About Felicity Mann

Felicity Mann, BHSI is unusual amongst riding instructors. She combines working as a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique with formal BHS qualifications. She incorporates her Alexander Technique expertise with teaching pupils on the horse simulator and can call upon a lifetime of equine experince enabling her to help riders of all abilities and aspirations.

Felicity Mann

Felicity Mann riding at Tidworth horse trials on homebred "Paqliachie"

Early Training

Felicity started eventing through the Pony Club, training under the inspirational tutelage of Elaine Straker, BHSI and Marinanne Watts, BHSI. Encouraged by these teachers, she embarked on a formal BHS education and was lucky to train under the guidance of the late Janet Sturrock, FBHS and the late Pat Smallwood, FBHS.

A Career in the Horse Industry

A BHSI qualification established her career. In 1981, Felicity opened her own yard and for 15 years trained students and competition riders. Felicity considers herself lucky to have trained with some outstanding trainers. Mike Hounsell, well known for producing top eventing stock with the 'Headley' prefix, helped Felicity take her home-bred horses up to Advanced level. She also owes much of her success to the influence and help given by Classical Teacher, Erik Herbermann, author of 'The Dressage Formula' and Paul Fielder, FBHS.

As part of her continuing professional development, Felicity tries to spend time with top trainers. She has taken short educational trips to ride with the late Egon Von Neindorf in Germany and this year, spent a week with Francisco Bess de Carvallo in Portugal.

Considering the Alexander Technique

Wanting to help her horses and students, Felicity became convinced of the benefits of the Alexander Technique and studied under Stephen Cooper for three years.

Felicity helps riders from all disciplines including eventing, dressage and endurance and has enjoyed being involved with para riders. Her gentle approach is beneficial to riders recovering from injury and those who may have lost their confidence.

Felicity works with Sue Nevill-Parker at the Arrow Equestrian Centre in Herefordshire. At the Centre the high standards of Classical Riding are promoted alongside a range of complementary techniques and therapies.

It is unusual to find a teacher who can teach you to ride, teach you the Alexander Technique and can bring both aspects of her teaching together on the Horse Simulator (or a real horse, if you prefer).

Felicity offers:-

  • Alexander Technique lessons followed by a session on the Simulator.
  • Alexander Technique lessons 'on the ground' to both riders and non-riders.
  • Individual or group lessons to riding clubs.
  • Simulator Training at Jerwoods Farm
  • Clinics in Alexander Technique and Simulator Sessions. Clinics can spread over one to two days, depending on clients' requirements.

Jerwoods Farm

Jerwoods Farm

Jerwoods Farm

The heart of Jerwoods Farm is a sensitivly renovated thatched Devon longhouse nestling at the foot of the Blackdown Hills (AONB) in Culmstock. The tiled purpose built stables are home to Felicity's riding horses and their Shetland playmate. There is a special, centrally heated stable for the Horse Simulator. The Alexander Studio overlooks a pretty garden.

Culmstock

Culmstock is an attractive Devon village (6 miles from Wellington and 8 miles from Cullompton and 10 minutes from J27 of the M5)

The Church is renowned for the tree that grows from the top of the Tower and the historical screen found within. It is here that R D Blackmore wrote Lorna Doone.

In equine terms, Culmstock is the 'Newmarket of the South West', where you find:-

  • Top Trainer, David Pipe
  • Western Counties Equine Clinic - a centre for excellence for equine veterinary care in the South West
  • Equine Dentist, Peter Nott
  • Lucinda McAlpine, Dressage Rider and leading authority of complementary therapies in horses
  • Clipper Sharp - nationally recognised suppliers of clipping and grooming products.

Culmstock has numerous 'Bed and Breakfasts'. The Culm Valley Inn serves good food, and a superb village shop sells local produce, serving excellent breakfasts, lunches and Devon Cream Teas.

Directions

From J27 of the M5 take the A38 to Wellington. After crossing the motorway take the Culmstock turning on the right hand side. Go through the village and after the War Memorial by the shop take the next left turning to Hemyock. Passing the church on your left, continue until you reach Fry's Farm (1/4 mile). Take the next turning on the right to Jerwoods Farm. It is the last house on the right. Please park in the stable yard.

Click HERE to take you to a map of the area.

Types of Sessions Available

  • First session on the Simulator cost £50, following sessions £45 (allow 1 hour for safety and fitting: 40 minutes instruction on the simulator).
  • First Alexander session £45, following sessions £38 (45 minutes)
  • Combination Alexander Sessions in the The Studio, followed by Simulator Sessions £95, first lesson or £87 for pupils who have worked with me before.
  • Pony Clubs and Riding Clubs often book group sessions. These are very popular as people learn from watching other receive instruction on the simulator. In groups of 4: Cost £35 per person for 25mins
  • Sharing lesson (2 people) 25 mins each. £35 each
  • One and two day clinics are available. Felicity works with Jenny Sampson, a fellow qualified Alexander Teacher and rider to provide a full day's instruction for up to 6 people. Enjoy an individual Alexander Lesson with the added attraction of watching and learning from each other's simulator sessions. Overnight accommodation in nearby B&B.

There is a 15 stone weight limit on the simulator and riders have to wear hats when riding it.

To make a booking please contact Felicity. If more than two hours are booked at one time then a non refundable deposit of £25 is required at time of booking.