I’ve recently completed a three-day residential module with performance psychology specialists, Centre 10, that was the start of a six-month Applied Psychology for Equestrian Coaches (APEC) ‘Gold’ course. I chose to undertake APEC Gold as it develops equestrian coaches like me in applied performance psychology, using an accredited, scientifically-underpinned solution. This will enable me to enhance my psychology skills with my riders and help them improve their performance either at competition or in the school.[Read more…] about Using Mind Power to Improve Performance
I’m holding a demo at Cranleigh RDA on April 6th, 2 – 4.30pm where I’ll be bringing a number of horses to work. I’ll be showing the German training scales and how they can be applied to benefit horses of all sorts of different breeds, ages, disciplines and levels. I will ride a few horses and some of my clients will also ride so the audience can see how different horse and rider combinations can work. The aim is for everyone attending to leave with something to take away and work on themselves.[Read more…] about Riding Demonstration to Raise Funds for Cranleigh RDA
Laura Edwards was the lucky winner of my recent simulator lesson competition and enjoyed a half hour session with me earlier this month. A lifelong rider who has owned horses for 15 years, Laura had previously had a brief demo on a simulator at Your Horse Live and had seen social media posts about simulator lessons and thought it looked interesting. But the question remained; how beneficial and realistic would a simulator be? Following her lesson with me, Laura has now experienced first hand the many benefits of a simulator lesson and feels it has made a real difference to her riding for both now and in the future.[Read more…] about Competition Winner Impressed by Benefits of a Simulator Lesson
I’m delighted to be hosting elite equestrian physio Andy Thomas on March 23rd for an off-horse rider assessment and treatment clinic. 1:1 sessions are 45 minutes long and all ages levels and disciplines of riding are welcome. Location is Horsham area (venue tbc) and the day runs from 08:00-16:30. Due to popular demand, there are waiting list spaces only – contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the waiting list or to join the list for his next visit on 21st May. Future dates to be announced soon where there will be the option of initial and follow up treatment sessions.
Sarah Sjoholm-Patience gave a dressage demonstration at the Epsom Riding for the Disabled Group on Saturday 10th November, which raised over £1,000 for the charity. Demonstrating dressage training with a young horse through to advanced medium, the event attracted over 60 spectators. The charity provides disabled people with the opportunity to ride and benefit both their health and wellbeing.
With the new calendar year upon us, there is no better time to look at doing an annual plan for yourself and your horses.
The adage “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” may not be directly true, it could certainly be re-written to “if you want to succeed, you need to know what success is and how to get there.” So, what exactly is involved in an annual plan anyway?
A funny thing, time. I heard a wonderful piece of wisdom over mince pies today: “Six months viewed into the future seems like a long time, when viewed in hindsight, it is just like yesterday.” I am not certain of the original source of this quote, but I am certain that it rings true.
I have wrapped up my last Simulator Clinic of 2017, held on the Racewood Advanced Dressage Simulator at Wildwoods. If you are looking for a great way to improve your riding in the New Year, check out my Calendar page for my 2018 dates.
Miles and I headed to Hartpury for day one of the British Dressage Convention, with a distinctly German theme. The presenters, Michael Klimke and Ulf Möller, worked with a number of horses and riders, always with the consistent theme of relaxation and having the horse stepping through and actively from behind.
In my last appearance at the TTT before it closes its doors (I will be out of the country for their last event with Miguel Ralao), I took Yvonne Peak’s young Andalusian gelding, Dominate, to East Whipley Farm for a couple of training sessions with Arthur Kottas. Dominate was super on both days, he keeps exceeding my expectations. I was particularly delighted to receive lots of compliments on how happy an athlete he seemed to be.