Training & Consultancy
Our business is training riders and horses to the best of their ability.
you are driven to be good, if you want to know more.....we want you to
achieve your goals.
Joan McLaren comes to coaching riders from an unusually broad and deep experience. One of the youngest riders to be accepted to ride in the Olympic trials for the USET, her desire to be a better rider and to understand more about the sport led her first across the U.S. then to Europe to train.
McLaren trained with Bertelan DeNemethy, coach U.S. Equestrian
Show-Jumping Team; Colonel William Ringrose, Coach Irish Military
International Jumping Team and Olympic Team rider; Duccio Bartalucci, Coach
Italian International Jumping Team (for whom she acted as assistant trainer)
and Olympic team rider; Ginny Leng Elliot, six time Badminton**** winner and
three-day event Olympic gold medallist; Conrad Schumacher, U.S. Dressage
Federation and Irish International Dressage team trainer and coach of
Olympic Dressage Champions Ellen Bontje and Sven Rothenberger; and Hans
Kraut, formerly of German cavalry and winner of AHSA International Course
Designer’s Award, (and many others).
McLaren's elite experience in show-jumping, dressage and eventing internationally is unusual. It is an invaluable resource to riders she has trained in all three of those Olympic equestrian disciplines. Her involvement in high performance sport in different disciplines and countries gives her a unique perspective from which she approaches sport and rider development.
McLaren has been coaching olympic, junior and young riders, and involved in Equestrian Sport development
since 1978. She began giving clinics in the early 1980’s on the U.S. East
Coast . She trained riders in eventing, show-jumping and dressage and helped
them plan approaches to reaching their short and long term-goals, both
Olympic and National. She conducted national rating examinations and made
recommendations to the National governing body on program development to
produce more riders at higher levels.
Recent clinics in the U.S. have covered a wide range of students, team development and horses: Dressage for Eventers, Flat work for Jumpers, Jumping for Event riders, Jumping for jumpers (and every other conceivable combination!)
Italian Show-Jumping clinics focused on improving rider technique and
horses' rideability for competition at International level (in the most
rapid but correct way possible). Because Italy imports large numbers of
horses from Northern Europe, she found herself working with many
accomplished riders who were inexperienced riding horses with breeding and
character unlike their own. Horses produced in a Northern Continetal
European manner (e.g. German, Dutch, French, Belgian, Danish and Swedish)
presented a challenge to Italian riders (which repeats itself in other
In Italy, McLaren was involved in input to the Federazione Italiana Dello Sport Equestre as both a rider and an instructor.
In Ireland, she has given clinics as before in all three Olympic
disciplines, working with riders of varying backgrounds, competing through
McLaren has taught Olympic competitors, Young- Riders (18-21 year olds) and Juniors (14-17 year-olds). Her students from the U.S., Italy and Ireland have been selected for International teams in both Show-jumping and Eventing; with Italian riders placing in Young-Rider and Junior European Championships.
Students have won and placed in the Royal Dublin Show Equitation Jumping Championships and won the Irish Pony Society Equitation Championships and Hunter Championships
She was short-listed to be the Irish National Trainer for the Junior and Young rider Eventing Team Squads. And she coached the Island Pony Club (Ireland) to win the Irish National Championships in both Dressage and Eventing in 2001. The club was subsequently awarded the Lillington Cup as the most successful club in Ireland. Club members qualified for international championships in U.K. in both Eventing and Dressage.
McLaren was selected as one of first trainers in Ireland to participate in the Irish "Training the Trainers" program with Conrad Schumacher to develop riders and trainers working at international level.
Joan McLaren and McLaren High Performance represent years of international experience and teaching ability.
Training with McLaren High Performance lets that experience work for you!