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.
TDS Up to You
Bruno is a 17hh 2001 KWPN gelding by Gribaldi. He is owned by Lindsay and has been here at TDS since autumn 2012. He has fabulous expressive movement and is currently working at Prix St Georges 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; she rides Bruno with Philippe Karl on his UK School of Légèreté (lightness) teacher training course and has spent a while developing trust and partnership. They have started doing a bit of competing H/C at Advanced Medium to gain his confidence in the arena as he can worry in a competition environment. Hopefully he will be out at PSG later in 2014!
Tex is a stonking 18.1hh 2005 Hanoverian x BWB gelding by Tombola with beautiful movement, owned by Lindsay.
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 has just begun his competition career at low key venues. He enjoys being scratched, wearing his colourful saddlepad and bandage collection (according to Lindsay) and playing in the field. He also really loves jumping which is a vital part of his training; it gives his body and mind a real boost!
TDS She Knows
Pumpkinspice is a 2011 liver chestnut filly by Sir Donnerhall out of a Werther mare and was bred by Reay Campbell of Calendonia Sports Horses; she's owned by Lindsay and her mum, Jane Reid. She is incredibly affectionate and very keen to learn anything and everything (although, as her name suggests, she does think she already knows rather a lot!). She has really athletic movement and is a very exciting prospect- pics coming soon!