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Evening Extravaganza

with Gillian Higgins
and riders: Laura Tomlinson and Simon Grieve

Date: 23rd May 2024
Venue: International Arena, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE

Improve your riding, training and equine management with this live painted horse, interactive lecture demonstration with Gillian Higgins. Learn how understanding about anatomy and biomechanics can help to improve your horse's posture, movement, comfort and performance. Marvel at the impressive movements and performance of our anatomically painted horses. Appreciate how different exercises and techniques affect their way of going and performance. This is an evening not to be missed. 

Horses and Riders

Laura Tomlinson

Olympic Gold Medalist and International Dressage Rider, Laura Tomlinson of Laura Bechtolsheimer Dressage will be riding her lovely advanced dressage horse Moony at this lecture demonstration.


Laura Tomlinson has competed at the World Equestrian Games, the European Championships, 2 Olympics and a number of other high profile shows throughout her career.


She was a part of the gold medal-winning team at the London 2012 Olympics and also took home an individual bronze medal with her Danish Warmblood Mistral HØjris (Alf).

Laura says: “I am excited to be riding at the Horses Inside Out lecture demonstration at Hartpury in May. As riders and trainers, it’s so important that we learn as much as we can about the anatomy and biomechanics of the horse. With this knowledge we can improve the way we train and care for our horses and ensure that they are as happy and comfortable as possible.”

“Having known Gillian for over 20 years and being a big fan of her work, I am thrilled to be taking part in this lecture demonstration. A good understanding of anatomy and biomechanics is one of the largest foundations for good training, longevity and performance. This is something I try to apply daily in my own riding, but you never stop learning. I’m really excited to help illustrate to everyone Gillian’s ethos in the gymnastic jumping section of the evening.” Says Simon.

Simon Grieve

5* event rider Simon Grieve, together with his 3* horse, Autograf, will literally be turned inside out to show skeletal and muscular anatomy in jumping action, as they take part in the Horses Inside Out Evening Extravaganza.

As a rider, Simon has competed regularly at top level in eventing for the past 15 years. He has contested 18 5* events (Burghley, Badminton and Pau) as well as winning just shy of 100 national events too. In addition, he competes internationally in pure showjumping and is a consistent winner at 1.40 level nationally.

Event Programme

17.30 Doors open. Refreshments and Shopping. 

18.30: Introduction and Welcome 

18.45: Anatomical Connections 

Gain a valuable insight into the principles of anatomy and biomechanics related to improving the horse's posture, movement and performance. With the help of her anatomical paintings on horses, Gillian explains the role of the skeleton and muscles and using a variety of in-hand movements and pilates-type exercises Gillian will demonstrate range of movement and the impact of restrictions. It's jam-packed full of practical exercises, techniques and top tips that you can do with your own horse to improve his musculoskeletal health and performance. 

19.25: Getting the Basics Right

With a horse on the lunge we will assess and compare the 3 basic gaits and study the effects walk, trot and canter poles on the biomechanics of the horse.

19.45 Break 

During the break you'll have the opportunity to ask Gillian questions, study the bones and anatomical models of the horse to further your learning. 

20.30 Jumping from the Anatomical Approach

With Boogie Machin riding one of her wonderful event horses, gain the opportunity to study the effect of polework. Observe the change in biomechanics and jump shape with different gymnastic jumping exercises and appreciate the importance of rider balance and position with Boogie in a skeleton Bodysuit

21.00 Dressage Dissected

Building on the previous session in this part of the lecture demonstration we will focus on assessing and improving movement with exercises and a good warm up, the biomechanics of bending, collection and lateral work. With Laura riding in a skeleton body suit we will study horse and rider harmony, interaction and the importance of timing and balance. 

21.30 Dressage to Music Finale

Ticket Prices:
Early Bird Tickets (before 30th June): £25

Tickets in Advance: £35

Tickets on the door: £50 

VIP Tickets: £45

VIP tickets include a private meet and greet with Gillian and the horses, a welcome drink and the opportunity to ask individual questions before the lecture demonstration starts as well as the best seats in the house reserved. Limited to 30 people.

Why Attend this Lecture Demonstration?

After this lecture demonstration you will look at horses from a new perspective. Whether you are a coach, rider, horse owner or other equestrian professional, you will new learn practical techniques to improve your practises with horses. This is an amazing opportunity for everyone interested in horses to learn more about the anatomy of these amazing creatures and how they work. 

Who is this event for?

This really is an event for all equestrians whatever your level of knowledge and we urge everyone who owns or works with horses to join us for the event.

Earn CPD Points

This event is accredited by the BHS and is recognised by other organisations for CPD points.  3 CPD points with the BHS.​


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About Gillian Higgins

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Gillian Higgins, founder of Horses Inside Out, is an anatomy and biomechanics specialist and leading equestrian educator. Her dynamic, enthusiastic presentation style inspires while she has an incredible ability to make a difficult subject fun, applicable and easy to understand. Gillian is passionate about horses, anatomy and sharing all she knows for the good of the horse. Having competed up to advanced level eventing, achieved her BHS Senior Coaching qualifications and completed multiple therapy qualifications, Gillian is in a great place to apply anatomy to riding, training and therapy.

During the applied evening demonstration, and with the internal anatomy painted on the outside of the horses, Gillian brilliantly explains in a clear, entertaining, memorable way how understanding our horses’ make-up allows us to ride, train and manage them efficiently and effectively, the best for the horse. 

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