FREE video - Introduction

Heather Moffett introduces the Online Classical Riding Academy

Welcome to our newly revamped and renamed website, the 'Online Classical Riding Academy', www.onlineclassicalridingacademy.com and OCRA for short. We decided to rename 'The Online Riding School' as too many people assumed it was for beginners and novice riders. In fact, the website is building into a video library covering first, all the chapters of my book 'Enlightened Equitation ', plus the education of our project PRE gelding Altivo, the before and after filming of my current volunteer working student and other 'guinea pig' horse and rider combinations. I will also cover in hand work in future months and we will start to explain and demonstrate the French Classical Equitation methods we use especially for Iberian and Baroque breeds, and which also suits the more average horse as well as native breeds and crosses, as well as cobs and many TBs and Arabs. It is a great shame that true French Classical Equitation is being eclipsed even in France and Iberia, the latter always a bastion of French Classical ideals but which is being lost even in those countries. We hope that we can show a return to the lightness that French Classical Equitation promotes, for the sake of Art, and for the horse.

As I have also studied the German Classical school, we will cover elements if this when suited to a particular horse. We also hope that members will give us feedback and suggestions for subjects! Do take advantage of the free 14 day trial and I hope it will inspire you sufficiently to join!

The Online Classical Riding Academy

Do you feel that your riding never progresses? That instructors make everything too complicated? Do you have questions that never seem to be answered? If so, you need to join the Online Classical Riding Academy!

International riding trainer, Heather Moffett, shares 46 years of knowledge, teaching riders from beginners to advanced levels. Demystifying and clarifying topics with simple, logical explanation and clear demonstration.

The Online Classical Riding Academy is a growing library of videos to teach riding and horsemanship, from complete beginners to advanced riders needing help with riding problems and provide the clear, simple, effective teaching methods of Enlightened Equitation. 

Videos will build month by month into a library covering all topics of riding and training.

Heather Moffett

Heather Moffett began riding as a young child in the UK, but by her early teens, was questioning the methods being used to teach. By the age of sixteen, she had developed a different method of teaching riding, especially how to synchronise exactly with the movement of the horse. This enabled her to teach beginners with extraordinary speed, and also, to rectify long established faults in experienced riders. More than 20 years ago, she pioneered the teaching of riding with the Equisimulators, machines which simulate the movement of the horse, enabling very precise, hands on teaching, in total safety, successfully teaching hundreds of riders, all over the world.

Heather has trained for many years with classical teachers, including Belgian Capt Desi Lorent, a student of Portuguese Maestro, Nuno Oliveira, but specialising in the teaching of the Classical Seat, and refined aids. Heather then went on to train with Dr Margaret Cox, who grew up in Germany, training in German classical methods, and latterly, with Mestre Luis Valenca Rodrigues, in Portugal. Chiefly following the French school of classical equitation, which focuses on dressage as an art form, rather than as a competition sport, Heather is however best known as a remedial teacher of riding and an authority on the Classical Seat.

Heather has been an invited guest lecturer at the Equitana, Kentucky, USA, Your Horse Live! BETA Trade fair, and regional events in the UK, The Horse Event in Holland 2006, and a two day seminar at Sydney Olympic Equestrian Centre, Australia, in March 2006, and the only British trainer to be invited to demonstrate, at the Equitana 2007, Essen, Germany. She has been the guest lecture/demonstrator at the UK Annual Conference of Mounted Police Instructors and has also lectured at the Veterinary School at Cambridge University. Heather has written series for most of the UK national equestrian journals, in the UK, and has featured in a number of articles in the Dutch magazines 'Bit', and Amazone, and the German Cavallo magazine, and also in Australian journals.

Her book "Enlightened Equitation" is an international bestseller, and has been fully revised and updated in 2013 including almost 500 new pictures and over 100 new pages, plus a book for beginners, 'Horse Riding RIGHT From the Start' to be published later this year, but currently available as an ebook download. Heather has also launched on October 2016 The Online Riding School, now known as the Online Classical Riding Academy, a growing library of videos to teach riding and horsemanship, from complete beginners to advanced riders needing help with riding problems and provide the clear, simple, effective teaching methods of Enlightened Equitation.

Heather rides and trains Iberian horses, for her own pleasure, but also believes that correct classical training can transform almost any horse, from an ugly duckling into a swan, and relishes the challenge of training any type of horse! She utilises clicker training extensively, believing in the humane training and treatment of the horse, through positive reinforcement.

She is also well known as a designer of saddles and accessories which improve the comfort of horse and rider, having an exclusive range under her trademark 'HM Saddles'.