Longden Corp Under Construction

 

Longden Corp

At this time Longden Corporation has to offer:

The Longden Grip
Set of 3 DVDs - Ride Towards Excellence
Publication - Coach with Courage
Distance Coaching
Longden Corporation’s aim is to help riders of all standards, and wherever they live in the world, to improve their riding and build up a feeling of wellbeing, confidence and enjoyment.

Mary’s Philosophy: 'Everyone who wants to ride well, can.'
With an international reputation for developing horse and rider combinations at all levels – WEG, Olympics, Paralympics, Adult Riders and Pony Clubs – and across all disciplines – Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Para Equestrian and Therapeutic Riding and those just wanting to have a safe and relaxing hack out on the weekend – Mary’s clear, practical, considered and solution focused approach has made the difference for many horses and riders across the world.

Every horse and rider combination is unique. This means that riding is never boring and is always a personal challenge. It is a journey of learning with your horse that both of you want to enjoy. It does not matter what standard you ride at. When everything is correct you have the feeling of being a part of your horse. It is a beautiful feeling. It is riding ‘with’ your horse rather than ‘on’ your horse.
Whilst not everyone has the balance, ability and determination to participate at international levels, everyone can ride a horse to a level where they can experience this ‘oneness’ between horse and rider.

Too many people miss out on this feeling because they think they cannot become good riders. Often the problem is that they do not know where they want to go. This, of course, makes it impossible to get there! So plan to succeed. Turn your dream into reality. It is far more fun doing something well than badly! When you look at the top riders or just at friends who seem at home on their horses, remember that they all started as beginners. They are at the top of their sport or competent in their pastime because they made a conscious decision that that is where they want to be.

One can learn the theory of riding and develop an effective position but it is the ability to develop the feel of sitting on a horse and the analysis of what it is doing and is about to do that makes a good rider. It is not just the feeling of sitting on a horse that is addictive. It is the interactions of your senses – feel, sight, smell and hearing mixed with your emotions, a dash of adrenalin and that feeling of ‘oneness’, that keeps the exhileration alive.

Mary Longden is an International Level 3 coach, an Australian ‘A’ Level dressage judge, FEI ‘I’ Level Eventing judge (until 2009), FEI ‘O’ Level Para-Equestrian judge, and an International Para-Equestrian coach and consultant.

Through the effective use of Training DVDs, Distance coaching and targeted Group/Individual coaching sessions, particularly for up and coming coaches and trainers, Mary hopes to assist a far greater number of riders across a more broadly distributed base than ever before.
As the first step along this path Mary has made the initial three DVDs in a series titled ‘Ride Towards Excellence’.

The DVDs are aimed at riders who would like to ride their horses correctly and coaches who want to make a positive difference to their pupils. The demonstration riders show the good, the bad and the ugly! The first DVD covers the effects of rider position; the second shows the horse’s paces and way of going. The third DVD includes a section on a horse behaving badly and covers schooling sessions. The DVDs cover the basic training for any discipline and are a useful teaching tool for coaches as well as riders.

The Longden Grip - a detachable devise that fits on to the front of most English style saddles and gives security to beginner, unbalanced or nervous riders as well as those on young or unpredictable horses. Unlike a pommel strap, which only works if the rider is sitting upright and pulling back, the grip allows a rider to ride in a more relaxed manner as the grip is easy to grasp if needed. The added confidence that it gives means that the rider is able to ride the horse forward without compromising. This lessens or avoids many behaviour problems caused by horses resisting the forward aids and threatening or scaring their riders. It helps to reduce stress levels in the riders, which results in calmer horses.

Coach with Courage is Mary’s second published book. The first book ‘Teaching Disabled Riders’ is currently out of print. Coach with Courage is in three sections. The first is about learning, the second section covers therapeutic riding and the third section is on basic dressage. It covers how to ride, teach and judge up to Medium (third) level.

Distance coaching has evolved from helping geographically isolated riders all over the world, who want help with dressage or jumping. Riders send video footage of their horse, via the internet and receive feedback from Mary. It has also been a useful tool when riders are considering purchasing a horse and want a second opinion on a particular aspect of its way of going.

Mary Longden is an International Level 3 coach, an Australian ‘A’ Level dressage judge, FEI ‘I’ Level Eventing judge (until 2009), FEI ‘O’ Level Para-Equestrian judge, and an International Para-Equestrian coach and consultant.

With an international reputation for developing horse and rider combinations at all levels – WEG, Olympics, Paralympics, Adult Riders and Pony Clubs – and across all disciplines – Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Therapeutic Riding and those just wanting to have a safe and relaxing hack out on the weekend – Mary’s clear, practical, considered and solution focused approach has made the difference for many horses and riders across the world.

Mary’s Philosophy: Everyone who wants to ride well, can - but only if they know where they want to go.