Your Equestrian Mindset & Performance Coach
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My Life Story
My years spent with horses have given me the passion and drive to share with you what I have learned and continue to learn. It’s a journey that never ends.
I have been riding horses since I was about 6 years old, and was never the most confident rider. However with Jake, my horse of a lifetime, I have done more than I could ever dream of.
I bought Jake as a 5 year old, ID x TB, who had hunted in Ireland but could not canter a circle! He took me eventing within 6 months of us becoming a partnership and delivered the most amazing dressage scores due to his light paces and careful, brave jump! We evented at pre-novice for a couple of years, then my trainer took Jake to intermediate.
2002 brought the urge to try side-saddle, and Jake took to it like a duck to water. We collected a wide and diverse wardrobe, ranging from vintage hunting habit to reproduction Georgian habit. I set up a group to promote side-saddle riding and we gave displays at many country show and game fairs, riding to modern upbeat music.
During 2008, Jake had another change of career and we started competing at TREC (orienteering on horseback), a sport derived from the test that trail ride guides in France had to undertake before they could escort trail riders. We also enjoyed TREC in a training capacity until Jake’s passing, and I continue to organise several training camps/clinics.
We also discovered natural horsemanship in 2011 and Jake was invited by Monty Roberts to be in his demonstration at Myerscough College, because of his fear of donkeys. It was an amazing experience to work with Monty and Kelly Marks, and Jake with Lucy the Donkey was featured in the Intelligent Horsemanship Christmas DVD.
Jake and I continued our horsemanship journey and TREC up until November 2016 when I retired Jake aged 27. He had an idyllic retirement in Shropshire, doing what horses do best, eating, sleeping and pooping. Since then, I have followed the principles of horsemanship and was lucky enough to meet and have dinner with Buck Brannaman in 2015.
In 2017 I found Perry at Hopton Rehabilitation and Homing. I had been tentatively looking for another horse after Jake retired, and preferably a rescue horse. I wanted to give something back to the equine community.
Perry had some issues, however I was confident we could work through them. He is nothing like Jake (15hh bay Welsh cross compared to 17hh grey IDxTB). He was very nervous and stressy, so my natural calm and laid back attitude suited him.
We got on like a house on fire. He was a super safe hack, he earned the nickname quad bike. With regular coaching from Sally Brett we soon developed a mutually trusting partnership, and continue to improve as each day goes on. In 2019 we achieved one of our goals to ride with Buck Brannaman in his clinic at Aintree Racecourse in the UK. What a star, Perry took everything in his stride, 25 horses working together in the arena.
Sadly, on the 13th February 2020, it was the end of an era. I lost Jake after a short bout of colic and aged 31, he was put to sleep to graze pastures new in peace.
Experience & Qualifications
I trained with accredited* Trainer Tracey Cole to become a certified Master NLP Practitioner and Coach, Master Hypnotherapist and Master Time Line® therapist.
I am also a Master Empowered Equestrian™ Coach.
*The American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ABNLP)
The American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH)
Time Line Therapy® Association (TLTA)
As a Lean Six Sigma green belt, I use Lean and Six Sigma principles when coaching my business clients to build an efficient and effective business.
I am also an ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) v3 Expert with 21 years experience in Service Management across all lifecycles. I currently head up the Service Knowledge Management function in Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) in the UK, and am accountable for IT Knowledge for approximately 30,000 end users and 6 strategic core suppliers. I bring many tools, techniques and skills from Service Management to my business coaching.
It was so good to talk to you and doing so has really helped me feel a lot better about life in general and not just about what we discussed.
I went on the Intelligent Horsemanship course and had we not chatted would probably not have gone. The course was excellent and I learnt a lot. Also my confidence grew some more.
Yesterday I took Juan out for his first outing in the box – he’s been quite sticky about loading – just to a friend’s yard 4 miles away to go for a hack. He was really well-behaved considering he’s not been anywhere since last August when he came to me. I would prefer it if he didn’t trample about and paw the floor quite so much but he’ll get better.
I think the biggest change in my attitude is losing the automatic “what if” reaction to any challenge, a really big result from our two recent chats so thank you again.
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