UKCC Level 3 Dressage
British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor and Stable Manager (regd)
Level 3 Pilates Teacher
Lynn is a highly respected and fully qualified dressage coach and has been successfully training riders and horses for over twenty years.
As well as being a British Dressage Accredited Coach and BHSI SM, Lynn is one of the first British trainers to hold the UKCC Level 3 Dressage Coach qualification, having piloted the first course for British Dressage.
Her experience and training enables her to coach clients in the many elements required to be a successful rider and competitor. This entails psychology, nutrition, rider profiling, goal setting, and fitness. As a Level 3 Coach Lynn is successfully coaching riders and horses from prelim up to Prix St Georges level, as well as showing and event riders.
In addition to her riding qualifications, she has the advantage of being a ‘Body Control’ level 3 Pilates teacher and is on the register of exercise professionals.
Lynn has successfully trained several horses (mainly home-bred) from youngsters to Prix St George and teaches clients of all abilities from happy hackers to serious competitors. Lynn is an enthusiastic coach, passionate about dressage and correct training. She works to develop the horse through consistent sympathetic training to create harmony between the horse and rider without resorting to force or gadgets.
Originally trained in Germany up to Grand Prix level, Lynn has since trained with several top trainers including Ellen Bontje and Conrad Schumacher. For the last 10 years Lynn has had monthly training from German trainer Eberhard Weiss and follows correct, classical principles similar to the training advocated by Gerd Heuschmann. She has successfully competed at National and Regional competitions but in recent years has concentrated on her coaching and developing her interest of breeding good competition horses. The break from competition also allowed Lynn to help her son Matthew to achieve his goal of becoming a professional polo player. He has now become a very successful player and at only 23 is one of the best young players in Britain. She continued to train her home-bred mare, Mayfly working her in some of the Grand Prix movements until she retired two years ago to become a broodmare. Lynn is now starting training the first of her next batch of youngsters, with the aim of returning to competition soon.
Lynn likes to work with all types and breeds of horses from thoroughbreds, native ponies to warm-bloods. Lynn has learnt a lot over the years from often riding challenging horses who find dressage difficult either mentally or physically. These horses have taught Lynn that all horses can be improved in their way of going but it takes time and sympathetic riding to develop their potential. She excels in finding ways to work through problems both mentally and with exercises to supple the horse rather than forcing it. Consequently, she has a deep knowledge and understanding of how to deal with the difficulties encountered by the majority of the riders she coaches who have horses of various types and abilities.
Lynn regularly holds dressage clinics in Suffolk, Essex as well as coaching local riders.
Having practised Pilates for several years, initially to help her own riding and to keep her back healthy, Lynn found she was gradually using her knowledge of Pilates more and more to help her clients improve their position and alignment. This then led her to train as a Pilates teacher to gain a much deeper knowledge of how the body works and moves, so that she could more effectively help riders improve. She is now helping many riders from dressage riders to polo players and weekend riders with Pilates for Riders.
The extensive training she received at Body Control Pilates, Europe’s foremost professional Pilates body www.bodycontrol.co.uk has given her a thorough knowledge of anatomy, the principles of Pilates and how the body moves. This, combined with her knowledge as a dressage coach, enables her to improve your riding, both whilst on the horse and through Pilates exercises that you can work on at home.
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