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Camilla Henderson


Camilla Henderson


Want to reach your potential and control nerves but not sure where to start?


For any rider interested in improving their focus, confidence, mental attitude and sporting performance, there is a series interesting workshops available in the south, which start on Tuesday 17th April. The theme is “Developing Your Peak Performance- The Sport Psychology Masterclass” which will be followed by an Equestrian Focused Pilates workshop. There are three highly accredited professionals speaking: Zoe Taylor, an event rider and The Harlequins Academy Sports Psychologist, Kat Rowley who is the Harlequins First Team Pilates Instructor and one of our Horse Scout advocates, Camilla Henderson.


Camilla Henderson is a former event rider and amateur jump jockey, she is also a highly qualified and chartered sports Sports and Performance Consultant and Psychologist. Most of her time is taken up in her role as Sports Psychology Consultant Manager for Swindon Football Club.Outside of this Camilla runs a private practice seeing individuals of all levels who want to improve their sporting performance and mental attitude. Her clients range in ability age and sporting ambition and she has worked in many areas including golf, tennis, squash, boxing, marathon running and power bike racing and other extreme sports. Equestrian Sport is her main interest and she helps a number of riders in Three day eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping, Polo and Horse Racing, both amateurs, apprentices and professional jockeys.


The Workshops are completely specific to Equestrian enthusiasts of all abilities. “From happy hackers with fears of falling off to experienced competition riders looking to improve performance” says Camilla. “It is an introduction to sports psychology and how to apply the principles to their riding, in competition and training. Over the course, we will be focusing on the core themes  and issues we see in our job, such as handling competition nerves and pressure, including pressure from parents and others. Also social awareness, prioritizing for success, fear of failure and focusing on the task rather than the outcome.”


The Workshops which start on Tuesday 17th April, will be held at Oaksey House, Lambourn, RG17 8XS the rehabilitation centre for the Injured Jockeys Fund. Tickets cost £45.


Camilla Henderson is just one of many leading practitioners who choose to use Horse Scout to promote their services. To discover what we offer our professional clientele or to find an expert in your area, visit https://www.horsescout.com/professionals/camilla-henderson/profile/1953 


written by Ellie Kelly

International Eventing Forum Preview


International Eventing Forum Preview


This goes out to all the eventing enthusiasts amongst  our thousands of members, here’s a date for your diary. That is if it’s not etched in your diary already.

When: Monday 5th February

What: The 2018 edition of the International Eventing Forum

Where: Hartpury College, Equine Centre

Once again, Hartpury College will open its state of the art facilities to eventing enthusiasts from Grassroots to 4* level. This year promises an all-star line up of riders, trainers and performance experts. There will be four key speakers throughout the day and in some cases, demonstrations involving well known riders. After each of the four sessions, there will be a chance for the audience to ask questions.

Sandy Phillips kicks off proceedings at 10 am with a focus on eventing dressage and reveals what the judge is really looking for. As a member of the US Olympic dressage team, Sandy competed in three World Championships. When she moved to England and married Captain Mark Phillips, she rode for the British team at the Europeans and the World Championships. Now she flies around the world as an FEI 3* and 4* Judge for Eventing and Fei4* Judge for dressage.

Eric Smiley will be discussing how the sport has changed and might progress in the future. Eric who competed for the Irish team and at many 4*’s, is also one of the founders of the IEF. With an FBHS after his name, he is one of the most highly qualified trainers in the eventing circle.

After lunch and a chance to network and gossip with your fellow eventing anoraks, Performance Psychologist, Charlie Unwin will take to the stage. Charlie will be highlighting the importance of mind management and explaining how we can train our minds to improve our performance, even under the pressure of a competition environment. You can discover more about what Charlie does in our blog: Mind Games.


Frederik Bergendorff rounds off the forum, with a talk on “Preparing for the Top”. Frederik is the new Swedish Event Team manager and coach who helped his team to a bronze medal at the 2017 Europeans in Poland.

Tickets are cheaper to buy in advance but there will be some reserved for on the door. Prices start at just £45 for the whole day.


Written By Ellie Kelly