Shaun was brought up on a fruit farm in the Western Cape of South Africa. He started riding at a young age when he found his love for horses at the local riding school owned and run by an inspirational lady, Hilary Pelser, known in the area as a SANEF Level 2 Instructor.
As a teenager Shaun spent much of his time helping youngsters with physical and learning difficulties to gain life skills through horses. His empathy for people and understanding of horses is the foundation from which his career continues to grow.
Shaun arrived in the UK from his native South Africa in 2002. His drive and determination began in eventing.
He has had the privilege of working with some very experienced riders, starting with the Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell. He then went on to work with rider, breeder, selector and Judge, Jane Holderness-Roddam MBE, and also Jenni Loriston Clarke MBE, gaining valuable knowledge and experience from the highest level. Shaun has gained this experience not just by working with some well known coaches, but also by competing to intermediate level nationally within eventing. With many years of experience, including having spent 18 months in Denmark under the watchful eye of, arguably one of the World's foremost trainer, Hasse Hoffmann, Shaun is availble throughout the UK to Coach you and your horse.
Shaun's patient, kind and consistant approach has helped him with backing youngsters and rehabilitating horses from different backgrounds. This extensive experience has equally informed his horsemanship, harnessed his competitive spirit and given him the ability to get the best out of a horse, whether it is for competition or seeking a new home.
Rehabilitating former event horses into the dressage arena led him further into the discipline. Shaun sought training from some of the finest coaches in the country.
Present and Future
Shaun is competing his own and Lorain Nixon's, 8 year old KWPN gelding, Euphoria E at Advanced Medium and have recently competed in a Prix St George.
Shaun offers his clients bespoke, professional coaching and works with horse and rider to help them achieve their goals and objectives across multi-disciplines. No two horses or riders are the same and so he works on a flexible approach, tailor-made to suit both horse and rider.
If you are looking to support a rider on the rise, find a caring and informative coach or need help and training to further your horse in the dressage arena, then please call for further information.
Shaun is always looking for horses to train and compete.