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Coach of the Year Awards 2019

Coach of the Year Awards 2019

The Pony Club Coaching Conference 2019 took place on Thursday 14th February 2019, at Hartpury College, Gloucester. Entitled ‘All you need to succeed’ the day aimed to share ideas and concepts to help continue to train Pony Club members to maximise their own potential and get the best out of themselves and their horses. Key speakers included Caroline Moore FBHS, Russell Guire, Professor (Dr.) Tony Ghaye and Katy Stephens. The Pony Club would like to thank the Worshipful Company of Saddlers for kindly sponsoring the Coaching Conference.

The Conference also held the presentation of the Coach of The Year Award. The Pony Club received lots of Nominations for the 2019 Awards, and the selection panel had the difficult task of assessing each nomination. Ensuring that the shortlisted nominees demonstrated the core values of performance, partnership, professionalism and passion and enthusiasm.

The Pony Club would like to thank Vydex, makers of British Horse Nutrition, for kindly sponsoring the Coach of the Year Award.
The Award is split into 2 categories: Coach of the Year and Young Coach of the Year. Where the Young Coach category recognises the achievements of our younger coaches (U25s).

Congratulations to Helena Sherwood from Minichinhampton Pony Club on receiving the Coach of the Year Award 2019.

“Helena is a motivational coach who always gets the best from her pupils, she is always smiling and cheerful and is able to get her pupils to respond and improve by having a positive and encouraging approach. She also puts a lot of thought into her lessons, she will always come up with exercises or ideas to keep the members interested, whilst continually improving both their own skills and their horses’ technique.

Helena was Branch Team Coach at all the Area Competitions this year, a role at which she excels at - she is positive, encouraging and thorough with her briefings, but also great at giving members positive feedback if things don’t go to plan. Not only did Helena give up several days to support our members but she didn’t want to be paid, as she said how much she enjoyed doing it”.

Well Done to Katie Barret from Newmarket & Thurlow (Runner Up), Sophie Campion from Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure (Short Listed) and Tamara Weal from Hursley Hunt Pony Club (Short Listed).

Congratulations to Victoria Leabeater from Hursley Hunt on being awarded Young Coach of the Year 2019.

“Young Coach Victoria (aged 21) has been a member of the Hursley for 16 years. Victoria has a deep love for the Pony Club - indeed another DC from Area 14 recently said that Victoria would probably bleed in Pony Club colours if she had an injury! Having had a very successful Pony Club career herself, Victoria is a huge inspiration to our younger members, and they all love seeing pictures and videos of her previous Pony Club Champs successes, as well as her on-going Eventing career on social media. In this October half term, Victoria’s SJ rally for minis and juniors was easily the most popular rally of the week - the younger riders (and their parents) love her enthusiasm, the fact that she uses exercises and techniques from her own elite trainers (adapted to a suitable level), and is unfailingly smiley and positive, whilst ensuring that everyone in her rides has understood the lesson’s content, and has “homework”!

As an ambitious young rider herself, Victoria is particularly good at engaging with our older members, seemingly able to find ways to help their overall confidence, not just with their riding, and parents have commented on improvements in behaviour and school achievements following positive experiences with their horses under Victoria’s instruction. Life in general can be challenging for today’s teenagers, and a positive, confidence-building rally with Victoria, achieving more than they thought possible, has really helped some of our older members - two of whom have now decided to follow in Victoria’s footsteps, and start their Steps Programme in 2019!”

Well Done to Anastasia Meadows from Atherstone Hunt who was Runner Up for the Young Coach Award.


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