Julie Malcolm

Discipline: Rider Biomechanics/Dressage

Julie, of Ridewell Trainwell is a dressage coach with a passion for working with riders to help them overcome imbalances, fear, asymmetry and the effects of injury or disability and be a better load for the horse to carry.

Julie is an ESNZ registered development coach, para dressage coach and a list B dressage judge. She also holds a B.Agr.Sci (Hons 1) from  Massey University. Her interest in dressage was ignited by watching Riener Klimke and Ahlerich at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, but it wasn't until she broke her pelvis and back in a riding accident in 1993 that she became really involved.

Julie has been a member and volunteer at Auckland Manukau Dressage group since 1994 – including stints as president, events co-ordinator, and sponsorship gatherer. Her training philosophy has been influenced by Equitation science and learning theory for both horses and riders, classical dressage and rider biomechanics and her rider training influenced to a large degree by Pat Dodwell who she trained with in the latter half of the 1990s and Mary Wanless.

Julie enjoys helping riders to find a way to be more aware, secure, balanced and in sync with their horse while being an advocate for the horse. She will help you explore rider and horse biomechanics to understand the language of the seat and horse training. 

Incorporating humour and empathy into her teaching style, you don’t have to be using a dressage saddle. Julie works with leisure riders, jumpers and western riders  – rider biomechanics and awareness is for everyone. It's not just about sitting pretty it's about getting to a better place for your horse. Push forward, Show the way, Take responsibility for you.

Key learnings to take away from Julie's sessions:

  • How vertical alignment really does make a difference
  • Them Thighs! The opportunity for more security and communication with your horse 
  • Balls, bands, cubes, lines, rollers and meters – no these aren’t props for a stage show or hoof ball
  • Regardless of whether you are riding at grassroots or grand prix the way you sit on your horse has a profound effect
  • Breathing – we all do it but most of us do it badly! See how it can help in transitions, keeping riders more centered and connected
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