What they don’t know about horses could be written on the back of a postage stamp: if you’re lucky enough to learn from them, you feel privileged and, perhaps, occasionally a little scared. Welcome to the world of the great horse trainer.

In a fitting tribute journalist Carolyn Henderson talks to pupils of these great equestrian stalwarts.

  • “Dot has revolutionised my confiende and what she’s done for Cregwarrior, my top horse, is fantastic.” Eventer Jonty Evans on Dot Willis, who trained Ginny Elliot
  • ”My mother is wonderful , but can be incredibly intimidating. She has the most withering look and can make you backtrack and eat your words.” Sarah Houston on her mother, Mollie Sivewright, founder of Talland School of Equitation
  • ”Lars was ahead of his time. He was always open-minded harnessing ideas to bring them into his bigger picture.” Former British international show jumper Graham Fletcher on trainer Lars Sederholm

Don’t miss H&H’s exclusive feature on great sages of the horseworld in this week’s issue, on sale 16 August 2007