The Power of Coaching
Releasing Surprising Potential in Equestrian Athletes
Merging the knowledge of equestrian sport with commercial business management, this innovative book teaches how to unlock the potential in equestrian athletes, enabling riders to become 'the best they can be'. Exploring such subjects as: self-awareness, emotional resilience, mindset affecting performance and self reflection. Useful case studies are included along with full colour photography and a foreword by Olympian, Carl Hester MBE.
Reviews for The Power of Coaching
..shows how authors can combine their expertise in coaching and business acumen to produce a worthwhile merger. Exploring subjects such as self awareness, emotional resilience, mindset and performance, both writers encourage the reader/rider to constantly move forward, adapt, be positive and enhance skill and ability. With a foreword introduction by the magnificent Carl Hester, the ladies have secured a recommendation which few could question and most will appreciate.
The Essex Rider
From my perspective as a parent of a young rider I was quickly engaged by the book; recognising situations both positive and negative from our training experiences; and have gathered tools to use in the future. I am sure that I will be revisiting this book for guidance as and when we have new training challenges and would recommend it to others.
Sarah Porter, Haynet
A good coach can release the potential of a rider and this book will equip you with the skills and techniques you need to achieve this. It is a must-read for anyone currently coaching or wanting to go into the profession, but it also offers a fascinating insight for riders.
The Power of Coaching by authors Islay Auty and Penny Pollard, look at how successful coaching can help riders maximise performance and achieve their goals
A particularly brave statement to make about the book appears on the inside cover: ‘Components are discussed that ensure facilitation and achievement of your goals – whatever they might be.’ I would say that there is an excellent chance of this claim being lived up to in this excellently thought-out, written and presented book, which sets out a clear structure to the coaching/learning process in a way that makes it easy to digest and put into practice. Whether or not readers are looking for a professional coaching qualification (and that is the way for would-be professionals to go in this 21st century), they will learn a very great deal about the equestrian learning process from its pages as a rider, trainer or teacher. As the sub-title says, you could surprise yourself.
I used to instruct myself, and I found this fascinating. It’s written by a Fellow of the British Horse Society and a specialist in management learning and the result is a motivational book with lots of useful advice. It answers questions such as ‘why can some people ride but not coach’, and explains the psychological blocks that we all tend to put up from time to time when we’re being coached ourselves. It’s very easy to lay the blame for a poor performance on weather conditions, the horse or other external factors when we want to avoid taking responsibilty as riders. Although this book is aimed primarily as a tool for coaches, there’s a lot of useful information for riders as well, such as how to pick the right coach and work them to release your potential.
Horse & Countryside