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Welcome to Seechem

Seechem Equestrian Centre is situated on the Worcestershire and Warwickshire border and set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside, yet only a few minutes from junctions 2 and 3 of the M42. We are easily accessible from Birmingham, Solihull, Worcester and Alcester.

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Excellent facilities

Seechem Equestrian Centre boasts superb facilities. Set in 50 acres, the centre has both an indoor and outdoor arena, a show jumping field with banks and a dyke and  a cross country course over undulating terrain. We have a full set of “Jump for Joy” show jumps and a course of  ’Oliver Townend’ jump for joy cross country fences. All these facilities are available to our clients in the lessons or at weekend activities and training sessions.

An equestrian retreat

At Seechem we are proud of our high standards of instruction and training, superb facilities and personal attention. The centre has been owned by Mrs Joan Willetts for over 30 years. Her team of home breed show jumpers which are all competed by family members, are nationally renowned.

Recent Articles

20
Jan

Pony Club

Our next Pony Club rally will be on Sunday 16th February
10am-4pm
We will be doing work towards the bronze, silver and gold awards, and hope to see you all there!

13
Jan

Julie Austin Clinics *Cavaletti new for 2014*

Gym jumping clinic dates and information about a new venture for 2014, I am putting on Cavaletti clinics at Seechem Equestrian Centre.

Saturday 11thJanuary 2014
Saturday 25th January 2014
Saturday 15th February 2014

New for 2014
Cavalletti Clinic
taken by
Julie Austin BHSII(Regd)
at Seechem Equestrian Centre
Alvechurch
Saturday 18th January
Saturday 1st February
1.30pm
Maximum 4 in group
Introductory price
£20 own horse
£23 Seechem horse
+(this is restricted to regular Seechem clients, any doubts regards your ability to join, please discuss with your regular Instructor or Julie. You will be expected to tack-up and untack, and rug up your own horse, so please allow sufficient time)

What is Cavaletti?

Cavaletti is the Italian expression that describes using poles in a row, within a certain distance to help train the horse within its three gaits-walk, trot and canter. This can be done on a straight or circle line.

What are the advantages of Cavaletti work?

The use of Cavalletti in the training program has benefits for all horses or riders, whether they are destined for a career in dressage, jumping, eventing or pleasure riding.
Work over Cavaletti can enhance the regularity and rhythm of paces, loosen up and strengthen the muscles, contribute to the developing fitness, increase balance, sure-footedness, suspension, confidence and develop and test the ability to learn.

Best of all-work over Cavaletti is a lot of fun for both horse and rider, whatever level of training.
There are lots of video clips on youtube, here is a link featuring Ingrid Klimke that gives a brilliant introduction to Cavaletti training

Bookings with Julie 07788422739 or Kirsty @ Seechem 0121 445 2333

18
Dec

Clinics at Seechem

David Austin
Jumping Clinic
British Showjumping UKCC Level 3 Coach
BHSAI Regd Freelance Coach

Seechem Equestrian Centre
Alvechurch
B48 7EL
Friday 27th December

David is a very experienced coach with a vast depth of knowledge, and has true empathy for both horse and rider, this allows him to motivate and improve all ages and standards of rider

Rider and producer of many top class horses in all equestrian spheres:-
British Show Jumping to Grade A level, qualifying and competing at HOYS and Scope, wins include British Novice and Senior Rider Championships

Working Hunters to HOYS Finalists level
British Eventing to Intermediate Level

For further details or bookings contact David 07788422740 or email davidcharlesaustin@outlook.com

13
Dec

December Dressage Report, by Mary

Sunday 8th December saw the return of the popular annual Unaffiliated Winter Dressage series at Seechem. These days are designed to encourage horses and riders who are less experienced at competition to try their hand in an informal setting and are open both to clients on school horses and to riders from other yards on their own mounts. All classes are judged under Pony Club or British Dressage rules. The first day in this year’s series attracted a good entry from both categories of rider and, looking at the results, honours were about even in both the British Dressage Intro and Prelim classes.

At the end of the afternoon there was a ‘just for fun’ Dressage to Music class for solo or pairs competitors, for which everyone received a rosette. After a slickly choreographed display by two visiting riders from a neighbouring yard, three Seechem clients gave solo displays.

Firstly, Geoff on Beryl gave an accurate display of walk, trot and canter work to two beautiful pieces of classical music. Beryl was clearly enjoying herself and showing that the transition from hunt horse to riding school/dressage horse is an absolute doddle!

Next, we had India on her own horse Goldman. To a number from the soundtrack of ‘The Lion King’ they gave a stunning display of walk, trot and canter and some technically brilliant lateral work. India had enhanced the picture by presenting Goldman, a bright chestnut, with a fluffed-up mane and gold tinsel round his head to represent the lion’s mane and tinsel on the end of his tail. He looked every inch the Kings of Beasts and their performance brought the house down!

Finally, Lydia on pony Dancer treated us to a breath-taking display of changes of direction and paces, which she had apparently been rehearsing all week on foot in the dining room!
Our next Dressage Day is on Sunday 26th January. Watch the website for details. We look forward to seeing as many of you who would like to compete, or who would just like to come along, see what we do and meet the horses and ponies on the yard. You are assured of a warm welcome from both humans and equines!

13
Dec

December Jumping Clinics

Julie Austin Gymnastic Jumping, Saturday 14th December 2.30pm 1hour session, and 3.30pm 1 hour session

David Austin Jumping Clinic Friday 27th December.

Please call or email us on seechem@hotmail.co.uk for more information or to book

2
Dec

Mon 23rd – Own a Pony. Your chance to own your favourite all day, learn about their daily care routine, and 2 hours of riding! 10am-4pm £45, spaces limited as no pony sharing!

Tue 24th – Xmas eve fun rides. 1 1/2 hour lesson for £25, 11am Children session, 2pm adult session.

Fri 27th Adult lunch ride, 11.30am £24. 1 hour lesson followed by pub lunch (not included in the price!) The more the merrier for lunch, even if you don’t ride, book your place for lunch at reception.

Mon 30th, Pony Club Xmas Show 10am-4pm £40 all welcome, show to include dressage to music and jumping, at all levels!

Tue 31st, New Year Eve hack. only 4 spaces so book quick! experienced riders only (if enough demand we can run 2 hacks 11am first, then 2pm if enough people)

Fri 3rd Showjumping fun day 10-4pm £45 suitable for teenagers and adults, training AM, clear round PM.

Hope to see you all over the festive time! Please note that weekend lessons will run as normal throughout the holidays. Late nights will NOT be running on: xmas eve, and week commencing 30th december.

26
Nov

Dressage Competition

Seechem Equestrian Centre’s annual dressage series is back! The first date is:
Sunday 8th December
Class 1: BD Intro A
Class 2: BD Prelim 7
Class 3: Freestyle to music (fun class for pairs or individuals, tests to be no longer than 4 minutes, rosettes awarded to each participant)
£8 per class, closing date for entries Wed 4th Dec
Enter by calling us on 0121 445 2333, or email seechem@hotmail.co.uk
Times available Thurs 5th Dec, phone number will be given upon entry
tea/coffee and cakes will be available to purchase too (warm you all up on these cold winter days!)
We look forward to seeing you all there!

26
Nov

Pony Club Achievement

On Sunday 24th November our Pony Clubbers enjoyed a day of learning and certificate earning! We worked on the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, all starting at Level 3 and Im pleased to say that everyone achieved their certificate! So big pat on the back to Sunni, Kamila, Agatha, Abigail and Emily on achieving the Bronze level 3. Silver level 3 went to Hannah C, Ellena, Elizabeth, Ellie, Amelia, Hannah D, Charlotte and Mya. Gold level 3 was awarded to Anna, Bethan, Alanna, Emily N, Lydia, Gaia and Harriet.
We look forward to seeing you all again in January ready for level 2!