David Deptford will be demonstrating his western riding techniques at Equus 2004, sponsored by Horse & Hound, HORSE and Eventing magazines, at the Excel exhibition centre in London’s Docklands on 16-18 April.

David has been riding western all his life, and the American Quarter Horse has been his passion for more than 25 years. His western riding demonstrations have been a talking point for many years and this will be his third consecutive appearance at Equus.

He specialises in reining, an equestrian sport which is becoming increasingly popular and may soon be included as an Olympic discipline. Reining has been likened to a western form of dressage: the horse is expected to complete a set pattern at the lope (canter).

The pattern must include spins, roll-backs, flying changes and sliding stops as well as a back-up, which must all be executed smoothly and correctly, demonstrating the unity of horse and rider.

Tracey Guerrero, events director at TJW Events, which organise Equus, says: “We are delighted to have David appearing at Equus 2004. Western riding is becoming more and more popular with riders of all ages and to have David at the show gives people a wonderful opportunity to see an expert in action – up close – and to ask questions after his display.”

For more information about Equus, or to book tickets visit: www.equusevent.co.uk