BHS Senior Coach (BHSII), ESNZ Development Coach, ESNZ Performance Stable Manager, NZQA Grade 1 Coaching
Senara Caddy is our tutor for the Simple Schooling & School Exercises course – Course Code SC2. Sanara brings to the Lingfield Instructor Group a wealth of experience in both England UK and New Zealand.
Alongside her Senior Coach qualification with the BHS gained here in UK, during her time in New Zealand Senara gained further qualifications with the governing body of equestrian organisations in NZ. Senara was awarded Development Coach and Performance Stable Manager by Equestrian Sport New Zealand and gained Grade 1 Coaching qualifications with the NZ Qualification Authority.
Senara tells us:
My passion for horses started at an early age in Cornwall.
Coming from a completely “non-horsey” family it was sheer determination and strong mindedness that persuaded my parents to allow me to lease my first pony. The pony, “Tigger”, was 11hh. Just when you thought you knew it all he would put you in your place.
I didn’t exactly have it easy but by the age of 10 I was set on a career of becoming a riding instructor. As soon as I was old enough I would help out local riders with their mucking out in return for lessons and rides as well as looking after other grazers’ horses while they were away. During the 80s and 90s I competed at all the local shows. After my A level studies, I enrolled on a course at Duchy College – that’s when my career really started. I gained my BHSAI and then went on to teach and work at a riding school. I was living my dream!
When an opportunity arose for me to go and be a ‘working pupil’ in Belgium I jumped at the chance. I spent some time at a busy stable, receiving training and experience in return for work. It was fantastic. Here I really learned to ride and how to manage top competition horses.
I later returned to Duchy College to complete my BHS Intermediate Instructor qualification and at the end of my studies was luckily offered a job at the college as a full-time instructor and technician. This was an opportunity too good to turn down. After teaching there for a couple of years I felt I needed to broaden my experience. I wanted to gain more knowledge and practical skills to benefit my teaching.
I moved away from the West of England and went on to become sole charge groom for a team of show horses and ponies that would travel the county show circuit. Here I gained lots of skills producing and turning out horses/ponies and riders for top level showing including Royal International Horse Show and Horse of the Year. I groomed at all the events as well as transporting the horses/ponies safely around the country in an HGV lorry. During this time I competed in several hunter classes and in my down-time dabbled in dressage.
My drive at this stage really was my own riding so after several seasons, the time came to pursue new employment which would give me more opportunity to compete. I took a job on a family yard as rider/head groom. Here I competed regularly on middle-weight hunters at county shows including RIHS, rode at local dressage competitions and mentored a young rider showjumper. During this time I also took weekly lessons at Talland School of Equitation and taught in the evenings at a local riding school.
Between the year 2001 and 20016 I worked at an Equestrian Centre in New Zealand and as a Coach Educator for Equestrian Sport New Zealand.
I originally took the position of Head Tutor and then as Course Manager. The centre was New Zealand’s leading private training establishment, offering a range of equine courses for career students as well as being one of the largest riding schools in the country and the first Centre Member Pony Club.
I taught, assessed and mentored a variety of students from 16 years to 50 years. Not only local students but students from all over the world. India, Japan, China, Mauritius, Canada, Germany, UK.
I have also been involved with local pony clubs, judging at unaffiliated dressage competitions, judging pleasure classes at New Zealand’s Horse of the Year Show as well as helping organise and run a variety of competitions for the equestrian centre and pony clubs.
I have now returned to my West Country roots to be closer to family and friends. I work as a freelance coach with a varied client base and still keep my hand in on the yard by looking after people’s horses.
I bring with me a Kiwi husband and son. I am looking forward to working with students and supporting them on their Lingfield distance learning course.