships at the David Broome Event Centre

Horses qualified for the Badminton Young Horse of the Future Finals

Horses qualified for the Shearwater Potential International Dressage Championships at the Deluxe National Championships

Numerous horses won and placed up to Intermediate British Eventing

Horses qualified and placed at the Trailblazer Championships

Clients placed at State Championships of Victoria, Australia

Grand Prix winner at Australia 's CDN National Championships in Sydney

Numerous placings Novice to PSG Australian National Championships

British Equestrian Federation Futurity winner

Numerous wins and placings in Unaffiliated Dressage

 

 

Congratulations to all Riders and Owners

 

2008 Heart of England 's Training Clients Achievements

Placings at Intermediaire 11

Multiple horses qualified for the NW Winter Regional Championships2009.

Horses qualified for Regional Championships from Preliminary to PSG level.2009

Multiple horses qualified for Winter Championships, Hartpury 2009

Multiple horses placed at the NW Winter Regional Championships 2008.

Multiple wins at Small Tour level (PSG & Intermediaire 1 ). 2008

Horse qualified for Dressage Masters at Hickstead CDIO

Horses placed at NW Regional Championships M-PSG Music.

Young Horses qualified for 2008 Blue Waters National Championships.

Winners at BD Area Festivals, MR to PSG.

Winner at Blair Castle International Horse Trials CCI* 2008.

Multiple wins BE Horse Trials up to & including Intermediate.

Horses placed CCI**.

Multiple horses qualified for NW Summer Regional Championships.

Horses qualified Midland Regional Summer Championships.2008

Horses placed at NW Summer Championships. 2008

Ponies qualified for NW Winter Regional Championships 2008 at N. E & M. Level.

Multiple horses qualified for Pet Plan Championships. 2008

Horses placed Trailblazers National Championships at Stoneleigh. 2008

Combinations placed at Victoria State National Championships up to Intermediare 11. 08

Riders placed for National Dressage Championships of Australia. Sydney 2008

Many wins and placings in both Affiliated and Unaffiliated dressage. 2008

Resident horses have accumulated over 1100 BD points

 

Client Training Competition Results during 2007

  • Multiple horses qualified for the NW Winter Regional Championships.
  • Multiple horses placed at the NW Winter Regional Championships.
  • Horses qualified for Regional Championships from Preliminary to PSG level.
  • Multiple wins at Small Tour level (PSG & Intermediaire 1).
  • Horse qualified for Dressage Masters at Hickstead CDIO
  • Horse placed CCI**.
  • Runner Up at National Riding Club Horse Trials Championship.
  • Multiple horses qualified for NW Summer Regional Championships.
  • Horses qualified Midland Regional Championships.
  • Horses placed placed at NW Summer Championships.
  • Ponies qualified for NW Winter Regional Championships 2008 at Novice & El. Level.
  • HofEE Official training base for the Australian World Dressage Para team.
  • Australian Para dressage riders win individual Silver and Bronze medals in World Championships at Hartpury, Gloucestershire.
  • Horses placed Trailblazers National Championships at Stoneleigh.
  • A winner of British Dressage Steele Salver Award.
  • Riders placed at Victoria State National Championships at Advanced Level.
  • Riders qualified for National Dressage Championships of Australia.
  • Many wins and placings in both Affiliated and Unaffiliated dressage.
  • Resident horses have notched up over 1000BD points in the past six years.

Congratulations to all riders and owners.

Heart of England Client Training Results 2006


• Multiple horses qualified for N.W. Winter Regional Championships.
• Multiple horses qualified Horse & Hound Winter Championships.
• Multiple horses won & placed at FEI Levels.
• Horses won at Badminton International Dressage Championships.
• Multiple horses qualified N. W. Summer regional Championships.
• Multiple horses placed at N.W. Regional Championships.
• Multiple horses qualified Midlands Regional Championships.
• Multiple horses qualified Blue Waters National Dressage Championships.
• Multiple horses qualified for the N. W.Winter Regional Championships 2007.
• Multiple horses qualified for the N.W.Summer Regional Championships 2007.
• Over 60 British Dressage firsts in Open & Restricted Preliminary to FEI level.
• Numerous horses have upgraded competition levels with success.
• Horse qualifies Sheepgate Tack & Togs PSG Championships.
• Horses won & placed at FEI levels State of Victoria Australia.
• Horses won & placed National Dressage Championships of Australia.
• Horses placed at Scottish Regional Championships.
• 2 teams placed at Badminton Team Championships.
• Horses placed at Weston Park CCI**
• Horse won Riding Club Regional Horse Trial Championship.
• Runner up Riding Club Horse Trials National Championships.
• Numerous wins in unaffiliated dressage.
• Numerous excellent results in other disciplines.


Congratulations to all riders and owners.
We will continue tosupport you and wish you further success during 2007

Client Competition Results for 2005

• Multiple Horses qualified for the Northern Winter Semi Finals.
• Horses Qualified for Horse & Hound Winter Championships.
• Qualified For National Young Horse Championships.
• Multiple Horses qualified for the North West Summer Regional Championships.
• Multiple placings at the North West Summer Regional Championships.
• Multiple placings open sections at the N.West Summer Regional Championships.
• Students qualified for the Midlands Summer Regional Championships.
• Qualified for the Finals of the Young Horse Evaluation at the Royal Show.
• Two teams placed Badminton International Dressage Team Championship.
• Over 45 British Dressage Firsts Open & Restricted. Preliminary to Advanced.
• Wins at Advanced Dressage level.
• Multiple horses qualified for Mercedes - Benz National Dressage Championships.
• Horses Qualified Midland Regional Championships.
• Qualified Advanced level Masters League Hickstead CDIO
• Multiple horses Qualified Winter & Summer Regional Finals 2006.
• Students qualified won and placed State Championships of Victoria.
• Students placed National Dressage Championships of Australia in Sydney.
• Placings at Dressage & Jumping with the Stars Werribee Victoria.
• Students placed State Championships New South Wales.
• Students placed State Championships South Australia.
• Students placed National Riding Club Championships
• Numerous excellent results in other disciplines and unaffiliated competitions.


2004 Client Competition Results

4 horses qualified for the Northern Winter Semi Finals.
• Won and placed Northern Winter Semi Finals.
• Qualified Horse &Hound Winter Championships.
• Qualified For Hickstead National Young Horse Championship.
• 3 Horses qualified for the North West Summer Regional Championships.
• Won and placed North West Summer Regional Championship.
• Qualified for the Finals of the Young Horse Evaluation at the Royal Show.
• Won Badminton International Dressage Team Championship.
• Placed British Breeding 5 year old Pony Championship.
• Over 40 British Dressage Firsts.
• Wins at Advanced Dressage level.
• Qualified and placed Mercedes - Benz National Dressage Championships.
• Qualified Midland Regional Championships.
• Qualified Regional Finals 2005.
• Students qualified and placed State Championships of Victoria.
• Students placed National Dressage Championships of Australia in Sydney.
• Numerous excellent results in other disciplines and unaffiliated competitions.
Congratulations to the horses, owners and their riders who have achieved their goals for the year. May 2005 bring more success.