Professional rider and coach Paul Stenson has become the new yard manager at Reaseheath College’s Equestrian Centre in Cheshire.
Originally from Scotland, Paul has relocated to the Nantwich yard along with horses including eventer ‘Cambusdrennie Mactana’ who Paul has campaigned for owner Emma Bryce since 2014.
Paul’s career began by working at a local riding school where he acquired his British Horse Society (BHS) teaching qualifications. An eventing enthusiast, he then obtained a position with Scottish event rider and trainer David Gatherer.
With David’s expert guidance, Paul was able to broaden his knowledge of training performance horses and began to coach clients on a freelance basis. He remains committed to his continuing professional development and is soon to complete a certificate in coaching competition riders through the Horse Sport Ireland Coaching Programme.
As Yard Manager, Paul’s responsibilities include overseeing the care of 60 horses and supervising the training of students during their yard duties. He is keen to develop his role to include the coaching of ridden sessions for staff and students in the future.
Paul commented: “This is the first occasion that I’ve worked in a college environment and I see it as an opportunity to give something back by sharing my industry knowledge with the students.
“I believe it’s imperative that equine students are fully prepared before they enter the workplace. My role is to assist learners by forging opportunities to broaden their industry experience while motivating them to achieve their career goals.”
Paul has organised a two-day coaching clinic with David Gatherer in Reaseheath’s top-class training facilities. Sessions are taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 27 and 28, and are open to all.
Clinic information: firstname.lastname@example.org 01270 616448