The Confident Rider Podcast is for big-hearted equestrians looking to create meaningful relationships with their horses.
My work explores nervous system support through movement, education, and biomechanics, and helps riders transform into responsive, adaptable, and confident horse people, living their dreams with their horses.
Join me to explore the wisdom of our body & mind, through personal stories and conversations with other riders out there creating their best riding life.
Necessary Messes, The Illusion Of Failure, & Letting Yourself Learn: A Conversation with Kate Sandel
Kate Sandel is back on the podcast! In less than a week’s time, Kate and I are co-teaching at a three-day clinic called Camp of the South, in Devon, UK. Initially we had the idea to record a conversation together to send to participants of the camp as a “here’s some helpful information” type spiel but it quickly became obvious that our chattering extended far beyond the limits of those three days to encompass the broader expectations we might have in learning environments, what it takes to be open to learning and what we consider to be “the best way to show up” as a student.
In this episode, we discuss:
🌷 What is takes to develop a “teachable mindset"
🌷 The necessary mess of the learning process (and how to embrace it)
🌷 How there is no such thing as failure
🌷The benefit of honesty and vulnerability in teaching environments
🌷 Discovering the joy (and challenge) of movement for both horses and humans
For those of you yet to discover the delight that is Kate Sandel, Kate runs a thriving equine business in the UK and internationally. She had trained for several years with French classical master, Philippe Karl, as well as honing her horsemanship skills with a variety of incredible teachers. She is also a qualified equine sports massage therapist and her background in mental health means she values the wellbeing of both humans and horses in a riding partnership.
You can find Kate at www.softandsound.org
Energy, The Mystical & The Magical with Denise Elizabeth Byron & Kathy Price
It’s a party people! A few weeks back, I had the hankering to have a pod conversation talking about energy, the mystical and the magical, and the two people who immediately sprang to mind were Denise Elizabeth Byron and Kathy Price.
Denise I have known for a few years now, meeting her for the first time when I went to stay with Robyn Schiller and skipping along to an astrology session that blew my mind. After that, we all convened at the chocolate shop in town and well… if there’s a better way to cement a friendship, I’m not sure I’ve found it yet.
If you are yet to be introduced, Denise is a psychic, visionary guide, and mentor with over 30 years’ experience, using astrological patterns to illuminate each client's unique pathway to embody the magic of their life purpose more confidently.
And if you’ve been around the tracks on my podcast for any amount of time, you will already be acquainted with the fabulousness that is Kathy Price- what would this conversation be without her! Kathy's business is called Point of Balance, and she has been studying and researching the world of energetic modalities for a number of years now.
The aim of Kathy’s work is to help human and animal systems that she's working with, whichever of those applies to find its own unique point of balance and to help itself come back into health and vitality on every level, be that physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Over the course of our conversation we cover:
- - Their different approaches to working with people, the tangible aspects of energetic connection and how information “shows up”
- - Parsing apart “what is mine and what is yours” when working with energy
- - Allowing time for creative expression, rest and rejuvenation
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
You can find Denise here: www.deniseelizabethbyron.com
You can find Kathy here: www.kathyprice.co.uk
Barbra Schulte: On Performance, Loss & Love
There are so many ways to introduce Barbra Schulte. You could start with the incredible work she does coaching riders, helping them develop mental strategies to get the best out of themselves and their horses. Or you could talk about her many outstanding accolades in the cutting horse arena, including her induction in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2012. But what I love most about Barbra is the warmth, love and kindness she exudes and the way she’s shows up in the world. Beyond everything, that is what impresses me the most.
I was fortunate to meet Barbra relatively recently, at the Journey On Podcast Summit in November of 2022. Listening to her talk, and then later having conversations with her, I instantly fell in love. I was so thrilled to have her agree to come on the podcast because there were things I wanted to talk about with her that extended beyond her work, her horses and what she teaches.
I wanted to hear more about the behind the scenes of her life, about her beautiful son Zane and their story, and what made her tick.
Over the course of our conversation we discuss:
Her life growing up with horses, her discovery of the Human Performance Institute and the impact that had on her life and work
Her son Zane, the impact of his life and death, and her journey with the experience of grief
Navigating life with trust and love
I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.
Chattering About Post Retreat & Clinic Adventures with Rupert Isaacson
In March of this year, I ventured over to the UK for a series of retreats and workshops that I held together with Rupert Isaacson. Having had a few weeks off from the pod, it made sense to kick back off with a catch-up conversation with Ru so we could effectively pick up where we left off and fill you in on the latest of our adventures.
In this episode, we talk about:
Popping the cherry on our first Longing and Belonging Retreat on the Welsh Borders (and our lead up extravaganza in ASDA) Vitality and community; ideas of shared responsibility of health, well-being, and healing Working together in Ireland on our collaborative clinic. Rupert and I are also excited to be holding the next workshop in our three-part series that spans the course of this year called Friendship.\
This two-part workshop explores the nature of friendship, how we go about cultivating it and the broad spectrum of understanding (friendship with self, each other, and the landscape) that the topic of friendship can encompass.
You can learn more about that or sign up for the workshop here:
I'll See You Up The Mountain: Notes On Grief
As many of you who follow along with my adventures will already know, at the start of this year I lost my beautiful Irish horse, Bear. Following on from that day, I shared my experiences and thoughts in series of Facebook live sessions that spanned the course of a couple of weeks, which led me to conversations, understandings, and a level of awareness that I would never have gained if I had chosen to keep my feelings to myself.
This experience was overwhelming in the best possible way. People shared with me their stories of loss and their personal experiences of grief. But was I felt most acutely was the love. Love not only sent to me and my little Irish pony, but a love that was unifying, gratifying and uplifting.
I guess death is funny like that. It brings into sharp focus everything that’s important and allows the superfluous to simply drop away.
I thought to record a separate episode on grief and I’m sure I will still do this. But the live session captures an “in the moment” experience that is impossible to emulate from a different vantage point. So, in an effort to continue to send conversations on grief, loss and death out into the ether- conversations we are intrinsically terrible at in western society- I offer them to you now in the hope that they will land where they are supposed to, with whoever it is that needs to hear them.
The nature of the live recordings means that the audio is imperfect at times, but hopefully their value extends beyond that. Amongst other things we discuss:
- - The duality of experience: how grief and loss can co-exist with happiness and joy (and why it’s important to understand this)
- - The invitation of loss and hardship
- - Dealing with guilt within the loss
- - My personal experiences with loss and death
Much love to you all,
A Dolly Lama Session with Tania Kindersley & Kathy Price
Are you ready for us?! I’m joined back on the pod this week with two of my besties who you no doubt are well familiar with already- the most amazing Kathy Price and the infinitely regal Tania Kindersley.
Kathy, Tania and myself are regularly chattering about all things life, horses and the universe, and whenever one of us is stuck or needs an ear, the call goes out over the WhatsApp airwaves saying, I need a DollyLama conversation! And when one hears this cry, one knows that they need to pay attention.
The Dolly Lama talks began a couple of years back when we were discussing what a superb human Dolly Parton is, and how the perfect cross between a human being would be Dolly and the Dalai Lama. Thus the phrase “Dolly Lama” was coined, and the Dolly Lama chats was basically us doing our best to make sense of this whole human-ing experience.
On that thread, when we all got together for this podcast, I couldn’t really do anything else other than to call it a Dolly Lama session. And with most of our conversations, we cover a lot of territory with much giggle snorting in between.
Amongst other things, we talk about:
The movement away from seeking outward validation and people pleasing patterns The liberation of living with authenticity and integrity How your perspective creates your reality I hope you enjoy it!
Not just about riding
These masterpieces of Jane’s are so inspirational and so applicable to life outside of riding. Really appreciate Jane’s passion and enthusiasm for what lies beyond just riding technique and what builds you to be a better person!
Worth every second
I can't rate Jane highly enough - she is inspirational, hilarious, down-to-earth, genuine and extremely competent. She breaks down tricky topics into really relatable ideas with handy hints for practical application - to horses and to life - with the in-built reminder to be compassionate to oneself throughout. She never fails to broaden my horsing journey horizons. I always have a smile on my face while listening and finish every episode feeling inspired! Thank you for being you, Jane!
I am loving these. So easy to access and listen to and reinforces everything we learn and work on in Joyride. 🤩