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.
From happy hackers to competitive riders, Sarah works with all levels of horse and rider to improve their flatwork and competitive dressage. She is driven by the belief that the rider’s position and consistency are the keys to better communication between horse and rider. Sarah creates personal training plans to allow both horse and rider to develop at their own pace. She nurtures a friendly and supportive atmosphere whilst providing professional coaching that takes the needs of each individual rider into account.
Sarah rode her first Prix St George at 14 – gaining special permission from Equestrian Canada to compete in the Young Riders class as there was no FEI Juniors programme at the time. At 16 Sarah went on to compete at the 1995 North American Young Riders Championships riding Edward, an Irish Hunter. She then trained up a younger horse but had a car accident before she could make another Young Riders run. Unfortunately this forced her to take a couple of years off riding.
- 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
What we really do?
Sarah runs her own yard in The Haven, near Rudgwick, West Sussex. Here she offers livery options including in-training, schooling and competition livery. She also uses her yard as a base to offer a range of clinics with other equestrian experts including rider analysis, human physio and equine osteopathy as well as regular visits by equine dentists, saddle fitters etc.
Some words from my beautiful clients
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