Welcome to Think Equestrian
(Client Claire Knowles at the 2014 Aachen CHIO Breed day)
I have started arranging some exciting new venues,
to replace the Houghton Hall clinics- this includes Knights End Farm (Cambs), Thurleigh Equestrian (Beds) and Westlands (Essex) please check on the Events page for details
There are Satellite dressage to music clinics in Norfolk ,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 The only difference between these and the standard 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.
Best wishes to everyone in 2018, remember good preparation and appropriate goals can help you to achieve everything you want to this year.
The website has been 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 a new page, Convention Notes with detailed notes 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 2018 - 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