19th April 2017

Teaching & Training


Ruxton Bridet Jones bred by Ruxton Horses and produced by Melanie Phillips. Photo by Sally Newcomb

Ruxton Bridet Jones competing at Hartpury premiere league 2017. Photo by Sally Newcomb

Ruxton Showgirl at the 2018 National Championships









Melanie Phillips is an experienced instructor, rider and competitor who is successful at regional and National level. Melanie enjoys teaching all ages and abilities. Her approach is thoughtful and positive, looking for solutions to training issues that help both rider and horse to be happy athletes!

Specialising in dressage Melanie competes from novice to Intermediate II. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having trained in Portugal, Germany and America after gaining her BHSII from Talland school of Equitation at the age of 18.

Please call if you have any questions, or to arrange a lesson on 07968 696723. You can also email melanie@ruxtonhorses.com

Individual lessons are £40 per lesson (approx. 45 mins ) plus travel.


Great to say I m now available for teaching one to one again.

Clinics at Court Farm Stud, How Caple, Hereford.

Monthly clinics on the first Sunday of each month

Next dates are Sunday 6th September, 4th October

These clinics are for individual hour (£45) or half hour sessions (£30) / a shared hour for 2 (£30 each). Prices include arena hire.


I am now running a test riding clinic every other Sunday at Court Farm Stud. The aim is to work on your test riding skills i.e. presentation and the horse’s way of going, showing the judge what they need to see to give you the higher marks.

We can work to improve tests you know, to learn a new test or even go up a level. Tests can be in either a 20 x 40 m or 20 x 60 m arena. Eventing or British Dressage.

Also happy to help with freestyle to music tests.

Why not use the opportunity to video for an online competition? I can help you warm up and work on the test before you video your entry.

Next dates  are 16th August, 2oth September

Each session is approximately an hour long and is available for individuals £45 or shared £60  prices include arena hire




Franklin Ball sessions

I am available for lessons that aim specifically to improve horse and rider by improving the riders posture and alignment in the saddle. I am employing the use of these amazing balls to help!


Most of us feel that we are not effective as we would like to be or we feel we are restricting the horse and criticise our own positional issues –   beating ourselves up for using too much hand and not enough leg for example !!

Often we are told that we are doing something we are not even aware of, or find we are unable to change something even if we are told a million times…

It can be so frustrating! Its so difficult to know how to correct these issues – even when we know they are there.

This is where the Franklin method can really help. Not only do these balls help to identify issues… they help you to correct them!  They allow you to change your proprioception and allow you to feel when its wrong …. and when you have got it right!

The sessions are one to one and last for approx 45 mins to an hour. We discuss the issues that you are having with training or performance. Then we use the different balls to help you find solutions.

The results are almost instant and are maintained even without the balls – but you will need to practise!

They are a really positive and practical approach to improving riders position and also your understanding of the dynamics of effective communication between horse and rider..

These lessons are for individual hour (£45)  Prices include arena hire.



the arena has excellent an surface and mirrors



Ruxton Dimitri competing at the 2008 Nationals. He is now known as Goodmans SuperNova II