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"Their horsemanship is outstanding and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to any person who values progressing in their horsemanship while maintaining a real and positive relationship with their horse"

— Myriama, Australia

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Russell & Ruth

Russell Higgins and Ruth Carlyle own and run Brumby Farm Horsemanship Centre in Te Awamutu, New Zealand.


Between them they have over 30 years of teaching experience and they continue to study regularly with world-renowned clinicians to expand their skills as educators and horsemen.

They spend nine months of the year in New Zealand teaching natural horsemanship clinics and the remaining months travelling overseas to teach. 

Both Ruth and Russell are passionate about helping horses and humans to understand each other better. It is no surprise that many people come along to their clinics or send them horses for training because the dream that they had with horses has turned into a nightmare. People lose confidence, horses lose confidence, they lose confidence in each other and their relationship is in a downward spiral. 

Their goal is to help people:

  • Feel safe with their horse

  • Have fun with their horse

  • Become excellent for their horse

The good news is that it is possible to learn these skills. You don't have to be a professional horse-person or have competition goals; anyone can learn to read their horse and be the leader that their horse needs.

Coming Soon ....

Are you really serious about learning the art of liberty training?  Are you willing to commit time and effort into your progress?

The Liberty Academy may be for you.

It will be based at Brumby Farm, Te Awamutu, New Zealand and over four weekends throughout summer 2021/22 we will take you and your horse step by step through the programme.

You can start at the beginning with the Getting Started modules or, if you have done liberty with us before you can join the Intermediate modules.

Attendance of an Introduction to Horsemanship clinic is a pre-requisite to enrollment.

More information coming soon ......

The Liberty Academy

The RH Coaching Club

Whatever your experience of natural horsemanship our aim through the on-line coaching club is to educate, challenge and support you to help your horse become a fun and functional partner. With lots of "can you" challenges and "how to videos" we keep you progressing whatever your goals.  Whether you are interested in just keeping safe on the ground and in the saddle or want to learn how to play at liberty or start lateral moves with precision there is something for you.

We have a great community of supportive horse lovers. Here is what Emely from Belgium has to say:

"For those who are hesitating, just do it! It was one of the best decisions in my life😄 I’ve learned, improved, ... so much thanks to the coaching club. You get so much information, video’s, support, ... just amazing! You get support from Russell and Ruth but also from the other coaching club members. It is awesome to have that kind of support, especially in this difficult period. If I can give you advice, just do it!!"

Join us and get your first 30 days FREE (cancel any time)

For NZ $30 per month membership you get:

  • Two full "getting started" courses.

  • Plus Virtual Tournaments every three months with discounted entry fees for members.

  • ​Everyday Horsemanship Habits video library

  • ​Access to the RH Coaching Club Facebook Group

  • ​Frequently updated video training tips from liberty to Precision Riding.

  • ​Your personal training dashboard to keep track of progress​

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This is such a fantastic journey with opportunity for growth for both you and your horse. The challenges that Russell and Ruth set up and the how to videos break it all down so that the things you have only dreamed about are slowly becoming a reality.

Sheryl, New Zealand

The Russell Higgins

Liberty Academy


Brumby Farm Horsemanship Centre

466 Pirongia Road, RD6

Te Awamutu 3876



Phone: + 64 (0) 27 9486782

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