Accredited Professional Coaching

Kathryn Howard:  

 

Coaching sessions are tailored to your goals and can be undertaken individually or as part of a group. Understanding the way you and your horse work as a partnership, facilitates progression, supports personal processes and allows outcomes to develop.

Coaching is offered both in and out of the saddle.  Supporting mindset skills, personal aims, step by step goals and increased confidence. 

 

 “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.”

 

Personalised coaching for all ability

Personal coaching on your own horse, in the saddle, or out of saddle coaching sessions.  Whatever your goals, progress, and gain confidence.

 

 “Kathryn has been an enormous support to my horse and to me. Her coaching style is relaxed and friendly and she is willing to work through individual issues at a pace that 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 so positive and encouraging. Highly recommended.”

 

Specialising in classical techniques to support all disciplines. Progress and support, establish straightness, flexibility, and rhythm.  Working with a range of partnerships, developing the young horse and rider, through to supporting veteran horse and rider to maintain light, supple, and correct work.

Consideration of mindset and processes, how do you learn best?   

Dressage coaching, focusing on arena craft, relaxed and correct movements to support work towards tests and your next dressage goal.  

Grid, pole work and jump training from pole exercises, to sequences of jumps, supporting both show jumping and cross country training. 

Driven preparation – to support both the ride and drive aspects of equestrianism.  Long reining, ground work, ridden and driven schooling.

Showing support - Spend quality time preparing for your show. Planning your performance to learning techniques to help you relax in front of the judge.

 

"Kathryn, 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 really quickly.
You have infectious enthusiasm and a genuine love for what you do. Your passion was contagious, and it fuelled 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."

 

Pack our hay net and we come to you!

Coaching sessions are conducted in settings tailored to the specific needs of each participant, and environments are intentionally created to foster growth and progress, thereby contributing to the advancement of equine partnerships. Individual or group coaching, clinics, event planning, or simply taking those crucial measures towards achieving one's personal objectives.

CLINICS:  Supporting clubs, groups and charities with tailored clinics.  From learning more about how we learn, working with mindfulness and NLP coaches, through to combining coaching support with horse and human physio sessions. Informal workshops to online group training; coaching is planned with the group or club organisier.

 

"I met Kathryn at an event and she inspired me.  Why should I not go for it – you are only here once.  So I have – and I love it!  I now work with Kathryn on my driving skills.  She appreciates how I process information and in turn, we find ways which work best for me to develop.  Great fun - looking forward to this season of competitions”

 

That lightbulb moment...

 

“I met Kathryn during an Advanced Performance Coaching workshop, where I attended in the capacity of a rider in equestrian sport and Kathryn a Performance Coach. I immediately connected with Kathryn and felt at ease in her company. Kathryn was asked to demonstrate her coaching skills with a rider she had just met - myself. Kathryn gathered information about my history, current situation and goals with an open mind. Whilst listening to my thought processes, Kathryn put together pieces of a puzzle, assisting me to have a ‘lightbulb moment’ and recognise an area which could be improved when I am competing to ultimately help me relax and enjoy my sport whilst also achieving consistent results.

I realised what it was that was making me have ‘the fog’ when at middle-level competitions, where there is the pressure on me to achieve consistent results - a fear of being scolded by employers (or even owners) due to human error at a level I know am competent at; which has led on to me having a fear of actually making a mistake at this level. So, I am speaking to those that need to be spoken to and am now putting the fun back into what I do love to do! So thank you so much.”

 

Coaching

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