Category Archives: Aspire Equestrian Coaching Weekends

OPEN DAY at Brackenhill Stud today


Every year since Emma Brinkworth took over the livery business at Brackenhill Stud, she opens its doors with a bit more of a shebang to celebrate past achievements and future opportunities in what is possibly one of the most challenging, demanding, overwhelmingly stressful yet also incredibly rewarding job in the equestrian industry (as any livery yard owner or manager will sure know!).

Having been based on site for the last couple of years I became very fond of the place and even though I continue looking for a full on base for the Academy, Brackenhill Stud will always be very special to me.

We have some exciting new training opportunities planned in the coming year so do come and snoop around 🙂 Grab a chair and sit down for a chat or just take a walk, buy some tack from the table tack shop sale, win a MINI, win something in Tombola – you know the drill!

I will be around too if you would like to know more about training stays with me at Brackenhill so give me a txt or a ring if you can’t find me 🙂

Open Day at Brackenhill Stud


Would you like to join Aspire Grassroots Clinic in Poland at the end of May? Read on…:)

On 23-25 May 2014 we will be running Aspire Grassroots clinic near Warsaw, Poland. It turns out that there will be horses available for outside riders to borrow for training so if you after a weekend riding adventure please feel invited and give Wiola a call on +44 7438 758 217.

The format will be that of usual Aspire clinic – 2 hour private sessions on each day. Accommodation and food will be taken care of so all you need to do is to book your flights (only 1.5h from London).

Please call for details 🙂

Official poster for our clinic in Poland. Weekend Grassroots Clinic near Warsaw.

A Very Special December Intensive Training Weekend – Join Us!

Dear Riders (and Readers)! We would like to invite you for our very special (and last one of the year 2013) Intensive Training Weekend – 14th and 15th of December.

The bookings for the weekend open now and close at 9pm on the 29th November.

There are 3 places available on Saturday and 3 on Sunday.

Each rider who signs up will receive a special Aspire gift…of course the content is a secret!

Please download and share the poster with any horsey friends who you think might enjoy a great time of learning, fun and winter work out!

14 15 December poster 2013

What’s better than the crisp, fresh, intensive, Aspire training air ? :)

Beautiful sunny day at work (thank you to Emma for pictures 🙂
Working on lateral flexibility in – hand. Emma learning how to improve the school pony’s ability to bend. She is asking the pony to walk in a shoulder fore position to help him step under his centre of balance with his inside hind leg, contract the left side of his body and relax the right (tight) side.
Emma and Orpheus earning his pat for a few good steps

Emma and Orpheus later in the lesson. She stays out of the saddle to help the pony as he tends to drop his back and basic engagement. She is learning to feel for more quality steps that in turn help Orpheus with his balance.
Gemma on straight lines mission…Learning to ride the horse straight in light seat and on a given line without overusing the reins for steering
Working on suppleness in sitting trot

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Come for a day of November Aspire Training!

As the  Aspire Intensive Training Day on Saturday 23rd got booked up pretty much on the spot by my regular riders, I decided to offer Sunday 24th as well in case there were more all-weather aspiring riders looking for full-on, fun training that weekend 🙂

As always, both non horse owners and owners, novice and advanced riders are very welcome. You can bring your own horse for one or two sessions whilst also having access to a different hired horse in order to practice and develop your feel.

poster November 2013 23 and 24
Please click on the image to enlarge it. You are welcome to print it out and pass on to your friends or pin at your livery yard if you think someone might like to join in!

Training will take place at Cullinghood Equestrian Centre where we will have access to equine simulator and which we will use in the opening session (after tea/coffee and a chat of course 🙂 to work on rider’s technique, position and balance.


I will include links at the bottom of this post from previous sessions in case you are not sure what to expect from this work.

You can also search this blog for “rider training” for more information on our approach and teaching methods.

All levels are welcome, including beginner riders or advanced riders looking into improving specific issue with their training. I focus on long term effects and as such don’t teach quick fixes to problems. The aim of Aspire training is to find a path of progression individual to each rider.

The off horse session is focused on balance and body awareness and it’s a fun, creative and interactive lesson that encourages you to use your strengths in order to combat your weaknesses.

Anne in hand

Elements of all your lessons will be filmed – we use video feedback extensively to help  riders correct their riding as well as understand what happens in the horse’s body and how it affects their way of going.

This November weekend will be limited places weekend with maximum of 4 riders on the day (max 2 in ridden training). It is possible to book both days (with a discount) and it is also possible to stay overnight, feel free to contact me any time for more details.

There is 1 space left on Saturday 23rd and 4 on Sunday 24th. 

As always, all questions about Aspire training are welcome and I am happy to chat with you to make sure it’s something you are looking for.



Equine simulator – role in improving rider’s seat

Aspire Training Day – photos from one of our training days

Aspire Rider Development – selection of articles

Aspire Equestrian Riding Academy – 2014 programme 


So, who’s stopping you?

whats stopping you

“Don’t worry, you don’t need to do it perfectly, it’s not like we are aiming at Olympics”

When I hear such statements being said to riders I feel both sad and incredibly motivated to carry on with my work. We are creatures of beliefs even more so than creatures of habits. When we believe in something (the deep down kind of belief, not the verbal “yes, I sure can do this” kind of belief), we adjust our habits, actions, tactics and goals to those beliefs. And they are funny things you know, they develop in us from an early age and are shaped by everything and everyone around us. Smallest daily occurrences, big events and everything in between wires our brains into an intricate pattern of unique being. Before we know it, we believe we do, can, make it happen or not

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“SITTING PRETTY” – is that really the point? Pondering on body position vs body use

A few days ago I received an email enquiry from a rider interested in my lessons. I read with interest about issues the rider has with her horse and then I arrived at the sentence concluding the enquiry. The person writing had heard I work a lot on the rider, their position and way of riding and wanted to make sure this wouldn’t be the case with her as she wanted to work mainly on the horse.

Photo taken during Aspire Coaching weekend at Cullinghood EC

This email made me think of other riders who perhaps think the same so I would like to clarify a few things. Although I do put a lot of emphasis on rider’s seat it is not at all to achieve a pretty picture. In fact, my increasing interest in posture and seat of the rider has very little to do with visual outcome. My greatest fascination with rider’s biomechanics is due to an incredible effect a correct body use can (and does) have on communication with any horse.

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Photo Report from Aspire Equestrian Coaching at Cullinghood, Berkshire

Fresh off the camera as I have just returned from sunny Berkshire!


The riders really enjoyed the mechanical horse sessions and the value of those has surprised me. We were able to pinpoint several interesting points to work on in all riders and then work on those in real life situation on horses these riders never sat on before. Superb tool as far as seat work is concerned as it allows the instructor to observe the rider in a way they would not be able to do otherwise.



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JUNE & JULY ASPIRE Training Availability. Please Feel Free To Share :)

June July Calendar-001
Photo credit: Emma Zadravetz

Aspire training availability for the next couple of months Please feel free to share and spread the word about Aspire intensive training opportunities for both non-horse owners and owners out there.
General outline of Aspire coaching weekends can be found on here: but individual & weekday training requirements welcome.
Available: Nationwide & Europe.

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