- Renowned international coach and clinician, Eric Smiley aims to bring together the mind of the rider with the mind of the horse.
- Aims to improve the ability of the rider by increasing their understanding of the horse, both on and off the ground.
- Featuring extensive advice on pertinent riding topics, Two Brains, One Aim stands as the perfect guide for any aspiring equestrian.
Eric Smiley’s aim is to bring together the mind of the rider with the mind of the horse, while highlighting the key component in their synergy: understanding. How that understanding is acquired, retained, and put to use is the key to success.
- Where does one find leadership within the equine industry?
- Does riding require an instructor, a trainer, a coach?
- Can you effectively learn on your own, with just the occasional directive, and still find personal or competitive success?
Smiley, renowned clinician and international team coach, intends to fill the gap when it comes to these questions and others, providing a reliable resource and educational companion for the aspiring equestrian. Smiley addresses fundamental topics pertinent to riders, with philosophical discussion and practical exercises applicable to all levels. Along the way he strives to educate readers on being taught, and perhaps, one day, becoming the teachers.
‘Eric Smiley ... has a great technical knowledge that he combines with a well-thought-through ideology and philosophy. Eric is a naturally good horseman who has a common-sense approach to not just coaching the horse and rider, but also to solving problems where they occur.’ — Yogi Breisner (Advisor, Swedish Equestrian Federation, Former Performance Manager and Chef d’Equipe, British Eventing Team)
Eric Smiley is a former international event rider. He represented Ireland at European, World, and Olympic level, winning team bronze medals on two occasions. Smiley, a Fellow of the British Horse Society, coached the Belgian Eventing Team during the 2011 European Eventing Championships and 2012 London Olympics. He is an FEI judge who regularly acts as a Ground Jury member.
Ellie Hughes is former Deputy Editor of Eventing magazine, now freelance journalist who has written for equestrian and country lifestyle titles, including Horse & Hound, Horse, and Country Life. She has produced training articles with Lucinda Green, Pippa and William Funnell, Captain Mark Phillips and more. Hughes is a previous winner of the Pony Club National Eventing Championship.
- Book Specifications
Sub Heading A Riding Coach’s Key Concepts for Bringing Horse and Rider Together (and Ending in Success!) ISBN 9781910016404 Author Eric Smiley FBHS, and Ellie Hughes Binding paperback Extent 208pp, 220 x 184mm Illustrations Colour photographs Ebook No
“I have known Eric Smiley, watched him ride/compete and teach for many years, indeed, have been on the receiving end of some of these lessons. He has always had an incredible ability to break down any problems with a sympathetic and easily understood method—often with a great sense of humor added to take the sting out of any constructive criticism. This book will be an incredible help and reference point for any equestrian. Covering all aspects of training, teaching, and understanding of our equine athletes, it is a must-have.” — Ian Stark, OBE (Winner of Four Olympic Silver Medals in Eventing and Cross-Country Course Designer)
“Eric Smiley is one of the few in the equestrian world who has gone from being a top international rider to a top international trainer and coach. He has a great technical knowledge that he combines with a well-thought-through ideology and philosophy. Eric is a naturally good horseman who has a common-sense approach to not just coaching the horse and rider, but also to solving problems where they occur. It’s therefore no surprise to me that Eric has given his book the title Two Brains, One Aim, and it’s a must read for not just coaches but also for riders on all levels.” — Yogi Breisner (Advisor, Swedish Equestrian Federation, Former Performance Manager and Chef d’Equipe, British Eventing Team)
“It is a truism to say that the best coaches are those who are themselves great students. For the 40 years I have been his supporter and colleague, Eric Smiley has always been a great student. Always listening, always questioning, always thoughtful, he never rests on his laurels but continually looks for new challenges and better ideas. This attitude, combined with his wide experience, gives his words special value.” — William Micklem (Equestrian Consultant, Writer, Creator of the Micklem Bridle)
"I have known Eric Smiley, for many years, firstly as a competitor and then as an instructor, trainer and coach up to championship level. Eric has, like me, worked with riders at every level of experience and natural ability.
"I have had the opportunity to read his book Two Brains, One Aim and am struck by the evident practical horsemanship that comes through combined with reference and connection to the classical principles of equitation. Eric often puts himself into the mind and skin of the horse, so his advice has obvious feeling at its heart—what it feels like to be a horse. At the same time he also relates to the pupil and what it is like to be taught a skill.
"This is an interesting and thought-provoking book for anyone involved as a coach, instructor, or trainer at any level in the sport." — Christopher Bartle, Performance Coach British Eventing Team, Olympic Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist, and Author of Training the Sport Horse
“There is a good balance of theory, with the key points highlighted, and practical exercises which are easy to set up. The Q&A in the practical sections helped me to understand the theory I had just read, and the section on re-balancing was really helpful. ... I very much enjoyed the author’s straight clear speaking approach. I found the book very motivating ... and I will be referring to it for a long while to come.” — Tam Thompson, Haynet (For full review, visit: https://www.hay-net.co.uk/two-brains-one-aim-a-review)
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