Sarah Sjoholm-Patience International Grand Prix Dressage Rider, British Horse Society Accredited Coach and British Dressage Para Coach and Trainer

Sarah Sjoholm-Patience
International Grand Prix rider and coach Sarah Sjoholm-Patience offers horse training, professional coaching, clinics and equestrian consulting while pursuing her own goals competing at the Olympics and World Equestrian Games.

What Sarah can do for you

From happy hackers, special needs to competitive riders, Sarah works with all levels of horses and riders to improve their flatwork and competitive dressage at their own pace while gradually developing both horse and rider’s movement and communication skills to reach their full potential through personal and carefully considered training plans for her clients.
Sarah has a wide range of qualifications to help clients get the most out of each session and nurtures a friendly and supportive atmosphere whilst providing professional coaching that takes the needs of each individual rider into account.
She is passionate about constantly continuing her own education to expand and share her growing knowledge to her clients, attending numerous coaching and judging conventions and complementary training in natural horsemanship and show jumping.
She is also available to take on horses to compete at a variety of levels and through her expertise and experience push the horse to its next level and climb up the ranks and compete at higher levels of competition. In addition, Sarah speaks English, German and Swedish.

Services and Training

Sarah coaches riders of all levels and across all disciplines, from beginners to riding club and high-level competitors. Sarah works with you to realize your ambitions and through classical training scales, sets goals along the way to help you and your horse achieve them.
Sarah takes a problem-solving approach to her coaching and is happy working with any type of horse, from complicated ex-racehorses to highly strung competition horses and will work closely with you to make sure you fully understand all elements of your horse’s needs and management, from the psychological to turn out and their daily needs.

After an initial ridden assessment, Sarah will agree on development areas and ambitions with you to ensure that you progress towards your goals while learning the structure and confidence needed to achieve them. Using the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) framework as a basis, you will be clearer about exactly what you want and need to achieve and be able to measure your improvement as you and your horse develop. At each session you will get Sarah’s full attention while you benefit from the knowledge and experiences of a world class rider and athlete who knows very well the psychological aspects of a rider and how much goes on when riders are out of the saddle.

For those wishing to or who are already successfully competing, Sarah will work to develop competition strategies and can provide coaching at competitions.

Sarah will be able to create a healthy balance between you and your horse and shape you into an ambitious and happy athlete.

Sarah is experienced in training horses of all types and levels, always aiming to produce a horse that is ready and willing to do their job either in a competitive nature or recreational.
Sarah has prepared numerous horses for careers with their owners, and trained many horses to international dressage level, as well as working successfully with problem horses and turning them into happy and willing athletes. Having first learned her trade training horses under the watchful eye of renowned coaches such as Klaus Balkenhol, she continues to add new skills to her repertoire and can quickly assess a horse’s level, ability and needs to produce an effective training plan while working with the owners to ensure all elements of the horse’s management are looked after. Respecting each horse’s individual feeding, turn out and daily needs, she will also give an overview of saddle fit, physiotherapy, dentistry and veterinary work.

Working with young horses just starting out to those ready to advance in the competition circuit and everything in between, Sarah can really make a difference to your horse. Sarah is equally happy developing high-level competition horses; setting the foundations with youngsters; working with horses which requires retraining or recovering from injury as well as just keeping a horse happy and fit for its owner.

Working with young horses just starting out to those ready to advance in the competition circuit and everything in between, Sarah can really make a difference to your horse. Sarah is equally happy developing high-level competition horses; setting the foundations with youngsters; working with horses, which requires retraining or recovering from injury; as well as just keeping a horse happy and fit for its owner.

Sarah is able to offer both short and long-term training with very successful results.

Combining Sarah’s keen eye for positional corrections with the analytical data from the full sized mechanical horse, riders can quickly achieve improvements in balance, co-ordination and skill.
The Simulator is not only a fantastic instructional aid allowing beginners to learn in complete safety with Sarah beside them, it also accommodates riders at a more advanced level for the purpose of improving and monitor their performance in real time. It will help develop correct posture and techniques while experiencing the horse’s movement without the worry of falling off or the need to keep the horse going forward.

It is used worldwide by professionals and amateur riders as an essential aid to training, overcome injuries or help those with special physical needs to learn in a safe environment.

Sarah teaches on the Racewood simulator which can be completely tailored to your ambitions, fitness and current abilities in a way that can easily be transfers to the work on their own horse or during their riding lessons.

Sarah hosts Simulator Clinics at Wildwoods Riding Centre
Ebbisham Lane, Walton-on-the-Hill, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5BH

Clinics with Sarah are an ideal opportunity for those riders unable to access regular coaching with Sarah. This can be for any number of reasons such as location, or for those riders regularly working with other coaches but looking for a different perspective.
Sarah is passionate about getting the best out of the combination placed before her. She is flexible enough to work with riders of all levels and her coaching complements different styles of riding and personal goals.
Through the clinics you will find that Sarah is very adept at quickly understanding where both horse and rider are in their development. This enables clients and their horses to move on to improving their skills and knowledge and really making the most of their time with Sarah.

Sarah is involved in clinics across the UK and further afield, including Germany and Finland.

If you cannot find a clinic in your area, or if you would be interested in organizing a clinic yourself, please contact Sarah for details.

Struggling to find the right equine partner? Have you been searching for a while and not found the right horse or you just don’t know where to start looking? Or perhaps you have found a horse you are keen on but want an expert opinion? Sarah offers horse shopping to help you find the horse that is just right for you.
Working directly for you, rather than vendors, Sarah can support you to your preferred level, from assessing your candidate horse through to arranging and accompanying you on a shopping trip.

With a wide variety of contacts in the UK, Germany, Holland and Spain, Sarah can help you source suitable options to try out as you look for the right fit.
Sarah prefers to charge a daily rate rather than take any commission or finder’s fee to ensure the buyer gets an unbiased, unedited and honest review of the horse and its suitability for the person concerned.

From helping you formulate an achievable list of priorities for your search for your perfect horse, to advising you through the purchase, Sarah’s happy to support you to the level you require. Whether you’re based in the UK, Europe, USA or beyond, Sarah will work closely with you throughout the process.

Combining years of experience in producing horses from young horses through to competing for Canada on the International Grand Prix circuit, Sarah possesses all the necessary skills and experience needed to get the best out of your horse in the show ring.
Perhaps you are looking to see your horse reach its full potential under Sarah or maybe you are looking to have your horse prepared for a future career with yourself?
Sarah produces her horses systematically and sympathetically, treating each horse as an individual and looking to capitalize on their unique strengths and riding abilities. Goals and competition plans are well thought out and modified as required, with all changes discussed with you, as an integral part of the team.

Any owner with a promising youngster through to a more seasoned competitor looking to move to the next level should contact Sarah to discuss how she can help your horse meet its full potential.

With a wide variety of contacts in the UK, Germany, Holland and Spain, Sarah can help you source suitable options to try out as you look for the right fit.
Sarah prefers to charge a daily rate rather than take any commission or finder’s fee to ensure the buyer gets an unbiased, unedited and honest review of the horse and its suitability for the person concerned.

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