Online Coaching

You can find us all online in the CT Club. Members get access to Coaches for one-to-one video lessons and support.

Events

There are a wide range of in-person CT clinics, lessons and seminars all around the world with Rachel, Hannah and the CT Coaches.

Host an Event / Book a Lesson

The CT Team and Coaches come from all over the world. If you would like to organise an event or book lessons, please contact the Coaches directly.

Coaching from Hannah and Rachel and CT Coaches

Hannah Weston

CT Team

Hannah can be found predominantly online in the CT Club, where she continues to make and share training videos for the (already bursting!) Home Study Courses, as well as offering support, advice and updates for CT Club Members. 

In real life, she is based in North Yorkshire, England, and offers local lessons and regular teaching days at Hope Pastures Rescue Centre. She also teaches clinics and seminars around Europe.

Rachel Bedingfield

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Rachel can also be found online in the CT Club, supporting members and sharing new material.

She splits her time between North Yorkshire, where her horses live together with Hannah’s herd, and Cortijo de Segura in Spain, which is a training center she co-founded with CT Coach Claire Waldron. Cortijo de Segura offers CT training courses in the sunshine with rescued horses.

You can also follow Hannah and Rachel through the Connection Training Facebook Page, Youtube Channel and Instagram!

CT Coaches

Our Coaches are highly experienced, knowledgeable horse trainers, certified in coaching Connection Training techniques. You can find them all in the Connection Training Club where they offer online Coaching, find Events with CT Coaches in the Calendar or follow the links in their bio’s for in-person teaching.

Melissa Deal

USA

Dressage and CT Coach based at Victory Land Dressage, Burgaw, North Carolina.

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Melissa Deal

  • Location: Burgaw, North Carolina, US
  • Lessons: I offer freelance teaching at my yard and in the local area
  • Clinics: I love to travel to teach Clinics
  • Online: I offer online Coaching Calls and Video Reviews

Contact

Website: www.VictoryLandDressage.com
Phone: (1) 910-471-5445
Skype: melissa.deal8
Email: melissa@victorylanddressage.com

Turning your horse related challenges into victories is my passion! Learn to achieve reliable, repeatable results as you shape your horse’s behavior and build confidence in your own abilities. Create a joyful relationship like you’ve never known before. Feel like a girl again as you and your horse become deeply bonded through your Connection Training (CT) coaching experience with me. I am a Qualified Connection Training Coach, certified by ARIA in Dressage, Hunt Seat and Western. While Dressage is of particular interest, I also use obstacle training, de-spooking exercises, ground work and tricks to solve a variety of behavioral challenges under tack and on the ground from trailer loading to flying changes. With your input, I will customize just the right program for your horse’s abilities and personality and your needs! My track record of rehabilitating horses who have suffered mentally and emotionally from high pressure training speaks for itself. They can learn to love being ridden! For example: A once physically and emotionally abused animal now performs happily in the dressage arena and wins. Once confused and nervous- he now has a repertoire of tricks, loves being around people and seeks to please. Learn more about the special horse that led me to CT and the success of his complete rehabilitation here: https://youtu.be/tkx67c3lJlM Like many of you, I’ve experienced personal injury and loss of confidence. I’ve felt unable to help a horse I loved. I’ve made every mistake possible it seems. The horses in my life, my clients and I am living proof that your journey can be different. CT works! You and your horse can learn the positive reinforcement (PR) process and experience life changing results. PR methods aren’t just for teaching horses. They work for people too. No need to worry about judgment or criticism. Your comfort and learning are also important to me! I am a lifelong learner who has been studying with Shawna and the CT team for years. I understand the doubts and fears that can come with trying a new instructor, especially in an unfamiliar format so I offer an introductory lesson money back guarantee. You have nothing to lose, if you want a safe, happy, connected relationship with a relaxed, confident horse. Book a session with me and enjoy learning to communicate with your horse on a whole new level! (Virtual lesson testimonials available upon request.) Here are some extra videos from my Youtube Channel: “Getting your Horse to Yes and Love It!” https://youtu.be/tkx67c3lJlM “An Example of Positive Reinforcement Training with Humans by Melissa Deal” https://youtu.be/JA-nI4xn4Hk

Claire Waldron

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CT Coach and founder of Cortijo de Segura, working with rescued horses in Spain.

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Claire Waldron

  • Location: Granada, Spain
  • Lessons: I offer courses and lessons on our rescued horses at our centre, Cortijo de Segura
  • Clinics: I love to travel to teach Clinics around Spain, Portugal and the Azores
  • Online: I offer online Coaching Calls and Video Reviews

Contact

Website: www.cortijodesegura.com
Phone: 0034 696672477
Skype: claire.waldron
Email: clairewaldron@msn.com

Hi, I’m Claire Waldron and I am proud to be Connection Training’s first Certified Coach. I joined CT when it was launched in 2014 as an Elite Student. I live in Spain and needed help with my traumatised mare, Segura. I wasn’t sure that I could get the help I needed online, but I was desperate and there was no help available locally.

I am so glad I took the chance! I had monthly coaching calls with Hannah, Rachel or Shawna. I restarted Segura following the Foundation Course, and bit by bit, she began to calm down and respond to me. Within the year I was back to riding her again and we developed a once-in a lifetime relationship.

This gave me a new path in life. I began working in Customer Support for CT and set my eyes on becoming a CT Coach. I already had an HND in Equine Management and had studied Equine Behaviour online. I had also worked at Leahurst Equine Veterinary Hospital (Liverpool University) where I had taught horse-handling to vet students, so I knew I loved teaching.

I spoke at the CT Conference, 2016, where I was also awarded my Coaching Certificate. I began coaching online and also taught live in the Azores. I love both equally. It’s great to be with students and be able to actually work with the horses directly in live teaching. Online teaching is wonderful too. It is so effective to watch a video of their work with a student, as we see so much we can work on. Students make wonderful progress and I am living proof how effective it is, for handling, riding and the relationship.

Also in 2016, Rachel Bedingfield and I decided to form a business together to create Cortijo de Segura at my home in Spain. We have up to 10 rescued horses and students stay at our lovely villa for holiday courses. We host Connection Training Instructors and run Courses in horsemanship, such as hoof trimming and equine behaviour. I am very proud to be running this venture alongside my teaching.

CT Vlogs: From Rescue to Ridden
From Fear to Fun

My foster ponies Hope and Valiente come from ARCH Rescue Centre, Malaga –  we feature in their newsletter from time to time. Here are the links:
Valiente’s Progress
When TLC Isn’t Enough
Hope and Valiente off to School – Archies Issue 1

Angelica Hesselius

Sweden

CT Coach and Academic Art of Riding Instructor based in Sweden.

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Angelica Hesselius

  • Location: Sundsvall, Sweden
  • Lessons: I travel all over Sweden and internationally to give clinics and lectures. For those nearby there is possibilities for freelance lessons and study groups. Parts of the year I also welcome students to come to my home as week-students with their own horse or to work with my horses and take part of my everyday training.
  • Online: I offer online Coaching Calls and Video Reviews
  • Languages Spoken: English, Swedish, Scandinavian Languages

Contact

Website: www.angelicahesselius.com
Skype: annidala
Email: angelicahesselius@me.com

 

Horses and horse training are my greatest passions. In both my own training and in my teaching I focus on balance. Balance through both connection with the horses mind and connection with the horses body. I love how gymnastics and a greater body awareness can improve our relationships with our horses and ourselves. I’m also a longtime teacher and trainer of the Academic Art of Riding- a way of gymnasticising your horse according to the classical principles of dressage guided by modern biomechanics.

So, even though a search for balance has guided most of my horse life I was, however, looking for more. More connection, more relaxation. I want horses that love training and to be around their humans. I want to give my horses more choices and more control to be able to be really active participants in their own education. This is something I have found in Connection Training, and a more process-focused way of teaching.

My greatest teachers on my journey are, however, my lovely horses. Each and every one with their own special needs. I believe education should be accessible to everyone and to every-horse, no matter the breed. This, and a welcoming open atmosphere, is something we found in the Connection Training Club and also something I try to mediate in my teaching every day: Think, grow. Learn, know.

Kristen Vanderpool

Canada

CT Coach and groundwork, riding and obstacles specialist based in Red Deer Alberta, Canada

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Kristen Vanderpool

  • Location: Red Deer Alberta, Canada
  • Lessons: I teach individual and group lessons and clinics in Central Alberta
  • Online: I offer online Coaching Calls and Video Reviews

Contact

Website: www.kristenvanderpoolequine.com

Email: info@kristenvanderpoolequine.com

 

I realized a number of years ago that positive reinforcement was the only way I wanted to train.  Since then, I’ve been able to develop and create meaningful connections with horses and other animals. Connection Training has been perfect for this.  Creating a partnership based on mutual trust and cooperation is what I love and the main reason why I do this.  I am honored to help others in any way I can.

Specialties

My favorite thing to work on is foundation ground/saddle work.  I love starting horses and creating a great foundation of trust.  I enjoy combining this with obstacles, and objects; they make the foundation work more fun and help to create trust, reduce fear and develop balance skills.  I have worked with many horses in this area and it brings me great joy to see their success!

Interests

I currently school in Classical Dressage under a Phillipe Karl certified instructor.  I am able to take what I learn and convert it to R+ easily.  I’m happy to share what I know.

Judith Edel

UK

CT Coach and horse agility specialist based in Wales, UK

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Judith Edel

  • Location: Llandrindod Wells, Wales, UK
  • Lessons and Clinics: I teach regular monthly Horse Agility clinics, and am available for clinics (Horse Agility or CT) and freelance lessons. I teach mainly in mid Wales and the surrounding counties (Herefordshire, Shropshire, South and West Wales), but I can also travel further afield.
  • Online: I offer online Coaching Calls and Video Reviews

I have loved horses all my life, and although I grew up in a city I was lucky enough to spend my weekends and school holidays at a local riding school. I learned a lot about the practical side of riding and caring for horses, and built good relationships with a lot of the ponies, but always had a feeling that there could (and should) be more to the relationship than just riding and hard work. It wasn’t until years later when Honey, my first horse, was on box rest that I discovered the fun of clicker training to give us things to do and think about while she was recovering from an injury. It was clicker training (and later Connection Training) that showed me that the missing part of the puzzle had been that the horses weren’t enjoying the relationship as much as the people were, and once the horses were given the opportunity  to both understand and truly enjoy what we were doing, it became much more fun for all of us.

 

I enjoy teaching all aspects of horsemanship, and I consider that my job as a coach is to make horsemanship fun – as fun for the horse as it is for the handler. I have had first-hand experience of when things go wrong, when both handlers and horses can lose confidence in each other. I have helped many partnerships rebuild their relationship, using the principles and process of positive reinforcement to overcome fears and doubt, and to create a bond that is strong, deep, and secure.

 

My speciality is obstacle training and Horse Agility; I am a Horse Agility Accredited Trainer and have been European Horse Agility Champion (liberty or on lead) four times with my little rescue pony, Pip, and my donkey Molly, who was also Reserve World Champion donkey in 2017 – we are proudly taking positive reinforcement right to the top of international competition! I teach regular monthly Horse Agility clinics, and love using obstacle training to help both horses and humans overcome their fears and worries, gain confidence in each other and learn new ways to communicate, using empathy, emotional awareness, and of course positive reinforcement.

 

Positive Equitation: Making Horsemanship Fun

 

 

 

 

Belinda Daws

Australia

CT Coach passionate about the horse-human journey together based in Queensland, Australia

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Belinda Daws

  • Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
  • Lessons:I teach lessons in areas of South East Qld and the North Coast of New South Wales
  • Online: I offer online Coaching Calls and Video Reviews
I’m thrilled to now be a certified Connection Training Coach! It’s amazing to have the opportunity to pay forward what I myself have received from Connection Training, with the incredibly rewarding work of helping others as they progress on their individual learning journeys with their equines. 
 
My horsey history started with a horse-obsessed childhood, and continued through a range of different jobs, including horse manager at an agistment centre and groom for multiple FEI dressage riders. It was a childhood dream come true to actually be paid to do what I loved, particularly those jobs that involved training and riding. I worked with a variety of horses, from the first handling of foals through to schooling FEI dressage movements. 
 
At university I majored in zoology, with my particular favourite areas being anthrozoology, animal behaviour and ethology. This sciencey background was one of the things that drew me towards evidence-based, welfare-focused horse training. 
Positive reinforcement really appealed to me as soon as I first saw how much more the horses got out of it compared to their usual training. I dabbled in clicker training off and on for years, having done some with my dogs previously, but I always felt I was missing important pieces of the puzzle. Hardly anyone else around me knew about this new way of training, and there was no-one local to turn to for help and support. 
 
Thankfully I found Connection Training. The combination of emotion-focused positive reinforcement training, good horse sense from experienced horse people, and a supportive learning environment, turned out to be exactly what I had been searching for. 
 
Now I’m lucky enough to get to help and support others with their training. I love seeing the change in both horse and human as they grow and learn together. It’s amazing how we can help horses “feel better about stuff”, as we teach them fun new things, plus all the basics they need for a happy life around humans. The level of communication that develops sometimes feels like magic, and that feeling never gets old. 

Suzy Deurinck

The Netherlands

CT Coach specialising in problem-solving and behaviour based in The Netherlands

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Suzy Deurinck

  • Location: Bergen Op Zoom, The Netherlands
  • Lessons: I teach lessons at your horse's place
  • Clinics: I teach clinics with horses and give theory seminars. My lessons and clinics are taught in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany
  • Online: I offer online Coaching Calls and Video Reviews
  • Languages: I teach in Dutch or English

Contact

Website: www.deurinck.nl
Skype: Suzybelt

Hello 🙂 I am Suzy and I so happy to be a Connection Training Coach. I work fulltime with horses and horse owners to help them understand each other better. As an animal scientist, I love using the latest research and figuring out why horses act the way they do.

Reward based training is a life style and not just a trick I use with horses. My goal is to have everyone enjoying themself: both horse and human!

I have a 21 year old mare. She used to be very anxious and went easily into the shut-down mode. She has changed so much! I think I can summarize it by the change of her spirit animal: it used to be Eeyore and nowadays it is Tina Turner!

I work a lot with aggression, since that is a big issue in my area. My point of view is that you first have to show the horse you are his/her friend, before you even think about setting up rules. I love the moment the horse connects with the owner, and all the anxiety and stress disappear.

Another subject that I often see is loading. The interesting part about loading is, that you can so do much in training! I advice people to take smaller -but effective-  steps and it works like a charm.

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