Horsehero's founder, Fiona Price tries different disciplines

Be entertained by Horse Hero founder, Fiona Price! Fiona has had a go at most of the equestrian sports she has fimed for Horse Hero, including vaulting, polo, endurance and mounted games. She has also filmed some jumping and her dressage lessons on the Olympian Active Walero. Fiona is amusing, insightful (and probably nuts) but we guarantee you will enjoy watching her videos. She also filmed a 'horse shopping' diary which concluded in her purchasing a gorgeous three year old from Lynne Crowden's Woodlander Stud!

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Fiona Price's horse shopping video diary: Part 4 Fiona Price's horse shopping video diary: Part 4
It's decision time! Fiona returns to the Woodlander Stud to see two of the horses from the original 'beauty parade' of five, from her first visit (the subject of Parts 1-3) and make her choice. Having done this, she takes a closer look at the conformation and feet of her new mount, sees him trot up on the hard and watches him strut his stuff on the lunge. Thankful that he's let off steam before she gets on, Fiona puts him through his paces and is pleased with how he goes. Money changes hands and the deed is done. Naturally, the dogs get the last word!

Fiona Price's horse shopping video diary: Part 3 Fiona Price's horse shopping video diary: Part 3
Fiona rides the last two horses on her shortlist, two gorgeous 5 year olds Daddy Cool and Dayglow. First though, Woodlander Stud's berieter Carston Sandrock shows them to her, starting with Daddy Cool who shows his spirit but manages to keep his cool for Fiona. However, she's not sure she entirely trusts him! Though explosive in the trot up, Dayglow is polite for Fiona under saddle but a little tricky in the contact. Breeder Lynne Crowden explains he likes to test his rider out! Then Fiona and Carsten (aided by Lynne's ever present terrier Elton) discuss all four horses and conclude that two are most suitable. Fiona now has some serious thinking to do!

Fiona Price's horse shopping video diary: Part 2 Fiona Price's horse shopping video diary: Part 2
Horse Hero's Fiona Price rides two of the four Woodlander horses short-listed from the trot up; Buddy Holly - a cute 3 year old only recently backed and the 7 year old Cuba Libra who is working at medium level. Buddy has been ridden around a dozen times and having never sat on such a green horse before, Fiona is shocked at how little he knows! For his part, Buddy, who has only been ridden by the super tall Carsten, is shocked at how short Fiona's legs are! They snake around the arena and Fiona just can't get that corner right! But he is gorgeous and it's all there for the future. By contrast, Cuba is a dream and Fiona has fun testing his gears!

Fiona Price's horse shopping video diary: Part 1 Fiona Price's horse shopping video diary: Part 1

Horse Hero's Fiona Price, an amateur eventer, began her quest to ride at FEI level dressage on the ex-Olympian Active Walero. However, the ride fell through and, unable to find a suitable replacement, Fiona changed her strategy and began a search for a quality youngster to train herself, and film the journey for Horse Hero! Having recently made some fabulous breeding videos with Lynne Crowden, Fiona returns to the Woodlander Stud and is treated to a 'beauty parade' of five well bred youngsters, who amply display their spirit and athleticism in the trot up! In Part 2 Fiona finds the courage to put her shortlist through their paces!


Nicola McGivern helps Fiona sit Walero's huge trot! Nicola McGivern helps Fiona sit Walero's huge trot!

Having established the correct walk (in a previous video), Fiona progresses to trot and canter. Nicola explains how to ride the transition to trot and then helps Fiona sit with loose legs to Walero's enormous trot. Fiona quickly discovers the meaning of the word relaxation! Moving into canter, the main challenge is riding a good corner. Using mantras such as "ride your seat into your hands" and "inside bottom to outside bottom" Nicola gets animated to put her message across! Fiona learns to "stand behind Walero" to achieve real collection and the ultimate accolade is when Nicola tells Fiona she is starting to look like a dressage rider!


Fiona Price learns how to ride the walk on Active Walero Fiona Price learns how to ride the walk on Active Walero

Horse Hero's Fiona Price (an amateur eventer) takes up the challenge of riding and competing the dressage Olympian, Active Walero. Nicola McGivern starts Fiona on the walk, which is not to be underestimated. Packed with information, Nicola gives Fiona mantras to help her understand Walero, such as "Contact to go, give to slow" and "I take, you give, I give". Nicola explains how to stop Walero looking like a 'nodding chicken' and without mincing her words, tells Fiona to forget her legs, do something completely wrong, stop looking like she's about to do a maths test and start whooping! Who said riding a finished Grand Prix horse was easy?


Fiona Price does an endurance ride at Barbury Castle Fiona Price does an endurance ride at Barbury Castle

Horse Hero's Fiona Price is game for most things and a lesson on a Grade A show jumping horse was definitely on her list! However, Lulu proved a bit more of a challenge than she expected! With the help of show jumper, Shane Breen, the first aim was to overcome Lulu's spooky nature. Then, using canter poles, Shane works with Fiona to shorten and lengthen the stride. A clever grid succeeds in getting Lulu's exuberance under control and allowing Fiona to do some jumping! "A tight turn into a line of fences stops horses from racing and chasing", says Shane, who insists Fiona gets control the landing stride to make the distance.


Fiona Price's Golden Horseshoe challenge: Part 2 Fiona Price's Golden Horseshoe challenge: Part 2
At the half way point in the 40 km media ride at the Golden Horseshoe '10 on Exmoor, Fiona Price and elite squad member Annie Joppe are unsure whether they will achieve the 'gold award' time due to making several detours! Pushing on, they meet their crew at intervals for watering and sluicing the horses. The ride has an exciting climax but it's not over until they have got through the final vetting with fit, sound horses. Getting the horses' heart rates down is a tense affair. Will they do it? Fiona is uncomfortable after the ride but has another 45 minutes to hack back to the stables. Later on, she shares her private thoughts with everyone at prize-giving!

Fiona Price's Golden Horseshoe challenge: Part 1 Fiona Price's Golden Horseshoe challenge: Part 1
Fiona Price takes up the challenge of the 40 km media invitation ride at the Golden Horseshoe on Exmoor '10, the toughest endurance terrain in the UK. She meets Princess Sahhara (an advanced arab mare) with owner Angela and her chaperon, elite squad member Annie Joppe who tells Fiona what to expect. The next day, Fiona and Annie hack to the start to prepare for the vetting. Their aim is to achieve the elusive 'gold award' requiring a minimum speed of 12 km an hour, and completing with a sound, fit horse. The talented arab proves a challenging ride and at half way, Fiona and Annie have got lost leaving the outcome uncertain.

Fiona Price has a jumping lesson with Shane Breen Fiona Price has a jumping lesson with Shane Breen
Horse Hero's Fiona Price is game for most things and a lesson on a Grade A show jumping horse was definitely on her list! However, Lulu proved a bit more of a challenge than she expected! With the help of show jumper, Shane Breen, the first aim was to overcome Lulu's spooky nature. Then, using canter poles, Shane works with Fiona to shorten and lengthen the stride. A clever grid succeeds in getting Lulu's exuberance under control and allowing Fiona to do some jumping! "A tight turn into a line of fences stops horses from racing and chasing", says Shane, who insists Fiona gets control the landing stride to make the distance.

A beginner's guide to reining A beginner's guide to reining
Horse Hero's Fiona Price tries reining with the help of British team member Francesca Sternberg. Her mount, Fury, belongs to Francesca's daughter Tabitha who shows Fiona how it's done. It turns out Fury is a famous TV personality! Francesca explains that reining is 'centred riding', the aids are mere suggestions and courage is needed to let go of the contact. She talks Fiona through the 'controls' and explains the origins of the the jog and the lope. She says "think of the reining horse as a form of conveyance, when you put him in gear you just let him carry you". Fiona gets over the odd feeling and even manages a few tricks!

Fiona Price takes a mounted games masterclass! Fiona Price takes a mounted games masterclass!
What a great time Horse Hero’s Fiona Price had trying her hand at Mounted Games. As she discovered, it's every bit as much as sport for grown-ups as it is for kids! Under the expert instruction of British World Champs’ team member Alex Franklin, and pitted against the experienced 8 year old Ben on his one-eyed Shetland pony, Fiona was put to the test through a number of games, some trickier than others and found wanting! Alex shows Fiona how it’s done at race pace rather than ‘snail pace’ and even lets her have a go on her pocket rocket, Blue who Fiona compares to riding a 1000 cc motorbike. Adrenaline or what? Put your feet up and enjoy!

Fiona Price has a go at polo! Fiona Price has a go at polo!
Horse Hero's Fiona Price is game for most things, and polo is no exception! After a spot of bother with the knitting (should she opt for the English or Argentine method) and instruction from polo superstar Mark Tomlinson, Fiona and Reddy take to the pitch. Mark teaches Fiona how to do 'handbrake turns' and 'slide stops' and Fiona is surprised at how difficult it is to co-ordinate the right sequence of movements. In the end, the best analogy she can come up with is that after the half halt she 'skies' around the corner. The aids seem unconventional but Fiona throws caution to the wind and improves through the session. She is even persuaded to hit a ball!

Fiona Price tries endurance! Fiona Price tries endurance!
Fiona Price was taken with endurance after filming at the Golden Horseshoe Ride. So she borrowed GB team pony Tacq to have a go for herself in her debut event at Cirencester Park '09. In her previous video diary, she visited squad rider Chris Yeoman to meet Tacq and get the low-down on the sport. Fiona, an 'endurance virgin', has a ball at Cirencester and films her experience from an outsider's perspective. She learns a few shocking truths and marvels at what it takes to succeed in this gruelling sport. Now her interest is aroused, she's promised a sequel and a serious go at the sport once she's finished eventing!

Fiona Price goes carriage driving in Badminton Fiona Price goes carriage driving in Badminton
We don't normally publish video diaries on the Home Page as they are a little rough round the edges and quite different in style. However, Horse Hero's Fiona Price has been trying her hand at some filming recently. Though the camerawork needs a little polishing and Fiona isn't quite sure which way to zoom, she surprised herself and came up with this charming piece. Having interviewed leading competitors in the drivers' Grand Prix at Windsor Horse Show, Fiona was keen to find out more. Driving oracle Julian (and the handsome Olaf) duly obliged and took her for a spin round Badminton on a fabulous summer afternoon!

Horse Hero's Fiona Price tries vaulting! Horse Hero's Fiona Price tries vaulting!
With some trepidation after filming the fabulous Eccles sisters at the European Championships selection trials, Horse Hero's Fiona Price donned a track suit and borrowed Jo's magic white shoes to have a go herself! Her first reaction when she returned to earth was "this is not a sport for babies, it's a grown-up sport". Trembling like a leaf, Fiona found the experience totally exhilarating and utterly different to anything she had done before. In a moment of madness, she also wondered if there were any clubs for veterans!

Fiona Price has a dressage lesson with Hannah Biggs on Beans Fiona Price has a dressage lesson with Hannah Biggs on Beans
Amateur event rider and Horse Hero Managing Director, Fiona Price, has a dressage lesson on Hannah Biggs' Prix St Georges horse, Demaskus (Beans) in '08. Fiona says, "My eventer is a thoroughbred who is progressing in his lateral work but we are learning together. I wanted to feel what half-pass was like on an established, uphill dressage horse, as well as changes!" There's lots in this video which will be of interest to riders who are working up to medium level with some real insights from Hannah and a few 'light-bulb' moments from Fiona!

Fiona Price tries her hand at Polocrosse
Fiona is game for most things and polocrosse is no exception. Jason Webb, natural horsemanship trainer and Australian national team player shows Fiona the ropes. Riding Jason's 'old Doc', Fiona learns that dressage is part of Polocrosse which uses lateral work and pirouettes to 'mark up' the opponent. Jason shows Fiona how to hold a racket and steer, then instructs her to play a game of 'tag'. Fiona first has to get away from Jason, then mark him. Jason is forced to admit that he has no chance! Finally, he challenges Fiona to pick up a ball in canter within five minutes. Can she rise to the occasion and has she missed her real calling?

Fiona Price goes hunt-training with the Cottesmore Fiona Price goes hunt-training with the Cottesmore
Horse Hero's Fiona Price visits the Cottesmore Hunt to take part in a pre-season training day. Trainer Richard Walker explains how to jump safely in a group and demonstrates the correct jumping position. The group get their 'eye in' over a variety of simulated hunting fences in the school and Fiona gets to know Chewy! Members of the group talk about the thrills of hunting and the variety of horses. Huntsman and master Andrew Osborne explains the characteristics of bitches and dogs and how he chooses the pack for a meet. Despite rain, the group set off across country and Fiona has a ball! She returns to film a real hunting day shortly.

Fiona Price enjoys the thrills and spills of hunting with the Cottesmore Fiona Price enjoys the thrills and spills of hunting with the Cottesmore
After doing a training day with the Cottesmore Hunt, Horse Hero founder Fiona Price takes another trip to Leicestershire to try 'the real thing'. With sub-zero temperatures and freezing fog, conditions are not ideal but this doesn't dampen the enthusiasm of the large field. At the meet, Fiona talks to field master Nick Leeming about the job of a master. Huntsman Andrew Osborne tells her it's a bitches' day, and describes the type of horse that jumps up-front with the hounds. She meets her mount Billy and the hunt disappears into the fog. Hedges, rails and mud characterise the day and Fiona is reminded of the thrills and spills of hunting!

Fiona Price takes up the scurry driving challenge with Karen Morris Fiona Price takes up the scurry driving challenge with Karen Morris
Karen Morris gives Horse Hero founder Fiona Price a taste of scurry driving. "It's thrilling" she says "because either you win or lose!" Karen explains how the ponies are harnessed to each other and the carriage, and walks the course with Fiona to show her the lines through the slalom, box and elbow. Fiona climbs up and Karen gives her instructions on how to hold the reins, steer and stop. "You balance round the turns with the outside rein, much like keeping the shoulder up under saddle", she says. Fiona sets off slowly but works up speed, which is scary as the ponies collide and cones go down! Karen shows her how it's done!

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