Introduction to Coaching

The HSI Introduction to Coaching course is a prerequisite to the Level 1 Coaching Course and is the first initial step onto the coaching ladder. It provides candidates with the first basic insights to the skills and technical knowledge needed to coach at grassroots level and above.

This one-day course covers the basic principles of best practice in coaching and offers a better understanding of modern competition requirements. The course is split into two elements: theory and practical sessions.

The theory section is completed in groups and covers an introduction to coaching skills and practices. The practical element includes coaching demonstrations on both the flat and for jumping and allows participants the opportunity to trial their own coaching skills under expert guidance.

Upon completion, candidates are issued a certificate of attendance and should have a better understanding of the HSI Coaching Programme, and the requirements needed to become a HSI qualified equestrian coach.

Entry Requirements: The course is suitable for parents, riders, producers and for those who wish to qualify as professional HSI accredited coaches in the future. Candidates should be over 16 years of age and previous equestrian experience is recommended.

Course fee: €100
Course dates:
  • 22nd February 2022, Ard Chuain Equestrian Centre, Co Sligo
  • 1st March 2022, Maryville Stables, Co Cork (COURSE FULL)
  • 22nd March 2022, Spruce Lodge Training Facility, Co Wicklow
  • 10th May 2022, Portmore Equestrian Centre, Co Armagh
  • 12th October 2022, Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre, Co Monaghan
  • 8th December 2022, Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Co Limerick

If you would like further information on the Introduction to Coaching course, please contact Jennifer Diamond in Horse Sport Ireland. Email jdiamond@horsesportireland.ie or phone 045 854 533.

Please note: HSI reserves the right to modify, alter or add to accreditation requirements in accordance with updates to HSI Coaching Programmes.

Book a course

You can book a coaching course by downloading and completing the application form at the link below. Please ensure to post the form with the appropriate application fee to Jennifer Diamond at Horse Sport Ireland.

Download the application form for the Introduction to Coaching Application Form

Alternatively you can fill out your application form online and you will have the option to pay online or by cheque.