Schools are held regularly using both local and visiting instructors and catering for all levels of riders.

You don't have to be competitive to enjoy the benefits of participating in a school. Many of our riders simply enjoy the learning, supportive environment offered by attending a school.

Clinic Policies and Dangerous Activity Acknowledgement form for riders participating at schools can be obtained by clicking on these links:

Clinic Policies

Dangerous Activity Acknowledgement Form

All payments to the Club may be made by direct deposit.

Details needed when using this method are:

Account Name: Southern Districts Dressage Club
BSB: 036 168 Account No. 158842
For schools/clinics, please include surname and instructor name, eg Jones BL, Harrison
For competitions, please include surname and competition, eg Jones BL, SS
For Membership, please include surname and “Mem” in the description.



Nadine Merewether Clinics for 2017:

September 28/29

November 18/19

If you would be interested in attending these or any future clinics, please email Kathy Hardy to indicate your interest.



Jon Pitts Clinic

If you would be interested in attending future Jon Pitts clinics, please email Amanda Pritchard to book your lessons.



Barrie Stratton Clinic

November 15/17

Please email Kate Clapin if you would be interested in attending future clinics.

Profile on Barrie Stratton

As a professional coach and trainer, Barrie has guided riders and horses to achieve Grand Prix level dressage.
Many have competed successfully at National Championships, CDI-N and CDI-W competitions.
Barrie’s approach to dressage :
• He quickly recognises and adapts to each horse’s individual needs, tailoring exercises and paces to enhance the horse’s athleticism.
• With practice, this leads to the fine tuning of a horse’s warm up period prior to a test or performance.
• Emphasis is placed on the development of a calm and confident horse and rider.
• Responsiveness and suppleness are treated as critical elements of the horse’s schooling.
• Horses are educated to engage well and produce fluid trot and canter paces which display elastic suspension.
• A relaxed well defined four beat walk is returned to from time to time during sessions, proving the horse has been working ‘over the back’ with the required quality of thoroughness.
• Horses soon display a good work ethic and willingness, which reduces and eventually eliminates the necessity of using a whip or spurs.
• The rider is specifically taught how to harmonise with their horse’s movement through their seat, pelvic and lower back regions. Correct placement of the rider’s shoulders and use of hands and legs is also explained.
• The end result is a happy equine athlete who performs to the best of their ability.

In summary, Barrie has a passion for his work and is the recent author of the ‘3Cs’ series of articles. They describe how Calm, Confident and Connected horses are the product of correct training methods.