Iris Ferré is a British Horse Society trained Equestrian Coach (BHSIV), Equine Sports Therapist and behaviourist.
Iris has dedicated her life to learning about and educating others about these fascinating animals.
Iris spent 10 of her formative years working within the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment where her skills were used to retrain horses with behavioural problems and rehabilitating horses which had been resting due to injury.
Her tireless passion and love for horses have taken Iris around the world. Iris has worked with many horses in varying disciplines in remote places like Sudan or Dubai, and closer to home, Germany, England and the Netherlands.
Iris’s qualities of adaptability, self-criticism and determination have culminated in her developing a depth of knowledge and understanding of the horse species which is difficult to rival.
Iris loves sharing her knowledge with everybody who is willing to learn as she strongly believes that most of the people’s problems with their horses are because of the diluted or lack of information and rushed lives our society is based upon nowadays.
Iris feels that many of the challenges our horses face stem from our fast paced, ‘modern’ lives taking away the foundations of riding and horsemanship. Iris’s methods take the relationship between horse and rider back to basics; taking the time to educate and develop a respectful and harmonious partnership. Relationships like these have no time constraints once established;
Iris hopes her training methods and ethos will reach a wider audience.
Iris has admired many equestrians throughout her childhood and adult life. Riding Instructor and author, Molly Sivewright, British Eventers Mary King and William Fox-Pitt and New Zealander, Mark Todd are just a few of the people she feels have influenced her in her career goals and working practice.
In recent years, Iris has been studying and practising the theories and principles of Danish equestrian Klaus Ferdinand Hemphling, The Academic Art of Riding with Bent Banderup, Marjike de Jong and her Straightness Training, and the teaching of The Nevzorov Haute Ecole.
Warwick Shiller and Anna Blake´s teachings on horsemanship and vital writings have influenced her on her training and coaching through the years.
Iris has also observed the work of Nuno Oliviera; Nuno was a Portuguese equestrian, horse trainer and dressage instructor whose methods have inspired thousands to adopt the ‘classical’ style of riding the fundamentals of which, Iris uses in her teaching today. She has also studied the works of renaissance riders Pluvinel, Baucher, le Cadre Noir which most of them used humane, logical and systematic training methods in the foundation of their equestrian practice.General Decarpentry or Etienne Beudant have also fascinated her and influenced, especially when working on horses no body gave their time of the day.
Iris uses all these influences knowledge and many years of experience when teaching her clients to ensure the best possible learning experience and outcome.