Sylvia Loch
Eden Hall
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Sylvia is the only British instructor qualified by the Portuguese National School of Equestrian Art.
She is also the Classical Dressage Trainer for the ABRS Jefress Scholarship Trust.
She founded the Lusitano Breed Society of Great Britain in 1986 and is an Honorary Life Member of the Portuguese Breeders Association.
Her Classical Riding Club has been made an independent partner of the British Horse Society and its work is recognised at international level.
She has been studying Classical Riding and teaching it for the past 35 + years and still continues to ride, teach and train horses of all levels.

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For Lessons/Clinics/Lecture/Demo Days and Dates for 2011 - please scroll down towards bottom of this page.... past details of DVD etc.....

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A Kinder Approach to all Riding

THE CLASSICAL RIDING CLUB founded by Sylvia Loch in l995 is fully on line. Our website at attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world and amongst our Membership over 65 countries are represented.

If you support Classical Riding and wish to stamp out forceful gagets and harsh training methods, then this is the Club for you. CRC is committed to education and a return to traditional horse-friendly values in all spheres of riding.

In recognition of our contribution towards better and more humane riding methods and ethos, CRC is now an Independent Partner of the British Horse Society.

Please help us to continue to speak up for the Horse by becoming a Member. With our unique Charter + over 2000 articles and 50 back copies of our Magazine (which can be bought and posted out) available under Merchandise - as well as our on line publications - we have empowered many people to understand their horses better.

We now have a variety of options for Members which include a higher sub for a posted out magazine,and a lesser one for access to thousands of articles and information such as
a Trainers List and CRC Dressage Tests all on-line. Please refer to website for further details
We look forward to welcoming you to our dedicated Family of Friends and Supporters - the main aim of whom is to educate and promote light-handed, ethical and safe, traditional riding - thus ensuring the longevity and happiness of the Horse.

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This unique DVD (filmed in Portugal)beat all records in its first year of release. How to keep you riding fit,help with one sidedness and up performance generally.
Develop greater feel through correct weight aids from basic movements to lateral work, counter canter, flying change,piaffe, passage etc. Even top riders report dramatic improvements with Sylvia's simple NLP methods.
For more colour images and how to order on-line, go to
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If you wish to participate in an informal Balance & Bodywork Workshop (minimum 3 students - approx. 1 hr.)at Eden Hall, this can be booked by prior arrangement. Cost depends on how many participants.
The work is very much hands on. Sylvia is available to run away Workshops (roughly 3 hrs. duration) for groups of l5 or more. Price/date/venue by arrangement.
2011 FIRST BORDERS WORKSHOP - Sat. 26th March 2011 we still have some places left for a group workshop at Eden Hall (indoors) 10 am to 12.30 incl. coffee. Price 17.50 per head, 15.00 for CRC Members. Apply by email to or ring 01890-830380

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I now give 2 day Courses in an indoor venue at beautiful Ladykirk in Berwickshire for people bringing their own horse. Full livery is available and there are plenty of B&Bs; (see www.visitscottishborders)

For a one-off lesson on my Lusitano schoolmaster, this would only work if you made a special visit. For this:
we have a Weight Limit - 11 - 11 and half stone and you must be riding at preferably Elementary level(or upward)
The lesson is taken in my outside 20x60 arena.

Please note! I have no novice level horses so you must ride to a confident standard. Lusitanos are sensitive hotblood horses and the odd spook can occur.

PLEASE NOTE: It will definitely help ALL RIDERS to familiarise themselves with my teaching before a lesson or clinic. Read Dressage in Lightness and/or The Classical Seat. Study the Classical Seat or Perfect Laterals DVDs (available from or

LECTURES - Formal Lectures (with slides) either at Eden Hall or outside venues are generally advertised in the Classical Riding Club magazine ( or on this website.

I am a practised after dinner speaker and during the past 20 years have lectured on the subject of the Seat, the History of Classical Riding, The Aids, etc all over the UK, USA, Europe and parts of New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South America.

CONTACT- you may reach me through the Classical Riding Club - or call/leave a message on - 0044 - (0)1890 830380 or write Sylvia Loch, Eden Hall, KELSO, Scottish Borders, TD5 7QD.

DIRECTIONS - Eden Hall is approx. 3 miles east of Kelso town centre and 5 miles west of Coldstream centre on the A698. Look out for long grey farmhouse set well back from main road on hill on north side of River Tweed and signposted on verge of road. (If coming from Kelso, it is just AFTER the Highridgehall and Plum Brae signs.)

REPLIES - There may be some delay in responding to letters, faxes, messages etc due to volume of trafffic, but we will do our best. Thank you!

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March - Saturday,26th at Eden Hall, Kelso - Unmounted workshop
10 - 12.30 am Indoor venue - please wear trainers and relaxed casual cothing. A few places left - please apply via or leave a message on 01890-830380

April - fully booked with Private Lessons except Week 25th to 29th.

May -Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd - Classical Dressage Clinic with Sylvia teaching one to one - your own horse - at Ladykirk Equitation.
Livery available if required
Lessons 75. 00 per person per 50 minutes. Free auditing for all participants. 15.00 per day for Auditors. Please apply by email: or tel. 01890-830380 and leave a message. We will return your call.

Participants on this course have the chance to stay on for further tuition on the Wed/Thur in Natural Horsemanship with Lucy Simpson, Scotland's only Monty Robert Qualified Instructor.

May,Wed. 10th - Fri. 13th
Intro Classical Instructors Course with own horse at Ladykirk. This is a 3 day course for instructors riding and teaching at Elementary and above level. For full details send SAE to Sylvia Loch, Eden Hall, Kelso, TD5 7QD.
Maximum 4 on course, livery available, and B&B; at Eden Hall.
This is a unique opportunity to work towards official recognition as an Approved CRC Instructor.

May, Mon. 30th - Dressage in Lightness - BHS Borders Festival of the Horse Event.
An afternoon Demo at Ladykirk with Sylvia Loch and Prazer and demo lessons on the subject of achieving flexibility and a light horse. Attendance by ticket only. Send SAE with cheque for 7.50 per ticket to CRC, Eden Hall, Kelso, TD5 7QD before May 20th

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Due to my husband's ongoing illness, I have nothing planned overseas at present.

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The Classical Riding Club is planning a full day Lecture/Demo with Sylvia and another famous Classical Maestro in mid September in the Northants/Oxon/Beds area of the UK. Details will be posted up asap

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Watch this space for further news...

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