I thoroughly enjoy helping other riders get the best from their partnership with their horses. It is very rewarding to make a difference, and build confidence and the partnership between horse and rider, resulting in increased success at whatever level and whatever discipline they choose.
Being good at any sport is not particularly easy, but it should not be complicated either. In any sport a good technique will always make for a more consistent performance and increased confidence. I’m not particularly athletic and have never been very brave or confident, but I have been lucky to have had some very good coaches who have helped me achieve good basic techniques, both in my riding and the way in which I train horses, and I try to pass on their expertise in a way that is tailored to the individual I am teaching to help them achieve their ambitions. I am happy to help with flatwork, and both show jumping and cross country. Whether your want to prepare your horse for hunting, point-to-pointing, eventing or show jumping a few simple ways to improve his and your own approach to a fence can make all the difference to your enjoyment on the day.
I very much enjoy seeing riders and horses strengthen their partnerships and enjoy success as a result of a few very simple, but hopefully helpful, ideas. I am happy to teach on a one-to-one basis, or in groups of a maximum of four riders.
I have excellent facilities for dressage and show jumping at home. I am also willing to travel to teach, although my own competition commitments can make this difficult.
I am very lucky that during 2019 the number of people I teach has continue to increase and I now have a lovely group of pupils who I thoroughly enjoy helping with their horses, and have really enjoyed watching their successes.
Marine Delanoe joined us for seven months in 2018 with her lovely horse Emie. Marine worked really hard to improve her riding, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching their competitive success during the time they were here.
“Sarah Lewis helped me to improve my riding and offered me the opportunity to travel to different show jumping competitions and get more experience with my horse. I truly feel that she has improved my riding and I would sincerely recommend her to anyone willing to work hard toward their goals.”
I have been helping Karen Ibberson and her lovely Vinnie for about eighteen months now. 2018 was their first season of competing at BE90 and they were never out of the top 15 - in fact only out of the money twice! A kind testimonial from Karen below. Unfortunately the lovely Vinnie succumbed to colic early this year and I am now helping Karen with her new horse, the very glamorous Comet.
“I came under Sarah’s wing just as I had started my 1st ever season British Eventing (BE90). Sarah found just the right flat work bit for my horse that gave me so much more confidence to really work with Vinnie, rather than spend most of the time struggling to get him into a consistent outline. I used to want to just get the dressage test over & done with as quickly as possible but now I really ride to try to achieve the best score we can. Something I never thought I’d say as I’m not normally an overly competitive person! With Sarah’s expert guidance our SJ has come on too, I am much more confident at seeing strides & coping when I can’t! I just love Sarah’s direct & forthright way of instructing, she is so encouraging & supportive and instills in you a real desire to want to put in the work to improve & succeed, not only for yourself but for her. “
Kind testimonials below from Geraldine Fisher who I helped with her lovely ex-race horse who is now team chasing and dragging, and Louise Lewis who I helped prepare for the Badminton Grass Roots Championships where she finished 15th and won the trophy for the best rider over 40.
“Sarah has great ability in quickly pinpointing specific areas on which to focus to help create the fundamental groundwork to improve in any discipline, and does so in an extremely comprehensible manner.”Geraldine Fisher
'Having not competed for 33 years although I had ridden reasonably regularly with my children, Sarah worked with me on bringing my riding into the 21st century with particular focus on my jumping in order to qualify for Badminton Grassroots which I did and at the championships we did a lovely clear in the sj and the xc was great too apart from a misunderstanding between horse and rider on the xc. The confidence Sarah has given an aged rider is tremendous. We're aiming to qualify again for next year's championships.' Louise Lewis
Louise not only qualified for Badminton the following year, but also won the trophy for the best rider over 40.