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Natalie Hobday

Natalie Hobday

Natalie Hobday is the current South African National Dressage Coach. She has been a successful international rider and trainer under current German National Coach, Jonny Hilberath for almost 2 decades. She holds an MSc in Sports Psychology receiving a distinction for her research into psychological skills use in elite equestrian Olympic squad dressage riders. In her spare time, she feeds her artistic side through painting and sculpting and loves to spend time in nature. See more on


Stephen Clarke explains what dressage judges should look for in the extended walk; forward and relaxed are key!   This video forms part of the Stephen Clarke seminar in Gauteng, South Africa hosted by Dressage SA during 2016.

The role of psychological factors in determining athletic performance is repeatedly referred to in any form of competitive sport.  Equestrian sport provides a unique environment as the human/equine interaction is highly unpredictable and often anxiety-producing.  Contrary to most traditional sport where mental and physical capability relies mostly on human decision

Stephen Clarke, FEI 5* Dressage judge and Dressage Judge General of the FEI is in Johannesburg this weekend conducting a clinic at the Equidome, Papenfus Road Beaulieu, where one can watch him coaching some of our top riders. For further information, contact Judy Vertue on 083 601 2104.
Jonny Hilberath

JONNY HILBERATH has been the co-national trainer of Germany for the last eight years.  First with the late Holger Schmezer and currently with Monica Theodorescu.  He is responsible for all the top riders in Germany and is presently focusing on preparations for the Olympics later this year in Rio.  NATALIE
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In order to communicate successfully with a horse you need to be able to consciously control and co-ordinate your body. Without having control over you own body you have very little chance of successfully training a horse or developing your “feel”. This “feel” refers to being unconsciously able to “read”

INTRODUCING THE WINNING C-STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES Concentration; Confidence; Control; Commitment; Composure; and Coping Strategies are widely thought to be some of the necessary mental qualities influencing physical success in most sports; and none-the-more-so in equestrian sports.