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Rider biomechanics CPD day with Mary Wanless BHSI

2 May 2017


Rider biomechanics training/CPD day with Mary Wanless BHSI, author of the Ride With Your Mind books. Mary Wanless is an internationally renowned coach, who has degrees in both Physics and Applied Sports Coaching, and holds the BHSI certificate. She coaches riders at all levels, from relative novices to two of the top twelve US dressage riders, and some of the Canadian eventing squad.

Mary figured out the biomechanics of riding long before biomechanics became an everyday term and, equally importantly, developed a way to break down the required skills and teach them to everyday riders. She clarifies the ‘how’ of riding, making its biomechanics explicit and learnable while avoiding the ‘oughts’ and ‘shoulds’ that stifle learning. Physical skills and verbal descriptions come from different parts of the brain and the resulting dislocation between expertise and explanation makes it hard for skilled riders to 'clone' themselves - indeed, what they do and what they say they do can be poles apart. But Mary has discovered that their skills have an underlying structure, and knowing this explicitly enables her to communicate it to others. The result is a phenomenally effective way of helping riders develop both feel and influence. Talent really can be taught!

Time: 9am-5pm

Outline programme

Morning (Westcote Village Hall) theory session – more practical than you might imagine! Including:

  • Discussing language and learning
  • Changing habits 
  • Accessing core strength 
  • Breaking talent down in to its component parts and thus making it learnable! 
  • Hands-on realignments using static saddles

Afternoon (Overdale Equestrian Centre) practical session:

  • Working with guinea pig riders to demonstrate the principles

There may be the chance for some delegates to ride as demo riders in the afternoon sessions. Please contact Hannah at once you have booked your place on the training day, if you would like to put yourself forward to do so.

Priority will be given to BHS Accredited Professional Coaches for this opportunity. 

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