Latest ethical training and sustainable living blogs
The Training Scale
All good training systems start with reliable, single responses. These responses, which can be assessed easily and objectively, form the foundation for further training. In some sports these responses are formed into drills (such as in gymnastics or martial arts) or they are static positions (such as in ballet).
Dhosas are those fantastic huge, crispy pancake things that you wrap around curry. So good and naturally vegan and gluten free too! The batter is very lightly fermented – I like to think of them as a sort of Indian equivalent of sourdough bread.
These are delicious and so easy they almost make themselves. Plus, you’ve almost definitely got all the ingredients in your cupboard right now… They are of course gluten free and vegan – however, if you’re not a celiac feel free to use any kind of plain flour.
West Sumatra and the Pekanbaru Death Railway
In 1942 my great-grandfather, Dirk Huisken was captured by the Japanese in Sumatra. As a prisoner of war he became part of what has come to be known as the Pekanbaru Death Railway – 220kms of rail through the most impossibly rugged and mountainous terrain.
Karen Pryor’s book, Don’t Shoot the Dog heralded the start of the clicker training revolution. Pryor started out as a trainer of dolphins and whales and her work really drew attention to the possibilities of positive reinforcement.
Who is Sustainable Equitation?
Sustainable Equitation is about small footprint horse training.
Sophie and Portland live and work together in the Swan Valley. They are both focused on implementing evidence-based training methods in order to improve the welfare of horses and the safety of riders. They are also passionate about education and run events such the "Super Clinic," putting Dr Andrew McLean in the arena with eventing legend Lucinda Green to share training strategies and workshop ideas. They run training workshops for physiotherapists and lecture demos for equestrian clubs as well as their popular boot camps.
Sophie and Portland train horses, coach, lecture, write and run a team of competition horses as well as managing a family of children, dogs and Dinkle, the rodent eradicating cat.
Dr Portland Jones
Dr Portland Jones is a horse trainer, coach and writer. She competed to advanced level in dressage on the stallion Jasper and has lectured extensively on equine behaviour at university level.
Portland has written widely for the equestrian press. She has worked with equine behaviourist Dr Andrew McLean for over 15 years and is passionate about promoting the welfare of the horse through the use of evidence-based training strategies. Her first novel, Seeing the Elephant, which was short-listed for the Hungerford Prize will be published by Margaret River Press in 2016. She is also on the board of the charity Human Elephant Learning Programs (HELP).
Sophie Warren is a professional event rider, horse trainer and coach. She has had many successes at the highest level in eventing and has been in the top ten placings at all of Australia's major competitions. She also represented Australia as a young rider, was Western Australian young rider of the year and her horse, Let's Impress was Western Australian horse of the year. Sophie has ridden at FEI level in dressage and two of her rides have won Western Australian dressage horse of the year. Sophie has ridden professionally and trained in Europe.