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Our Coaches

The learners accepted on to the AASE programme are coached and trained by some of the top sporting coaches and experts in UK and Ireland. Have a look at their biographies below:

Heike Holstein - flatwork coach

Heike is the most successful international dressage rider based in Ireland. At 23, Heike moved to Germany to train with Dr Reiner Klimke and competed at many international shows worldwide. Heike represented Ireland at three Olympic Games: Atlanta, Sydney and Athens and has ridden at many World Equestrian Games and European Championships. She has also been the Irish National Champion 11 times.

Heike has trained horses from novice level up to Grand Prix, and teaches pupils not only from the dressage scene, but many show jumpers and event riders of all ages. A Level 3 Dressage coach, Heike coached Paralympian Helen Kearney to three medals in London. She also coached the young rider event team to Silver at the European Championships.

“Doing flatwork is a hugely important part of a showjumper’s career, both at home and at competition. The AASE programme gives these talented young riders a great opportunity to learn new skills and how to train their horse better. Things like working it in a correct outline and learning exercises to increase agility, rideability and obedience.

Helping riders to ride better at this stage in their career will certainly help them on the road to a successful future.”


Andrew is our new showjumping coach, he has made an instant connection with the riders. 

Andrew has ridden Internationally, jumped Nations Cup and won National finals. He also has worked for some of top professionals and produces a lot of horses from Novice to Grand Prix.

Andrew is an accredited UKCC Level 3 coach with British Showjumping. 


Andy thomas - physiotherapist

Andy Thomas is currently the Lead Physiotherapist for the British Equestrian Federation. He is responsible for the Eventing, Dressage, Para Equestrian Dressage and Showjumping Performance and Development Squads.

He was the Olympic Team GB Physiotherapist to the Equestrian Teams in Beijing 2008 and also London 2012. Andy has been the Physiotherapist at two World Equestrian Games, and 8 European Championships and is the Lead Physio at Badminton, Burghley, Bramham Three Day Events and also at Olympia.

Andy is a Chartered Physiotherapist with over 15 years’ experience in the management and treatment of athletes in world class sport, including football and athletics.

Having a background in riding, Andy has developed specific techniques to eliminate and prevent musculoskeletal problems associated with riders. He also has developed specific screening techniques to help reduce imbalances and weaknesses that may affect riding techniques in all disciplines and is able to provide a specific exercise plan on and off the horse to address any potential issues working and also working closely with coaches.

For more information, please visit Andy’s website: http://www.eventphysio.com/index.html

Julia Scott-Douglas - Sports Dietitian

Julia is a freelance Accredited Sports Dietitian. She has worked in many sports, including cycling, running (all disciplines), rowing and rugby but has specialised in equestrian sport.

She has worked in the racing industry for over 12 years and is tutor in nutrition at the British Racing School. Julia also heads up a team of nutritionists funded by BHEST and working under the umbrella of the Professional Jockeys Association. In 2009 Julia joined the World Class Programme, where she advises on rider’s nutrition.

In 2011, Julia achieved the International Olympic Committee post-graduate Diploma in Sports Nutrition. Following her graduation she was taken on by the English Institute of Sport to work as a Performance Nutritionist with the British Fencing team.

She is a member of Sports Dietitian UK and is also on the Sports and Exercise Nutrition register.

Steven Wilde - media & communications trainer

Steven is a full-time sports commentator and TV presenter. Having commentated on the Olympic Games in 2012 and Paralympic Games in 2008 and 2012, he has worked for the BBC, Eurosport, Horse & Country TV, Sky Sports and various other outlets.

He has been the live event commentator at the European Showjumping Championships and the Nations Cup Final in 2013, as well as covering events across Europe, America and the Middle East.

He has been the media trainer for a number of riders across all the Olympic disciplines, as well as for the World Class Programme.



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