Ali Wakelin

ALI WAKELIN is a fully certified RWYM coach. She has been trained by the world renowned coach and author MARY WANLESS. Ali teaches alongside Mary at clinics on a regular basis at Mary’s Oxfordshire yard.

Ali has also undertaken extensive training in the methods of Dr ANDREW MCLEAN (Australian Equine Behaviour Centre – Ali is one of very few trainers outside Australia who have trained in this method.

Ali combines Rider Biomechanic training (RWYM), Clicker training and the classical, scientifically based horse training system of the AEBC into a unique Horse/Rider learning experience.

This system of training is both ethical and evidence based (based on the most recent scientific research). Ali strongly feels that gadgets, force and punishment have no place in any training system.

Ali’s methods are suitable for all horses and riders whatever their age, stage of training or type. Ali has trained many different types of horses/riders using this system including members of the british Icelandic riding team, British endurance team riders, trec competitors, all levels of dressage and many showjumpers.

This method also offers longlasting and reproducable training solutions to many behavioural and handling issues such as loading, clipping and spooking.




Unusually for a person who has made a career with horses, Ali only started to ride at the age of 18.

She trained and qualified as an A.I. at a riding school in Norfolk, which was also a boarding school for dyslexic children. It was here that she developed a keen interest in how people learn and that learning a task can be made easier and quicker if the teacher can adapt her teaching to the needs of the pupil.

Once qualified, Ali remained at the riding school for 6 years as yard manager. During this time, the establishment owner sent her on a week long course with MARY WANLESS (author of several books and a world renowned rider biomechanics coach). This course impressed on Ali how riding could be taught in a completely different way, achieving quicker and more accurate results than conventional methods.

Ali has now been training with Mary Wanless for almost 20 years and teaches on RWYM courses organised at Mary’s home base in Oxfordshire (Overdale E.C.). During 2008 Ali discovered the work of Andrew Mclean (australian equitation scientist). Over the next 2 years Ali set about combining Rider Biomechanic Training, Clicker training and the classical, scientifically based training system of the AEBC into a unqiue learning experience.

Ali aims to:

make learning a positive, enjoyable and efficient process
make riding coaching available to as broad a range of people as possible
continue development of personal skills as both coach and rider

Ali is based at Brook Farm Equestrian Centre Essex, from where she gives clinics and lessons on a daily basis. Ali also takes in horses for training. Brook Farm also offers full livery.

Ali is also available for clinics throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambs, Hertfordshire, Essex and Northamptonshire.

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