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Coaching Skills for Riding Teachers


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Table of Contents

Introduction - How to use this book - A few definitions Chapter 1 - 'You' as a Coach - Qualities of a coach - Developing as a coach Chapter 2 - Communication - First impressions - Listening - Questions Chapter 3 - How People Learn - Good and Bad Experiences - The learning process - Development teaching/coaching styles Chapter 4 - Awareness and Judgement - Developing awareness as a coach - Developing awareness in the rider - Physical ability and fitness - Psychology of rider and horse Chapter 5 - Taking Responsibility - The coach's responsibility - The rider's responsibility - Joint responsibility to the horse Chapter 6 - Aims - Planning - Assessment - Outcomes Chapter 7 - Coach-led and Rider-led Training - How styles develop - Changing emphasis Chapter 8 - Coaching Children - Starting age and motivation - Physical considerations - Teaching pointers - Exceptionally talented riders Chapter 9 - Working with the Recreational Rider - Pleasure riders and the riding school - Nervous riders - Riders who come to the sport late in life - Riders returning to the sport - Non-competitive riders Chapter 10 - Coaching the Competitive Rider - Recognising young talent - From weekly rider to competitive rider - Motivation - Dealing with success and failure Chapter 11 - A Career in Equestrian Coaching - Basic requisites for coaching - Developing and specialising - Employment Chapter 12 - The Practical Application of Coaching - Facilities - Problem-solving and exercises for lessons - Reflection - Maintaining self-motivation Chapter 13 - Understanding your Sport - The British Equestrian Federation and member bodies - Competing and coaching - The British Horse Society and its role in instruction - Other training and coaching qualifications and initiatives Index

About the Author

Islay Auty is a Fellow of The British Horse Society, BD accredited coach and judge and has a degree in Education. In her four decades in the horse industry her area of expertise has evolved in the development of under 21 riders and in training coaches. She has International experience in these fields, as well as regularly coaching many competitive partnerships.


This book focuses on the skills of coaching rather than how to teach the actual skills of riding. In true Islay Auty style this book is easy to read and hard to put down. It's packed full of useful, easy to find information, making it perfect for anyone who is thinking of, or already training for the UK Coaching Certificate in Equestrian Sport, as well as anyone who is newly qualified or still studying for their teaching certificate.
The book is written in an interactive style with thought provoking questions embedded into each chapter, such as When you ask a question, do you listen to the answer? At the end of each chapter is a useful summary and top tips. Also various scenarios or case studies are used for further explanation. Coaching Skills is written for riding teachers who wish to enhance their teaching skills, especially for those who are newly qualified or still studying for their teaching certificate. In particular, this book provides excellent reading for those seeking to achieve the UK Coaching Certificate in Equestrian Sport. An interesting and thought- provoking read.

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