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.