Based in Aberdeenshire, Michael is a fully qualified and insured performance coach (BHSI) and UKCC level 3 coach, specialising in the 3 Olympic disciplines, competing up to Inter 1 and training with Carl Hester, having previously competed in Showjumping and Eventing.
He attained his BHSII by the age of 19 and his BHSI by age 24.
Now a freelance coach and rider, working with all levels of ability from grassroots to elite level, having clients that stretch across the United Kingdom. He regularly holds clinics around the country.
Also available as a Pony Club test trainer and coach.
Passionate in complete horsemanship with the desire to help you achieve your goals and your full potential with a sympathetic approach
My Training Philosophy
The reason I coach is to inspire participants into pursuing a lifelong learning journey leading to the ultimate goal, that is horsemanship.
One of my core beliefs is to keep the ‘happy athlete’ at the heart of everything I do. Both horse and rider should enjoy the sport as well as reaching their full potential. I believe all participants should be treated with honesty and fairness, and to me this is a fundamental aspect to ensuring that they reach their goals.
Equestrianism is a unique sport as it is working with two living beings - two hearts, two minds. Therefore, the main focus needs to be on the horse and rider as a combination rather than as individuals. Our sport has developed from a passion for horsemanship, and to me that must stay at the core of all we do. My aim is to inspire and create a future generation of athletes who strive to perform at the best of their abilities, while learning true horsemanship.