WHO ARE WE ?
4 Strides Equestrian Uk is a independent company, that works in partnership with the United Kingdom Barrel Horse Association.
We pride ourselves on making barrel racing an accessible and affordable sport that is inclusive to all equestrians from all equestrian disciplines, regardless of prior experience, type of horse or riding style.
We work with a variety of associations/organisations, locally, nationally and Internationally to promote barrel racing and western riding.
We welcome collaboration and partnership working with any other organisation or association who share the same vision and values.
We encourage the development of aspirations and support people’s dreams.
WHAT IS BARREL RACING ?
Barrel racing is an event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels placed in a triangle in the centre of an arena, in the fastest time.
It combines the horse's athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely and successfully manoeuvre a horse around the pattern.
It is believed that competitive barrel racing was first held in Texas. The Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) was developed in 1948 by a group of women from Texas who were looking to make a name for themselves in the sport of rodeo.
See the Barrel Racing Pattern
The fastest recorded time, according to the National Finals Rodeo, is said to be 13.46 seconds ridden by Carlee Pierce riding Dillon in 2011.
WHAT DO WE DO ?
4 Strides Equestrian UK LTD is a freelance company that holds events at our home in Lincolnshire and travels around the UK to provide:
instruction training clinics, private individual or group lessons and training camps for all levels and abilities, from newcomers to advanced racers.
training for horses.
opportunities for all to access local, regional, national and international competitions.
demonstrations and taster sessions (typically pony club type settings)
To make barrel racing a well respected sport in the UK, with a respectable number of followers.
To grow/develop barrel racing in the UK, by working in partnership with barrel racing associations around the world.
To promote sensible education based skilled training which prioritises horse welfare: putting the safety and welfare of horses and riders at the heart of what we do.
To provide excellent foundation training in the techniques of the sport
To utilise personal experiences and skills to facilitate others to develop confidence and aspirations, raise self-esteem, inspire hope and ignite aspirations.
To support people to be the best that they possibly can be at this sport.
To promote an all inclusive community: barrel racing is a sport that all abilities of riders from any origin, can participate in. We welcome riders from all communities and backgrounds regardless of age, race and gender into the barrel racing community
To promote the competitive side of the sport and provide opportunities for everyone to participate.
Treat all people as we wish to be treated.
Be driven by the people who use our services.
Support the aspirations of our clients.
Enjoy striving to be the best for customers.
Deliver excellent quality at the lowest cost.
Make health and safety a priority in everything we do.
Build, train and retrain a great team of people.
Always keep things simple and operate with pace.
Understand, respect and preserve our environment.
Embrace all initiatives that help to ensure the legality, safety and quality of our services.
Our attitudes are based on the Natural Horsemanship philosophy: we work with horses based on the horse's natural instincts and methods of communication, with the understanding that horses do not learn through fear or pain. We value strong foundations in good horsemanship principals.