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This includes a huge input into the re-structuring of British Eventing’s national coaching system for under 18’s, as well as producing and ridding horses at four star level; and producing two horses for European Eventing Championships. I am also a successful competitive dressage rider (Inter II and Grand Prix). In addition to coaching for British Dressage, I am also a successful freelance coach; with private clients who compete successfully at national and international championship level.

What I do

I enjoy working with riders of all ages and levels, from grass-root riders through to 4 competitors, and potential Fellows of the BHS; coaching them (both human and equine) to develop to be the best that they can be; with the feeling that no stone has been left unturned in the pursuit of personal excellence. In order to achieve this, I firmly believe in continually looking for, and adopting, ways to develop myself as a coach. I am senior coach and Chefd’Equip for Finland’s three day eventing squad, and Director of the Elite Equine Academy at Hartpury College, in Gloucestershire; where I’m responsible for ensuring that the college’s most promising riders reach their full potential and for the past eight years have supported the Portuguese junior and young rider European eventing teams. Additionally, I currently run BE’s ‘Bridging the Gap’ programme for riders aged 21 and over, making the transition from from 2 to 3 and 4 competition; and act as an assessor, coach educator and external verifier for BE and the BHS. Furthermore, I have since 1991 co-owned and run a large and successful BHS approved training centre and riding school; which I fit in with my main coaching commitments.

My background

I joined the equestrian industry immediately after leaving school, having had an interest in ponies and horses from an early age. My BHSAI was gained at the age of 17 years; and then at 18, I was the youngest person to achieve a BHSII qualification. At that time, I was at a large training establishment working with riders of all levels, and went on to achieve my BHSI in 1991, having passed all of the British Horse Society exams first time. I have competed at 4*level Eventing, Grand Prix dressage, and show jumping to 1.35 at county level; producing horses from the beginning of their career and then competing successfully at the highest levels. As a result of this, I have worked in the UK, as well as several countries throughout the world, helping to develop both riders and coaches through all levels; from career students to competition riders. Three years of study, between 2005 and 2010, were spent at the Ashridge International School of Business Management; on the Elite Sports Coach Development Programme. In more recent times, I was one of the six coaches that the British Equestrian Federation selected to take part in the pilot run of the UKCC Level 4 Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Sports Coaching. I am currently the Director of the elite equine facility at Hartpury College, close to Gloucester; which has the world’s largest equine educational facility and cutting- edge sports facilities.

My achievements

I am one of only 53 British Horse Society (BHS) fellows in the world; having initially become a freelance coach in 1991, then gained my BHSI; with eventing being the main focus of my work. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s I worked with Bristol University, coaching their riding team for national and international competitions. During this time I was also Team Coach/Chefd’Equip for the Southwest JRN region eventing team. Since then, I have coached throughout the world, helping to develop competition riders and coaches. Over the years I have carried out a lot of work for the British Horse Society; delivering training days, chairing meetings, running regional training days, etc. Additionally, I have been a guest speaker at seminars relating to training and coaching for other organisations, and have worked with World-Class Development riders and the Equine Pathway. I have also hosted and delivered days for the ‘Young Instructor of the Year’, both in the UK and Ireland; and have coached youth squads at the highest level. In my five years as Team Coach for GB’s Under-18s, they amassed 10 medals; apart from these activities, I still coach some members of the Portuguese Eventing Under-18s and Under-21 team at European Championship level. In 2018, I was approached by Team Finland Eventing after helping British-based Finnish rider Pauliina Swindells finish 35th at the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships in Poland. As a result I was appointed as their senior coach and project manager with the aim of guiding the team to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Qualifying isn't going to be easy, but it’s a wonderful challenge and everyone is working extremely hard to improve the chances of getting there - it’s a massive team effort!