Sarah Healing (BHSIIT) RDAI Reg’d - My Story
. Group Organiser/Coach Penniwells RDA Centre
- Listed on British Dressage Para Trainers Database
- UKCC Level 3 Coach Educator & Assessor
- RDA National Training Advisor
- RDA Regional Dressage Co-Ordinator Greater London
I trained at New Hall School Riding Centre after leaving school and went on to work with Eventers and Connemara ponies where I completed my BHSII (T) in Ashford, Kent. Ponsbourne Riding Centre followed where I worked as Head Girl for a year before moving to Redditch to work on a dressage yard for Ferdi Eilberg.
I Joined Penniwells RDA Centre in 1994 and have seen the Centre grow hugely since that time. Within the first year I took the RDAI Exam. We now have both indoor and outdoor riding facilities and offer places to up to 140 disabled riders every week. These riders vary from those coming for pure therapy right through to Sport Riders competing at Regional, National & International level within RDA & Para Dressage.
I am responsible for training staff & volunteers within the Region up to UKCC Level 3 and the RDA qualifications.
All the horses and ponies at The Centre are trained by me and are able to enjoy hacking, jumping & schooling alongside their busy schedule within RDA.
Every year since 1994 I have coached riders from Penniwells RDA to take part in the RDA Regional & National Championships with many achieving the goal of National Champion. 2011 saw 12 riders winning 18 classes between them & no less than 5 riders being crowned National Champions.
The progression from RDA Dressage into the world of Para Dressage was a natural progression to be taken once the right riders came along showing good potential and commitment to the sport.
I have competed up to Regional Level at Medium dressage only narrowly missing out on a place for the National Championships. Since being at Penniwells I have dedicated myself to the riders and opportunities for them at the centre.
I offer placements for riders for training with or without their own horses on a short and long term basis. They benefit hugely from intensive training working on all aspects of their riding skills.
Michael has been training at Penniwells since before he could walk and I am very excited to be a part of his future dreams and aspirations of competing for Great Britain at World Class and Paralympic Level.
Myself & Penniwells will support all our riders in their quest to make the best of every opportunity available to them.