Coaches Helping Coaches – Carolyn & Laura

Carolyn & Laura

The Coaches Helping Coaches (CHC) program supports experienced coaches in recruiting and mentoring new coaches into the Ontario sport community. Carolyn and Laura are a coaching pair who successfully completed the program in 2016-2017. Read on to find out more about their experience!

LauraNew Coach – Laura Shield
Equestrian Coach
Camp Kodiak Recreation Riding Program
Toronto, ON



Where did you actively begin coaching during the program?

Camp Kodiak Recreation Riding Program

What NCCP workshop(s) did you complete?

Equestrian Theory Workshop, Making Head Way in Sport, and Empower +

What was the most important thing that you learned as part of your NCCP Training(s)?

Coaching is so much more than Teaching an individual skill and conditioning. There is a lot of emotional labour and commitment required to have a healthy and successful athlete.

What is your favourite part of coaching?

Engaging with the campers and always challenging myself to explore new strategies to keep them engaged.

What are the next steps for you in coaching?

Explore new opportunities and gain experience coaching equestrian athletes.

CarolynMentor Coach – Carolyn Horner
Equestrian   Coach
Harrogate Hills Riding School
Mount Albert, ON


Why did you decide to become a coach?

I was encouraged by other riders to get into coaching. I also felt that coaching would make me a better equestrian.

What is your favourite part of coaching?

I love watching riders form a partnership with their horses. Both horses and humans grow in confidence as their skills and understanding improve. Seeing a horse and rider work in harmony is very rewarding.

How has the program benefited you as a mentor?

The Coaches Conference was amazing! So many great sessions made me realise that coaches of all sports have a lot in common and can learn from each other. Spending the weekend with my apprentice coach was fun. We compared notes about the different sessions and our different interpretations were enlightening.

What type of feedback was given to your New Coach?

You will learn to coach by coaching. Take the skills you have learned and practice them. Continue to learn and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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