We are Derek and Jo Clark, founders of the Holistic Equitation Centre and creators of the Schooling Made Simple online coaching programme. We've spent the last 15 years teaching riders how to build an amazing relationship with a sound and happy horse by working with their horse's nature instead of against it.
Unlike many others who teach a "one size fits all" method, we'll show you how to tailor your riding and training to get the best out of your individual horses, even the less talented, very sensitive or "difficult" ones.
"I bought my mare Tessie as a rising 3 year old and was really determined to educate and back her myself. Over the years I have tried numerous trainers and styles but never really found something that resonated with my principles. From my very first lesson with Derek I knew he was the right person. He is extremely knowledgeable, very kind with the horses and frankly, as you would expect from an Olympic coach, a brilliant teacher."
"I’d just like to say how very lucky I feel having found you. The last 6 months since starting lessons with you have been a wonderful eye-opener in terms of learning for me; particularly in the ‘didn’t know that I didn’t know’ quadrant! It has been very re-assuring to find a teacher and system that is on the same wavelength regarding respect for the horse."
"Derek and Jo showed me how to strip back my old riding habits to make way for a lighter, kinder and smarter way that builds a positive relationship with every horse. Learning this has been truly enlightening!"
"My horse was struggling with life on a competition yard and I was struggling to work with her. Derek and Jo have helped us get to the point where we are both happy and enjoying each other's company. It's been life changing. I couldn't recommend them more highly."