Gymnastic Groundwork with Hannah Weston

In-hand work and groundwork exercises are a great way to build strength, suppleness and straightness in horses. Using exercises such as lateral work, pole-work, body awareness exercises, free jumping and more, Hannah will teach you how to build the horses’ physical fitness while prioritising their emotional enjoyment.


During this course, we will work on a variety of exercises and behaviours, building connection between horse and human and ensuring softness and fun for everyone involved!

Gymnastic Groundwork is the best way to build strength, suppleness and straightness in your horse. Using exercises such as lateral work in-hand, pole work, body awareness exercises, free-jumping and more, Hannah will teach you how to build a horse’s physical fitness while prioritising their emotional enjoyment.


These exercises are great pre-riding preparation and help to build connection between the horse and human. They create softness in you and the horse and are great fun to do in this positive way.


Hannah is a lovely teacher. She is passionate about helping you to create a great connection with the horse you’re with. She is creative and fun to be with.

Most of all she is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable horse trainers and teachers in the world.


"Hannah’s methods are a breath of fresh air. The focus is on your connection with the horse and that is what I have been searching for all this time!" - Lynne Hockney, UK

Daily Programe

After breakfast at La Casa you will go straight to work with the horses. Lessons will be one-to-one with Hannah. She will discuss with you what kind of training you would like to cover and help you to select the best horse to work with for the Course.

Lessons will be a mixture of practical hands-on work and discussions on the theory behind the practice. You will always feel supported and confident as you learn.


We stop for a coffee-break mid-morning, which gives the group an opportunity to discuss the events of the day so far. Then back to horse-training until lunch in the early afternoon. This is followed by a siesta, where you can sleep, go for a walk or lounge by the pool.


We gather together again round 5 o’clock to discuss progress and make plans for the next day. This is followed by dinner on the terrace in the warm Spanish evening. You are guaranteed lots of horsey chat as the wine flows. Bliss!



  • Sun-hat and tough shoes/boots.
  • Notebook and pen
  • Water bottle
  • Sun-tan and Insect Creams
  • Swim-suit
  • Towels and Bedding Provided


April Course Dates:

Arrival: from 2pm 18th April

Tuition Days: 19, 20, 21 April

Departure: 12pm 22nd April


November Course Dates:

Arrrival: from 2pm 12th November

Tuition Days: 13, 14, 15 November

Departure: 12pm 16th November

Price Includes:

  • 3 FULL days tuition
  • Use of Centre horses and facilities
  • 4 nights accommodation in a shared room (max 3 per room).
  • All meals, including unlimited wine with evening meals.
  • Meal at traditional Spanish restaurant one evening.
  • Full use of our pretty villa, with garden and solar-heated pool.
  • Transfers from Granada Airport and Loja Bus Station (Express Coach from Malaga)

Not Included: Flights, travel costs etc to the Centre (except transfers from Granada Airport and Loja bus station), Compulsory Travel Insurance covering horse-based activities (required).

Book Your Place!

Gymnastic Groundwork

18th - 22nd April 2019

Gymnastic Groundwork

12th - 16th November 2019

About Hannah

Hannah is a Founder and Director of Connection Training. From her first ride at the age of 3, Hannah became a committed horsewoman. Her equine journey took her through conventional and natural horseman-ship. She qualified as an equine and human bodyworker with Equine Touch. She studied Tai Chi for riding extensively with Ride from Within. And she studied Classical Dressage from various approaches.


She has over 15 years experience with reward-based training and is passionate about the connection, physical, mental and emotional, be-tween horses and their humans.


Her specialisms within Connection Training are Gymnastic Groundwork to create a strong, supple sound horse, who will benefit from the training. She is also highly creative and enjoys finding new ways to overcome problems. Finally, she has a massive soft spot for rescue horses and loves to work softly and gently with them to develop their trust and enthusiasm for working with people.

Transfer information for courses held at Cortijo de Segura


From Malaga Airport:


ALSA bus company runs buses from Malaga Airport and Malaga Bus Station:

You can buy tickets on line: it’s best to book in advance to be certain of a seat.   -   then search for buses from Malaga to Loja.

There is also an ALSA ticket office directly outside Malaga airport arrivals. (Be aware that not all buses leave from and terminate at the airport – there are more frequent buses from the bus station).

We will meet you at Loja by arrangement. Please confirm your arrival time with us.


Our preferred pick up time is 16:00 at Loja and we would ask you to organise your travel accordingly. We can arrange alternative pick up times but - as you may appreciate – courses are busy and staff and transport availability limited.


Similarly, for drop off for your return flight from Malaga, the first bus leaves Loja at 8:40 (arriving Malaga Airport at 10:30) so you will need to arrange your flights to suit. Check ALSA website for all journeys – times subject to change.


Should you wish to travel from Malaga Airport to Malaga Bus Station, there is a regular shuttle bus that leaves from directly outside arrivals (3 euro). Frequency – approx. 15-20mins -  leaves from a blue stand (autobus aeropuerto).


Similarly, at Malaga Bus station the airport bus leaves from blue stand at right angles to main bus stands. There is a left luggage facility at Malaga Bus Station.


Transfers from Granada Airport.

Granada is the nearest airport to Cacin and is 40 minutes by car. We can meet your flight.

You should book flights to ensure arrival in Granada between 15:00 and 18:00 on the start date for the course.

We will accommodate alternative pickups by arrangement if this proves difficult.


Car Rental


Both airports have car rental. We can put you in touch with other course participants - with their permission – so you can co-ordinate car hire share if you wish.

Book Your Place!

Gymnastic Groundwork

18th - 22nd April 2019

Gymnastic Groundwork

12th - 16th November 2019

"Best learning experience ever!" - Jan Wilkinson, UK