What I did last week and Why…!

What I did last week and Why…!

Last week I went on a 738 mile round trip from Dollar to Stow-on-the-Wold to join my friends and colleagues at the Centre 10 Advanced Coaches meet up day. I didn’t hesitate about booking up for this because I knew from past experience that the journey would be worthwhile.

Those of you who have followed my blog posts and social media pages for any time will know that I am a fan of learning new things and so called “Lifelong Learning”.

Over the years, all the way back to school days, I have never stopped learning. It’s just part of who I am and always will be.

I’m a great believer in the idea that we learn something new every day. This might come from a formal learning or education effort or it might come from observing the world around us and situations that we find ourselves in. Each day brings new ideas and opportunities to learn.

From a horse riding point of view I am sure that you, like me, have often been asked about why you continue to have lessons or coaching often accompanied by a comment such as “surely you can ride by now after all these years”! All of us can benefit from ongoing coaching, whatever level we ride at, so that we can learn new skills and improve on existing ones.

From a professional point of view….yes I do have a huge amount of experience and knowledge about the minds and mindset beliefs of horse riders but I would never, ever claim that I have ALL the answers and I am always open to learning new ideas that I can share with my clients.

Once I completed my Advance Coaching course with Centre 10 the learning most definitely didn’t stop with the receipt of my certificate. Each month brings new opportunities to share ideas with colleagues, learn from other coaches whose backgrounds, training and situations are different to mine and also to take part in seminars, training days and coaches clinics during which I always pick up new ideas and deeper understanding.

At the meet up day last week we looked at two main things:

Firstly we looked at The Change House which is a model for looking at the psychology of change via the metaphor of different rooms in a house. Supporting and guiding clients through a change process is a large part of my work so this was a very interesting and useful learning opportunity for me.

The Change House Model




Secondly we had a fabulous session with Rider and Equine Soft Tissue Therapist Dee So’Oialo who demonstrated how she works with elite riders and their horses to help them achieve world class performance. On the day we observed Dee working with international dressage rider Lara Butler alongside Lara’s technical riding coach Carl Cuypers. It was fascinating to see the triangle of rider/horse, bodywork expert and riding coach working together as a team. There was also some psychology input from Centre 10’s Charlie Unwin who always has valuable insights to add.

The Coaching Team



The other highlight of the meet-up was the opportunity to spend time in the company of other fantastic coaches and to share stories, put faces to names and simply to have a lot of fun and some great laughter.

All in all my trip south was yet another wonderful learning opportunity and definitely well worth the long drive.

I look forward to being able to share my enthusiasm for learning new ideas with the horse riders I am already working with and those who I have yet to meet.


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