International Grand Prix dressage rider, Sarah Sjoholm-Patience
World class rider, trainer and coach, passionate about developing horses and riders to reach their full potential. German trained, her sights are firmly set on competing at the Olympics and World Equestrian Games.
Sarah turned pro at 23 and has worked for and been trained by world class riders and coaches and has build an impressive resume over the years both in and out of the saddle.
As well as coaching others, Sarah is passionate about continuing her own education, attending numerous coaching and judging conventions and complementary training in natural horsemanship and show jumping. In addition, she regularly works with top international dressage trainers including Arthur Kottas, Stephen Clark and Miguel Ralao.
Sarah was born in Canada and did most of her growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She moved to Norway at the age of 7 and began riding at 9 years old. She first worked on a dressage yard at 13 years old as a working student to Canadian Olympian Leslie Reid over the summer and then with trainer of several Olympians, Dietrich von Hoppfgarten, at 14 and 15.
Sarah rode her first Prix St George at 14 and at 16 Sarah went on to compete at the 1995 North American Young Riders Championships riding Edward, an Irish Hunter.
The professional years
At 23 Sarah turned pro and moved to Germany to train with Canadian Olympian Leonie Bramall. Since then she has trained with and worked for the some of the world’s best, working on the yards of Dietrich von Hoppfgarten, Karen Pavicic, Klaus Balkenhol and Leslie Reid. She’s also worked as a rider for Leonie Bramall and German Olympic Gold Medalist Klaus Balkenhol as well as at dressage training yards in Switzerland and California. She has also trained with Arthur Kottas, Stephen Clarke and British Olympian Jennie Loriston Clarke. Sarah has represented Canada in FEI competition at Grand Prix both at home and abroad.
British Dressage CC Level 2 Coach
British Dressage Trainer
British Dressage Para Coach
British Horse Society Accredited Coach
Equine Canada Certified Competition Coach
Centre10 Advanced Coach
Riders of all levels can work on improving and monitoring their performance on a real-time basis, in a way that easily transfers to the work on their own horse or during their riding lessons.
Sarah is also one of the few Para-dressage coaches in the region.
Some words from my beautiful clients
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We are lucky in the Southeastern region to have a lot of top riders and instructors available to us. There is no shortage of skill and knowledge. I’ve ridden with many. For me, what sets Sarah
As a person, Sarah is incredibly enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable. She explains things in a way that is very easy to understand. I’d seen social media posts about lessons on the simulator
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 (i
I first heard of Sarah through one of my friends who can't speak highly enough of her... "...When I moved yards, it was a new start for myself and my horse so thought the best way to kick that off w
Sarah is quite simply the most friendly, generous, kind hearted and knowledgeable instructor I have ever had the pleasure of working with... "...She explains new concepts and ideas with patience and u
Sarah was recommended by a friend and is an excellent instructor, she really has an amazing skill of actually being able to teach... "...I am a novice rider and she immediately put me at ease. She has