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


Meet the speakers!

Caroline Moore FBHS

Caroline Moore is a Fellow of the BHS and the National u18 Coach for British Eventing. After riding at 4* level Caroline turned her career towards coaching in 2010 and has coached medal winning partnerships from Ponies to Senior Championships with an emphasis on creating confidence, good quality basics and attention to detail. Following on from the individual and team success at the World Equestrian Games this year were very excited to have Caroline with us.

Russell Guire

Equestrian performance research industry expert Russell Guire will delivering an interactive presentation and will feature some of Centaur Bio-mechanics latest research which has been investigating ways in which horse owners can optimise the interaction between the horse-saddle-rider. Featured areas; effect of; tree width, rider asymmetry, training aids, saddle balance, rider behaviour and more…

Professor (Dr.) Tony Ghaye

Hot off the ‘Winter Psychology Tour’ Tony Ghaye we deliver a super session on sports psychology with his presentation ‘Feel the fear - a new psychology to develop equine excellence’  and how you can utilise this to increase you performance under pressure. Tony has been involved in many equestrian spheres including:

•  Contributing to the BEF Young Professional Programme for upcoming young riders selected from the disciplines of British Eventing, British Dressage & British Showjumping.
•  Working with the BEF and the National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence from 2016 on wards.
•  One-to-one psychological well-being support with dressage riders, eventing riders and jump jockeys.
•  Best-selling author of 14 books on improving performance

Katy Stephens

Katy has a First-Class Honours degree in Sports Therapy and followed this up with a 2-year medical internship with Gloucester Rugby. This allowed her to work with experienced Physiotherapists, Doctors, Strength and conditioning coaches and nutritionists. As Head Therapist of the local rugby club, Katy has seen all types of injuries and now has a wealth of knowledge surrounding this. She now works with a semi-professional rugby league team which is also giving her a huge understanding of how to help someone reach optimal level and recover in the quickest possible time. She has now ran her own injury clinic therapy clinic which has allowed me to see a variation of injuries.

Katy’s life love is horses and has been riding since she was three so has a good understanding of the fitness and well being of horse riders. She has gone on to complete a Masters in Advanced clinical Practice. Her research project was based on equestrian sport and understanding head injuries in riders better. Having worked in Rugby since starting at University, she has an acute awareness of concussion and how protocols are constantly evolving. As someone who has grown up competing in equestrian disciplines it occurred to Katy how often she probably had been concussed in the past without anyone checking.

Katy started to look into youth equestrian sport and what is currently in place to protect young horse riders and was disappointed by the lack of information that was readily available. Her ambition is to carry on this research into a Professional Doctorate.



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