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Coaching for Gold at The Pony Club Instructors Conferences

The Pony Club Instructors ‘Coaching for Gold’ Conferences, held at Myerscough College, Lancashire and Hartpury College, Gloucester, were a great success for 2012 with over 700 instructors attending.
Generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, the Conferences focussed on coaching flatwork, for the disciplines of Dressage and Show Jumping, leading up to course jumping.

With the 2012 Olympics very much a hot topic, The Pony Club were delighted to be able to welcome Yogi Breisner MBE FBHS as guest speaker.  A member of the Swedish Eventing team from 1976-87, Yogi won European team gold in 1983, competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and has finished in the top 10 at Badminton horse trials four times. 

As World Class Performance Manager for a decade, during which time he has seen many Pony Club graduates represent their country, Yogi was undoubtedly an inspirational key speaker on how ‘instruction, training and coaching should always be fun, interesting, challenging, educational and enjoyable’. Working with two groups of riders, beginning with Pony Club Members with young horses on the flat and moving onto jumping courses, Yogi looked at the spectrum of training from the correct foundations of balance, going forwards and rhythm up to competition level including how to warm up, course walking and riding a course of jumps.  There was emphasis from Yogi on how the coaching should not take away from the natural talent of the horse and rider, but help to develop and enhance it. 

Many of the instructors attending felt the conference helped to compound their knowledge, with delegate Abbey Wass, commenting “I have had a great day and learnt lots of great of exercises, so it has been invaluable”.  Eight lucky Pony Club Members also got the chance to act as demonstration riders for Yogi, and their different types of horses enabled Yogi to show the audience clear examples of the scenarios coaches have to adapt to.   

The conference counted as a CPD refresher for both Pony Club Instructors and registered BHS Instructors.  Notes from the day will be available on HERE shortly.

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