Equipilates™ founder and author of Pilates for Riders
Lindsay Wilcox-Reid is the founder of Equipilates™ and was the first British Dressage Registered Trainer in the UK to recognise the potential of Pilates to transform riders and commit to train as a professional teacher of classical Pilates; she holds the Level 3 instructor certification in classical Pilates and is also a qualified Specialist Biomechanics Coach™ (Intelligent Training Systems), accredited on the Register of Exercise Professionals. Lindsay is a Group 3 Rider with experience of competing and training horses up to advanced levels in dressage; her horses are currently working at a range of levels from recently backed to intermediare II. She is an experienced and inspirational teacher, dedicated to promoting correct training principles and bringing the biomechanics and musculature of each individual horse and rider combination together in harmony. She is able to show you how to open doors, both within yourself and your horse, which may have seemed forever locked! She is in a unique position to train the rider's body and mind whilst incorporating correct development of the horse according to classical principles. She has an incredibly sensitive eye for the smallest detail, and through her insight and perception of asymmetric movement along with her skills in functional testing for biomechanical dysfunction, she is able to take your performance to a whole new level, whether you are a weekend rider or an international equestrian athlete.
Lindsay takes referals from other equestrian professionals (trainers, equine physios, vets and saddle fitters) to help their clients with postural issues which can affect the horse in ways ranging from difficulty with lateral movements in one direction to persistent saddle fit problems or lameness caused by poor rider balance/alignment. Lindsay teaches throughout the UK and beyond; she has had several training articles published in the British Dressage Magazine in 2008 and has also featured in Your Horse magazine (May 2009), NFU Countryside magazine (October 2009) and Horsescene and Your Horse Magazines in 2010. Lindsay has presented very well received Equipilates demonstrations in the Interactive Zone, now the 'Improve Your Riding' Zone, at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Your Horse Live event. Her book, Pilates for Riders, is receiving worldwide acclaim and is published by JA Allen. Lindsay's second book 'Core Connection for Riders' is due for publication in 2013.
The equine team
Alfie is a 17hh KWPN gelding and is currently competing at Prix St Georges level with Lindsay and training at Intermediare II level at home. He is a cheeky chappie and loves to lick you to death, or alternatively have his bottom scratched. He is Lindsay's best friend.
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Bruno is a 17hh 2001 KWPN gelding by Gribaldi. He has been here at TDS since autumn 2012 and has settled in wonderfully. He has fabulous expressive movement and is currently working at advanced medium level. Bruno is a very sensitive chap and we are very much looking forward to seeing how he progresses as his partnership develops with Lindsay.
Tex is a stonking 18.1hh 2005 Hanoverian x BWB gelding by Tombola with beautiful movement.
Due to his size and his sensitive personality, Lindsay has taken a great deal of time to gain his trust and confidence. He has been gradually getting used to going out and about without turning impromptu cartwheels, and will be begininning his competition career in 2013. He enjoys being scratched, wearing his pink saddlepad and bandages (according to Lindsay) and playing in the field with his half brother Tuxedo, with whom he lives out and shares blades of grass. Seeing them both sneak into their field shelter together (only really meant for one!) is quite a comical sight.