Welcome to Think Equestrian
Welcome to Think Equestrian
(Client Claire Knowles at the 2014 Aachen CHIO Breed day)
Two new events scheduled-
2 test and train days in advance of the Area Festival at Brook Farm TC with fully dressed arenas 25th & 28th July
And a Camp at Brightwood equestrian Wisbeach in conjunction with David Sanders of Rider Reboot & The Neuromechanics Academy on 4th & 5th August
Contact me for more information ( and see the Events & clinics page.
New dates and venues will be added to the page as they are confirmed-including Cranbourne Farm Kent- contact me for more information
Hope the year has started well for you. If not are you clear on what needs to be improved- are you riding at your best or could you improve your riding, or does your horse show signs of not being able to perform at their best?
There's no time to lose to get yourself in your best condition to ride to your best. Although 2020 and 2021 did not turned out to be what we all hoped for, I am optimistic that more normality will continue to develop in 2022
I am continuing to work with David Sanders of the Neuromechanics Academy (Rider Reboot) and this will continue through 2022. Excellent results, both in terms of reducing pain and improving the way the clients' horses are moving from the improved balance and symmetry of the riders is proof to me that the system that David has developed, works. . David attends some of my clinics and you can get an initial assessment (unmounted) and can discuss what programme would be best for you.There are joint clinics scheduled at Thurleigh, Westlands and via EEFDG (see events page) He also runs Exercise, Nutrition & Goal setting days at Ipswich which i highly recommend- details of the various programmes are on the Links page. The joint August Camp information will be available shortly.
Most horse owners make sure that their horses always have the very best treatment, help and support but are not so good at making sure their physical and mental wellbeing is as well taken care of. I am a great believer in Investing in Yourself both to improve and prevent injuries and asymmetries. Investing in yourself will be an ongoing theme, physical and mental wellbeing is vital for all riders
You can also download lessons and podcasts to use at home from Sound Schooling - learn more about what judges are looking for or improve your training plans
You can also ride Dressage tests and enter them with Official BD online company Dressage Anywhere. They offer training tests and you can always ask for me to judge those for you
Lets hope the virus continues to reduce in severity and that we come out the other side very soon- as you can imagine I won't be going on holiday for some time so I'm here to help if needed
If you are looking to compete in dressage to music then come to a Satellite DTM clinic at any suitable venue once clinics recommence. The only difference between these and the standard Equivisions dressage to music clinics is that Julie Geraghty will not be present but the video of the floorplan will be sent to her and she will work with you over the internet to arrange the music.
There are Satellite dressage to music clinics in Bucks, Kent, Beds and Essex when floor plans can be designed, see Event page for information. Please contact Julie Geraghty of Equivisions or myself if you have a suitable venue and would like to arrange a satellite clinic. If you want to make your own arrangements for the music element then you can simply book a floorplan session.
South & Eastern Region have again obtained funding for Riders eligible for the Eastern Para Teams so eligible Think Equestrian clinics are available for only £15 when booked through the BD Eastern diary on the BD website once BD recommences events
The website is regularly updated with new Equestrian & Performance articles and goals on the tips pages. Don't forget to send in your questions for the Question & answer page. There is also a page, Convention Notes with detailed notes which have taken at various conventions.
Stuck for Gift ideas?- then buy a Think Equestrian Gift voucher towards a lesson or Dressage to Music Choreography package or Performance coaching- please contact me for details
Sound Schooling has a comprehensive choice of ridden lessons (from me, Kim Ratcliffe, and also from Mark Butler) and Podcasts (To help you Understand what the Judges is looking for at various dressage competition levels and how to start Dressage to Music) as well as ridden warm up sessions and music by Tom Hunt, mastermind behind Charlotte Du Jardin's Olympic Gold medal winning Kur for you to buy and download in MP3 format for riders from Preliminary level upwards. More lessons are under preparation and will continue to be produced in highest quality sound. See the Downloadable lesson page for details
Think Equestrian is about bringing together the best in equestrian training with modern techniques to maximise the rider's performance. It incorporates a fusion of modern and classical principles of riding and seeks to help the rider to identify their strengths and areas of development.
Many riders find themselves under performing in the arena, losing confidence, lacking direction or becoming disillusioned with their riding or horse. The aim of Think Equestrian is to help the rider find a deeper understanding and clearer direction and to maximise performance with the best techniques and clear goals.
The aim of Think Equestrian is to help the rider to build a strong knowledge base in dressage, to develop the rider's seat to work positively with the horse and to help the rider to use techniques to maintain focus and direction. The website will contain some ideas based on the philosophy that I use to coach and the topics will change regularly so come back every month for something new.
Every month there is a "Goal of the month" in both ridden and performance areas for you to work with. I also recommend that all riders keep a journal, to keep a note of anything they have identified and learnt about themselves and their horse. It can also be the ideal place to record your goals and monitor your progress in an objective way.
Performance coaching for individuals is available through a mentoring scheme with me, Kim Ratcliffe, a Neuro Linguistic programming Practitioner. An intitial discussion can be in person or by telephone and will be followed by regular telephone sessions to review progress, goals and issues that may have arisen.
Kim Ratcliffe & Late O'Leary