A new initiative to boost the profile of equestrian coaches and their role has been launched in New Zealand.
The plan by Equestrian Sports NZ aims to make it easy for riders to find registered coaches, and about the various clinics that are scheduled throughout the country.
To help spread the word on coaching and clinics, a new ESNZ Coaching Facebook page has been established. This will be the go-to area for information on equestrian coaching for both riders and coaches. As well as having information on ESNZ registered coaches and clinics, there are also plans to have interactive sessions on specialist topics.
“NZ has a wide range of excellent coaches available and we want to ensure the right people know about the ESNZ Coaching programme, the registered coaches and when clinics are on,” ESNZ said.
The ESNZ coaching programme has several levels, with assessment processes in place to ensure coaches progress, giving riders confidence that they are selecting the best coach for their needs.
The levels start at Introductory, before progressing to Development Coach, Performance Coach and Elite Coach.
There are several workbooks to aid introductory coaches, who can study at their own pace. When they are ready to be assessed, they are connected with a Coach Educator. Each discipline and coaching specialty has its own Coach Educators.
A search tool is also available to help find coaches and coach educators.