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Sam started riding at the age of eight, when she was able to join some friends at a local riding school in Surrey. Like many young girls she progressed to working the weekend and was lucky enough to own her own pony. She progressed through Pony Club on the Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing teams taking the Pony Club tests along the way.
Sam was able to work with Lady H. Russell whilst training for the then British Horse Trials Junior European Squad. She also had the chance to train with Jane Holderness-Roddam on some of her courses. In this time Sam was able to compete to Grade B level show jumping as well as intermediate eventing and dressage. It was in her late teens that Sam passed her BHSAI met Alex Cookson and her family and went to train with Alex at East Whipley Farm, the home of the Training the Teachers of Tomorrow Trust. Whilst at East Whipley Sam was very lucky to work with Alex and train with the different trainers that came from abroad, Charles De Kunffy, Arthur Kottas and also trained with Pat Burgess.
She was able to train to advance level dressage and improve her jumping skills as well. Whilst working at East Whipley Sam passed her BHSII and started training for her BHSSM. She was also training clients for both competition and BHS examinations. Also throughout her training Sam taught at Pony Clubs both in the Surrey area and in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
When she moved to Bristol, she worked from local yards, eventing to intermediate level and riding and training horses and riders. She worked with all different types of clients finding she was able to instil confidence in both the riders she worked with and their horses. She work took her to different Pony Clubs, Riding Clubs and working with competition riders from the three major disciplines, Show Jumping, Dressage and Eventing.
In 2000 Sam took up a position with Hartpury College in the FE Equine office. She worked with students aged 16 -18 years old, and HE students on degree courses and still taught at local riding clubs and pony clubs. She also was Assistant District Commissioner for Stroud Pony Club. In 2002 Sam passed her BHS Teaching and Equitation examination and became a BHSI. She has throughout her career worked with riders taking all the BHS examinations and has a 100% pass rate with her students and clientele.
In 2007 Sam started to freelance and found that she consistently was able to develop confidence in the people and horse she worked with, which is why she qualified as a Neuro-Linguistic Programme practitioner. This has helped a lot when she was working with students with international backgrounds from Oman, China and France. Still working with clients both from the equestrian field and other industries she also qualified at a Reiki Master/Teacher. During this time she still managed to ride and competed her horse and other horses in British Eventing, British Show Jumping and British Dressage.
Sam is also a British Tentpegging Association Coach and has been a member of the Ladies British Team on two different occasions coming home with medals from internationals. She was also the manager of the first BTA Junior Team to go to South Africa and come home with two gold, 10 silver and 3 bronze medals. In the last two years Sam has studied and passed her MSc in Coaching Science, which has brought a depth to her beliefs about Equestrian Sports Coaching. She has been able to study the psychological and social environment that develops around the rider/horse/coach and the way in which it allows an athlete/rider develop and maintain the determination to complete their development.
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