In this Masterclass, mental skills coach Tonya Johnston, MA, teaches you how to master your mindset and become a more consistent rider.
Quickly find that consistency doesn’t start in the saddle - it starts well before you even arrive at the barn!
Set yourself up for success by managing your environment with an intentional routine.
Calm your nerves and develop a clear mind with science-based practices.
Being a consistent rider is hard. Not only does our sport require countless physical skills, but our sport is also a highly mental one. Our mindset influences our riding more than we may know.
We need to have confidence, but be aware of potential risks. We need to have energy and focus, but also remain calm. And, possibly most importantly, we need to be able to overcome setbacks.
In this Masterclass, Tonya Johnston breaks down the most impactful and highly-researched techniques to help riders manage their mindset and become more consistent in shows and at home.
The course focuses on 7 main skills:
1) Identifying and Leveraging Your Strengths: This is a common theme from top coaches and trainers like Archie Cox, Missy Clark and Anne Kursinski. In this section, Tonya helps you identify and leverage your unique strengths to help you gain an advantage in the saddle.
2) Manage Your Focus: Where you put your focus has a major impact on your mindset. It can be the difference between anxiety and confidence. In this section you'll learn how to manage your focus to keep you in the zone.
3) Developing Goals and Success Strategies: Goal setting is a powerful tool to help motivate and energize you, but you also need to pair it with success strategies. In this section you'll learn a daily goal setting practice that is paired with an action plan to help you reach your goals effectively and consistently.
4) Breathing Techniques to Adjust Energy and Focus: Breath is strongly tied to focus and energy. In this section you'll learn 3 breathing techniques to help energize you and enhance your focus when you need it most.
5) Using Visualization to Build Consistency: One of the most widely used and most researched techniques in sport psychology is visualization. In this section you'll learn the science, theory and practical applications for equestrian sport.
6) Developing Personalized Pre-Ride Routines: Research in sport psychology shows that consistency in performance is supported by routines. In this lesson you'll lean about professional equestrians and how important routines are for them, and you'll be given all the tools you need to develop a routine that sets you up for success.
7) Refocusing After a Tough Ride: We all have challenging rides, encounter setbacks and have plain old bad days. This section speaks about how to bounce back swiftly from obstacles, setbacks and bad rounds.
In this course Tonya Johnston breaks down her research-backed, tried and true methods of fortifying the mental skills that create consistent performance. You will quickly find that consistency doesn’t start in the saddle - it starts well before you even arrive at the barn!
Take what you learn in Tonya's course and apply it to your own life. This downloadable PDF workbook can be printed at home or used digitally, perfect for working through lessons at home or at the barn. The workbook includes suggested training habits, exercise diagrams, and mini-training programs designed to help you build new skills and reach your goals.
Tonya Johnston, MA, is a mental skills coach and author who works with riders all over the world. She specializes in working with equestrian athletes from disciplines such as hunter/jumper, three-day eventing, and dressage.
Tonya’s clients range from youngsters just starting out in the pony divisions, to professionals competing at international championships, and everyone in-between. She conducts mental training workshops throughout the country with private barns, regional and national associations, as well as high school and university equestrian teams, including the Stanford, SCAD and USC Equestrian Teams.
Tonya taught in the Sport Psychology Master’s program at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA, for many years and is an accomplished rider in her own right, with many championships, wins and year-end awards in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions to her credit.
Tonya explains what consistency really means and how it translates to more success and less frustration in the saddle.
Learn how to recapture what has gone well in the past, and how to harness that power for future success. Take inventory of your best mental and physical abilities.
Consistency is negatively affected when you’re focused on things outside of your control. Identify what's in and out of your control and gain skills to cope with these distractions.
The way you set your goals is actually a big determiner of whether or not you will achieve them. Tonya will teach you how to bring those goals into the ring with you.
Breathing is the most basic way to align your mind and body, reduce stress and get yourself focused in the moment. Learn techniques for both in and out of the saddle, and how you can incorporate breath into a variety of situations.
Visualization is scientifically proven to enhance your performance and consistency - don’t underestimate this powerful tool. But, there are specific ways to incorporate visualization into the equestrian athlete's toolbox.
Routines are proven to increase success and consistency in performance. Tonya will help you develop the exact routines that are right for you.
When the consistency you were working on hits a bump in the road, how do you get back on track? Tonya teaches specific exercises to regain control.
Use video reviews the right way, and learn a step-by-step tool that Tonya incorporates after each ride to set herself up for success the next day.
Closing thoughts on how to take what you've learned in this course forward with you for years to come.
Here is what our members are saying:
I’m so happy I found Masterclass. I have a great trainer, but I’m always looking to learn more, and these classes have been exactly what I need! I’ve had some problems with confidence and a habit of slowing to a stop at the first jump in a course when I’m showing. Having my trainer and Masterclass is the perfect combination! I’m feeling so much more relaxed and ready to rock my jumper classes!
While I work regularly with my trainer, working through the Masterclass videos and workbooks has given me new ideas and inspiration to help my horse be the best he can be. The teachers have all explained things at a level where I sit back and think "wow, he/she is right, that totally makes sense" and it was such basic knowledge that we sometimes don't stop to remember in the daily push of training and competing.
When watching Annette's classes I didn't feel that I needed a lot of the confidence building as my horse and I were working as a team, until yesterday, when the course was quite tough and there were a lot of crashes, including us. It was the first time where both he and I got a little shaken up and I realized I needed to go back and revisit some of her tips so I can help us get back to where we have been. That's what I like so much about the Masterclass series - it's all topics, all disciplines, but yet every rider can take something away from them. Maybe not right at that moment, but at some point, there is going to be that scenario where you realize you need and can apply something you learned!
I’m a true adult amateur hunter rider, I work full time as a nurse but my true passion has always been horses, I’m out at the barn almost every day. This is my horse Checklist, a 5 year old Oldenburg/ Holsteiner gelding by checkmate. He has a ton of personality but training him with my coaches help has been so rewarding, and he loves to jump!
I love masterclass, my absolute favourite so far has been Archie Cox, especially as a hunter rider. I love his approaches to each exercise, focusing on improvement, and knowing when to stop once you see improvement, and I love his viewpoints as a hunter rider, judge, and trainer. And I love the fact that he used a young horse in his videos instead of a seasoned hunter.
My name is Mollie and I am a 15 year old British show jumper. I live in Oman with my horse La Paloma. We have just got back to the Sultanate of Oman after 2 months training in Holland. We are jumping 1.20 and last season we won together, the female rider award, junior rider award and won both our classes in the championships.
I have used the Masterclass with Anne Kursinski to improve my communication between my horse and I. I feel that I now have a better understanding of what she understands from my aids and build my riding around that. I have used the masterclass with Annette Paterakis to help me excell under pressure by becoming more confident. Ian Miller has helped me with basic groundwork and lunging of my horse so that we have a good mutal understanding and respect for each other. I am very excited to watch the new Masterclass with Archie Fox specifically to improve my striding.
Cool Boy, my 7 year old, and I have a very great relationship. We work in harmony to achieve our best results. Thanks to the Masterclasses we were able to always do our best at every show. I use Annette Paterakis’ course to prepare for upcoming competitions, I’m implementing the things I learned with my 7 year old. The website is super easy to use and the courses are very simple to follow. Thank you so much!
I came to riding late in life, on a dare from a young granddaughter. Turned out I loved it. Started with Western, but I wanted to jump so moved to English. So, about three years riding time. I’ve been riding different lesson horses over the past three years, this is me with Charu, my favorite, and a very affectionate mare, smarter than me too. I have particularly enjoyed Ian’s and Archie’s Masterclasses. They have helped improve my awareness of the horse as well as the arena, and reinforced the basics in a new and helpful way.
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