I  have been involved with the organising of the Annual 3-day residential Bursary Training Clinic for aspiring young Showjumping Athletes for many years.  During these clinics, we arrange workshops and lectures which are complimentary to Showjumping Coaching & the Sport.  This year we were privileged to have Poppy Blandford conduct workshops for the Athletes during the clinic.  I have rarely seen such a positive reaction to any workshop or lecture as I did during Poppy’s workshops.  Athletes, Coaches and Training Reps were “Blown Away” with Poppy’s quiet, insightful and knowledgeable approach to Performance Coaching.  As one Athlete commented – “she got me”.  And that was echoed by all. Advice was simple, practical and achievable and tailored to each individual. 

Poppy’s Professional Qualifications and back-ground, enriches her role as a Performance Coach, and as a National Training Rep, gave me complete confidence when engaging her services. She has a genuine love for her profession, a genuine interest in her clients, and a deep understanding of what is required and demanded of Athletes and professionals today, and a unique talent to help and support.

She was a find in a million


Mary E Ryan

Munster & National Training Representative

Showjumping Ireland 

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“a Young Riders Academy” part of the Swiss non-profit association “ Atheneum”. The Academy’s purpose is to create “Ambassadors” for the Equestrian sport within Europe. I order to help some countries less fortunate we have also been running a number of clinics in Bulgaria for riders from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Turkey.

Since 2018 Poppy has been lecturing on mental coaching as well as being the coach for these Young Riders. She has been much appreciated both by riders and by the organization. Liked to the extent that we have decided to start taking her on also as tutor for the classes with our selected riders at the seminars at Franklin University in Lugano and in Sweden where she has already given some lectures.

A particular strength in our case is her ability to combine the science with own and others experience from our sport.

We are happy and pleased to warmly recommend her to work also with others.

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