Sonja Fitzpatrick (Pilates Instructor, Riding Instructor and Chartered Physiotherapist) rides all dressage movements up to Grand Prix level including half pass, canter pirouettes, tempi-changes, passage and piaffe and has experience in riding different breeds including Irish sports horses, warm bloods and Spanish horses. Sonja teaches Equestrian Pilates to local riders and International Dressage riders. Her own horse is a 6 year old 17 hand 3/4 warm blood 1/4 Irish Draught and is competing successfully at Elementary level dressage and currently working towards advanced medium.
Equestrian Pilates identifies postural faults which affect riding position and technique and then provides methods to improve them as well as exercises to practice at home.
Equestrian Pilates exercises will:
- correct postural problems which affect your riding
- strengthen the areas of your body which are weak especially your core
- stretch the muscles which are tight especially those which affect your riding
- increase your spinal mobility and flexibility of your joints
Using the Equestrian Pilates principals in riding can dramatically:
- improve your posture
- improve your riding seat
- improve your riding technique
- improve your riding performance
- improve your ability to balance and correct your horse’s way of going
- prevent your body imbalances from affecting your horse’s training
There is no doubt that man and horse have a special affinity, unfortunately our bodies are not designed with this relationship in mind! With riding, as with all other sports, good technique is crucial to success, but also to the prevention of injury or strain. Our ability to ride not only relies on good technique, but on good posture. Pilates can help to correct postural faults on and off the horse.
Equestrian Equipment Studio Pilates 1 hour session with Sonja Fitzpatrick.Specific exercises in the Pilates equipment studio using the most dynamic Pilates equipment such as the reformer, cadillac, ladder barrel, spine corrector and Wunda Chair as well as Pilates small equipment including overballs, Pilates rings, foam rollers, Pilates bands and Physio balls to improve your posture and riding technique. Private one hour sessions for 1 rider at £55, semi-private one hour sessions for 2 riders at £40 each and group one hour sessions for 3 riders at £30 each.
Equestrian Pilates Semi-private 1 hour session (30 minutes each on Trojan the dressage simulator) with Sonja Fitzpatrick at Wildwoods Riding Centre, Ebbisham Lane, Walton on the Hill, Surrey KT20 5BH for 2 riders at £45 each.
Equestrian Pilates Semi-private 2 hour session (1 hr Pilates and 30
minutes each on Trojan the dressage simulator) with Sonja Fitzpatrick at Wildwoods Riding Centre, Ebbisham Lane, Walton on the Hill, Surrey KT20 5BH for 2 riders at £85 each any Saturdays at 1pm or 2pm.
Equestrian Pilates Group 2 hour session (1 hr Pilates & 1 hr riding instruction on horse back) with Sonja Fitzpatrick at Wildwoods Riding Centre, Ebbisham Lane, Walton on the Hill, Surrey KT20 5BH for 4 to 6 riders at £75 each. Saturdays at 2pm – various dates.