BHS Scotland received a wonderful double helping of Yogi Breisner; retiring British eventing team coach at the end of November, when a master CPD delivered inspirational exercises and straightforward equitation philosophy at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre for nearly 75 coaches and a preceding evening event was held where Yogi shared his Rio Olympic Journey.
Yogi stated his “sadness but tinged with optimism” as he steps down as team coach but cited a bright future for British eventing given the amazing pool of riders and horses currently available.
His amusing presentation covered the chronology of being a performance manager from before the games are even announced to having a team complete and return home. The challenges of planning, climate, geography, accreditation, selection and logistics and of course funding were all covered in his talk about the journey to the Rio Games.
At the CPD Yogi used innovative exercises and various props to make for some exciting yet fun jumping training and his calm knowledge of riders in the flat work as he tackled winter homework, the show jumping course, test preparation and Cross Country Technique.
BHS Scotland Chairman of Training Erik McKechnie BHSI said: "It was such a privilege to have someone as clever and traditional but with a young fresh view come and amazing insight from the top of the sport of eventing present to us and invigorate our coaches – great early winter revision and very affirming."