Although Fran has loved and ridden horses for as long as she can remember, for many years horses were just a hobby for her. It wasn’t until early this century that she started working with horses professionally. Initially she ran a riding holidays company with her husband before going to the States in 2005 to study Natural Horsemanship.
Her journey continued with her studying various different horsemanship methods until qualifying as a Rider Biomechanics coach in 2013. Since then Fran has continued to study the work of masters such as Podhajsky, Kottas-Heldenberg, Oliviero, Thomas Ritter, Bent Branderup, Sally Swift and Manolo Mandez, as well as avidly reading all the old classicists including Gustav Steinbrecht, Baucher and François Robichon de la Guérinière.
The Rider Exercise and Swiss Ball classes came about quite by accident due to demand. Although off horse exercises were part of her Biomechanics training with the ISRB, it was only the need to have a class where the correct alignment of the human was scrutinised, that the classes came into being. Since those early days Fran has been greatly influenced by the works of Linda Benedik, Veronica Wirth, Janice Dulak, Lindsay Wilcox-Reid, Lucy Knight and Tom Nagal – to name but a few.
Pengraig is situated in the village of Nebo, two miles inland from the Ceredigion coastline and just six miles from the pretty harbour town of Aberaeron.
Facilities at Pengraig include DIY stabling, a 20m x 40m Charles Britten ménage, a round corral, a lecture barn and PI! If you are travelling someway to attend a clinic, why not extend your stay for a couple of days and explore the surrounding quiet country lanes on horseback.
There are numerous camp sites, caravan sites, B&Bs and hotels nearby.