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‘Safeguarding the Future of Equestrianism’

Host - Paul Tapner (Professional International Event Rider)

Spend two hours at The Pony Club Virtual Coaching Conference and leave feeling empowered with information to help you shape Equine Coaching of the future.

You have the ability to change the way young people think about equine welfare, informing the next generation to help horses and ponies thrive. You can help build and strengthen harmonious partnerships that are ready to progress to the pressure of competitive pursuits.

Our speakers will provoke your thinking and share their experience of navigating this ever-changing landscape using their tools and expertise.

Please Note: if you registered for the live version of the conference, you will have already received a copy of the on-demand version at no extra cost.

Event Details

  • Date: On-Demand
  • Venue: Virtually in your own home
  • Eligibility: The session is open to anyone with an interest in coaching Pony Club members
  • CPD: The event counts as CPD for not only Pony Club Coaches, but British Horse Society APC and is recognised by British Eventing, British Dressage and British Showjumping as recommended CPD for their Coaches. 


£20 per unique link, this allows one device to stream the conference. 

Meet the Speakers

This short introduction will set the scene for the conference, acknowledging the arc of progress horsemen and women have made, as we understand more about what the horse needs to thrive. Touching on the progress and development of modern riding with references to the early dressage riders and teachers from the 17th century onwards.

Safeguarding the future of equestrianism sounds quite defensive – and with good reason, as there are real threats to equestrianism – most especially as society around us changes.  However, it is not just about defending the different roles horses fulfil today, but equally about promoting the mutual benefits of the horse-human partnership.  This lies at the heart of the social licence to operate concept which will become increasingly vital to all of us involved in equestrianism.

We need to be proactive in recognising aspects of equestrianism that are already or are likely to come under scrutiny. For example, instead of debating whether or not restrictive nosebands are acceptable, ask why horses open their mouths repeatedly. We need to better understand learning theory and ask why horses demonstrate undesirable behaviour. We have the tools to recognise the behavioural signs of musculoskeletal pain; we need to learn how to utilise them to both enhance equine performance and improve equine welfare.

Although working in a High-Performance Environment is familiar to Corinne she still has a passion for working with the Youth of today, both horses and riders.  The future of equestrianism has to start with them. Corinne will discuss the coaches responsibility in this and how and what they do and say affects their riders and the equines that partner them. Without a strong coaching force behind the youth of today our equestrian legacy could change forever.