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LOCATION INDEPENDENT. ANYONE CAN ENTER. Intensive Training Day offer can only be used in the UK. Photo model: Flirting with Destiny owned by our lovely Guest Blogger: Candace!

If you would like me to cast an eye on a problem you are having with your riding and give you a mini-training plan to work on the issue, be brave and do the following:


  • film 1-2 min of clear footage of one issue you would like a training plan for
  • embed it on your blog in a post titled “Aspire Equestrian Monthly Virtual Training Challenge – Christmas Special” and a short description of what you are trying to achieve and what you are doing on the problem right now.
  • send me a link to your blog post as a comment to this post

I will comment on your blog with a thorough feedback and a mini training plan. 


You can then pick a friend with whom you can claim your Christmas Special Offer: 1 MONTH FREE OF ASPIRE VIRTUAL COACHING FOR BOTH OF YOU! (to be used any time before the end of February 2014) and £50 OFF an Aspire Intensive Training Day in 2014 for each of you*.

Be brave :) Bloggers must enter the challenge before 24th December 10pm London, UK time.

All levels and problems welcome. 

* blogger who publicly blogs about their training via Aspire Virtual Coaching programme and a friend will receive £50 OFF full fee when they book Aspire Intensive Training Day (location: Berkshire UK). Normal Intensive Training Day’s fee: £200 per rider per day. The offer can be claimed any time between Aug – Dec 2014. 



Don’t know what to expect from an Intensive Training Day? Watch our little video preview to Aspire 2014 coaching 🙂

My New Horse

My New Horse

A very special extended training option for all riders with a new addition to their family.

It can be daunting to form a good relationship with your new horse. This programme will help you get to know your horse/pony better, understand what to look for in its conformation to aid your schooling, understand hoofcare, way of going, how to put together training plans for you and your horse regardless your level (novice riders welcome!), how to work on your posture to improve your seat and effectiveness in the saddle and many more.
If you share Aspire’s values and like what we do please feel free to print the poster out and put it up at your yard, share or email it to your friends and get the enthusiasm for horse friendly, rider-centred training growing.

I am always happy to answer any questions or just chat about the programme without any obligations – email me (Wiola) any time at aspire @ outlook.com

Here are examples of feedback from riders who trained with Aspire Equestrian E-Academy:

Corinna & Bentley

Nicoline & Panache

Francesca & Chagall

So you would love to train with video feedback but have no-one to film you? Introducing: TRAINING FRIENDS

Training Friends Option
AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE. Aspire Equestrian’s new virtual coaching option for riders who would love to progress but would like to share costs and experience with someone doing it all too. All components of usual E-Academy training apply here: http://issuu.com/aspireeq/docs/aspiree-academy/1

From talking to the riders training with me on Aspire virtual programme I realised they can struggle with support from fellow riders or simply have nobody with similar goals to ask for help with filming for a few minutes or to do the off-horse exercises with, have a laugh, cry, share the whole experience, enjoy the ups and downs…

Continue reading So you would love to train with video feedback but have no-one to film you? Introducing: TRAINING FRIENDS

This is Why I do It…- Hugely Rewarding Feedback from California

Update on website link (please ignore links on photos, we have a new URL 🙂 ) – check it here: E-Academy: Aspire Equestrian Virtual Coaching Club

Last night I received a wonderful feedback from a rider who won 2 weeks of my virtual coaching via a competition organised by Hay Net.  The rider very kindly agreed for me to share it publicly. I don’t normally do less than a month long programmes because with my attention to detail it would be too much to cram into shorter time but I amended it all slightly and Corinna stood up to the challenge 🙂

I did my feedback as always when I do it for my monthly clients and enjoyed working with Corinna and Bentley very much. I did not, however, expect the amazing email she sent at the end. I put a lot of effort into educating myself, my eye for detail, for deeper hidden causes of easily visible symptoms. To be able to help riders as a result of that is hugely rewarding.

Over to Corinna…

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Corinna and Bentley on one of the photos she sent over prior to me putting together her training plan.

Hi Wiola,

Well it looks like I have come to the end of our 2 week virtual training with you! I cannot even express what a fantastic and wonderful experience it has been for us!

My trainer here in California is focused purely on show performance, so it was very valuable to me to be able to ask you detailed questions about Bentley’s health, hooves, movement, personality, etc. without being concerned that it would annoy you. I have been so impressed with your knowledge of horse and human biomechanics, and I have been sharing your insights with everyone. Continue reading This is Why I do It…- Hugely Rewarding Feedback from California

The magic of a virtual training programme

Seeing I have a lovely winner of the Hay-Net competition starting her virtual coaching with Aspire I thought it is only fair that we chat about the magic of online training today 🙂

There is a gentle buzz about with regards to online coaching/training and not without a valid reason. Apart from obvious benefits of being able to have lessons from virtually anywhere in the world whether you have a fancy lorry to travel with your horse or not, there are many more deceptively small pluses…

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As I sit here analysing videos from a client from Scotland, I would like to share with you my experiences with virtual coaching from the provider point of view. I would like to chat about what it looks like for an instructor to run a virtual coaching programme like Aspire E-Academy.

The Less Known Benefits of Virtual Coaching

Continue reading The magic of a virtual training programme

And The Winner Is…

In the last couple of weeks riders around the world were able to enter a great competition organised by Hay-Net Social Blogging (if you blog about equine and country related subjects do join in, it’s a free site with an opportunity to share your posts with many horse mad individuals 😉 ).

The winner gets 2 weeks of Aspire E-Academy virtual coaching free of charge, whilst the runner up can claim 50% off 1 month of Aspire’s virtual coaching. I will tell you more about the process of Aspire’s online coaching on Thursday but today, huge congratulations to the winner and runner up!


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you to all who entered the competition in the last couple of weeks. I loved reading your comments on how you think virtual coaching could help you reach your goals and what difficulties you have with using video in your training.

Continue reading And The Winner Is…

WIN 2 WEEKS of Virtual Coaching With Aspire Equestrian E-Academy

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Aspire Equestrian has teamed up with Hay Net Social Blogging platform  to offer a fantastic prize for two (+1!) lucky Hay Net members. If you haven’t joined the site yet head over for a quick and free sign up.

“Aspire E-Academy is a long distance training based on video footage and online communication. Developed to bring quality affordable coaching with personable 1-1 attention and help aspiring riders regardless of their location, resources or type of horse they ride. All levels welcome from basics, flatwork, jumping to dressage.

Continue reading WIN 2 WEEKS of Virtual Coaching With Aspire Equestrian E-Academy

GUEST BLOGGER: CHRISTINE talks about progress with Lars and Skype Lessons with Dave Thind


Regrettably, it has been a while, but at last I have sat myself down to write another update from Trondheim, Norway 🙂

Spring has come to Norway, and with the spring comes a bit of spark in the horses. Lars is no exception, and each year once the snow has melted, it is as if we start anew. This particular friesian loves a bit of wind in his mane for whatever reason, which means that once the outdoor arena is cleared of snow, he is ready to show off his best moves

For this reason, we have had a bit of breakthrough on the piaffe/passage front during our weekly lessons.

Continue reading GUEST BLOGGER: CHRISTINE talks about progress with Lars and Skype Lessons with Dave Thind


Aspire Equestrian Riding Academy riders at training day with Centaur Biomechanics
Aspire Equestrian Riding Academy riders at training day with Centaur Biomechanics*

Is it for me?

Despite growing numbers of online shows, virtual training options and overwhelming choice of phones with in-built camcorders, video analysis is still hugely underused and undervalued training tool among grassroots riders.

Many think it’s something “for advanced riders” but its effectiveness really has nothing to do with how skilful you are. I’ve used video feedback with great results from Aspire Start Programme which is for complete beginners who perhaps never even sat on a horse before to Performance Programme and our BHS Instructor’s Training Programme.

So let’s assume you are an aspiring amateur rider…