Vanessa Bee is the founder of the International Horse Agility Club (thehorseagilityclub.com). With a training facility in England and her own method known as Positive Horsemanship, she specialises in building relationships between the horse and the handler from the ground up. Vanessa has been around horses most of her life, working in racing stables, then driving competitively in her early twenties when she was given an “unrideable” racehorse as a wedding present. She soon discovered that there are many ways of teaching horsemanship. Vanessa developed a series of courses that teach people of all abilities to achieve a positive relationship with their horse. By creating the ‘Club’, she provided a social and competitive outlet for those relationships to grow. Her previous titles include 3-Minute Horsemanship (JA Allen).
Will Garfit was born in 1944 in Cambridgeshire where he still lives. He developed an award winning (Laurent Perrier, 1988 – now the Purdey Award) site of old gravel workings for wildlife and game which became the subject of a book Will’s Shoot in 1993, later as Will’s Shoot Revisited in 2005. He is well known to readers of the Shooting Gazette for whom he has written a monthly column on pigeon shooting since 1994. As a sporting artist he has been an exhibitor at the Tryon Gallery since 1981 and an illustrator of over thirty shooting and country sports books. He has appeared in the Top Ten Shots in various magazines and has sat on the Countryside Alliance Conservation and BASC Game Shooting committees.
Visconte Simon Cocozza was born in Italy and educated in England. The family passion for horses inspired him to study for the BHSAI, followed by the Instructor training of the Advanced National Certificate in Equine Business Management at Warwickshire College of Equine Studies. This led to many years as a professional trainer contracted to some of England’s large equestrian centres. After returning to mainland Europe, Simon studied with some wonderful mentors and became driven to overcome the limits set by the horse industry on horses, and to discover the unifying principles behind Greek, Roman, and the Renaissance school of equestrian art to find ways of helping each and every horse be as healthy, happy and useful as can be. From his stable in Normandy, France, Simon became the first non-French national to obtain the Brevet Professionnel and become a trainer and examiner for the La Fédération Française d’Equitation (FFE). He now coaches biomechanically sound training techniques internationally.
Stuart Wheeler was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford and completed National Service in the Welsh Guards. After practising for three years as a barrister, he spent ten years in merchant banking before founding the spread-betting company IG Index in 1974. A tireless campaigner against torture, he is a supporter of, amongst others, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty and Reprieve. In 2001, Stuart gave £5 million to the Conservative party, the largest donation in British political history. He was subsequently UKIP’s treasurer, and was also on the board of Vote Leave. He has three daughters, and divides his time between London and Chilham, Kent.
Simon Gawesworth has fished in world championships and has taught spey casting throughout the world. He writes for several fly-fishing magazines and produced the video International Spey Casting. He lives in Ammon, Idaho.
Sean Frain has published over twenty books and writes regularly for The Countryman’s Weekly. He has written books for a number of different publishers, including The History Press, and also written true crime books.
He lives near the Lake District with his wife and dogs.
Steven Gangloff, MD, received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, and has research experience in genetics, molecular cell biology, and vascular disease from SUNY Fredonia, Harvard Medical School, and University of Pittsburgh. Steven is the Founder/CEO of Dehydrate2Store, served as the expert technical editor of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Dehydrating Foods, and does research and development for Dehydrate2Store.
Sigrid Schöpe has been riding for over 40 years, focusing intensely on natural horsemanship, groundwork, and trick training. She has a background in both classical dressage and Western riding, but enjoys work on the ground and at liberty the most. She is based in Germany and teaches clinics internationally. Schöpe is the author of ‘Training and Riding with Cones and Poles’.
Susan E. Conley has a Master of Philosophy in Irish Theatre Studies from the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, an Honours Degree in Psychology, and a diploma in Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning. Conley is the author of three books Drama Queen, The Fidelity Project, and That Magic Mischief.
Sandra Beaulieu is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, a USDF ‘L’ Graduate with Distinction, and an award-winning musical freestyle designer. Beaulieu has entertained with live performances of her popular musical freestyles, as well as her Art on Horseback painting process. She has appeared in print and television advertisements, and served as a rider and head equine trainer for multiple films. Beaulieu offers dressage, liberty, and trick training clinics, provides freestyle design services for riders of all levels, and enjoys sharing the unique talents of her beloved horses Douwe and Rovandio in exhibitions.
Steve Thompson passion for horses began before polo, in the eventing world and many of his teaching theories stem from that. Horses and polo are his vocation and his career began training polo ponies. The author is now a veteran polo instructor and professional player with over twenty years of teaching experience worldwide.
Simon Baynes grew up in Montgomeryshire where his father ran Lake Vyrnwy Hotel. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and read history at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he won the Dunster History Essay Prize. After a career at stockbrokers Cazenove & Co. and as Managing Director of the merged JP Morgan Cazenove investment bank, Simon moved back to Wales where he now focuses on writing and the local community.
He ran a second-hand bookshop for five years, is founder of the Montgomeryshire Literary Festival and co-author of Lake Vyrnwy: The Story of a Sporting Hotel. Simon has stood for parliament and been Mayor of his local town. His wife, Maggie, is an architect and he is Chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, and together they share a strong interest in heritage and old buildings.