International Grand Prix rider, Sarah Sjoholm-Patience is a 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 beginners to Riding Club competitors, eventers and show jumpers to high-level dressage riders, Sarah works with all levels of rider. 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.
Sarah has a range of qualifications to help clients get the best out of their time with her. In addition, Sarah speaks English, German and Swedish. Her equine coaching qualifications include:
- British Dressage UKCC Level 2 Coach
- British Dressage Trainer
- British Dressage Para Coach
- British Horse Society Accredited Coach
- Equine Canada Certified Competition Coach
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, once a week at a riding school outside of Oslo. When she moved back to Canada a year later Sarah decided she wanted to take things more seriously. 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 – 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.
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.
Sarah ran her own yard for 5 years, based in Shamley Green, Surrey, but gave this up when her daughter was born. Since then Sarah has concentrated on raising her daughter, competing on her own horse; training local riders and horses and giving clinics both in the UK and abroad. She is now looking for the right yard again to be able to provide training, coaching and livery facilities. This will be a base from which to compete her own and other’s horses.
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 enjoys working with horses of all types and level and is available for coaching and training in Surrey and West Sussex and clinics further afield. She is also available to take on horses to compete at a variety of levels. Click here for more information.