The Courageous Blog

From quick tips to hard earned lessons and years-honed strategy, this is where I share my passion & purpose to help create more confident, connected and conscious riders, one rider at a time!

Dig in! Stef x

April 15, 2020

🎥What genre of mind movie are you playing in the saddle?

Rose tinted, rom-com, fantasy or more like a spooky horror show???? 🎥💭🐴
 

Working with so many riders who struggle with fear - and having been a 'nervous nelly' rider myself for many years, I know that somethin...

January 21, 2020

What is it that determines our level of 'riding success?' ... That single most important riding asset or essential skill? 🐴🧐
 

So often riders come to me to help them look for answers and this is one of the first questions I ask them, because often as riders...

November 5, 2019

What if ONE thing could change EVERYTHING? 😮🤔

"Sometimes reputations outlive their applications.
Sometimes fires don't go out, when you're done playing with them"
- Coyote Shivers, Sugarhigh.

I absolutely love this truth-bomb lyric in the climatic song of one of my fav...

April 8, 2019

One of the most powerful secrets to master for confident riding, is to simply RIDE THE PRESENT STRIDE!! Physically, mentally and emotionally ALL of you in the present stride...
 

Make it a top priority that when you are on your horse - make sure you that you are ALL the...

November 23, 2018

Let your horse have the loudest voice in your riding and training.

Not of what to do and what to avoid - but to fully listen and know when something is working for him, when something is understood and explained properly, or when something is uncomfortable and difficul...

November 19, 2018

Last November, sitting in this same cafe the name of my fledgling business finally came to me, and right here almost a year to the day I purchased the domain name  www.courageousrider.com while sitting in this chair waiting for my next meeting- and just like that, this...

November 7, 2018

"Nothing is an obstacle, unless you say it is". 📣
- Wally Amos

I was reminded of this awesome quote by Wally Amos today and it is so worth sharing with you all here. At first it can sound like a flippant quote to simply fall over... but it is actually a powerful key to...

October 12, 2018

Life really is too short to waste time feeling scared in the saddle!
 

Next time you are with your horse, take notice of WHEN you know its time to start feeling nervous....when it's time to press play on that old tune... 🎶
 

For some riders it can be as soon as they thi...

September 27, 2018

Becoming a more balanced and secure rider starts with your seat.

You may know that feeling of  holding on too tight, feeling a bit nervous and unstable when you ride? Riding with the handbrake constantly on, or sometimes struggling to give your horse some free rein? �...

July 26, 2018

#geniustip coming at you from Carl Hester this week...
 

"You are not a fairy on a tree! 
RIDE the horse!"
- Carl Hester 📣

This was one of my favourite 'Carl-ism's' and moments from the Carl Hester Masterclass in Brisbane on the weekend! Especially delivered with his...

July 9, 2018

INGREDIENTS
1 specific, measured, achievable and time-framed plan

1 robust mindset

7 kilos of fresh action

2 dozen freshly brewed coffees

1 kilo of accountability


Prep Time: ~45 mins
Serves: One decent batch of progress 

 

PREPARATION
Take 1 cup of coffee and a journal/note...

July 2, 2018

Because to wake up and go about your weeks, months and years without planning and designing the riding life you want is to simply decide by DEFAULT, and accept what is served up rather than making your own menu.

June 29, 2018

LET your horse be your greatest teacher
 

Your horse ALREADY is your greatest teacher – but are you a dedicated student? Are you constantly gleaning the wisdom that your horse is imparting to you in every moment and every stride?

I think we often are taught to become a...

June 21, 2018

✨ What does Courageousness mean to you? What is your definition and experience of courage? ✨
 

I love being asked why I called my biz the Academy of Courageous Riding and not just the Academy of Confident Riding as that is what riders are usually looking for confid...

June 7, 2018

My client's are sometimes shocked when they come to me wanting help to 'lift their motivation' or 'feel more motivated', and I tell them  I’m no fan of the multi-billion “motivation’’ industry. 
 

Why? Because in my experience (and I see it mirrored in my clie...

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