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Equestrain coaches work with Sport Tasman - May 2012

The sport development advisor for Sport Tasman, Julie Price and Jeanette Garrett from Equine Positive Learning have worked together to create the first equestrian sport coaches course.

The course is based on Sport Tasman’s generic Coach Education course and re designed for equestrian sport.

The first course was held over two 3 hour evening sessions at Sport House, Saxton Fields. Although the initial limit was for 14 coaches the demand was high resulting in 23 coaches attending with a waiting list should anyone drop out. Coaches had travelled a considerable distances - from Golden Bay, Murchison and 3 coaches from Seddon (Blenheim).


The purpose of the course was based on the ‘how to’ of coaching rather than a particular equestrian level. The fundamentals of coaching – what makes a good coach, group management, safe practice, long term development of riders, teaching for understanding, giving feedback with self reflection on coaching performance.

The main focus was to give coaches the confidence, encouragement and support to go forward and help our horses and riders. The coaches came from a wide range of horse sports/codes/activities – freelance, Pony Club, RDA, and those running their own riding schools so a great mix to be able to share ideas.

Coaches where introduced to the idea of ‘buddy coaching’ and encouraged to seek coach mentoring in the future.

Equine Positive Learning has created an Equestrian Coaches Network for the top of the south island with the purpose of providing a support system for equestrain coach in the area. This network is open to all those that coach equestrain.

It is envisaged that this course will become an annual event in Nelson with plans being made for it to be repeated in Blenheim.

For the future Jeanette will continue to work with Sport Tasman to develop a course for the next level of equestrain coach and provide opportunities for coach mentor training.

Report written by Jeanette Garrett, Equine Positive Learning.