HSI Level 3 National Coach Course to commence November 2015

  • 14 August 2015, 16:46

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) Coaching is pleased to announce that the HSI Level 3 Coach course is scheduled to run the throughout the winter of 2015 and 2016. A Level 3 Coach course will be run in all three disciplines (dressage, show jumping and eventing).

The HSI Level 3 Coach course provides coaches with the capacities to train performance riders to compete at the highest level in regional and national competitions (up to 1.40m SJ; Prix St George Dressage and 3*** Eventing).  The HSI Level 3 Coach course is discipline specific so each candidate will specialise in their chosen field. There are individual courses and qualifications for each discipline; dressage, show jumping and eventing, however there are some core elements which will be similar in all three fields. Courses will be delivered and candidates mentored by internationally renowned and qualified equestrian coaches and professionals.

Entry Requirements:
Participants must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Hold an HSI Level 2 Coach qualification or equivalent
  • Have access to and be working with riders/horses at the required level

Dressage (Prix St Georges)
Heike Holstein

Show Jumping (1m40, National Grand Prix)
Comdt. John Ledingham & Denis Flannelly

Eventing (2 – 3*)
Yogi Breisner

Course Duration: Each course lasts an average of 9 days depending on the discipline. Coaches will receive training in physical and mental fitness for riders and horses and veterinary care of the competition horse. Coaches will be guided in developing their communication skills which will contribute to the effectiveness of coaching at this level. There are additional modules relevant to the technical aspect of each specific discipline. Candidates are required to attend a number of practical coaching days during which feedback is given on coaching skills, followed by final assessments in two phases.

Certification: Coaches must attend all course contact time and must bring their own suitable horse and rider combination capable of working at the required level to the practical coaching days and the final assessments. Participants must also submit a Coaching portfolio and a log book of actual coaching sessions showing the progression of their horse and rider over the period. Coaches must reach the required standard of competency in each of the final assessment phases to receive their HSI Level 3 Coach certificate.

Course Schedule:

Day 1 – Practical Coaching Demonstrations
Date: 18th November 2015
Venue: Cavan Equestrian Centre

 Day 2 – Workshop – Role of the Coach
With Liam Moggan, Coach Education Officer, Coaching Ireland
Date: 19th November 2015
Venue: Sport HQ Abbotstown

Day 3 – Workshop – Veterinary Care of the Competition Horse / Physical Fitness of the Rider
Date: 20th November 2015
Venue: Sport HQ Abbotstown

Day 4 – Workshop – Mental Fitness in Sport
Date: 29th February 2016
Venue: Sport HQ Abbotstown

Day 5 – Practical Coaching Sessions
Date: 1st March 2016
Venue: Cavan Equestrian Centre

Further dates to be announced.

Investment: The course fee is €1800. Book your place here. Alternatively, payment can be made in two stages €950 upon application and €950 in January 2016.

For further information please contact Catherine Farrell, HSI Coaching Coordinator on +353 45 854512 or email cfarrell@horsesportireland.ie

Please note that each course will be run depending on adequate numbers. Dates and venues are subject to change at the discretion of HSI.


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