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Jo gained her Fellowship of the British Horse Society in 2007. She is a General Fellow and has skills, qualifications and experience across all disciplines. Jo delivers regular training and coaching clinics Nationally and Internationally for BHS exam training, personal development, competition preparation and general improvement of the care and welfare of horses. She also delivers CPD for the BHS across the UK. She assesses BHS exams from Stage One to Fellowship level within the British Horse Society at national and worldwide venues. She also specialises in helping riders and horses at all levels to perform to their full potential. Jo is a British Eventing Accredited Coach and a British Dressage Judge. She has coached a Grade II Para dressage rider who competed in the 2008 Olympics and a National UK Para rider at Grade IV. Jo’s particular interest is in the personal development of people, empowering them to maximise their potential in their chosen activitiy, she does this alongside the use of life coaching and use of sports psychology techniques.
Ali Lane is a British Dressage Trainer, UKCC qualified Dressage Coach, Intrinsic Biomechanics Coach and Equipilates instructor. This enables Ali to teach horse and rider from a biomechanics point of view, as well as a dressage point of view. Sessions will focus on rider position, helping the rider be more effective and get more from the horse, as well as helping the horse become more athletic and optimise the way of going. Ali will often use tools such as alignment jackets and Franklin balls to enhance the riders experience.
Lisa started to learn to ride at the age of 10 (long time ago now!) and most of her teenage years were spent with horses, show jumping, eventing, schooling and general ‘problem solving’ with her own and other peoples horses.
Working with horses was not an option (so my parents told me) so I had to get a proper job and earn a living so there was a break of a few years, with life, work, men and motherhood getting in the way of horses! Fortunately my daughter liked horses, perfect! So the whole family started riding and gave me the opportunity to ‘get back’ to horses.
I started an equine degree and British Horse Society qualifications, neither was easy! However, a bit of talent, a lot of hard work and perseverance paid off and I ended up with a first class honours degree and what was then BHS AI qualifications. The icing on the cake was winning the Equine Thesis of The Year competition in 2011, and speaking at the National Equine Forum in 2012, on the topic of equine obesity. I am also a showing judge and go all over the country judging at both County and locals shows, this is my way of giving a little back to the sport, and I meet some great people and wonderful horses.
I currently show my 16hh Appaloosa, who is Appaloosa Horse Club UK Supreme Champion ridden Appaloosa in 2018. This horse really has achieved so much for me.
For about the past 12 years I have worked as a freelance riding coach in and around the Worcestershire area, although its not really work, it is my pleasure to work with some fantastic people and their lovely horses and ponies. I tend to ‘specialise’ in helping nervous and novice adult riders, particularly with show jumping and cross country, and take great pleasure from seeing my students go on to do better and better things.
It helps that Alvechurch Riding Club are always good fun…!