Equestrian coaches train in Trinidad

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation will host its first ever Federation Equestre International training course in Cayman next month.

Between June 20th and 25th, the Federation will host a level 2 coach course for nine coaches from across the Caribbean region.

Coaching tutor, Cesar Tevard, arrives from the Dominican Republic on June 20th to begin teaching the 6-day course which will train coaches on how to coach their riders to 1.3 meters in jumping and medium/advanced level in dressage.

Equestrian Federation members participating in the course include Mary Alberga, owner and operator of the Equestrian Center, Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio, Equestrian Center manager, Regina Nowak and Michelle Boucher.

Three Caymanian members of the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation recently returned from Trinidad and Tobago after participating in a four-day regional coaching course.

A total of 15 coaches from Trinidad, Cayman and Jamaica came together to take part in the course taught by Javier Jeri Leigh of Venezuela.

Over the course of four days, participants reviewed teaching methods for coaching riders at preliminary and elementary dressage levels and up to 1.15 meters in the discipline of jumping. The course included classroom based theory sessions mixed with practical outdoor sessions coaching riders and their horses.

Ms. McTaggart-Giuzio said the group – Ms. Nowak, Ms. Boucher and Tracey Surrey – participated in the coaching course to improve the level of coaching on the island.

“I have done the level 1 myself and used it to raise the standard of teaching on the island for local riders,” said Ms. McTaggart-Giuzio.

The Level 1 coaching course was run by the Trinidad and Tobago Equestrian Association and the global equestrian governing body, the Federation Equestre International.

Cayman Riding School client Ms. Boucher said the coaching system is a structured and measurable program developed for countries that are growing and developing equestrian sport.

“It equips coaches with world standard techniques to not only develop the rider and horse’s physical skills, but also their mental fitness to progress them towards their goals and prepare them for international competition.” She added that it was very exciting and rewarding to be a part of the Level 1 coach training program in Trinidad and to be working together with Caribbean partners in developing expertise in equestrian sport in the region.

Ms. Nowak, a coach at the Equestrian Center, said the course was really great, and a very intense, challenging four days. “The instructor was so good I could easily have done a longer course. The people were also welcoming, warm, friendly and organized.”

Cayman Riding School owner and operator Tracey Surrey took advantage of the coaching course despite already having British Horse Society AI qualifications.

“I am a firm believer that coaches should never stop learning and should take every opportunity to brush up on, and refresh their coaching skills.”

She said this benefits not only her riders, but it keeps things fresh and up to date for her.

“Spending time and money on educating local coaches means that the skills remain here to benefit local riders for many years to come. We can also pass on what we have learnt to developing riders who may have an interest in being the coaches of the future.”