TM International School of Horsemanship


T.M. International School of Horsemanship
Established 1982
Sunrising Riding Centre

"This is a caring school, where pupils are well taught and looked after."
Inspector Jane Goldsmith, Fellow of the B.H.S.

Henwood, Near Liskeard
Cornwall. PL14 5BP.
Telephone: (01579) 362895
Fax: (01579) 363646

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CAPT. E.W.R. MOORE, PRINCIPAL International Instructor, Int Stable Mgr.(B.H.S. Regd.)  



Riding Lessons and Hacking out on the Moors For those on holiday in our area, or local residents interested in riding lessons or in riding out on Bodmin Moor, or activities for children.

Riding Holidays (including ENGLISH LANGUAGE LESSONS if required). For instructional residential riding holidays for adults, families and unaccompanied youngsters of 12 years and upwards.

Training for an Equestrian Career

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For Potential Working Pupils (students) who are U.K. citizens, citizens of other E.U. countries, or other parts of the world.

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It's not all Riding!


A Year at Sunrising

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FOR YOUNGSTERS STILL AT SCHOOL but living near enough to come to our Centre for Equestrian training on a day-release basis please telephone Captain Ted Moore.

After man, the most eminent creature is the horse
The best employment is that of rearing and training it
The most meritorious of domestic duties is that of feeding it
The most delightful posture is that of sitting on its back
And the most satisfying occupation is passing on one's
equestrian knowledge to others so that the future of
the horse and the art of riding are assured.

The T.M. International School of Horsemanship was founded in Norway in 1982 by former British Army Captain Ted Moore and his partner K.Mary Tyrrell, who, as well as being a riding instructor, is also a qualified Physical Education teacher which gives her an above average ability to identify a rider's physical problems and recommend effective solutions.

The school, known then as Vestby Ridesenter, was one of the first Norwegian Riding schools to be approved when the NRyF (Norwegian Riding Association) introduced their Approval Scheme.

The school then moved to England and was established in Cornwall in 1988 as the T. M. International School of Horsemanship. After building new stables, enlarging the sand school and making various other improvements, Working Pupils were accepted for training from 1990 onwards. The British Horse Society's approval of the school as a Training Centre up to International Instructor Level 1 (B.H.S.A.I.) means that the standard of teaching riding and jumping, the quality and content of the lectures, the range of equipment available and the ability of the horses are regularly inspected by a Fellow of the Society, so pupils enrolling can be assured that they will be properly taught. We are justifiably proud of their high examination pass rate. Last year, for example, students took a total of 24 exams without any of them failing!

Because of our small size, we can give our students individual attention and provide a family atmosphere in which to train which larger establishments and colleges cannot. We are a satellite training centre for the nearby Duchy College as they accept that some students progress faster in a small unit.

Set deep in the Cornish countryside, in an area officially designated as one of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the school provides an idyllic location for study and enjoying horse riding in beautiful surroundings. There are many places of interest in the area, e.g. the Eden Project, the remains of King Arthur's Castle etc. which students may visit in their free time.

Your stay in England can be an opportunity to explore this fascinating country and learn about it's history and culture. We can post you a colour brochure which, although intended for holiday guests rather than students, will nevertheless give you an impression of our school and an idea of life here as a student in this beautiful part of England which attracts over a million holidaymakers every year!

Here is a list of the subjects which you must study in order to obtain the International Instructor Level 1 (BHSAI) qualification, or B.H.S, Groom's Certificate. Passing the BHS exams is not easy and requires a lot of hard work and study, as well as being able to ride and jump well. However, BHS qualifications are respected internationally and will enable you to get a job working with horses virtually anywhere in the world. Former pupils of ours have worked in such places as Italy, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand and America.

Horse Psychology: Knowledge of the Horse's development, its natural life style, instincts, actions and reactions.

Horse Physiology: The names and location of the main bones of the skeletal structure, names and location of the parts of the digestive system, knowledge of the workings of the horse's main trunk muscles when moving his limbs and carrying his rider, together with a basic outline of the circulatory and respiratory systems and the ability to recognise good and bad conformation.

Horse's Health: Be able to take its temperature, pulse and respiration, recognise and treat minor injuries and ailments, give medicines, injections, apply poultices and bandages, learn about horse parasites and know how to treat them (e.g. worming) and what items the First Aid Kit should contain.

Management & General Handling: Knowledge of how to deal with youngsters, stallions, highly strung and problem horses. Backing and schooling on, and how to prepare horses for competition, showing and travelling. How to lunge effectively.

Feeding: Understand how to feed different kinds of horse and pony for various uses, the values of grass, concentrates and the significance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, oils, minerals, vitamins, trace elements, fibre and water in a horse's diet.

Saddlery: Learn the general principals of fitting tack, cleaning, maintaining and repairing it, together with a knowledge of different bits and nose bands and their uses.

Clothing: Learning about the various types of horse clothing available, when and why it is used, how to put it on and fit it to the horse.

Shoeing: How to remove a shoe in an emergency, what to look for in a newly shod foot and how to tell when a horse needs shoeing. Knowledge of the special shoes available for remedial shoeing and how to care, generally, for the horse's feet.

Stable Design & Stable Management: Know about the various types of stabling and bedding in general use, the significance of the pH value of the soil and the role lime, nitrogen, potash and phosphate play in fertilising the pasture,

Riding & Jumping: Being able to ride in the classical style, including various school movements and jump fences of 3 feet (approximately 95 cms.) in height, to ride without stirrups in walk, trot and canter with the reins in one or both hands, in a snaffle bridle, and to understand the purpose of the various school movements and the part they play in developing balance, suppleness and impulsion in the horse.

You will readily appreciate that when you have learned about these things and how to teach - not only riding technique but also how to pass on one's knowledge to others by lectures, you will be well able to ride and look after all types of horses.

If you feel we offer you what you are seeking then get in touch soon, or telephone. We are willing to answer any questions which you may have.


Colleges receive government funding based on pass rates. so they will only offer B.H.S. qualifications as a "bolt on extra". to such qualifications as the City & Guilds National Certificate in Horse Management which is much easier to achieve, but, alas, is not as highly respected or recognised abroad like the B.H.S. qualifications are. A recent survey carried out by a Government organisation called LANTRA which deals with land based industries, concluded that the majority of employers regarded the British Horse Society's qualifications as being at the forefront of equestrian qualifications. Michael Gove, the Education Minister, recently commissioned a survey, carried out by Professor Alison Wolf of King's College, London, whose report concluded that up to 400,000 students a year are studying for for worthless qualifications and recommended shifting money away from poor quality courses in favour of work based tuiton and training.
Only B.H.S. qualifications enjoy international recognition!


The daily routine of our school is usually as follows:

Up and on the stable yard for 07.00 hours to feed the horses and muck out their stables, put horses and ponies out into the paddocks, then back to the house for breakfast (usually somewhere between 08.00 & 08.30) the breakfast table having been laid by those on domestic duties.

Riding lessons usually begin at 10.00, or later, depending on the time of your lesson. By this time you are expecting to have your horse groomed and tacked up ready. As we may have as many as a four or six students here at any one time, preparing for their exams, students are divided into groups and taught at their respective levels.

During the morning you may escort clients out hacking on the Moor or carry out some of the daily tasks like picking up droppings from the paddocks, adding fresh bedding to the boxes or cleaning tack. There are also stable management "practicals" where students are taught and allowed to practice such skills as plaiting of manes, bandaging, preparing a horse for lunging or for travelling etc.

Lunch is between 13.00 and 14.00 Depending on which duties your group has that day, you may feed the horses or come up from the yard a little early to set the table ready for lunch and clear away afterwards, putting the dishes in the dishwasher, wiping table tops, vacuuming up crumbs etc.

After lunch there is usually a lecture for an hour on some aspect of horse care or stable management e.g., worming, colic, the digestive system and the rules of feeding, laminitis etc. The lecture may be followed by a lesson or practicing your lunging skills or teaching a client - it largely depends on what stage you have reached in your training.

Evening feeding and "setting fair" begins around 16.30 at which time the horses and ponies are brought in for the night (except in the summer when many stay out all night).

The evening meal is served around 18.00. Those on domestic duties set the table, bring in the food from the kitchen and clear away after the meal, as at lunch. All students are then free to study or relax by watching TV or, if 18 or older, slipping down to the pub for a beer and a game of pool - the choice is theirs.

Obviously, when students first arrive, they will mostly observe, as they must learn the horses' names, where their tack and equipment (e.g. rugs) are stored, how to make up feeds, and the BHS way of doing things. They will gradually take a more active role as they become familiar with our system.

Be aware that some students feel a bit lost at first, as they are in a totally new environment and feel a bit confused as there is so much to learn (and, if you are not English, many new words and terms!) while the others seem to know exactly what to do. DO not despair - you will soon become familiar with the routine, settle in and make new friends. later you will look back on your stay with us as a very enjoyable and memorable experience.

You will see in elsewhere on this site a picture of a section of the girls' dormitory, There are two sections with 3 beds and two 2 sections with 2 beds making a total of 10 beds altogether. The dormitory is fitted with smoke alarms and our premises comply with current Fire Safety Regulations. Fire extinguishers, alarms etc. are checked on a regular basis.

You may have obtained information about several schools and will be comparing what we offer with other schools. You may well find some which appear to be cheaper, but examine their offers carefully. e.g. does "food provided" mean that you come in, tired and hungry from a busy day and have to begin cooking the food yourself? Here you will come in to a tasty, nicely prepared, nourishing meal, where the happenings of the day are discussed and laughed about around the table. We all eat together - students, guests and the proprietors. Normally, the less you have to pay, the less instruction you get. Some places even offer a small wage while you train, but if you think about it, who is so desperate to teach that they will pay for the privilege - you will be there to work and will receive a lesson now and again, when time permits!

Here you will receive 15 hours per week of top quality instruction in all aspects of horsemanship, in beautiful natural surroundings,

We only wish to enrol serious students who are more interested in their studies than going out every night enjoying themselves. If you are considering coming just to get away from school and parents, we would rather you went somewhere else!

If you have not lived away from home before, remember that homesickness may be a problem. Will you find it interesting meeting new people, fun trying new kinds of food, a different life style, or will you feel lost and uncertain, yearning for familiar surroundings? Some do, but those who settle in happily grow to love it here, the horses, the people, the nature. They come back to visit us, again and again, from Germany, from Switzerland - even from far above the Arctic Circle.

CLOTHING: Pupils must be properly equipped with a riding helmet or jockey skull to any of the following 3 standards, BS.EN 1384, PAS015, ASTM F1163 or SNELL E2001. While jodhpur boots with half-chaps may be worn around our yard, riding breeches and riding boots must be worn for exams. Waterproof clothing and rubber boots are required for working around the yard. A white, collar-attached shirt with a plain dark neck-tie are required for exams. A plain "V" neck pullover will do for Stage 1 but for Stage 11 onwards a tweed hacking jacket or a black show jacket is required, and also a body protector as jumping is involved. All these items may be purchased locally and very likely more cheaply, as we have a special arrangement with a local tack shop.

TRAVEL: From London Heathrow Airport there is a National Express bus which goes direct to Plymouth and thereafter to Liskeard, where, by prior arrangement, you will be met at the bus stop. The Heathrow Bus Terminal is opposite Terminal 2. There are no direct services from London Gatwick to Liskeard but there are frequent shuttles between Gatwick & Heathrow, by both bus and rail. The journey between airports is about an hour and from Heathrow to Liskeard by bus takes about 4 1/2 hours. However, there is a toilet on board the bus! There are flights from Gatwick to Newquay Airport where you can be met. If you need advice on travel options, please do not hesitate to contact us.