The theme of the conference, held on 12 February at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, was ‘small change big difference’ and the aim was to show coaches how they can view their own training from a different angle; enabling them to get ahead and discover new ways of assisting others to reach their goals.
The line-up of morning speakers did just that, with sessions from equine biomechanics expert Russell Guire, performance psychologist Charlie Unwin, Dr. Caroline Benoist from the Neue Schule Academy and Stephanie Bradley from the Society of Master Saddlers covering wide range of thought-provoking subjects.
The afternoon began with the presentation of the inaugural Coach of the Year Awards, designed to reward those who have gone above and beyond to help Pony Club Members achieve their goals. The Young Coach of the Year Award went to Old Berkshire Hunt Branch’s Aaron Nobbs and Linda Pearce picked up Coach of the Year for her contribution to the Cottesmore Hunt Branch.
A stunned Linda was very surprised to have been nominated, let alone short listed. She said:
“I’m really humbled; it’s a great honour.” Linda continued to talk about how much she enjoyed the Coaching Conference, and how increasing knowledge positively impacts the way coaches teach.
“It feels amazing to have won. I’m so overwhelmed; there are so many good young coaches in The Pony Club.” Aaron said the Coaching Conference was ‘a real eye opener.’ “It’s been a really interesting day with lots of useful information.”
Aaron and Linda received a keepsake glass plaque, a training bursary and products courtesy of sponsors Vydex British Horse Supplements.
Everyone gathered in the arena for the afternoon session which was delivered by International show jumper and trainer Matt Lanni. With the help of six young Pony Club riders, Matt ran two sessions; the first dealing with issues such as rhythm, straightness, rushing and refusing, and the second which covered jumping exercises to create a better way of going over a course of fences.
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