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Welcome to Think Equestrian


                (Client Claire Knowles at the 2014 Aachen CHIO Breed day)


 Welcome to 2024. The Winter  Area Festivals and Winter regionals  including the music classes are now complete -congratulations to all of you who have qualified for the Finals in April.  Spring is a good time to be thinking about a new floorplan for the  2024 summer AF and it's always the right time  to improve the way your horse goes, ready for a new level. 


If you are a British Dressage member then make sure you download and read the new 2024 HandBook with new rules and clarifications including clothing. In addition the new tests that will be taking over on 1st July at all levels from Introductory to Advanced are available free to members to download. There are 6 tests  at most levels and changes include replacing Submission with Co-operation in the collectives and also changing the co-efficients on some collectives. The tests will also have greater directives to help riders and judges. I will be running Test Riding Days using the new tests From February-June for British Dressage and they are available to book through Horse Monkey, Under British Dressage South & East. The Dates are on this website Events page. If there are spaces then i can accept "normal" clinic slots on thise dates


New dates and venues will be added to the Event page as they are confirmed including the fabulous indoor faciliities at Warrenwood in Hertfordshire and in the same county I will be running some clinics with arena boards at the competition venue Silver Leys-  contact me for more information. 


But there is always the question regarding how clear you are on what needs to be improved- are you riding at your best or could you improve this aspect, 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, 2022 seemed to return us all to normality and 2023 was all systems go. Finances are tight for many now so planning how best to spend the funds you have has never been more important.

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


I am continuing to work  with David Sanders of the Neuromechanics Academy (Rider Reboot) . 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. Details of the various programmes are on the Links page.

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




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. A full service clinic with Equivisions will took place in Norfolk on 16th April

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.

You can also book flexi training via Horse Monkey at any venue to fulfill criteria for Regional team selection

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



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

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