Online Education

The Conscious Coaching Team
Join our team for engaging online coaching sessions!

We have a wonderful learning community, guided by a team of experienced equestrian coaches, judges, instructors, performance psychology coaches, and NLP practitioners. We strive to create an environment that is supportive and inclusive for all.

Join us for our regular action learning sessions, workshops, and presentations. All riders and drivers, regardless of age or skill level, are warmly welcomed by the Conscious Coaches. Creating a safe and nurturing space for education and the sharing of ideas, while prioritising the welfare of our equine companions. Training sessions held within an online community. Connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about expanding knowledge and personal growth.

Make online reservations and join our inclusive Zoom sessions. Keep up to date with all events following our social media updates: Conscious Coaching.

Meet the Team

Caroline Douglas

Caroline brings a huge wealth of knowledge and experience to the Conscious Coaching team, with classical dressage playing a significant part in her equestrian career. Her mother and aunt were both trained by the renowned Charles Harris, of the Spanish Riding School.
Caroline is a BHSII, BHSSM, LHHI 4 Rein; with experience serving on BDS council, judges committees, test and training committee, award boards, show committees, and access and rights of way.

Nicky Gibbard

Nicky is a professionally accredited NLP Practitioner.
NLP has had a very positive impact on Nicky’s life and she is delighted to pass on her wealth of knowledge in her coaching sessions, to boost self confidence and create positive mindsets.
Nicky is also a qualified in Reiki Therapist and Hypnotherapist. Such energy healing takes place in her beautifully peaceful home setting in Somerset.
Nicky uses all of her professional skills to support equestrian clients and others alike. With lovely success supporting equestrian athletes with managing anxiety.

Kathryn Howard

Kathryn is an Advanced Applied Psychology Equestrian Performance and Mindset Coach. She is also a UKCC L3 BHS and BC Accredited Professional Coach, Youth Mentor and Para Equestrian Coach.
Kathryn is an Assessor for 1st4Sport and is part of the coaching team for the Para Equestrian Foundation.

Ellie Reed

Ellie is an accomplished equestrian, riding horses for over 25 years and driving horses for over 12. She works closely with competitive driving teams, schooling horses and ponies, riding, driving and backstepping. Ellie has an array of experience in both driven showing and driving trials, with single horses and ponies, and multiple turnouts. Ellie has the highest standard of presentation with all her horses in the show ring.
Professionally, Ellie is an accomplished Business Manager, working in both commercial and charitable sectors. She brings a great deal of professional knowledge to the Conscious Coaching team, not only with operating systems and marketing communications, but also due to her considerable experience running large online conferences and training. Hosting and managing thousands of events in her career.

Nikki Herbert

Since 1980 Nikki has been judging dressage at horse trials, she enjoys working as part of a team in a variety of countries in her role as FEI L4 Ground Jury.

She judged the European Eventing Pony Championship at Bishop Burton in
2018 and also in Strzegom, 2019. Nikki loves to travel, she has judged the J/YR North American Championship in Montana and various levels in Virginia, Florida, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia. In 2020 she judged the 5* in Pau and returned as President of the Ground Jury in 2023. She judges at many British events including the National Junior and Pony Championships, the 6yr old Championship at Le Lion d’Angers, the 5* at Luhmuhlen in 2022 and was President for the Junior European Championships in Montelebretti in 2023.
Nikki has coached and ridden in events since the 1970’s and continues to ride
her own horses and follow her passion coaching and encouraging competition
riders of all ages.

She holds the BHSI, is an Accredited BE, BD and PC and NLP Coach, a List 2A BD and Para Judge, UK Coach and PC A Test Assessor and is an Applied Psychology Advanced Coach.

Nikki was the National Director of PC Training for 16 years and she is now a
selector for all the U21 GBR Dressage Teams and for the GBR Eventing
European Cup CCI3* Team.

Testimonials ...

I met Kathryn today for the first time as I audited a clinic I had hoped to drive at. I was excited before going but afterwards am impatient for our next. Kathryn had my four favourite attributes of a coach . 1.She put the welfare of the horses high and made practical solutions to reduce their effort . 2. Her knowledge is vast yet extremely clearly communicated. 3. She has been enthusiastic in the run up, during the clinic and even at the end of a long day! She made everyone taking part feel enthused, engaged and enabled 4 She was kind. This is so under rated in equestrianism. Tense equestrians make tense horses and I am a pretty tense person but I felt able to ask her my ‘silly questions’ and not made to feel ‘silly’ about them . She has that rare attribute of imparting confidence. Thank you so much Kathryn ! I am so very excited for next time, and excited about how I’ll become better for my ponies thanks to you!
Lubin Lukes
Thank you for your expertise, patience, and enthusiasm throughout the entire session It is evident your deep knowledge and passion for carriage driving and riding is exceptional. Your ability to explain the intricacies of this art form and make it accessible to all is truly outstanding. Your guidance and instruction were clear, concise, and tailored to our specific needs, which helped us all grasp the fundamentals reallyquickly. You have infectious enthusiasm and a genuine love for what you do. Your passion was contagious, and it fueled our excitement and motivation to learn more. Your dedication to ensuring all our safety and comfort during the lesson was truly appreciated, and it made the entire experience even more enjoyable. Can’t wait for the next one!
Rachel Ball

Kathryn crosses the exciting ride and drive divide with some great experience in both the ridden and driven spheres.  Kathryn specialises in youth and para coaching, unlocking potential and giving a huge confidence boost to those she supports.

An experienced equine trainer herself, she has produced some stunning horses and ponies, from KWPN athletes to Welsh Section D pony superstars.  She is known for her patient, empathetic approach.

Kathryn is a BHS Accredited Professional Coach, British Carriage Driving Accredited Coach and APEC - Advanced Coach with the renowned Centre 10.  She also has a great deal of experience in performance coaching.  We are delighted to be working with her...

Para Equestrian Foundation - Di Green (Team GB, Para Dressage)

Had the most amazing day today with my driving pony, we learnt so much in our session today with Kathryn and can't wait until our next one. I can't recommend Kathryn enough, she is lovely and kind and made me feel very relaxed which is what I need.

Kristy Green

A real star. I observe the way Kathryn connects with horse and rider.  It is wonderful to see.

Kathryn has a natural empathy that enables her to coach a wide variety of people with ease. She gives her whole and undivided attention to the pupil in question with remarkable results.

Kathryn is especially good with teenagers and treats them as an equal whilst giving them the skills to improve their techniques to get better results from their horses.

Her coaching skills are second to none - highly recommended.

Lucy Heard

Kathryn Howard is an exceptional talent in the world of carriage driving. She has not only succeeded at a high level as a competitor in horse driving trials, she has excelled in the most prestigious Private Driving sector in the UK show rings.

Kathryn is a proven trainer of driving horses and is known for her patient, empathetic approach with the horses in her care. She has a carefully planned (flexible) training regimen that the horses seem to appreciate and she has proven her complete adaptability over the past years. Even highly strung, or previously misunderstood horses relax in her care.

She is meticulous in her animal husbandry and in her preparation of a future competition horse. We can highly recommend her coaching to anyone who aspires to driving carriage horses.

Paul & Frances Atkinson - International Equestrian Judges & Breeders

Over the years that I have known and been following the progress of Kathryn and her team, I have been continually and increasingly impressed by the sensitive, knowledgeable and calm education the horses in her care receive.

They are developed at their own pace and all without exception, become confident well balanced individuals that clearly enjoy their job.

The horses are loved for who they are and are always exceptionally well turned out and well presented.

I have known Kathryn for many years and have always admired and respected her values, empathy and knowledge.

Can’t recommend highly enough.

Anne Tinbergen, BHS I, Advanced Assessor

Kathryn is a formidable talent, who excels in everything she puts her mind to.

She has the skills and attributes to bring the best out of horses - regardless of their age or temperament. She also has the patience and determination to succeed, regardless of the challenge. I would have no hesitation in recommending her.

Alannah Hunt

I was at the point of giving up; my kind but excitable chestnut mare had un nerved me during the previous few years. Luckily I went to Kathryn for help.

Her her warmth and positive approach quickly put me at ease. Through her patience and deep understanding of horses Kathryn gave me the confidence to overcome my fears. During the coaching session I was given advice on my position which allowed me to immediately feel more stable in the saddle.

Kathryn’s style is very reassuring and confidence boosting. She has given me a greater understanding of what is going through my horse’s brain, encouraging a sense of teamwork and partnership between us.

A truly positive experience. 

Antonia Mortimer

Kathryn has been an enormous support to my horse Chilli and to me.

Her coaching style is relaxed and friendly and she is willing to work through individual issues at a pace which I can deal with and understand!

She gives excellent advice and is able to see where a small change can sometimes make a big difference.

Always positive and encouraging. Highly recommended.

Jacqui Cottenham

Kathryn has helped us with excellent, supportive and ongoing sessions with our horses.  She has enormous positivity and a “can do “ attitude, which builds your confidence.  I am so enjoying the development and growth.

Kathryn has helped me achieve things I never thought I could. 

I would recommend her as a coach to anyone!

Colette Fowler-Marson

I have known Kathryn for many years now, her approach to bringing on both horses and riders never fails to amaze me.

She brings out the best in the horses, allowing them to progress at their own rate, develop into their personalities and meet their potential. She has an eye for talent and coaxing the best from her pupils.

I have had the pleasure of riding with her and supporting with carriage driving. I greatly admire her tenacity and ability in both the ridden and driven spheres. Her horses are always well rounded, happy, healthy individuals; allowed to grow into their personalities, she nurtures and encourages their growth never asking too much of them and understanding their individual needs.

I would not hesitate to recommend Kathryn, she helped me to regain my confidence and have a fantastic time doing it.

Stephanie Dua

Kathryn has been a great help to me over the years. Her knowledge and empathy for both horse and rider/driver is second to none.

She has very good communication skills and is very courteous. When my horse was on box rest he stayed with her for a while, so he had the company of other horses and wouldn’t become stressed. I was given regular updates and photos to see how he was getting on and she even went the extra mile and allowed me to stay over at her yard for a few days.

I cannot rate her highly enough. Seeing how she has brought her horses on is amazing.

Sue Johnson