Mary Wanless, Patron
Mary Wanless is an internationally renowned coach, and is the author of the ‘Ride With Your Mind’ books, which have been translated into many languages. She has also authored eight DVDs. She coaches riders at all levels, from relative novices to two of the top twelve US dressage riders, and some of the Canadian eventing squad. She has B.Sc. degrees in both Physics and Applied Sports Coaching, and holds the BHSI certificate.
Science has now proved what Mary instinctively knew all those years ago – that the world’s best riders may have implicit knowledge or ‘know-how’, but they cannot put this knowledge into words. She clarifies the “how” of riding, making its biomechanics explicit and learnable whilst avoiding the “oughts” and “should” that stifle learning. The result is a phenomenally effective way of helping riders develop both feel and influence. Talent really can be taught!
Her coaching career in the USA began in 1991 with an invitation to speak at the California Dressage Society annual meeting. She has also spoken at the US Dressage Federation’s Annual Convention.
She considers that public speaking is her only talent. Whilst she is unusually good at coaching, riding and writing, these are all learnt skills.