I know now that both have a lot in common: you are nearly guaranteed never to make a fortune doing either.
For me, horses won out and I’ve been living a life with a *“Love of Horses” ever since.
This was also the title for a short video one of my students made about me. She did a lovely job.
Horses and art do have a lot in common in other ways, because a horse is a thing of beauty, and to work with them is a privilege and a joy.
It is often said that horse riding is both an art and a science. If a rider cannot be in awe of the beauty and the majesty of their horse, then they are rendered purely technicians, but it is when the technician becomes an artist that we see greatness!
I’ve been riding, training, competing and coaching horses and riders for a long time now, from Pony Club to racehorses, eventing, showjumping and dressage and still I want to know more. I’ve recently become fascinated with Clicker Training and love Georgia Bruce’s training. I’ve also become an Introductory Vaulting Coach in conjunction with my EA NCAS Level 2 Coaching and Coach Educator qualifications and love what vaulting has to offer riders of all levels.
Every coach should also be a student. When I’m not coaching, I have lessons myself, watch clinics and read. It seems the more you know the more you realise you don’t know.
We have some exciting clinics coming up in this area in the near future and I look forward to sharing my thoughts about them with you in my coming posts.
These include Gilbert Bockman, the National Showjumping Coach (German based) at Yandoo Equestrian Centre from 2nd to 4th Dec, George Morris (legendary American coach and Showjumping guru) at Diamond B Stud doing a coaches clinic on 21st and 22nd January 2014.
I’ll also be running an Orientation to Vaulting workshop with Level 2 Vaulting Coach, Lyn Lynch, here at Johnson Equestrian Centre, for people wanting to become vaulting coaches, on Sunday 12th January 2014.
As a coach of riders and a trainer of horses, in a lot of ways my job becomes an analysis of relationships and finding out how that relationship between horse and rider works (or doesn’t) and how I can make it better, and I how I can inspire them to be the best they can be (and enjoy themselves along the way).
At my Johnson Equestrian Centre, just out of Sydney in the peaceful bushland surrounds of Nelson, I work with my son George Johnson who is also a coach. George has stronger competition focus than I do now and he is often away competing throughout NSW.
I hope these varied aspects of my work and life will make for interesting blog reading for you in coming months and you will find something to enjoy and learn or identify with in your journey with horses.
I would like to thank Horseyard for their invitation for me to be a guest blogger for them.
If you want to see more about me and the many different aspects of our life at Nelson, including my love of photography ( told you I was still artistic), my delight at the birdlife at Nelson and of course the beautiful horses and students that share our world, take a look at www.teamj.com.au
If you have questions or comments about topics in this blog please feel free to email me Christine@teamj.com.au
Until next time.