“It is an absolute privilege to have the chance to be taught by Chris Bartle – I feel completely inspired,” said Becky Mullen-Feroze, one of Stubbing Court Training Ltd (SCT)’s employers of apprentices, after taking part in SCT’s exclusive Masterclass with British eventing team coach Chris Bartle.
SCT’s long-running Masterclass Series, which gives SCT apprentices and their employers exclusive access to training with the world’s best coaches and riders, has attracted many international stars over the years.
On Monday 20 November, Chris Bartle taught 10 groups of SCT apprentices and employers at Vale View Equestrian Centre in Leicestershire. The groups ranged widely in experience and ability, yet every rider visibly improved and grew in confidence during their Masterclass.
“We are very lucky that, after taking part in our ‘Winning Ways’ seminar during the summer, Chris agreed to give this Masterclass,” said SCT’s Chief Executive Belinda Turner MBE. “Chris proved once again what an outstanding coach he is and we hope to work with him again in the future.”
After a riding career that brought a Badminton win and success at the very highest level in dressage, Chris Bartle coached the German eventing team for a decade, winning team and individual gold medals at Olympic, World and European Championships. He took over the British squad in 2017 and helped them to team gold at the recent European Championships.
“For many years, I have shouted that practical training is needed for the equestrian industry’s workforce – caring for horses in a safe but effective way. Apprenticeships combine hands-on experience with theory, and that is why I am so supportive of the work that SCT does.”
SCT is Britain’s leading provider of apprentices to the equestrian industry. The apprenticeship scheme offers young people the chance to learn in a hands-on, constructive way while gaining a valuable qualification – and earning a wage. SCT’s outstanding contacts within the industry mean that their apprentices and employers gain unique access to training with the best riders and coaches, which is both inspirational and encourages higher and higher standards.