International Grand Prix dressage 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 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 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 CC Level 2 Coach
- British Dressage Trainer
- British Dressage Para Coach
- British Horse Society Accredited Coach
- Equine Canada Certified Competition Coach
- Centre10 Advanced 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 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.
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. If you’ve got a horse that you would like to be taken to the next level in dressage competitions or to climb up the ranks at higher levels, contact Sarah to find out more on how she can use her expertise and experience in the saddle to get the best out of your horse in competition. Click here for more information.