The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has celebrated eight high-performing equestrian coaches on the completion of their BEF Level 4 Coaching Certificate qualifications.

The Level 4 coaching qualification is a bespoke two-year programme that includes a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice in Sport Coaching delivered by the University of Gloucestershire, in partnership with the BEF and British Rowing.

BE Accredited Coaches led the way with five included in the line-up: Tina Ure, Victoria Gallantree, Lisa Morris, Michael Paveley and Sam York.

Tina Ure is passionate about working with the young riders through Pony Club and into the BE Regional Youth Programme, while encouraging riders of all levels to develop a better understanding of safe, effective cross country riding. She has played a key role in setting up Ely Eventing Centre and the affiliated competition and training venue at Little Downham.

Victoria Gallantree set up Grendon Equestrian Centre in 1995 as a British Horse Society (BHS) Livery yard, Pony Club Centre and riding school. She holds a BHS Stage 5 in Complete Horsemanship and a UKCC3 BE Accredited Coaching Certificate. To enhance her coaching, Victoria is a trained counsellor with a Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

Lisa Morris started as a freelance coach, and is a BHS Assessor, an accredited British Eventing (BE) Coach and a Pony Club Specialist Visiting Coach. She has worked for BE as a Regional Youth Coach since 2011. She enjoys coaching people at every level, from those starting out at the beginning of their equine adventure through to selecting and supporting elite athletes at championship level.

Michael Paveley is a BHS Stage 5 Coach in Complete Horsemanship and BE Regional Youth Coach. He is the Chief Instructor for Essex Farmers Pony Club, a Pony Club examiner and a Specialist Coach, in addition to being Program Manager at the Milton Campus of the College of West Anglia and Director of Riding at New Hall School in Essex.

Sam York is a BHS Fellow and Assessor, a BE Accredited Coach and Regional Youth Coach, coach for the British Army eventing and showjumping teams, and the official India Eventing coach. She gained a post on the executive committee for the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications (IGEQ), where she is technical delegate for over 40 countries.

Also receiving their certificates were Pat Crann, Tom Simkin and Phil Kinsella. The graduates were presented with their certificates by BEF Interim Chief Executive Iain Graham.

“Coaches play a vital role in our sport, helping to inspire riders of all ages and abilities and give them the tools they need to reach their potential,” commented Iain. “To reach Level 4 requires hard work, dedication and a passion for the art of coaching, and I commend today’s graduates – and indeed those graduates who have come before them – for everything that they have given to our industry.”

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