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Coaching from Hannah and Rachel and CT Coaches
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 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.
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.
Dressage and CT Coach based at Victory Land Dressage, Burgaw, North Carolina.
CT Coach and founder of Cortijo de Segura, working with rescued horses in Spain.
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.
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:
When TLC Isn’t Enough
Hope and Valiente off to School – Archies Issue 1
CT Coach and Academic Art of Riding Instructor based in Sweden.
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.
CT Coach and groundwork, riding and obstacles specialist based in Red Deer Alberta, Canada
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.
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!
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.
CT Coach and horse agility specialist based in Wales, UK
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
CT Coach passionate about the horse-human journey together based in Queensland, Australia
CT Coach specialising in problem-solving and behaviour based in The Netherlands
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.