"Sarah is an outstanding talented trainer with a clear concise and effective way of teaching. Her keen eye and understanding of Biomechanics and the effect of the rider’s position has enabled me to build up my strength and improve my riding after two years out of the saddle due to arthritis. All this is given with patience and a warm sense of humour. Sarah has my highest recommendation." Hazel
"The list of people who had told me to write-off my horse is sadly endless. And the number of people who could see beyond his behavioural issues and racehorse confirmation, too few to mention (if I'm honest I'm not sure there were any, just a handful who were a bit more polite than the rest).
I came to Sarah for help on the dressage side of our eventing ambitions. A typical jumper who does the dressage bit because you have to. But what I have found in dressage with Sarah is something so exciting, I don't think jumping can come anywhere close. And what I now believe is that there is no such thing as a difficult horse, only riders that have no idea of the confusing messages which they are sending their horse - which are often so subtle to a rider they go completely over looked. Yet to the horse they are loud and frustrating.
So, my horse now? We've gone from being lucky to have a ride without a buck or a handstand to winning riding club dressage. And in my upside down, over sensitive ex-racehorse we've found a dressage horse who loves to work and learn to move in ways his body probably shouldn't allow." Rachel, training with Sarah since 2010.
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Sarah Sjoholm-Patience is an international Grand Prix dressage rider,
british dressage trainer and BHS registered instructor