A Riding Instructor and a lightbulb moment


A Riding Instructor and a Lightbulb Moment No Riding Instructor is perfect! There's value in developing good communication skills, and reflecting on what worked & what didn't. As a Riding Instructor and Equestrian Coach, sometimes you just get those moments in lessons where the penny drops, and something you've been trying to improve for a while suddenly becomes clear. I had one of those moments this week. The client I was teaching has always struggled with riding her horse in left bend. Despite repeated prompts from me about her riding position, and the subtle changes that needed to be made [...]

A Riding Instructor and a lightbulb moment2019-12-06T21:03:08+00:00

All change!


Where do I even begin to start? The last few months have been an absolute whirlwind of madness & emotion. I have struggled to keep on top of things, and there are many gaps that I want to fill you all in on. At the end of May 2019, I left my job as Senior Lecturer in Equine Science and Programme Leader for the BSc(Hons) in Equine Science, Management and Training, which I had spent 3 years writing & delivering. I had been employed as an equine lecturer at Derby College for over 10 years, and while I have had [...]

All change!2019-07-05T09:31:52+01:00

So what’s holding you back?


Sometimes, riding & owning horses is really tough; I know, I'm with you. Now don't get me wrong, there are many many brilliant and rewarding things about having a life with horses, but sometimes it's really hard to get out of a low spell. Perhaps you've just bought a new horse and the honeymoon period has ended; things just aren't going as you had hoped they would and you're not entirely sure how to fix it... so your motivation to ride disappears. Maybe you've had a fall and lost your confidence (yes, I do know how that feels, [...]

So what’s holding you back?2019-02-15T20:44:06+00:00

Do you REALLY want to make progress with your riding?


Do you REALLY want to make progress with your riding? I ask this because many people I teach come to me because they are really, genuinely quite stuck (and I mean that in the nicest possible way!). It could be that they're struggling with something specific, either in their riding or with their horse. It could be that they don't feel like they're getting anywhere or reaching their goals. It could be that they've taken a real knock to their confidence. It could be that they really don't know how to move forward with their own, or their horse's training. [...]

Do you REALLY want to make progress with your riding?2019-02-08T12:20:46+00:00

November Madness!


What a month November turned out to be! Busy doesn't even come close to describing it all, what with teaching all hours God sends, alongside heading out for a whole heap of professional development events, I can safely say that I don't think I've ever worked as hard as this month! It has been brilliant though, from catching up with regular clients, to meeting new ones, to running fully booked clinics, to making plans for the future; I'm very very lucky to be able to work with such great horses & clients. I had initially planned to write loads of [...]

November Madness!2019-01-01T18:05:47+00:00


  Centaur Biomechanics Equine Sports Science Seminar – October 2018 It was a real pleasure to attend this conference day at Hartpury College; it’s just the kind of thing I love doing! It is so important to keep up-to-date with research and hear it “from the horse’s mouth” (sorry!), so that we can share knowledge and understanding around the industry. The two primary speakers, Prof. Lars Roepstorff and Dr. Rachel Murray, were highly experienced and knowledgeable, offering some fascinating insights into a range of topics. I couldn’t possibly explain everything I learned from the day (it’s even harder to try to [...]


Centaur Biomechanics Rider Workshop


So last weekend I attend one of two annual events hosted by Russell Guire's company Centaur Biomechanics. It was held at the Unicorn Trust in Gloucestershire, which was absolutely lovely (although a day spent on wooden benches wasn't the most comfortable, but they had pre-warned us so I was a proper middle-aged woman and nicked the sofa cushions to take with me!). The clinic was presented by International List 1 dressage judge, Stephen Clarke, who has judged Charlotte & Valegro at the Olympic Games, so has a bit of an idea about this dressage lark... The format of the day [...]

Centaur Biomechanics Rider Workshop2018-08-26T12:28:19+01:00

Back in the game!


I cannot even begin to explain how happy I am to be getting my life back together again! Some of you will be aware that three months ago, I underwent some fairly major surgery for an ongoing health issue, which meant that I simply had to put everything on hold for 3 months. It's not the first time that I've been forced to put my life on hold through hospitalisation, and while my health issues thankfully weren't life threatening, they were certainly having a huge impact on my quality of life, so I knew that I had to get fixed. [...]

Back in the game!2018-08-26T12:27:03+01:00