International Convention 2018 Speakers

Christoph Hess 

Christoph Hess

Christoph Hess is an FEI “I” Judge in both dressage and eventing. He is an international expert and educator of professionals and also earned the qualification as a Professional Riding Instructor of the German National Equestrian Federation (FN). Hess was head of the German Equestrian Training Centre for almost 20 years, and was former director of the Training and Education department of the FN for nearly 35 years. He is now the FN-Ambassador for Training and Education and is actively involved in the education and training of riders, coaches, instructors and judges, within Germany and around the world. He conducts clinics, workshops, forums, and symposiums for judges, trainers, and riders throughout the international dressage and eventing communities. Hess is an examiner of judges and trainers at the highest levels of the sport of dressage, including seminars and testing sanctioned and sponsored by the FEI (Fédération Equestre International), he also trains riders up to GP-level. Hess resides in Germany.

Chris Bartle FBHS

Chris BartleChristopher Bartle teaches and trains riders at the YRC, around the UK and across Europe. Christopher is the British Eventing Team's High Performance Coach. For 16 years up to 2016, he was National Coach to the German Olympic Three Day Event Team - Winners of Team Silver and Individual Gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Team and Individual Gold medals at the London Olympics in 2012 and at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Locally Christopher trains many British International level riders, notably for many years the British team rider Nicola Wilson from Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Christopher does not exclusively teach higher level competition riders, he is also willing to teach less experienced riders on their own horses.

Awarded Hon. Fellowship of the British Horse Society in 2001, Dressage Trainer to British Olympic Three Day Event team Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, Chef D'Equipe & Coach to the British Three Day Event team at the European Championships, Luhmühlen 1999, and received the British Horse Society's Trainers Award in 1995.

Dr Andrew Neil Mclean

Andrew Neil McLeanicDr Andrew Neil Mclean is an Australian specialist in animal cognition and equine learning/training psychology. CEO of Equitation Science International, Founder of The Australian Equine Behaviour Centre and Honorary Fellow of the International Society for Equitation Science are some of many titles held by Andrew. He has also been awarded the Eureka Science Prize in 2011, the John H Daniels Fellowship in 2014, as well as being an expert witness in Forensic Ethology in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland since 1998. His vast background with horses has not only taken Andrew to Grand Prix level dressage and show jumping, as well as gaining State and National titles in both dressage and eventing, he has also designed research, methods and manuals used by groups such as the Western Australia Mounted Police and the New York Racing Association. Along with his academic and riding accolades, he also assisted and coached a host of Olympic Gold medallists including  Richard Davison and Anky van Grunsven.

Michael Peace

Michael Peace

Michael Peace is a specialist trainer of young and problem horses. His career began 30 years ago as an apprentice jockey in Newmarket and despite being from a non-horse background has always been fascinated by the psychology of these wonderfully complex creatures.After many years working professionally with several different types, breeds and disciplines around the world, Michael’s affinity for young and problem horses has lead him naturally to develop his own unique and very effective approach which he calls Think Equus.

His three successful books have been distributed around the world and translated into many different languages and his work with top professional trainers, riders and organisations such as The Blue Cross, Metropolitan Mounted Police, RSPCA, World Equine Welfare, Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, British Equestrian Trade Association to name but a few demonstrates a truly rich and varied career to date.

Now settled with his wife Susi and three children in the beautiful village of Islip in Oxfordshire, his main business is helping people and horses of all levels to achieve their ultimate equestrian goals whether it be starting their young horse, fixing their problem horse or improving their horse’s competition performance.

Sam York FBHS

Sam YorkSam York has crafted a very successful coaching career. She was recently awarded the very prestigious Fellowship of the BHS award (February 2017).  This outstanding achievement demonstrates a long commitment to the equine industry and coaching expertise. 

Her achievements include UKCC Level 3, British Eventing Accredited Coach, Under 18 BE coach, a Nottinghamshire Education and Training Coordinator, and a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, where Sam specialises in sport horse production and coaching.

Sam has selected, produced and ridden horses up to Advanced, three star level for eventing, and medium level dressage competitions. She is still currently looking out for the four star ride. Sam has also represented GB at the British Riding Club European Championships and has ridden on many national equestrian teams throughout her professional equestrian career.

Russell Mackechnie-Guire

Russel GuireCentaur Biomechanics, founded by Russell Mackechnie-Guire (BSc Hons), is a company which specialises in horse and rider biomechanics. With the use of state of the art technology, namely 2D motion capture (Quintic), inertial sensors (Equi Gait), rein gauges (centaur) and smart phone technology, Centaur Biomechanics can objectively look at horse and rider interaction.

Russell has completed many research projects particularly looking at the influence different surfaces have on limb kinematics, the effect studs have on turning kinematics and, more recently, Russell’s research has extensively focused on the effect that girths, bridles and saddleshave on the locomotion of the horse.

Russell is currently studying for his PhD at the Royal Veterinary College within the internationally renowned structure and motion lab. He is
focusing on horse and rider interaction, in particular the effect that the saddle and rider have on equine spinal kinematics and locomotion.

Since 2006 Russell has worked with the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Programme in providing performance analysis to all
disciplines, he has featured in many equestrian articles and books and he regularly speaks at international conferences throughout the world.

Charlie Unwin 

Charlie Unwin

Charlie Unwin graduated from Durham University where he read Psychology before joining the Army as an officer in 2001. After a year at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Charlie commissioned into the Royal Horse Artillery with whom he served in Iraq as a platoon commander. There he was responsible for conducting counter-insurgency operations as well as training and recruiting the new Basra police force. 

Realising his passion for sport, Charlie was seconded from the Army into the Great Britain Modern Pentathlon Team in Bath. Within two years Charlie was selected to compete for Great Britain at the World Championships. In 2007 Charlie was National Champion.

It was during his time as an athlete that Charlie’s passion for applied psychology flourished, believing this to be a fundamental contributor towards his achievements rather than raw talent! Charlie retired as an athlete in order to pursue this passion. Whilst gaining a further MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology at Brunel University, he won a national award for his applied research into “motivational climate”.

Since then Charlie has worked with Olympic teams and athletes from 5 different sports. As the Performance Psychologist for GB Skeleton, Charlie worked with Lizzy Yarnold towards her becoming Olympic Champion at the Sochi Games in 2014. In 2015 Charlie contributed towards 7 European Gold Medals with the athletes and teams he was working with.

Formally a senior consultant at Lane4, Charlie now works with global businesses helping them to achieve their own performance aspirations. He shares his insights into performance environments, team dynamics, leadership, coaching and resilience with senior teams and executives.  

Alan Hiscox 

Alan Hiscox is the strategic lead of the implementation and management of the British Horse Society’s charitable objectives regarding the safety of horses and riders.

He is also responsible for assessing current and potential opportunities to develop all aspects of equestrian safety within Equestrian sector. Alan served 26 years in Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch, and 14 years as the Chief Equitation Officer at the Met police Training School. 

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