Four Habits of Highly Effective Riders
with Charlie Unwin
Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 7.30pm
Olympic performance psychology coach, Charlie Unwin, gave an
evening talk to equine enthusiasts at Nottingham Trent University's
Brackenhurst campus. Having worked with riders from novice to advanced
level, Charlie has built a reputation for his specialist experience
in helping equestrians perform more consistently in competition and
thrive under pressure.
During the course of the lecture, Charlie explained how - in a sport
where the subtleties of a rider’s behaviour is often mirrored
and reinforced by the horse - the best riders are not necessarily the
most talented but those who can perform time after time when it counts.
This they achieve by developing the mental skills to help them – before,
during and after competitions. Skills include goal-setting, confidence
building, improving concentration and dealing with adversity/success. By
deliberately focusing on these skills - especially at a young age -
riders can fast-track their experience and maximise their results.
Charlie commented: “As a performance psychology coach, my job
is to show competitors how they can adapt to the pressures of the sport.
When I have done my job well it is this pressure that brings out the
best in them.....and winning becomes a habit that is difficult to break."
Head of the University’s Animal and Equine Sciences, Heather
Owen said: “We are delighted that Charlie visited Brackenhurst
to enable students and those in the equestrian community to benefit
from his deep knowledge and wide experience. Sports Psychology is a
particular point of focus for the School’s Equine Sports Science
provision and we recognise the many factors that can influence the
mental state of riders and play a part in improving performance. We
are keenly anticipating what promises to be a most interesting lecture.”
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