This Autumn we are stepping out of the norm and creating a course which includes Zoom lessons linked to practical lessons. We’ll discuss technical ideas on a Monday night and then put our learning into practice on the Wednesday evening. There’s a discount for signing up to the full course, or you can book on a week by week basis – whatever is easiest.
Alison Payne will be using modern approaches to learning to help you discover practical ways to get the most out of your time with your equine friend.
Each week has a Monday evening Zoom discussion for 30-40 minutes, then a Wednesday evening session in the indoor school at Park Dressage, Goytre
Course cost: £110 for all eight sessions or £28 for one week (one Zoom and one lesson)
Certificate for completing all eight sessions
WEEK ONE: GET AN EXTRA 4% IN YOUR DRESSAGE TEST
Zoom: 7pm Mon 5th Oct, Lesson: 5, 6 or 7pm Wed 7th Oct
It’s easier than you think! Find out about the rules for competing and discover what the judge really wants to see
WEEK TWO RIDE GREAT SCHOOL MOVEMENTS
Zoom: 7pm Mon 19th Oct, Lesson: 5,6 or 7pm Wed 21st Oct
Ride accurate circles, centre-lines and test movements to up your competition marks and develop your training to the next level
WEEK THREE COMMUNICATE BETTER WITH YOUR HORSE
Zoom Mon 2nd Nov, Lesson Wed 4th Nov
Improve your communication with your horse : learn how to channel your aids effectively for balance and connection
WEEK FOUR : CHANGING GEAR—TRANSITIONS
Zoom: 7pm Mon 16th Nov, Lesson: 5, 6 or 7pm Wed 18th Nov
Learn what makes a good transition and discover why they are a foundation for so much more …..
All sessions are NO PRESSURE. Ideal for YOUNG or green horses, NERVOUS riders or NEW PARTNERSHIPS.
This Autumn and Winter, we will once again be at Amanda Leaker’s lovely indoor school on Wednesday evenings. The sessions are no-pressure, sociable evenings designed for confidence-building and setting a firm foundation so that you can come out of Winter ready to enjoy long hacks, fun rides, dressage competitions or riding club activities as soon as the weather allows.
Alison Payne uses modern coaching and learning theories to help you discover how to get the most out of the time with your equine partner.
Focussing on confidence-building and building a firm foundation for your future, this series is ideal for green horses, nervous riders, new partnerships or people just wanting to get out over the Winter.
The Philosophy for these lessons is:
¨ No pressure
¨ Leave with a smile
¨ Celebrate small achievements
¨ No pace too slow
¨ Be sociable
¨ No question too silly
In short: enjoy yourself while you learn
Sessions are every Wednesday in the indoor school at Park Dressage, Goytre NP4 0AL starting from September 23rd, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm
Lessons are £25 per person with 2 or three per group
Flatwork pole-work or jumping
Remember this: as your coach I am there to help you. If it’s a technical question, I will answer it, so you don’t have to post on social media or spend time searching. If I don’t know the answer – I’ll find a way of getting it. (I won’t guess! I’m a scientist by trade, so I like a good evidence-base). If it’s something more human or intangible, that’s fine, I’m there to support you.
It might sound odd, but you could think of me as a kind of ‘Professional Friend’. I might not be the person who knows your inner secrets and gives you a hug when things go wrong, but I am the person who is keen to see you on your feet again. I’ll be helping you to see clearly (again), helping you to recognise and define your goals and seeing you head off onto a path where you can feel confident, get your mojo back and achieve the things that you so want to do.
I am your coach, but this doesn’t end when our meetings finish. I am there – on the phone, at my keyboard and I’m always happy to help you via any (reasonable!) medium. Instant messages, texts, phone calls, skype, e mail. Oh, and let’s not forget – I love a good cup of coffee, so meeting up is always a winner.
But, you know what? You don’t even need to have a problem. You don’t need to feel down to get in touch – you might have something exciting to tell me: I won a new contract, the new job’s going really well, I won a rosette at the horse show last weekend. Being a coach means that I can take vicarious pleasure: seeing the success of others is great.
You are amazing. You are unique. You are you.
So, I sometimes start off workshops or coaching groups by asking people to consider why they are amazing. I don’t ask them if they are amazing, because I know that they are.
It’s a difficult question for most people because we grow up looking at role models and seeing what people around us do – and frequently it leaves us feeling that there is still more to do for us to emulate them.
That might be true, but what we forget is that we have our own personal bits of amazing-ness that they don’t have. We rarely see the people who look to us a role models because nobody ever says ‘Hi there, you are my role model’. It would probably feel rather creepy (for us) and maybe embarrassing for them. So, here is a story for you; if you’ve met me, you will almost certainly have heard me mention my Mother. She is amazing. Not just now (as I am old enough to appreciate it), but when we were younger too. She is strong and determined but unconditionally loving. She is compassionate and gives her time freely to many causes. She is busy. She takes care of herself. When family focus was on me and my brother, she made her own clothes with designer labels so that she could have the best clothes even if they weren’t from a shop. She worked hard in a hospital and worked hard for the family. She found time, even then to do things for other groups as a volunteer. If I can add to peoples lives like she has and if I can grow older gracefully, elegantly and by keeping busy like her, I shall be proud. She is my role model. Yet it was only last week that I told her.
So, what makes you amazing? It might not be something really obvious, maybe it was something you did for someone years ago that made a difference for them though it was just part of your nature. Maybe you are brilliant with spreadsheets; able to run fast; fab at fixing stuff; good at getting things done. Did you visit an unusual place that left you in awe and wanting to tell other people? Did you complete a plan in difficult circumstances? Have you overcome a tough time and come out the other side smiling again? Did you do something that you thought you could never do? Have you kept an unusual pet? Did you make someone laugh this week? The list goes on, but you get the idea? What makes you amazing might be something quite small, but which makes you unique.
What’s the point of this? Well, a common request in my coaching conversations is to help improve self-belief. As in so many instances, it is really about searching to find those things that you know about yourself but which have got forgotten, lost or hidden under other things. Once we start to delve, you’ll find those bits of amazing-ness for yourself and the only challenge then is to say them aloud and recognise them for what they really are.
Go on, try it. Think of something amazing about yourself and just tell the cat/dog/goldfish/houseplant. Simply saying it out loud is a great first step and might just give you that initial, positive step towards realising who you really are.