Riding, and the partnership you have with your horse should be fun and pleasurable whatever your ambitions. A good technique makes all sports more enjoyable, not only as it is likely to make you more successful, but it also boosts confidence, and makes the sport safer and less likely to cause unnecessary wear and tear to either horse or rider.
Riding well is not easy, but it should not be complicated either. I certainly don't always find it easy myself, 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 in 2015 and 2016 the number of people I teach has increased and I now have a lovely group of pupils who I thoroughly enjoy helping with their horses, and have really enjoyed watching their successes.
Kind testimonials below from Geraldine Fisher who I have been helping 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