As Lindsay's time is limited and to meet the demand around the country for the Equipilates™ approach, we have a growing network of Equipilates™ trained teachers around the UK. They are all highly experienced movement and/or physical therapists, and who have a real understanding of how to help you achieve more with your horse through improving your own body awareness and function. Please be aware that some riding-related Pilates/position improvement tuition is being offered around the UK, wrongly described as 'Equipilates'; the teachers have not trained with Lindsay nor completed the Equipilates™ Teacher Training Course. Action is being taken on this and only teachers who have completed the course here at The Dressage Studio are authorised to use the name and official logo of 'Equipilates'. You can be assured that Equipilates™ Registered Trainers are all highly qualified professionals and offer tuition according to Lindsay's holistic approach. They also are committed to continuing professional development in their own studio and equestrian teaching skills with our advanced workshops. ONLY EQUIPILATES™ REGISTERED TRAINERS DISPLAY OUR OFFICIAL LOGO.
More details of each trainer and their individual contact details will be posted on the website imminently.
Leigh Thawley- Derbyshire
Emma Stamenkovic- Nottinghamshire
TEACHERS IN THE UK
Emma is a certified Body Control Pilates Teacher and Level 3 Instructor for Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). She spends her time teaching Pilates at The Studio, Tattenhall and riding her beasutiful 9 year old ISH, Miss Black Lady. Her interest in Pilates started in 2002; she was very impressed with the impact it had on her own body. For the last two years she has spent time combining her two passions in life (riding and Pilates) and loves the insight Pilates has given her in terms of her own riding. In addition, she is currently in teacher training with Mary Wanless (not an accredited teacher of her method) who she credits with providing her with the insight as to how an organised rider's body can influence the horse and feels this will further complement her Equipilates™ teaching.
Emma wants you to enjoy Equipilates™ and to discover the benefits, as she has, to her riding. She offers one to one tuition, group sessions and dismounted workshops in South Cheshire and the surrounding areas. Please see her Facebook page 'Three Pilates' or contact her via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 07771 345009 for further information.
Kirsty is a Level 3 advanced Personal Trainer specialising in horse rider fitness. She has ridden since the age of four and now enjoys training and competing her PRE (pure bred Spanish), who has given her great insight into the importance of an independent supple seat and good posture. Kirsty comments 'He certainly tells me if I'm not riding correctly!' She currently runs Fit2Ride Classes within the south Cheshire and Shropshire area. With her passion for riding and for fitness, Kirsty's classes will inspire you with her infectious enthusiam. She is dedicated to helping clients, through Equipilates and rider fitness to achieve the same increased harmony and oneness with the horse that she has found so invaluable in her own riding and training.
Kirsty offers rider fitness courses, postural assessment weekends, one to one training and workshops. She travels within the north west, Shropshire and North Wales areas, or you are welcome to travel to her. To arrange a private consultation, group tuition, workshops or clinics please contact Kirsty on 07792 461964, or via email email@example.com or alternatively for further info visit her website www.fit2ride.org.uk.
Gillian is a Chartered Physiotherapist who trained in Cardiff, graduating with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy in 1998, and then worked in the NHS in Hampshire. After further training with Anna Johnson (Sydney and Athens Olympics Equestrian Team Physio) she worked within Anna's practice in Buckinghamshire. Whilst completing the first Masters Degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College, London, she moved to Devon to create a business partnership and start 'South West Veterinary Physiotherapy'. Treating injured riders has lead to pursuing training in rider biomechanics and Pilates (APPI). After reading and being inspired by Lindsay's book 'Pilates for Riders', Gillian has completed her Level 1 training and is now an Equipilates™ Registered Teacher. Having progressed as a child through the Pony Club, Gillian has since competed in eventing, showjumping and in the show ring, but now is focussing on her goal of achieving balance and harmony in the dressage arena.
Gillian offers one-to-one assessments, group sessions and dismounted workshops in the southwest, designed to improve your performance in the saddle. This complements the physiotherpy work she does with the horse, as addressing issues within a rider will enhance the outcome for both memebers of the team. To contact Gillian please phone 07989 589667, see her facebook page www.facebook/gilliantaborphysio or contact her via her email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Payne is a BHSI, List 2A Dressage Judge, Equine Body Worker and a level 3 Matwork Pilates Teacher having trained with Modern Pilates. The driving force behind Lincolnshire’s competition venue Sheepgate Equestrian, Sarah spends her time riding and competing, offering dressage training and clinics to riders of all ages and abilities, judging and teaching Pilates classes at the venue near Boston, Lincolnshire. Sarah’s passion for Pilates started in 2008 and offered answers to the many questions posed by rider’s requests for improvement in their positions. Equipilates™ offers the perfect complement to improvement in the rider’s position and their ability to influence the horse effectively. Sarah’s eye for detail allows her to bring out the best in any horse and rider combination creating a harmonious partnership. With over twenty years experience teaching riders at all levels Sarah’s commitment to her clients is clear to see. Workshops and clinics will be organised at Sheepgate Equestrian and surrounding areas introducing the many opportunities that Equipilates™ offers. Contact email@example.com. 07768 156262.www.sheepgate.co.uk
Charlotte started her fitness career as a British Army Physical Training Instructor. This gave her not only an excellent and varied grounding in fitness instruction but also great empathy for what it feels like to carry weight on the back! She went on to gain several recognised fitness qualifications including Exercise to Music, Physio Ball, Nutrition and Weight Management and Matwork Pilates, and is accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals.
Riding wise, she has turned her hand to most things from completing the National Hunt amateur jockey course to modern pentathlon. She has competed extensively individually and for military teams and has ridden in BE and BSJA events. She currently enjoys training her home-bred horse in classical principles as well as honing their jumping skills and experimenting with trick training! She is committed to using ethical horsemanship training methods.
Charlotte says 'I am delighted to have had the opportunity to train with Lindsay and believe that combining classical dressage principles with the ability to diagnose and correct rider biomechanical issues can produce amazing results which are enjoyable and rewarding for both horse and rider.'
Charlotte provides Equipilates training to riders in Cheltenham and surrounding areas. She offers one-to-one postural analysis and training, group classes, lectures and dismounted workshops. She can also help with your fitness training or weight management goals. Please see her website or contact her via email or phone for up-to-date information.
Tel: 07531 335071
Tara is a Stott Pilates trainer with a strong interest in rider biomechanics. Based at her 'Evolved' studio in Chobham and to be found teaching in arenas throughout Surrey, Tara gives clinics throughout the South-East and is also the resident trainer at the pilates studio at 'Gainfield Training and Livery' in Oxfordshire every Thursday. A rider for over thirty years, Tara evented in New Zealand for many years before switching to pure dressage and moving to Germany to train and compete in 2003. She later relocated to Hungary to base herself with Gyula Dallos (rider of the wonderful 'Aktion'). It was there, training daily up to Grand Prix level that she came to fully appreciate the true importance of an independent, stable, secure yet tension free position and how mind-body awareness, coupled with musculo-skeletal health and strength can make this easier for the rider to achieve. Fascinated by the interaction of human and equine biomechanics, Tara is constantly striving to evolve. In addition to being on the Equipilates™ Level 2 (Accredited) Program, Tara recently completed a Biomechanics 'RWYM' Teacher Training Course with Mary Wanless (note that she is not yet an accredited teacher of her method). Simultaneously she continues with her pilates training and will soon be adding the Ladder Barrel to her Repetoire of Mat, Reformer, V2 Max, Cadillac & Chair (pilates machines) and undertaking the gruelling Stott Specialist Rehabilitation Course for dealing with specialist clients, including post-injury & recovering from surgery.
Tara is extremely dedicated to her own development as a rider and teacher; her resulting expertise in high level dressage combined with her xperience in Pilates means the tuition she offers is of the highest calibre. To arrange a private consultation, clinic or workshop or to join attend her 'Pilates for Equestrians' classes, please contact Tara on 07969 346145, visit her website at www.evolved-pilates.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veronika is a qualified Level 3 advanced fitness instructor and personal trainer, registered and insured with REPs. She currently offers one to one personal training either at home or at a fully equipped gym in Worcester where she works on a part time basis. She has also delivered for the last three years weekly keep fit classes at Wordsley Housing Society in Stourbridge which is a care home for younger adults with long term mental illness. Veronika is an experienced rider and regularly competes up to elementary level in dressage, having trained different horses of all ages and levels. She instructs at Whitford Riding Stables, and devotes much of her time to Equipilates™, working with riders of all ages and abilities, working one to one and delivering group classes in her area.
Veronika is multi-skilled, really enthusiatic about her teaching and particularly interested in promoting harmony through classical training principles, as are all Equipilates™ Registered Teachers. Veronika currently works in Bromsgrove, Worcester and Stourbridge and is happy to travel throughout Worcestershire and some areas of Gloucestershire. If you would like to arrange tuition for yourself or a group, workshop or clinic please contact Veronika on 07761 823280, email email@example.com or visit www.getequifit.co.uk.
SWEDEN - TOMELILLA
Gunilla is certified by Body Arts & Science International (BASI) as a Pilates Mat Work instructor (2006), qualified to teach the full mat repertoire. She did her training in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she lived for twelve years before relocating to her native country Sweden in 2010. Gunilla is a business economist by profession, but has always been dedicated to physical fitness. As a young rider she was training non-competitive vaulting and competed in show jumping at lower levels. Running, various forms of aerobics, and later on katabox and body combat have followed her through life. She discovered Pilates during her time in South Africa and has never looked back. Eager to learn more she embarked on the ‘BASI Pilates journey’ and for further development she has done a course in exercise science, attended various pilates workshops as well as a body combat instructor course.
'Through Lindsay’s Equipilates™ teacher training course I have found a new edge in teaching pilates to riders as well as to clients in general. Incorporating myofascial thinking into pilates teaching was an eye opener and a tool for increasing the client’s understanding. It also helped me grow as an instructor', says Gunilla.
She lives on a farm with her husband, two horse and dog in the south eastern corner of Sweden at Österlen, an area boasting a higher number of horses than cattle - a paradise for horse lovers.
Gunilla offers general pilates training and pilates for riders (Equipilates™) at different venues in the south eastern corner of Sweden. Scheduled group training, private sessions as well as workshops and clinics are provided. Contact Gunilla by email firstname.lastname@example.org and for further information visit her website www.pilates-pa-osterlen.se