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

January 8, 2020

What is your fear really costing YOU? 🤔 It's possibly more than you think...

When I was stuck in fear it cost me years. It cost me tears. It cost me love and money and more than that wasted learning and progress opportunities, that I can never get back. It cost me st...

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...

October 16, 2019

Don't squander your time with your horses in #hussle&hurry!

Horses hate rush and you will make more progress if you simply slow down, tune in and be all with your beautiful horse - connecting as two souls rather than master & slave.

Leave the bustle of the daily grind b...

July 23, 2019

#courageouspractise I got to put my NLP and hypnosis techniques to the test in a completely new way on the weekend, working towards conquering one of my biggest fears...

In the past I have been a VERY nervous flyer (ok you could describe me as terrified, if I'm comple...

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...

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...

August 28, 2018

Are you holding in your minds eye exactly how you DO want your ride to go when you're in the saddle? 💭🐴

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

August 16, 2018

How comfortable are you with making mistakes?

Chances are, if you are a dressage or competition rider then our default reaction is probably to think that it’s not OK to make mistakes! 🙄

And while I agree that making an error on test day can be a real bummer (and cer...

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...

May 20, 2018


Hello, gorgeous, courageous rider!If you are ready to leave FEAR and NERVES in the saddle totally behind you and move your riding forward - where you actually start ENJOYING riding again &;

If you would...

April 20, 2018

Why doesn't hardwork always equal success?

Have you ever noticed that sometimes it doesn't matter how many hours we spend practicing, working harder and harder, year after year, our results and progress simply don't reflect the thousands of hours, blood, sweat and tears...

March 29, 2018

March is such a magical time of year on the farm!!!
Not only is it the start of Autumn, and my birthday month... but as the days cool down and the rhythms of the season changes, everything seems to take on the rose-coloured glow of Autumnal air.

For me March is a time...

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