Mindfulness is the practice of being present in every moment, not worrying about what was or what might be. A mindful rider is able to focus on what is happening right now with themselves and their horse, maintaining low stress and a higher ability for top performance.
The benefits from performance coaching can also be carried to day to day life since we mirror the same issues in our riding that we do in other areas of our lives. Mindfulness then becomes a whole life practice and success tool.
Are you a coach or rider for an IHSA or IEA team? In the past 20 years I have worked closely with IHSA and IEA riders as a coach, judge, steward, clinician and show organizer. I understand the pressures of competing on a team and riding unknown horses. My years of experience as a trainer and performance coach offer me a unique perspective, both with understanding a rider’s individual performance needs and how each horse needs to be ridden. I help riders learn to focus on developing a feel and relationship with the horse, and then form follows function. Riders begin to let go of worrying about a fixed position and instead turn their focus to understanding the ride needed for each horse.
Are you an adult rider or trainer of adult riders with all the adult stresses of life? Is it sometimes hard for you to find confidence, let go of your fears or need to be perfect? Does that make it hard for you to truly enjoy the passion for riding? Is riding not so much fun anymore? I get it! I have lived enough years and gone through my own personal adult struggles to be able to connect with adult riders. I got into a mindfulness practice because of my own life struggles. It has helped me be more confident and successful in my life. I truly enjoy working with adults and supporting them in finding more confidence and sharing my insights to help them find more success in their riding and life.
The Mindful Equestrian clinics are structured in a typical clinic format. I do private, semi-private and group sessions with a focus on riders improving both their technical skills and mental focus. I also offer a whole group mindfulness talk, in a seminar format, that can be included with a clinic to discuss how mindfulness strategies and working on mental blocks can improving riding outcomes and success.
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Seminars and talks about mindful riding and mental focus are offered to teams, lesson clients, trainers and organizations. These can be tailored to your group in several ways. With my diverse background in the horse industry and academics I also offer seminars/talks on a variety of horse training, barn management and equine business topics.
Mindful Equestrian Resources
Check out my Growth page for more offerings including:
The Seven Steps to Mindful Riding free ebook
The Trainers in Collaboration Mastermind Group
The Riding Instructor's Guide to Using Mindful Techniques Course
Please feel free to contact me with any subjects you would like covered and check back in to see what will be added.
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Individual hunter jumper lessons are available. I will be taking on a limited number of regular hunter/jumper lesson clients, but if you or your student needs some extra help before a big event like IEA regionals, zones or nationals please contact me. I would be happy to help you be at your best. Contact me for more information and rates.
Life Change and Career Coaching
It is quite evident that when learning a new skill the same things we are blocked by in our day to day lives are mirrored in our struggles with the new skill. The examples are endless. Performance coaches, life coaches, career coaches, teachers, trainers and bosses at work and anyone else with a teaching role all would benefit from learning and using core coaching skills and techniques. The fabric of our lives is woven like a fine tapestry where everything is interconnected. People can gain self-awareness and have perspective shifts when trying to learn and improve a new skill. They can then take this new awareness and apply it in other areas of their lives. My love for life and career coaching has grown organically from my career as an equestrian coach and trainer. As I have opened my mind and awareness through the years and shifted many perspectives in my life, I have become a better equestrian coach and share my passion for self- growth and awareness with my students. It is a wonderful opportunity to both teach someone the new skills and techniques needed to become a good equestrian and also partner with them in in their life journey. I now look not only at a rider’s skills but I also listen closely to what they say and how they express themselves both verbally and physically. I have, through the years, improved my emotional intelligence. That has helped me become a better equestrian coach, teacher, life and career coach and self. Daniel Goleman explains that, “If you’re a coach, you’ve got to engage the person, get them enthused about achieving the goal of change. Here it helps to draw on their dreams, their vision for themselves, where they want to be in the future. Then work from where they are now on what they might improve to help them get where they want to go in life.”
“In life” can mean any part of life. It can be when working with someone learning any skill or changing any habit whether it is in day to day life, school work or in some sport or leisure activity. Coaching in any part of someone’s life can help them in the whole of their lives. As coaches we have the opportunity to help clients shift their perspectives. Since all parts of our lives are so connected each time a shift occurs the client brings that new mindset with them in everything they do. Each time this happens the world becomes a little bit better place.
If you are looking to make a life or career change contact me for more information and rates. I offer group seminars and individual 60 minute and 20 minute phone/Skype sessions.