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Pilates & Rider Biomechanics by Julie Driver Pilates Education

9 Mar 2022 19:00 - 21:00

Whether your client is an Olympian or a weekend rider, they are all equestrian athletes and the exercises / movements they do out of the saddle have a direct impact on their efficiency and ability in the saddle.

In this workshop Julie draws on her knowledge of working with riders of all levels from the complete beginner to the elite equestrian athlete. We will look at simple rider biomechanics and movements to help you begin to spot imbalances in your clients bodies as they ride, and also how to begin to correct what you are seeing. We’ll cover common rider position faults as well as exercises that can help bring symmetry into the riders body, their movements and how well they ride on each rein.

Pilates is the perfect complementary discipline for the equestrian. It is an accumulative discipline that when practised regularly will make a difference to their understanding of how they move, their posture, alignment and balance. This workshop will help you look at your client with fresh eyes and help you recognise asymmetries happening in your client as they ride. It will give you ideas and tools to help them improve their riding, balance and confidence.

This is a highly interactive webinar. Participants will be asked to join in with movements and exercises to help develop their understanding of the basic biomechanics being taught. The session will incorporate exercises in standing and lying down on the Floor so to help you get the most out of the session you will need room to move. We will be using small props so please can you have:

• A small ball eg: Tennis ball, golf ball, children’s rubber ball.
• A lead rope or bath towel
• A cushion.
• A thick elastic band ( Like the bands around a head of broccoli!)
• If possible a mat to lie on.

Julie Driver Biography
Julie believes passionately in the power of Pilates. She has been teaching for over 20 years both in the UK and also internationally. Between 2008 and 2017 Julie was a senior Faculty member for one of the largest Pilates training schools in Europe.

In January 2017 Julie set up her own Pilates education training school that specialises in mentoring Pilates teachers and equestrian Pilates. “Julie Driver Pilates Education’ is a recognised education provider via CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.) and The Pilates Method Alliance. With a lifelong passion for equine studies, Julie considers Pilates the perfect way for riders to improve their technique and create a stronger relationship with their horse.

Julie works with all levels of riders from the elite Three-day venter to the weekly rider like herself and is currently the team Pilates teacher for the Windrush Equestrian Foundation. Her own experience of rehabilitation after serious injury deepened her commitment to continue studying. She considers herself an eternal student and continues her own education with weekly 1-1s and studying regularly with her own mentors.

In 2014 Julie won the prestigious international ‘Pilates Anytime Instructor of the Year’ competition and continues to record online classes for them as a returning visiting Instructor. Julie holds the Monty Roberts “Certificate of Horsemanship’ and has published a series of three articles for ‘Horse and Rider” “Showing World” and ‘Intelligent Horsemanship’ and regularly contributes to Equine and Fitness industry publications

Time: 7pm - 9pm 

Cost: £10.00 per person

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