By delivering courses in equitation science, ESI is building a worldwide data-base of trainers and coaches who can assist you with your horse. Here are a list of trainers outside of Australia who are endorsed by ESI as equitation science practitioners and hold either a Diploma in Equitation Science (Dip. ES), or an Associate Diploma in Equitation Science (Ass. Dip ES).

 

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Africa

Canada

Denmark

England

Finland

Ireland

Netherlands

New Zealand

Scotland

 

ESI Nominated Coaches

If a graduate is listed as an ESI Nominated Coach, they are able to train and assess Diploma students through the practical components of the course. We have a select few ESI Nominated Coaches in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK.

Africa

Kevin Ovenstone, Africa

ESI Nominated Coach

Qualifications

BA, Dip ES

Bio

Equitation Science Africa

In establishing a predictable and controllable environment for horses it is vital we provide a world that is clear and consistent without blurry language and inconsistent training. Using evidence-based knowledge and techniques based on learning theory, behaviour science, ethology and biomechanics one can improve safety, performance and horse welfare. This is the basis of Equitation Science, which measures and studies the horse-human interaction in all equestrian areas with goals of improving horse-human interaction, training, handling and care practices to be ethical and sustainable.

Equitation Science Africa provides horse and rider training using the principles of learning theory to enhance performance, safety and welfare.

 

SERVICES:

  • Horse training
  • Foundation training
  • Behaviour modification
  • Coaching/Lessons
  • Lectures
  • Clinics

 

Kevin Ovenstone

Kevin’s experience and expertise includes foundation training, retraining horses with behavioural issues and general training for dressage, show jumping and eventing. After spending the last few years training with Dr. Andrew McLean while living and working as one of the senior trainers at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, Kevin has recently moved back to South Africa and is now the founder and director of Equitation Science Africa. He is excited to train horses and coach people to improve their horse’s performance and welfare, as well as the horse-human interaction and the safety of riders. He accomplishes this using his knowledge of the emerging and progressive discipline of Equitation Science, which includes the evidence-based principles and techniques of learning theory, behaviour science, ethology and biomechanics.

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Julie Stapleton, NZ, UK, A

Qualifications

BSc (Hons), BHS 3, Ass. Dip ES

Bio

After training for British Horse Society qualifications in the UK, Julie was first introduced to equitation science at one of Andrew’s clinics in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2005. She was immediately fascinated and went on to obtain obtained the ESI Certificate and Associate Diploma qualifications. She has subsequently  returned to Australia several times to train with Dr Andrew McLean to further her understanding and skills in backing, training and retraining horses.

 

Although she is based in the UK, she also teaches ES in New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa and Swaziland, specialising in showing the effectiveness of the techniques in producing relaxed horses that feel better and safer to handle, load and ride.  Successful behaviour modification in horses is a large part of Julie’s work, including retraining safari horses and polo ponies while in Africa.

 

Her teaching background ensures that she can impart the principles and practice of learning theory to her students, so that they clearly understand why and how equitation science is so effective and so that improvements can be independently maintained.

 

Julie has built a reputation for providing a very high level of customer service, and client satisfaction is a genuine high priority for her. Julie ensures clients enjoy their learning experience and that each training session they have results in new skills for them and improved behaviour in the horse.

 

Julie is available worldwide throughout the year to help all riders, from nervous novice to professional, to be safer and happier around and on their horse, to correctly train early handling,  backing, re-backing, to resolve behavioural issues and improve dressage, show jumping and eventing results.

Contact

Canada

Jane Stone, Vancouver Island

Qualifications

Diploma Equitation Science, Canadian Coaching Ass High Performance 1, EC Level 3 Eventing Coach

Bio

Jane has spent a lifetime in the equestrian world, riding, training and showing. Her early competitive focus was upper level Eventing including being long-listed to the Canadian Team and then more recently competing at FEI PGS and I1 level dressage. Her career path and passion however, is coaching riders of all ages and skill levels and helping them understand and train their horses.

Jane started to follow Equitation Science several years ago and in April 2017 completed the Diploma of Equitation Science to add to Canadian Coaching High Performance Coach and Equestrian Canada Level 3 Event Coach qualifications.

Working with a wide variety of horses and riders of all levels, Jane uses the principles of Equitation Science to improve performance by creating a calm and obedient horse while keeping the welfare of the horse paramount. Her riders enjoy learning how horses learn and ways they can communicate effectively both on the ground and under saddle.

Based on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada Jane also enjoys travelling for clinics doing dressage, jumping and cross country at all levels and introducing riders to the benefits of Equitation Science.

Contact

E. [email protected]

W. www.hillcrestfarm.ca

P. 1-250-743-3843

Zoë Thorbergson, Vancouver Island

Qualifications

MSc. Animal Science, Diploma Equitation Science, Diploma of Equine Studies, Equine Science Certificate, Certified Horseman’s Association Instructor: English, Western and Trail

Bio

A lifelong passion for horses and ethical training solutions led Zoë to Dr. Mclean’s work in 2009.

Dr. Mclean’s research influenced the research paper ‘Physiological and Behavioral Responses of Horses to Wither Scratching and Patting the Neck When Under Saddle’ for Zoë’s master’s dissertation.

As an academic member of International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) she was one of the organizing committee members for the ISES conference held in Vancouver Canada.  She presented her master’s dissertation abstract at the conference and later the full paper was published in the peer reviewed Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (JAAWS).

Zoë works with many different breeds of horses.  As a coach for English, Western and Trail, her priority is ensuring equine welfare and rider/handler safety no matter the discipline.

It is inspiring to see so many equestrians eager to understand and apply learning theory in their endevours.  My passion is educating equestrians how equines learn, how to train ethically to promote equine welfare, and rider/handler safely. Positive reinforcement through clicker training and/or scratching is incorporated in all sessions.  I enjoy working with all ages of horses and people.

Contact

Denmark

Tine Futtrup, Aarhus

Qualifications

Dip. ES

Bio

Since I was a kid horses were my safeplace. When times were hard horse riding would fix the world, if only for those 40 minutes in the saddle. When I grew older I came to struggle with the traditional methods of horse riding.

I had purchased a KWPN mare, but after 5 months I could no longer ride her, she would buck and run ’til I would give up. The mare was sold, and it’s still a major regret that I might have been able to ride her today, had I known about Equitation Science.

But the challenges with that mare was the beginning of a life changing project. I was introduced to learning theory, and was immediately fascinated. All of a sudden I had the answers to solve my problems, I found the tools to help both riders and horses. Everything that seemed unachievable suddenly looked within reach. It didn’t only affect my riding but my whole way of thinking too.

I have a background as a physiotherapist for horses, which means I always have one eye on the learning aspect and the other on the horse’s movements. I also spent two years studying an Academy Profession Degree Programme in Agro Business that focused on horses.

In my work I focus on the communication between horse and rider, and use Equitation Science as my troubleshooting tool, to help riders achieve their goals in an ethical and welfare friendly way.

Contact

Lisa Ashton, Stone

ESI Nominated Coach

Qualifications

BA (Hons), PGCE, MBA, BHS II,  Dip ES

Bio

Lisa is founder of EquiSci and Equicoach.life delivering clinics, workshops, lectures, articles and bespoke coaching & training throughout the UK and Europe. Lisa loves training people to train horses, with a real passion for coaching people in how to train horses, so you can be the best trainer & owner or your horse. Graded 1 by OFSTED, Lisa uses simple explanations, demonstrations, constant feedback and practice of Equitation Science International ‘tools’ to gets the results you’ve dreamed about. Lisa loves learning, updating her skills and knowledge with Dr Andrew McLean every year, as well as being a British Dressage Trainer, competitor, evented to BE Novice and awarded British Horse Society II and Pony Club A’Test.

Fully qualified, insured and accredited, Lisa’s clients include professional riders, vets, charities, colleges, studs, amateur competitors and leisure horse owners including the team at Mount St. John stud, XL Vets, Hartpury College, Circolo Ippico Grand Prix, Blue Cross, Bishop Burton College, Redwings, Coleg Cambria Northop, and The Horse Trust.

If your looking for someone to solve your problems – safely, effectively and ethically – from loading to spooking to achieving over 70% in your dressage test or simply enjoying once again hacking, find out what Lisa’s clients have achieved on Facebook page EquiSci or websites. Enjoy your next chapter of your equestrian journey with bespoke coaching, in the latest science of equitation.

Contact

Sally Mitchell, Yorkshire

Qualifications

BHSAI, Ass Dip ES

Bio

Sally is a BHSAI Qualified Coach who holds the ESI Certificate and Associate Diploma.  She is an experienced, sympathetic rider and coach who is passionate about ethical horse training and has been involved with horses all her life, competing in Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing and Team chasing.

In 2007 / 2008 Sally came out to the AEBC as a Working Student to learn more about this unique training system, which completely changed the way she trained horses forever.  Sally has continued to keep up to date with the evolving discipline of Equitation Science and organizes clinics for Manuela Mclean in Yorkshire every year in the UK.

Sally’s horse, Snowy, is a great example of how effective the training system is.  Snowy was given to Sally as he was going to be put to sleep due to dangerous bolting and bronking behaviours.  Sally successfully retrained Snowy using the AEBC’s systematic approach and they are now out competing and getting placed in Eventing and Dressage.

Sally has her own yard in West Yorkshire, offering a training and rehabilitation service which embraces Equine Learning Theory. She is building a particularly good reputation for starting young horses and producing horses that are calm, safe and responsive to ride and handle.  She also offers tuition on a freelance basis around the UK to all ages and abilities of horse and rider to improve Performance, Safety and Welfare.  Visit her Website or Facebook Page (Sally Mitchell Equestrian) for more info.

Contact

Nicki Stuart, Perthshire (summer months only)

Qualifications

EA 1 (G), Ass. Dip ES

Bio

After being introduced to Equitation Science in 2000, Nicki Stuart found how positively its theory and techniques enabled her training and assisted her clients to produce reliable, relaxed horses. She has found immense benefit in being able to assess training methods and equine behaviour through the filter of learning theory.

Nicki owns Kersbrook Equestrian Centre in South Australia where she is the principal trainer, specialising in rider development and horse behaviour. She gained her EA Coaching qualification in 1996 and has always been an active competitor; currently campaigning her gelding, Kersbrook Kosmic, at Medium level dressage.

In 2008, Nicki produced the McLean’s DVD training package in Equitation Science and she has facilitated their SA clinics for more than a decade. She is a full member of the International Society for Equitation Science.

Her holistic approach to training encompasses a keen interest in developing organised, effective, independent riders whose training is enhanced by evidence based techniques. Nicki is dedicated to improving horse welfare and fostering harmonious relationships between humans and horses.

Nicki is based in Perthshire, Scotland, for the northern hemisphere summer months and is available then for clinics or individual instruction.

Contact

Julie Stapleton, NZ, UK, A

Qualifications

BSc (Hons), BHS 3, Ass. Dip ES

Bio

After training for British Horse Society qualifications in the UK, Julie was first introduced to equitation science at one of Andrew’s clinics in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2005. She was immediately fascinated and went on to obtain obtained the ESI Certificate and Associate Diploma qualifications. She has subsequently  returned to Australia several times to train with Dr Andrew McLean to further her understanding and skills in backing, training and retraining horses.

 

Although she is based in the UK, she also teaches ES in New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa and Swaziland, specialising in showing the effectiveness of the techniques in producing relaxed horses that feel better and safer to handle, load and ride.  Successful behaviour modification in horses is a large part of Julie’s work, including retraining safari horses and polo ponies while in Africa.

 

Her teaching background ensures that she can impart the principles and practice of learning theory to her students, so that they clearly understand why and how equitation science is so effective and so that improvements can be independently maintained.

 

Julie has built a reputation for providing a very high level of customer service, and client satisfaction is a genuine high priority for her. Julie ensures clients enjoy their learning experience and that each training session they have results in new skills for them and improved behaviour in the horse.

 

Julie is available worldwide throughout the year to help all riders, from nervous novice to professional, to be safer and happier around and on their horse, to correctly train early handling,  backing, re-backing, to resolve behavioural issues and improve dressage, show jumping and eventing results.

Contact

Kiia Kärki

Qualifications

Dip. ES

Bio

Kiia started riding when she was eight years old, and has been working with horses ever since. She has extensive experience from multiple different disciplines, from dressage and show jumping to harness racing and racehorses. She has a degree in horse agriculture and psychology and decided to combine these two things in Equitation Science. Now her goal is to help riders and other people working with horses to reach their full potential in a way that is both efficient and ethical. This might mean getting a higher score on a dressage test, a relaxed trail ride or teaching a horse to be relaxed and happy during everyday routines. 

Kiia also works with athletes from different disciplines as a sports psychologist. Her background gives her a unique view in coaching and helping people develop themselves. 

She is the founder of Equitation Science Finland, through which she is available for lessons, lectures and clinics. Although based in Finland, she’s also available around Europe and at the moment in Australia as well. 

Contact

P.  +358 40 5773165 / (AU: +61 434 374 486)

E.  [email protected]

Orla Doherty, Co. Meath

ESI Nominated Coach

Qualifications

MVB, MSc, PhD MRCVS, Dip ES

Bio

Orla began riding as a child, competing on her own and other people’s ponies, exercising racehorses and generally spending as much of her life as possible around horses. Continuing this passion, Orla competed in showjumping, dressage and eventing as an adult, and continues to ride on a regular basis. Her fascination with the mind of the horse led to exciting opportunities to assist with research projects at Auburn University, Alabama (equine learning) and Cornell University, New York (equine transport).

In 1992, Orla qualified as a veterinary surgeon from University College Dublin (UCD) before completing a Masters Degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at Edinburgh University. This was Orla’s first exposure to Learning Theory, the study of how the animal learns, and led to Orla setting up a veterinary referral behaviour clinic (the Animal Behaviour Clinic) treating problem behaviours in horses, dogs and cats, while initially also working in general practice.  The application of learning theory to understanding horse-rider interactions, and behaviour problems in the ridden horse is a recent development, and on coming across the work of Andrew McLean in 2007, Orla travelled to Australia in 2008 to study his research and work, and was very excited to discover that his work advances the understanding of many common behaviour problems both in-hand and under saddle, and provides ethical and evidence-based methods of addressing problems, methods which work because they align with how the horse learns rather than through the use of fear or coercion. Orla has visited the AEBC on several occasions to further her knowledge and complete the Diploma in Equitation Science.

Alongside working to complete the Diploma in Equitation Science, Orla completed a PhD in 2016 studying the pressures applied by commonly used tack, in particular the noseband, and has published her findings in international scientific journals. Orla is currently associate lecturer at UCD and guest lecturer at the University of Limerick, lecturing on behaviour, welfare and behaviour problems, as well as lecturing internationally on tack related issues. Orla runs and organizes lectures, workshops and clinics on equine learning and training and treatment of behaviour problems for owners and riders in Ireland. Orla also carries out consultancy work in Dublin zoo, carrying out research projects and assessing and advising on the welfare and behaviour of elephants and other species.

Contact

P.  +353 87 2641762

E.  [email protected]

Netherlands

Karlijn Nijhuis, Hengelo (ov)

Qualifications

Ass. Dip ES

Bio

All my life I loved to be around horses. It started with my nanny who had a little Shetland pony for me and my sisters to ride on and since then I wanted to ride as often as possible.

When I had to graduate, I decided to do that abroad. First I wanted to do this in England but then I found a story online about Andrew. It had my attention in one second and knew that this is what I wanted to do, during my internship but also after that. I’ve been working at the AEBC for 4 months and I wrote a marketing plan for ESI as part of my study. I was already really interested in the course, and after writing my report even more, so after finishing school I decided to go back to Australia and follow the course.

I’m graduated in economics – horse business management. This study includes, among other things, how to run a business and how to organize an event.

I’ve worked at a few horse farms in Australia and in the Netherlands. I’ve also been teaching at a riding school for people with a disability in the Netherlands. At the moment I’m breaking in and training horses in the Netherlands for somebody else but with all the information I have about running a business and the behaviour of the horse, I’m planning to start something for myself.

Contact

P: +31 6 40 656 339

E: [email protected]

Sifra Van der Vis

Qualifications

Msc Animal Sciences, Dip ES

Bio

From an early age on, horses played a major role in Sifra’s life. Dressage, show jumping and eventing have her main focus. During her Animal Sciences studies the question rose with her whether there wasn’t a more logical and ethical way to train horses. That’s when she heard about Andrew McLean. After graduation she took off to Australia to work at AEBC (2014) and learn all about Equitation Science.

As an Equitation Science graduate and convinced of its success, Sifra’s goal is to spread the word about logical and ethical horse training. Sifra is available for clinics and lessons in the Netherlands and around.

Contact

P. +31 (0)6 12 77 33 22

E. [email protected]

(website under construction: www.equitationscience.nl, e-mail: [email protected])

Jody Hartstone, Raglan

ESI Nominated Coach

Qualifications

Dip ES

Bio

Jody Hartstone is a Grand Prix dressage rider who specialises in coaching and lecturing in Equitation Science both in New Zealand and globally in countries that include the UK, Ireland, Canada, Europe and Asia. As a rider Jody has won several national titles at GP level in New Zealand and has won Prix St Georges International Derby competitions in NZL, Australia and South Africa. Jody is one of the first coaches worldwide to graduate from the Associate Diploma course.  Her particular interests are in foundation training, retraining problem horses and in dressage.

Contact

P +64 27 2803369

www.hartstoneequestrian.com

Bridget Dougherty, Upper Hutt

Qualifications

Dip ES

Bio

I’ve been involved with equitation science since 2007 when I first attended one of Andrew’s clinics in New Zealand. After visiting the AEBC later that year, I came home with the role of NZ clinic coordinator, which I still hold. Equitation science totally transformed my approach to riding and training. I get so much joy out of developing safe and fun horses who are a pleasure to handle and ride, and helping others to achieve the same with their horses and ponies. In my training sessions I draw on the range of tools that equitation science provides, from negative reinforcement through to clicker training, biomechanics, and a range of desensitisation techniques. This toolkit expands as I learn more and the field of equitation science develops, and I enjoy sharing this with my clients.

Because of my background in adult learning and training (and learning in general), from 2010 I also helped to develop ESI’s Certificate in Equitation Science (now superseded), How horses learn short course, and Training Toolkit.

Based in Mangaroa, Upper Hutt, I can provide a range of services, from groundwork, problem-solving, and 1:1 coaching through to running group sessions and kids clinics.

Contact

P +64 274 115 040

[email protected]

Rebecca Kerr, Dunedin

Qualifications

Dip ES

Bio

Bec Kerr, trainer at Maungatua Equestrian, is based at new facilities near the Dunedin International Airport in New Zealand. Bec has been using ES methods to train and re-train horses since being introduced to it by Jody Hartstone in 2015. Bec is currently riding at Level 5 in dressage and currently holds a national title in Show Hunter.

“I never thought about how you could train horses correctly and quickly using their ethology and cognition, but since being introduced to the world of Equitation Science there is no other way I would ever train a horse.”

Contact

Sarah Blackburn, Christchurch

Qualifications

Ass. Dip ES

Bio

Sarah was first introduced to equitation science at one of Andrew’s clinics back in 2007. Since then she has visited the AEBC three times, spending a total of 6 months as a working student. Sarah’s passion for ethical horse training inspired her to enrol in the Equitation Science International Certificate and Associate Diploma courses which she was awarded in 2012. Sarah is a certified Riding Coach with 7 years’ experience as manager and co-owner of a busy riding school and livery yard. Equine Body Work is another passion for Sarah. She is a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist and has completed courses in myofascial release technique and photonic red light therapy. Her approach to coaching and training is a holistic one, taking factors such as rider posture, saddle fit, hoof balance and conformation into consideration. Based in Christchurch, Sarah offers tuition for novice and competitive riders of all ages. Many of Sarah’s students are pony club members, adult amateurs, and ‘first time’ horse owners seeking support and guidance. Sarah also takes horses for schooling, and being small in stature, specialises in behaviourmodification and foundation training of ponies.

Contact

P +64 (0)27 3150191

P +64 3 3237442

Tayla Johns, Rangiora

Qualifications

Dip ES, BCom

Bio

Tayla has ridden and competed horses her whole life and always had a practical and ethical viewpoint when training horses. When she was introduced to equitation science she applied to be a working pupil at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, after her position as a working pupil finished Tayla then came back and joined the team at the AEBC as a trainee trainer for 1 and ½ years before returning home to New Zealand.

Tayla has experience in many fields of the equine industry including:

-Coaching Adults and children
-Teaching at pony club/ Clinics
-Riding Track work (Thoroughbreds)
-Yearling preparation
-Competing in dressage, show jumping and eventing
-Retraining
-Foundation training
-Float training
-Ground work
– General training in dressage/ Show jumping
-Retraining off the track thoroughbreds
-Sales on behalf
-Pony training/ retraining/ foundation training

Contact

E  [email protected]
P  0273058709

Julie Stapleton, NZ, UK, A

Qualifications

BSc (Hons), BHS 3, Ass. Dip ES

Bio

After training for British Horse Society qualifications in the UK, Julie was first introduced to equitation science at one of Andrew’s clinics in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2005. She was immediately fascinated and went on to obtain obtained the ESI Certificate and Associate Diploma qualifications. She has subsequently  returned to Australia several times to train with Dr Andrew McLean to further her understanding and skills in backing, training and retraining horses.

 

Although she is based in the UK, she also teaches ES in New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa and Swaziland, specialising in showing the effectiveness of the techniques in producing relaxed horses that feel better and safer to handle, load and ride.  Successful behaviour modification in horses is a large part of Julie’s work, including retraining safari horses and polo ponies while in Africa.

 

Her teaching background ensures that she can impart the principles and practice of learning theory to her students, so that they clearly understand why and how equitation science is so effective and so that improvements can be independently maintained.

 

Julie has built a reputation for providing a very high level of customer service, and client satisfaction is a genuine high priority for her. Julie ensures clients enjoy their learning experience and that each training session they have results in new skills for them and improved behaviour in the horse.

 

Julie is available worldwide throughout the year to help all riders, from nervous novice to professional, to be safer and happier around and on their horse, to correctly train early handling,  backing, re-backing, to resolve behavioural issues and improve dressage, show jumping and eventing results.

Contact

Scotland

Gemma Pearson, Scotland & England

Qualifications

BVMS Cert (AVP) EM MRCVS, Ass.Dip ES

Bio

Gemma is a vet based at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Having recently submitted her MScR thesis on horse-veterinarian interactions she has now started a PhD investigating the stress response of horses undergoing veterinary care to develop low stress handling techniques.

With over 15 years’ experience working with behaviour cases, Gemma offers a very popular behaviour service through the University of Edinburgh, taking referrals from both clients and referring veterinarians. She has also trained a variety of staff members including grooms, nurses and vets within the hospital to ensure even the most difficult horses are managed using techniques based on learning theory, resulting in a lot less stress for hospitalised horses and staff alike.

As the Veterinary liaison officer for the International Society for Equitation Science Gemma is passionate about engaging vets and particularly vet students in the subject of Equitation Science. As well as running training courses for vets, vet nurses, horse trainers/instructors and owners she is invited to speak at conferences, seminars and lecture evenings across the U.K., Europe, North America and even China.

Gemma has developed a reputation for being able to retrain very challenging horses both in hand and under saddle by applying the principles of learning theory to produce, calm, relaxed and obedient horses. She has great empathy with clients and an ability to help them at whatever level they require whether it is training a novice rider with a lazy horse to go forwards more easily or preventing spooking in a high level dressage horse. As a public speaker Gemma can explain Equitation Science in simple terms to a wide audience, always involving plenty of humour.

In her spare time Gemma enjoys competing in affiliated eventing and dressage. She also helps her partner run Cumbria Arabians Stud, where they breed black Arabian horses for performance and has recently become an advanced endurance rider competing on a home bred horse.

Contact

E: [email protected]

P: 0131 6506253