CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Please note that all events held at Seven Keys are limited to 6 participants with their one horse. Spectators welcome.
Fiona is also available for bookings not listed in the calendar of events both at Seven Keys and alternate venues.
Remote learning options including Video Coaching, Live Virtual lessons, Seven Keys Group Home Study Experiences and VIP Virtual Internships are available for booking throughout the year.
For all listed events please scroll down to view.
For more information on each style of event plus pricing please go to the relevant page listed under Coaching. 
To make a booking click on contact listed under More or Get In Touch
Alternatively contact Fiona via her email sevenkeys@bigpond.com or 0429031395

*REGULAR WEDNESDAY LESSON DAYS

Starting up again Wed 29th July 2021.

Each Wednesday for 3 hours ground skills flows on to a riding session. Each lesson day focuses on a particular skill, technique, theme or strategy with a challenge or challenges to develop, test and strengthen the lesson focus. Bookings available for the ground skills or both the ground skills and riding sessions of the lesson.


Limited places - Bookings essential                                                                                                                                                              

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*REGULAR THURSDAY "TWILIGHT GATHERINGS"

During Daylight Saving Starting up again Thursday 7th October 2021

Each Thursday during daylight savings a “twilight” gathering from 5 to 6 pm. Join Fiona either with your own horse or as an observer of a training session including Fiona and one of her horses.

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* ANNUAL OPEN-DOOR DAY

To Be Announced

In a variety of demos Fiona will showcase the partnerships she is developing with her horses and her purpose built property.

Program available when  date announced

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*VIP VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP

A 12 month commitment to study with Fiona

An introductory offer when starting up over August and September 2021

Discounts on live events attended with Fiona over the 12 months of study.

A fantastic opportunity to have regular, ongoing access to Fiona with her experience and expertise offering guidance, motivation and inspiration in a training program customised for you and your horse. Think of the VIP Virtual Internship as a service rather than a course. With this format participants will have access to a weekly zoom gathering with horsemanship themes perspectives and a Q & A, regular email/fb messenger contact as required to review/adjust your training program, unlimited video coaching and access to the Intern dedicated fb group for Fiona to share ideas and insights also for Interns to connect with and encourage each other over their 12 month commitment. 
Fiona understands that over the 12 months each Intern will vary in the time they are able to set aside for their horsemanship, sometimes more and sometimes less however they can expect to receive encouragement and to be held accountable to keep their training program goals insight. 

*SEVEN KEYS VIRTUAL HOME STUDY GROUP EXPERIENCE: PUTTING IN PLACE A PROGRAM TO PROGRESS WITH YOUR HORSEMANSHIP AT HOME.

3rd to 24th September

Join this virtual home study group 3 week experience to get back and/or keep on track with your horsemanship training program for this year. Be proactive in designing and following through with your training program guided, encouraged and supported by Fiona. The opportunity is there to receive video coaching feedback and you will be able to meet and get to know the other participants via the dedicated private fb group set up as well as during the 4 zoom gatherings held over the experience.

*PONY PALS CAMP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR HORSES

1st to 3rd October (end of the school holidays).

For young people 5+ years of age as a way of gathering together to develop their horsemanship skills and perspectives in a supportive, fun environment.

With safety around horses as the number one priority young ones are presented with the attitude, knowledge, tools, techniques, time, imagination and support required as a horsewo/man having empathy, patience and resilience to show the love, language and leadership all horses are looking for in their human partners.

As a result of the experiences shared in building partnerships with their horses young people also develop life long skills and perspectives that will serve them well in all their future relationships.

Ground skills to  develop communication, understanding and positive patterns are followed, when ready, with riding skills.

A parent or designated guardian is to be in attendance for the duration of this camp and included as part of the camp cost.

Day 1 arrival 10 to 10.30am for an 11am start. Session 1: 11am to 12.30pm Session 2: 1.30 to 3pm Session 3: an early Pizza night dinner for family to join in (separate cost dependent on numbers attending) before heading home or to self-organised accommodation.

Day 2 Session 1: 9 to 10.30am Session 2: 11.15am to 12.30pm Session 3: 1.30 to 3.00pm

Day 3 Session 1: 9 to 10.30am Fun Finale: 11.15am to 12.30pm Departure after lunch at 1.30pm

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*LIBERTY CLINIC

23rd & 24th October 2021 and 26th & 27th February 2022

Begin or further develop liberty play with your horse. Individual and group sessions over the two days using the round yard, Honey Comb and for those ready out in the obstacle playground paddock at Seven Keys. Learn or review the fundamentals, be supported through the next stages of your liberty progress, be further inspired when observing other partnerships in the clinic and have fun in the group activity testing the partnership you share with your horse.


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*PRIVATE PROGRESSION: ON LINE TO RIDING WITH SAFETY AND CONFIDENCE THE PRIORITIES.

1st to 11th November.

Individualised progress focusing on increasing the level of communication between horse and rider through Modules 1 to 6 of the How To Talk Horse curriculum Connection, Relaxation, Responsiveness, Confidence, Impulsion and Bending. By gaining more understanding, trust and confidence a lightness in your horse’s response can be achieved when riding the patterns established first on the ground. This Private Progression runs over 11 days with arrival in the morning of the first day for the first afternoon session followed by 4 full days of horsemanship, a rest day to see the sights around Macedon Ranges Shire followed by a further 4 full days and finishing with a morning session on the last day prior to departure after lunch.

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*PRIVATE PROGRESSION: ADVANCING RIDING SKILLS WITH A HAPPY WILLING HORSE AS THE PRIORITIES.

21st November to 1st December

Individualised support with Modules 1 to 6 in place then focusing on Modules 7 to 10 of the How to Talk Horse curriculum Harmony, Purpose, Agility and Power. This Private Progression runs over 11 days with arrival in the morning of the first day for the first afternoon session followed by 4 full days of horsemanship, a rest day to see the sights around Macedon Ranges Shire followed by a further 4 full days and finishing with a morning session on the last day prior to departure after lunch.

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*HORSEMANSHIP & HORSE TRAINING CLINIC TO DEVELOP A PARTNERSHIP

29th & 30th January 2022

Advancing On Line challenges, preparing for and moving on when ready to riding. Experience how the attitude of cooperation, partnership and harmony with your horse using Love, Language and Leadership gained in On Line is translated to riding for safety, confidence and understanding between horse and rider.

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*LIBERTY CLINIC

26th & 27th February 2022

Begin or further develop liberty play with your horse. Individual and group sessions over the two days using the round yard, Honey Comb and for those ready out in the obstacle playground paddock at Seven Keys. Learn or review the fundamentals, be supported through the next stages of your liberty progress, be further inspired when observing other partnerships in the clinic and have fun in the group activity testing the partnership you share with your horse.


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*INTENSIVE STUDY MODULE: FOCUS ON DEVELOPING PATTERNS FROM THE GROUND TO RIDING BUILDING CONFIDENCE, IMPULSION AND BENDING.

11th to 14th March 2022

Intensive study of modules 1 to 6 of the How to Talk Horse Curriculum.

Individualised progress focusing on first establishing connection, relaxation and responsiveness and then building confidence, impulsion and bending using riding patterns established first on the ground. This module runs over 4 days and is an excellent opportunity to prioritise time for progress with your horse having a maximum of 6 participants. Take advantage of Fiona's 23 years wealth of knowledge and experiences as a 4 Star Parelli Instructor and now as a Master Happy Horse Instructor with Linda Parelli  at the purpose built facility that she has developed at Seven Keys. Intensive Study Modules are a great choice to advance your horsemanship skills and build an ever more meaningful, dependable and joyful partnership with your horse. Through a strategic mix of theory, simulations, preparatory ground skills and riding sessions you will gain valuable insights that will change the way you think of and interact with your horse. If you’re looking to elevate your knowledge and skill set around horses an Intensive Study Module with Fiona Darling would serve you well.

Arrival in the morning of the first day with the first afternoon ground skills session followed by a full day and finishing with a morning riding session on the last day prior to departure after lunch on the third day.

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*INTENSIVE STUDY MODULE: PROGRESS IN RIDING FOR BUILDING HARMONY, AGILITY, PURPOSE AND POWER.

25th to 28th March 2022

Intensive study of modules 7 to 10 of the How to Talk Horse Curriculum.

Individualised support focusing on building the stepping stones towards riding with harmony, agility, purpose and power over 4 days. An excellent opportunity to prioritise time for progress with your horse having a maximum of 6 participants. Take advantage of Fiona's 23 years wealth of knowledge and experiences as a Parelli Instructor and now as a Happy Horse Instructor with Linda Parelli  at the purpose built facility that she has developed at Seven Keys. Intensive Study Modules are a great choice to advance your horsemanship skills and build an ever more meaningful,  dependable and joyful partnership with your horse. Through a strategic mix of theory, simulations, preparatory ground skills and riding sessions you will gain valuable insights that will change the way you think of and interact with your horse. If you’re looking to elevate your knowledge and skill set around horses an Intensive Study Module with Fiona Darling would serve you well. Arrival in the morning of the first day with the first afternoon session followed by 2 full days and a morning session on the last day prior to departure after lunch on the fourth day.

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EASTER HORSEMANSHIP CAMP

15th to 18th April 2022

Have fun progressing with your horse at this Easter camp choosing from a selection of three 1.5 hr workshops. Two workshops offered on the first and last day with three available to choose from on the middle two days. The workshops will including On Line challenges, Liberty play or riding sessions. You decide whether to participate in all or elect to participate in some and spectate others.

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