Schoolmaster Lessons


  • Schoolmaster dressage lessons
  • Lunge lessons
  • Rider biomechanics
  • Tailor-made coaching
  • Competition preparation 
  • Return to riding
  • Intensive courses

Dovecote Stables caters for individuals wishing to improve their riding technique with the help of true, high-quality schoolmasters. Coaching is one-to-one with Sam Twyman, starting with lunge lessons and then progressing at a pace suited to each individual client.

Sam has thirty years teaching and competition experience. His approach combines the best classical riding principles with modern biomechanic techniques in body alignment and core stability gained from working alongside ground-breaking practitioners like Mary Wanless. His primary aim with all clients, novice to advanced, is to instill the confidence and skill to ride a horse in true self carriage through all paces and movements, making schooling and training effortless fun and providing the perfect foundation for any discipline. 

Sam's Andalusian and Friesian teaching horses are carefully sourced for their temperaments, rideability and talent. From a perfect beginner's horse to a piaffing showman, Dovecote Stables can cater to all standards of rider, with horses to inspire confidence, fun and rapid improvement. Whether you wish to improve your general technique or master certain movements, are coming back to riding from a break, want to perfect that sitting trot or canter position on the lunge, or just always wanted to ride a highly trained Spanish schoolmaster, please call or email Sam to discuss your requirements. 

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We can arrange tailor-made, short courses for individuals or up to four clients, from 2-days to 4-days or more.

With Sam's help, you can really advance your skills on one of our schoolmasters, or on your own horse:

  • Establishing true self-carriage; the correct outline and contact
  • Riding consistently on the bit and in front of the leg
  • Perfecting transitions, lateral work and changes
  • Trying out moves like piaffe and passage
  • Achieving the classical seat; body alignment and perfect balance

Accommodation is available locally at one of the many great B&B and pubs in the area.

For more information about clinics, individual riding lessons and/or private coaching at Dovecote Stables, please call or email.

For details of our lesson fees and any Special Offers, please refer to the latest price list in the 'About Us ' section.