Submit research for the UK Coaching journal

As you may know, our friends at UK Coaching publish a research journal and are always looking for research articles to publish.  If you have a piece of research to publish, we would encourage you to send it in to UK Coaching.  For more information on the journal and read previous editions, see https://www.ukcoaching.org/statements/research and for guidance on submissions seehttps://www.ukcoaching.org/getattachment/statements/Research/UK-Coaching-Research-Journal-submission-guidance-2019.pdf?lang=en-GB

The deadline for submissions for the next publication is the 30th November 2019.

Equestrian Webinar

Can a contemporary theory of skill development be applied to equestrian (and other) sports? Hosted by Marianne Davies. All information is below plus the booking information and links.

Webinar information:

Our good friends at UK Coaching have opened the opportunity to engage in this fascinating webinar to be delivered by Marianne Davies from 9am on the 1st November.

Marianne has been involved in coaching and sport development for over 25 years. She has worked mostly with adventure sports, as a coach, coach educator, QA/IV officer, and national trainer. She spent eight years as the Coaching Manager for Canoe Wales (Paddlesports NGB) where she implemented the roll-out of the UKCC coaching awards and the British Canoeing performance awards.

Marianne’s interest in skill acquisition was galvanised during her undergraduate degree in Sport, Health & Physical Education and her undergraduate research looking at the influence of challenge level and practice structure on skill acquisition. Through her experience as a practitioner she become interested in understanding the influence of motivation and engagement on skill development and participation. She went on to do a Research Masters exploring the interaction of motivation (Self-determination theory) and learning and is currently doing a PhD at Hartpury University applying an ecological dynamics framework to skill acquisition and coaching in equestrian sports.

Marianne has always had horses and whilst her work has been in adventure sports primarily, her passion has always been horses. She says “Equestrian sports present a unique and fascinating challenge for skill development, the process of coaching and to coach education.”

As well as coaching, research and coach development, Marianne writes many academic and practical articles and blogs. Many of these can be found on the UK Coaching membership community at Connected Coaches.

An outline of the webinar content is below.  I hope as many of you will be able to participate in this as possible

Equestrian webinar – Can a contemporary theory of skill development be applied to equestrian (and other) sports?

Date – Friday 1st November

Time – 9am to 11am (may not last a full 2 hours)

Presenter – Marianne Davies, summary as follows:

Re-weaving the Coaching Rainbow: Can a contemporary theory of skill development be applied to equestrian (and other) sports?
In this webinar, we will explore how Ecological Dynamics and a Constraints-Led Approach can be applied to equestrian sports coaching. We will examine traditional concepts of learning, particularly around control and representative practice, highlighting how many of these are likely to be compromising horse and rider skill-development, welfare and safety.
Equestrian coaching already applies a Constraints-Led Approach to many sub-disciplines of the sport. However, without an understanding of the underpinning theory of skill development (i.e. Ecological Dynamics), it arguably spans the very best and worst of coaching practices. This webinar should be fascinating, informative and useful for anyone involved in coaching equestrian sports, or other adventure, complex or team sports.

Login details – see below, via Webex

UK Coaching invites you to join this Webex meeting: https://ukcoaching.webex.com/webappng/sites/ukcoaching/meeting/download/b722694cfe794ade9fdf34289bec9add?siteurl=ukcoaching&MTID=mb10227b778990ebe751b780390ba3d55

Meeting number (access code): 950 308 426

Password is required, so anyone interested should contact, Jillie Rogers, Sally Newcomb or Laura Hood for the password

 

BHS Charity Race

The BHS are holding another fundraising charity race at the prestigious Newbury Racecourse on 7 November, with twelve amateur jockeys including event rider Nick Gauntlett taking part to fundraise for their vital work. After the exhilarating race will be a celebratory lunch, an auction and a full afternoon of racing. It would be great it if you could support the BHS on this day by booking a lunch ticket (to include the racing) and maybe bringing a friend or table of guests along too. Tickets at £55 each can be booked here   https://www.bhs.org.uk/get-involved/challenge-events/newbury-charity-race

 

Letter to BHS Members from Tim Lord Chairman of the Board of Trustees

“Dear Member,  

I am writing to you, ahead of a general announcement being made later today, to confirm the appointment of the new Chief Executive Officer of The British Horse Society.

James Hick will join the Society on Monday 2nd December 2019 bringing with him a wealth of experience and proven success in leading a multi-faceted organisation.  James is currently the Managing Director for ManpowerGroup Enterprise, UK and Ireland, and has worked for the ManpowerGroup since 1993.

James has been a member of The BHS for over 10 years and he breeds and shows Shire horses in his spare time so is involved with and knows the equestrian community very well.

I, along with my fellow Trustees, am delighted that James will be leading the Society through the next phase of our strategic plan. As we get close to James joining us officially, we will share more news about him and plans for his introduction to our amazing Charity.

Please look out for a brief feature on James in the next issue of British Horse magazine, due at the end of November.

Thank you for your continued support of The British Horse Society. We couldn’t do all the great work we do without you.

Tim Lord

Chairman of the Board of Trustees”

F&I SUMMER CAMP AT WELLINGTON 2019

The summer camp started on Tuesday 24th September where Eric Smiley FBHS was going to be doing gridwork sessions focusing on mental gymnastics. There was a line set up in the indoor arena, but Eric promptly changed the lay out.

I was in the first group of the afternoon and you could tell straight away Eric wasn’t going to accept any “waffle”. We had to give him clear and precise answers and we were questioned a lot to really clarify our understanding and to make sure what we say can be understood by the clients we teach.

We started working on a 20m circle with poles at each four points and we had to focus on riding forwards, straight and regular. Eric wouldn’t use rhythm as it is a different thing to regular (if there’s a three-time beat with a moment of suspension then there’s rhythm but we then need to make sure the canter is regular). We also had to keep out of the saddle and in a light seat. It was discussed that all the top riders keep a light seat, in particular we discussed Andrew Nicholson’s position.

These poles were then raised to jumps and again we had to keep the canter regular. The exercise then progressed to riding a figure of eight with a bounce, all the while making sure we kept riding forwards, straight and regular but not riding any corners! The theme continued through all three grid sessions.

After the grid sessions, we were very fortunate to observe a study being conducted by The Animal Health Trust on the use of Water Treadmills. They are conducting this study as currently water treadmill use isn’t regulated and there isn’t evidence to show its effects. They put GPS sensors on the horse and filmed the horse walking up in hand on the hard prior to going onto the treadmill. Once complete the horse went onto the treadmill and the water levels were increased throughout the session and at every increment the horse was filmed for 20 seconds. The water went to knee/hock height at the end. After 15 minutes on the treadmill the water was drained, the horse was stationary and had measurements of its back taken and recorded. After this, the horse was then walked in hand whilst being filmed. This is done every time to measure and analyse any changes in the horse’s muscles and movement. After we were also lucky to have a debate with Rachael Corry the Equine Bowen Therapist & Director of Wellingtons therapy centre.

Wednesday morning, Eric started with two flatwork lessons where the theme from Tuesday continued – riding the horses forward, straight and regular. Eric wanted the riders to control the balance and get the horse to sit and wait whilst keeping the hind leg active and under and not to let it drop out.

This continued into the SJ lessons where we also focussed on the riding the line and pace. We still weren’t allowed to ride corners as corners change the canter whereas riding a curve doesn’t. We still had to be clear and precise and not give any waffle. Throughout all lessons, Eric got us to look at the horse’s eyes and ears as they will lock and hone in on where they’re going. It is our job to consistently ride the canter forwards, straight and regular and it was the horse’s job to do the jump and if it didn’t, we were to change nothing – the horse must want to do it. If they knocked a pole, we were to growl at them to give them a conscience and make them allergic to paint!

After the SJ lessons, there was a Pony Club demonstration where Eric taught two plucky PC girls.  One called “Aoife, Caoimhe, Maeve Murphy” who had her D+ badge and Ann who didn’t have any PC badges. These riders are also known as Jillie Rogers BHSI and Ann Bostock BHSI! Now, Eric took his life into his own hands and made them jump the jumps as a pair as he stood between them to keep them straight! It was all good fun and light entertainment.

We stopped for a yummy lunch put on by the Café at Wellington before going XC, which if I do say so myself, was FANTASTIC! The emphasis was still on riding clear and precise and forwards, straight and balanced. In the warmup, we had to jump to the line. Eric put two bits of bark on a log and we had to ride between them straight and on angles. We discussed and put to practice riding away from fences as well as riding on curves to shorten the course which will help to make the optimum time. He got us jumping lines that really got us thinking.

After XC we watched and discussed two young horses being ridden by David and Mandy. During this time, it was very much a discussion on how Eric produces his youngsters, and the confirmation and going of the two horses in front of us. He wanted the horses to be relaxed and forwards, not us putting them into an outline. He said he would much prefer to have a contact, not an outline as that can come later.  He wanted the horse’s poll up and out to prevent the nose going on its chest.

Next up for this full-on day was loose jumping two young horses. One owned by Cheryl (for a week) and the other was David’s. We discussed how loose jumping can be done badly and how we must avoid this. We would see how the horses went as to what we would do with the jumps next – guide rail, shortening the distance, putting a block in etc.

In the evening, we again had a super dinner thanks to the café before an exclusive evening talk and book launch with Eric which was very interesting and we could buy a signed copy of the book “Two Brains, One Aim”

Thursday morning Eric continued with SJ lessons and Nereide Goodman, List 1 Dressage judge come in to judge a test we had chosen and then work through it with us. The tests ranged from Novice to CCI 2 & 3* and Inter 1. It was so useful to hear the comments and marks in our ear whilst doing the test and working through certain movements afterwards was invaluable. I also found Nereide very much coached in a similar style to Eric, we had to keep it regular and to control the shoulders and keep the hind leg active and engaged as that’s where its won or lost.

The whole camp was superb, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank David and the team at Wellington Riding along with Eric and Nereide for superb lessons. I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels enthused, refreshed and motivated for coaching clients and riding. 

Report written by Charlotte Tarrant BHSI