Aspire Video Library

Are you a grassroots rider? An amateur rider? A pro? Semi-pro? 

To show a lower level rider training in form of Aspire video library has been on my mind for a while now but I’ve been putting it away due to my own camera cowardice! Talking in front of lenses is definitely not my forte but finally my drive to do something that might be helpful and useful to many more riders than I am physically able to teach in regular way, has won me over.

There are good few superb video sites out there which I enjoy very much, they are educational and insightful, feature good riders, top trainers and very interesting horses. You might ask why on earth am I trying to make a video library when such fantastic resources are already available, professionally made and produced.

To explain the thinking behind the idea of Aspire’s video education project let’s have a quick look at how sports are participated in as a whole.

Amateur sports are sports in which participants engage largely or entirely without remuneration. The distinction is made between amateur sporting participants and professional sporting participants, who are financially remunerated for the time they spend playing or training. In the majority of sports which feature professional players, the professionals will participate at a higher standard of play than amateur competitors. However, the majority of worldwide sporting participants are amateurs.


Professional sports, as opposed to amateur sports, are sports in which athletes receive payment for their performance. Professional athleticism has come to the fore through a combination of developments. Mass media and increased leisure have brought larger audiences, so that sports organizations or teams can command large incomes. Professional sport is perhaps the only activity that defies the commercial norm whereby the media expect to be paid for carrying publicity for non-media organizations; in professional sport they are expected to pay for the privilege of doing so. As a result, more sportspeople can afford to make athleticism their primary career, devoting the training time necessary to increase skills, physical condition, and experience to modern levels of achievement. This proficiency has also helped boost the popularity of sports.

Most sports played professionally also have amateur players far outnumbering the professionals.


Grassroots sport is a popular phrase which covers the amateur participation in sport at lower levels, normally without pretension towards higher achievement, and is in line with the “sport for all” mentality, where enjoyment is the primary reason for participation.


semi-professional athlete is one who is paid to play and thus is not an amateur, but for whom sport is not a full-time occupation, generally because the level of pay is too low to make a reasonable living based solely upon that source, thus making the athlete not a full professional athlete.


If we go with the above definitions, the goal of Aspire Equestrian programmes is to offer quality, thorough, inspiring  and enjoyable education at grassroots and amateur levels. The latter can sometimes overlap a little with the semi-professional area due to fabulous opportunities created by many small sponsorships but the main idea is to support the driving force of equestrian sports – the passionate equestrian enthusiasts.

Twenty + years in or near riding school environment has made it clear to me that very, very few establishments have any form of a plan for progressing their clients in a way that gives them an access to higher level sport should they wished to ever be involved in it…but more on this later. Even fewer places do it in a way that is rider-centred and horse friendly at the same time.

The Aspire video library will be matched structurally in the following way:


The videos will follow principles of Aspire Start & Foundation Programmes (shown below – click on photo to visit Aspire Programmes) that are designed to offer rider-centred, horse-friendly and highly effective riding training to those riders who are in the sport mostly for fun, love of horses and physical benefits.


The videos will show our way to teach the basics of riding. The Aspire’s system is based on classical principles, appreciation of equine and human biomechanics as well as equine behaviour and rider’s learning styles. We like to bring many ideas together, mix natural horsemanship with simple science – all for the good of the horse and benefit of the rider.

The video material within this section should also be of benefit to grassroots coaches learning to teach or riders who need to address basic skills to progress further…There will be an additional series of “learning to teach” type videos here as well.



Videos in this section will look at the process of training the rider to train the horse. Aspire Programmes value long-term training plans. Training uses no gadgets for schooling, aims at deeper than earlier understanding of movement biomechanics, equine behaviour, hoof care, saddle fit and rider’s fitness. I am looking forward to filming this!

The main difference to me between a strictly for-fun riding and amateur sport involvement is passion and a dream…It doesn’t matter if you are just learning rising (or posting for US/Canada readers) trot. If you aspire to National championships or Olympic Games we will give you the foundations from which you can reach your dreams…

The Purpose

Aspire’s video library, virtual training programmes and regular coaching all have one clear purpose: to equip any novice rider with quality skills and understanding  of horses to such a degree that lousy basics never stop them from pursuing riding dreams.

I personally want to educate more and more riders in such a way that they can go ahead to top trainers in their chosen sport and for those trainers not having to spend years on correcting the basic skills of the rider but to be able to take them onwards to whatever goal the rider might have.

I would like to see many more riders taking up the sport at grassroots level and go on to ambitious amateur sport where they can have the time of their life with their horses.

I am both excited and nervous about this project, it requires me to get in front of the camera and that’s damn tricky 😉 I hope you will share your views, ideas and constructive criticism now and as we go along. I would appreciate your input very much.


3 thoughts on “Aspire Video Library”

  1. I think it’s a wonderful idea! When you’ve done it for a while it will become naturally for you, to talk in front of the camera 🙂
    I’m looking forward to the “learning how to teach” part!

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