Welcome to Think Equestrian
Welcome to Think Equestrian
(Client Claire Knowles at the 2014 Aachen CHIO Breed day)
Hurrah- BD have confirmed that clinics and competitions can recommence from 29th March (subject to data being as expected) so I am now busy organising the clinics starting from then. Dates are being added to venues on the Events & Clinics page so keep checking and I will add as they are confirmed.
So no time to lose to get yourself in your best condition to ride to your best. Although 2020 and the start of this year has not turned out to be the one we all hoped for in many ways, the Rider workshops are taking place online (via Zoom) with Sports science, neuromechanics & biomechanics exercise expert David Sanders . Amazing 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 uses works. There are now 12 rider specific exercise classes every week (for just £12 a month) and a Rider performance programme.There are separate workshops for Coaches and Riders both for Show jumpers and Dressage . If you sign up in February for a Workshop, then you can access classes for the rest of february for free (and they are available on zoom live & On demand) Full details are on the Rider Exercise workshop page.
I designated September & October 2020 as Invest in Yourself months- 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. The articles for these months were focused on this and of course, if you have any concerns about your asymmetry, balance or recurring pain then join our Riders workshops. But investing in yourself is an ongoing theme, physical and mental wellbeing is vital for all riders
My Clinics have been again cancelled in lockdown although I am coaching locally at private yards in accordance with government guidelines and I can of course coach via Zoom.
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 measures work and we come out the other side before too long- 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.
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. Two new Sound Schooling lessons are under preparation. 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
Eastern Regional County clinics will continue to take place throughout 2021 once BD recommences events- please see Event and clinic dates page for details and an explanation of these clinics- more dates will be published shortly. County Clinics are open to all, there is no commitment to take part in other Regional activities
The Dressage camp at Boyton Hall Suffolk in 2013 was a great success and thanks to all of the trainers and particularly to organiser Sue Frost who made it such a roaring success. The camp was a holistic look at improving your riding and competing. We are now looking for possible future camps and mini-camps.
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