Thursday July 19, 2018
Introduction to Pony Club Coaching

Teach in your Branch!

The Introduction to Pony Club Coaching courses are designed as a pathway for Pony Club Members to begin coaching, by ensuring that they have the necessary skills and support in place.  They also offer an opportunity for more experienced coaches to refresh themselves, and check that they are in line with best practice.

The Area 8 Coordinator for Pony Club Coaching is Frances Murray, and one of our key trainers for this is Michael Paveley BHSI

coach_ex_log_bookThere are three levels of Introduction to Coaching Courses:

  • Introduction to Coaching – Step 1
  • Introduction to Coaching – Step 2
  • Introduction to Coaching Cross Country – Step 3

This would be ideal for those who would like to get into teaching and coaching, whether in their own Branch or in another of the 360 Branches in the UK. It’s also particularly useful for Gap Year teaching, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and meeting like minded friends, as well as earning whilst attending University.

You may find it useful to purchase a Coaching Experience Folder from the Pony Club Shop to keep your stuff organised.




CPD training report

Wix photoThe Essex & Suffolk recently hosted an Instructors’ CPD training evening at Wix Equestrian Centre. They were extremely fortunate to secure the services of Jill Day as Trainer/Coach. Jill is a UKCC Level 3 Dressage Coach, a Level 3 Assessor and Coach Educator and is the Coaching Lead for British Dressage and as such has responsibility for all matters relating to Coaching within BD. As a rider she represented Team GB 9 times at Grand Prix and has trained several horses to Grand Prix level. As a coach she has trained riders to International Grand Prix, Junior and Pony European teams, and many riders to the National Championships as well as Olympic Event Rider Sharon Hunt for Beijing and Olympic Para Riders for Sydney and Atlanta. Jill was a selector for many years for Juniors and Young Riders and is now Development Manager for Ponies, Juniors and Young Riders.

The theme was “How the Basics Help Towards Grand Prix Training” and focused on how important it is to get the basics right and why correct training of the basics can help in the future training of a Grand Prix horse. The format was an interactive discussion/demonstration with guinea pig riders and emphasised the importance of teaching riders to feel and analyse for themselves at basic level if they are to go on to be Grand Prix riders.

The course was extremely well supported with over 40 Instructors attending what was an informative and enjoyable evening.