I’m Linda Hennings. I’m a lifestyle and sports performance coach – focusing on the mental skills you need to elevate and enhance your chosen area of performance. I’ve applied my experience in corporate coaching to develop strategies to help riders step out of their comfort zones and into new achievements in any area of equestrian sport. As a lifelong rider myself, I understand the specific challenges facing riders in any discipline. We spend a lot of time training our horses. Let’s not forget that as riders we are half of the team. Don’t let your mind stop your body from enjoying every minute of your ride...
As a coach and facilitator of high performing individuals and teams in stressful business environments, I have years of experience helping people overcome their fears, find their focus and set healthy and sustainable goals. I’m also a fiercely competitive sportswoman who also happens to love horses and riding. I wanted to combine my experience with my passion.
Having ridden as a teenager and young adult, I took a 15 year break to raise my children and have a career. During that time, I was fortunate enough to represent South Africa in my age group for triathlon, as well as run several Comrades, complete 2 full Ironman and multiple half and olympic distance triathlons, as well as several other rather extreme events. After a decade of training hard as an endurance athlete, I found my re-entry into the world of equestrian competition more challenging than I had anticipated.
I discovered that just pushing myself harder wasn’t producing the results I wanted. No matter how many hours I practiced, or how much equipment I bought, or how well my training was going at home, I felt anxious and unprepared at shows. My confidence took a nose dive and my horses sensed it. I had always believed I had great Big Match Temperament, so I couldn’t work out why my horses didn’t seem to agree. My previous mental strategy clearly wasn’t working for me anymore.
So I delved into my knowledge base of coaching for enhanced performance, looked at all the material I had gathered about how adults learn, and began to research the specific issues that riders face. I realised that I’m not alone, that most of us face our physical fears before we are willing to address the ones in our head and that riding truly is a sport where the balance between body, mind and soul is crucial to success.
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