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About Denney Equestrian

Having come from a varied riding background competing in all disciplines Sue started driving in 1992.

Roly aka (Rolls Silver Spirit) was purchased in 2000 as a spare pony to back up a pair she had bought. Due to foot and mouth and the lack of competitions in 2001 Roly was mostly worked on our own grounds in the Isle of Man. Very soon it became obvious that he was much more capable as a single, largely due to nothing else being able to match his pace or his speed.

In 2002 he made his debut at Hopetoun driving trials in Scotland, winning the dressage phase. Over the next two years as he gained experience he also proved a very difficult pony to bit. Which was a lot to do with his fleshy mouth and short bars.

We tried a huge variety of bits and in the end competed him in a modified Swales bit. The mouthpiece was removed and one very similar to the new dual action bits was fitted. As the competition got more advanced many hours of studying video footage resulted in the carriages that are now used, these are also built by Denney Equestrian Ltd (see gallery) it was also possible to identify ways of improving the signals to Roly to allow him to get through obstacles as fast and as smooth as possible.

Results of Using the Dual Action Bit

The Dual Action Bit was developed and tested in 2004/5 and immediately changed our way of driving. Since using the Dual action bit in May 2005 the results speak for themselves.

  • Three times national champion 2005, 2008 & 2009
  • Team bronze medal at world championships 2005
  • Twice winner international driving Grand Prix Royal Windsor
  • 4 times national points league champion
  • Winner CAIB Compiegne, France 2007
  • Winner CAIA Harras, France 2008
  • Competed World Championships 2009 & 2011
  • 31 National wins
  • 48 Marathon wins

Having seen the difference the bits made in Roly's driving we tried the Dual Action Bit in many different horse and ponies ridden, with same great results!
We then produced the Denney Snaffle Bits which were first used in Roly's ridden work - with brilliant results. He always needed draw reins but with the Denney Hanging Snaffle Bit I have never had to use the draw reins on him since.

The Denney Snaffle Bits were tested on a wide range of ridden horses and ponies delivering excellent improvements in their ridden work.

I have used both the Dual Action and Snaffle Bits for breaking horses and ponies; to ride and drive and re-school ridden and driven both horses and ponies.