I started my riding career aboard a piebald Shetland pony called Nippy who thought nothing of dragging me face down through the mud as he tore around the field...luckily things improved as I benefited from excellent tuition both in the UK and abroad and have successfully competed across dressage, show jumping and eventing disciplines.
Now as a fully qualified and registered BHS and UKCC coach, my main aim is to offer my clients the same sort of friendly personalised mentoring approach that made a real difference to my own riding. I like to base my coaching on sound, well proven principles that are safe and personally suited to each horse and rider combination. I believe very strongly that a comprehensive understanding of why we are doing something is paramount to building the firm foundations to success. I strive to achieve horse and rider working in harmony together through developing a common understanding.
Being a BHS registered instructor means you can be assured that I am fully insured, my equine specific first aid is up to date, I have been CRB checked and undergone child protection training and that I am required to undergo continuing professional development.
This is where it all starts!
Establishing correct principles from the beginning whilst having fun ensures huge corrections are not needed further down the line. I teach younger riders the whys of what I am asking them to do so they grow up as thinking riders with a sound knowledge foundation.