Welcome to my page, inspired by my beautiful mare Grace who caused me to change my approach not only to horsemanship, but how we interact with all beings and life in general!

I am a freelance BHS Accredited Senior Coach, Trust Technique® Practitioner (this is for ALL types of animal) and classical trainer based near Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK. If you are not nearby I can offer video calls or video lessons or I can travel for small groups by arrangement.

How can I Help You?

Mindfulness – just be with your horse, slow down, find peace and clarity of mind, calm focus, and learn to observe behaviour and work at the horse’s pace to develop a listening state and mutual understanding.

Groundwork – from haltering to classical work in hand – take the lessons from the mindfulness practice into action, developing a calm communication that can be transferred into ridden work if you choose.

Riding – from basics to collection – all ground and ridden work is based on classical principles, training for mental, emotional and physical well-being.

About Me

At the age of 8, I had to make a choice – ballet or horse-riding. I chose riding.

I had weekly lessons and by the time I was a teenager, I was spending all my weekends and holidays helping out, watching and learning. I was small, so I also got to back and ride away the young ponies.

I left school at 16 and became a working pupil at a riding school/livery yard/stud and took my BHSAI a year later. I spent a season working in a leading showing yard but I soon returned to teaching and was the head girl in a riding school/livery/competition yard for a while. I then decided I wanted a “proper job” so that I could, for the first time afford my own horse, but continued to teach freelance in my spare time.

In 1991 I took my BHSII and by this time I was starting to compete regularly in anything and everything on my own and others’ horses. My interest started to focus on dressage and I was more drawn to the classical training methods but still enjoyed competing. Over the following years I remained a keen student and in addition to continuing the classical training, I also explored natural horsemanship.

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Blog – Reflections on Horses and Life

Dealing with Setbacks

You’re toddling along and making steady progress, you’re being calm and patient, working at your horse’s pace, when BAM! You’re right back at square one. All that careful, mindful work you’ve been doing over the past days, weeks, months…. it was all for nothing. How does THAT make you feel? Do you know what? It …

A Road Less Travelled

I wrote this piece for a private group, but it has relevance for anyone who is not following a mainstream approach.  Sometimes when you take a path off the beaten track, when you take a different approach to the one you always followed along with everyone else, it can be a lonely journey. The help …