Tom Fray Equestrian Coach COVID-19 update - 13th May 2020
As a BHS Accredited Professional coach I benefit from the support of a world renowned society that works tirelessly for the welfare and education of all equines, members and professionals. The current advice from the The British Horse Society which has been formed in conjunction with the British Equestrian Federation (https://www.britishequestrian.org.uk/news/british-equestrian-s-stance-on-riding-and-coaching-reviewed ) and the Sport and Recreation Alliance (https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/covid-19/latest-government-guidance ) is that Accredited Professional Coaches are now able to travel to yards (private or commercial) for one to one coaching providing government guidelines on social distancing are adhered to.
So please get in touch if you'd like to book a coaching session.
BUT, being a coach is SO much more than just turning up once a week and telling you to sit up taller, shorten your reins, stay straight and kick a bit harder. I really do care about your journey and helping you to achieve your goals. So if your individual circumstances mean you are still unable to take part in physical coaching:
✅ please stay in touch with me,
✅ please send videos for feedback🌟
✅ please ask questions🌟
✅ please consider the welfare of your horse and make sure he is fed and exercised according to your individual circumstances 🌟
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Tom is a UKCC L3 and Accredited BHS Senior Coach (BHSII) who develops confidence, balance and understanding for all levels of rider. He is happy to travel to you or to arrange a suitable venue as required.
Schooling and Competing
Tom is an experienced competition rider who is happy to help you school your horse for whatever discipline you wish to train for.
If you are looking for support with the development of your horse's competitive career he will be happy to compete your horse for you. Tom loves to work with younger horses and is happy bringing youngsters on through their formative years as well as taking more established horses through the grades. He has competed at BE CCI**, BS Foxhunter and BD medium level. He has worked with CCI**** horses and trained to BD Advanced Medium level.
Tom is a Pony Club Recommended Coach, B test assessor and is a member of the Pony Club Mentoring Team. He is happy to travel nation-wide for rallies, camps, branch CPD events and to assess the progressive pony club tests.
Tom is available to coach jumping, flatwork or XC clinics at your centre or venue. He also arranges his own clinics at a variety of great locations. Contact Tom or click on the clinic dates link at the top of this page for future dates. Alternatively please contact Tom to discuss running a clinic at your venue.
Tom coaches regularly for affiliated British Riding Clubs and thoroughly enjoys providing coaching services tailored to suit your club. Contact Tom to discuss any ideas you may have, there is always a solution!
Short and long term schooling and competition livery can be arranged so if you need your horse bringing on, are struggling with a particular issue or are just going on holiday Tom is able to take your horse and provide an intensive schooling programme to improve your horse's performance.
Please call Tom to discuss further.
Tom is a BS trainee course designer who has worked under Bob Ellis and Paul Thompson. He has designed successfully for Pony Club and Riding Club competitions where his showjumping and arena eventing courses are well received for being challenging for the rider but fair to the horse.
BHS Ride Safe
Tom is an accredited BHS Ride Safe Award trainer and will happily help you to train towards the first award on the BHS Equine Excellence Pathway. This award is the first rung on the ladder towards achieving the BHS stages. It is useful as a stand alone qualification for leisure riders as well as essential for anyone wishing to embark upon the BHS qualifications.
A horse is the product of his training,
today's experiences create tomorrow's reactions.
I wasn't born into horses and I don't know why, but I just wanted to be close to these magnificent animals. My chance came when I was 9yrs old and I went to a taster week at a local riding school - that was it, I was hooked. Two years later, along came my first pony, I joined the Fernie Pony Club and kept going from there.
Riding a horse is the most wonderful experience a person can have. Coaching a person to fulfil their goal, build their confidence and develop their partnership is a privilege I thrive on.
A young horse's first tentative steps into the world of eventing, a rider's introduction to jumping or their first experiences of dressage are as satisfying as any competitive success. We can learn so much from our horses and we can develop so much as human beings from our experiences with these wonderful creatures. They will always challenge, surprise and delight us if we allow ourselves to truly understand them.
I have made it my goal to never stop learning and to constantly strive for a greater understanding of horses and equitation so that I can help you and your horse to achieve your goals and stretch yourselves to greater success, whatever that might be!
Get in touch to see where your horse can take you - its probably further than you expect...