Daisy Coakley

Horses for 2016

  • Affinity Bay
  • Aramis T
  • Galanci RS
  • Ivanne

Best 2016 Results

  • 70% + at Inter I level on Aramis T at Regional and Premier League competitions and Qualifying for the Summer Nationals at that level.
  • Affinity Bay winning the Petplan Inter I Area Festival and Qualifying for the Nationals in April. He also won the Small Tour  Semi- Finals on 70% and placed 7th at the finals.
  • Galanci RS Qualified for both the National and International Finals in the 5yo young horse classes showing lots of promise for the future.

2017 Goals

  • 70%+ scores at Inter I level at Premier League competitions and qualify for the Nationals.
  • Continue to work on the Piaffe and passage and aim to do my first Inter II in the Autumn of 2017.

Top Tips

  • Keep a positive mindset- not only when competing but also in everyday training… and always have a plan!
  • Make long term, mid term and short term goals but don’t forget the only way to reach those goals is to focus on the everyday training/ discipline.

    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit” -Aristotle

Personal Highpoints

  •  Going clear a Weston Park Festival of youth CCI* and getting 68% and winning my second ever Inter I
  • My most recent personal highpoint was the first time I scored over 70% at Inter I level at a Premier League show and was in the top placings.

Memorable Horses

  • Urbanus II- An Incredible horse who taught me a huge amount and gave me so much joy.  He helped me find my passion for training horses and I would not be where I am today without him!

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A Successful June for Daisy!

June has been a competition filled month and the real highlights have to be both the Wellington and Hickstead Premier League Competitions.  Wellington at the start of June, was situated first on the busy competition calendar and the weather was almost sunny and the venue was efficient as always. However, the same can’t be said for the weather at Hickstead! We were towed into the gates in deep mud and a few days later towed back out in even thicker mud in more treacherous conditions. The team at Hickstead did an incredible job in the face of adversity but our show kit is still recovering from all the rain and mud! Tilly Tilly was the first to compete at Wellington Premier League and she set the bar very high for the other horses. At the tender age of five, Tilly is showing real promise; she has a very trainable attitude and so far nothing has phased her both in and outside of the ring. She warmed up beautifully and went in to perform the National Five year old test. Unfortunately she was a little flat and was lacking energy as the journey had taken it out of her, but she absolutely tried her hardest for me regardless which is something you cannot train into a horse so we are very lucky. She did us proud and finished third which means we have qualified for the Hickstead National Young horse Final at the end of July! Exciting times! The next competition in Tilly’s diary is Hartpury Premier League at the start of July where she is competing in the Shearwater Young... read more

An Update from Daisy

"The last few weeks of July have been packed with training, teaching and getting organised for next month! Louis and I had a break through training session with Ian Woodhead. Louis is a top event horse but when it comes to dressage physically it all doesn't come so easily to him. However over the past year with the right training and Louis' endless enthusiasm to learn we have made great progress! In our last lesson we were working on canter pirouettes, tempi changes and asked the question..... Can an eventer work towards piaffe and passage!? Hopefully in a few months we will know the answer! Finn and Daya have been training with Judy Harvey at a local yard that we can hack to. Daya has proved she can produce every variation of a change (and some really excellent ones!) but we continue to work towards consistency. Daya's trot has really come on recently and she is now finding the lateral work much easier. Finn was working on similar aspects in the trot as well as tempi changes and Judy pushes us to improve the canter pirouettes. They are still a little large but we had our best one to date to the right in our lesson.   I had a busy few days teaching at Pony Club camp. I was in charge of a fantastic group of children ages 6-10 as well as a set of twin four year olds! OBH North really know how to make instructors want to teach at camp next year.... Each day we were served the most fabulous lunches with deserts and cakes that... read more

Update…Eventing and PonyClub Demo

Louis started the event season in April at Hambelden International Horse Trials..... He scored a 32.5 dressage and had a few poles in the show jumping but gave me a fantastic clear cross country.  Our second British Event was Chilham Castle. I had never been before but last year my brother went on his event horse DrumBeat and loved it. I was not disappointed! The course was up to height, technical, up and down hills, utterly beautiful and very well maintained.  Louis had a lot of time of last season due to a knee injury he got while eventing so we made sure that before we started eventing this season we went cross country schooling with Jonathan Chapman too blow away the cobwebs.  Louis XC at Hambelden International   We have been training at Milton Keynes, Parwood, Attington Stud and more recently Tweseldown with Jonathan whose expertise really helps when tackling the trickier combinations. We focus on making sure that the horse is jumping independently and the rider isn't interfering to much as it's very important cross country that the horse takes responsibility for the jump as there are no poles to be knocked down! The rider has to make sure the horse has a good approach and the canter has enough energy and not see a stride and hold the horse back/push too much. Everything has to be in a good quality canter with rhythm. We arrived 15 minutes before the dressage thanks to an enormous amount of traffic on the M25...luckily we had many hands to brush, tack up and stud up so within 5 minutes we... read more

Update- Reflecting on the Nationals

"Now the horses are qualified for the Dressage Regionals and Louis next event is in a few weeks there is some time to reflect back on the British Dressage Nationals.... I qualified four horses, Daya, Finn, Bing and Louis all for the Advanced Medium Restricted Class, Bing and Daya for the Advanced Medium Music and Bing also qualified for the Medium Open and Medium Open Music.  It was a very busy Nationals and I was very relieved to have such a big efficient team who took care of the horses wonderfully- Thank you.    In the lead up to the Nationals I worked with Lisa Sparrowhawk who gave me performance coaching. I have been working with Lisa since the start of the year which helped me focus at the Regionals in February where I had to ride 10 different tests on four different horses.  Urbanus was 7th on 66.52%   With the Nationals fast approaching it was time for a meeting with Lisa....I was very set on the outcome I wanted and was stressed as there was so many variables and things that could go wrong having four horses in one class with forty minutes between each test. Lisa helped me understand that when you purely focus on the end result what often happens is your internal dialogue and unconscious mind focus on not achieving the result/outcome you are looking for....the effect of this is that your performance suffers. So we shifted my mindset and focussed on all the small details that would result in an overall good performance. We mapped out each small step and stage of the... read more

Training Videos With Daya and Finn

Since the horses success at the  British Dressage Winter National Championships at the end of April they have all had some down time. Over the past month we have been cracking on with qualifying for the British Dressage summer regionals at Advanced Medium level and Prix St George.  Daya qualified for the regionals at Bury Farm and Windmill Farm for the Advanced Medium class on scores of 69.07%, 68.10% and 67.89%.  Affinity Bay has qualified for the PSG and the Advanced  Medium regionals. He competed at Patchetts Equestrian centre and Windmill Farm and scored 68.81%, 67.94 % and 66.9%. Both Daya and Finn were lucky enough to  have training with Stephen Clarke recently.  Stephen is a very effective trainer and with both horses we focused mainly on  reactions from the leg and half halt which improved the quality of the trot and canter. It sounds basic but it made a huge difference  to all of the lateral work.  Finn was working on his tempi changes and canter pirouettes which are coming along nicely. We even did a few lines of one time changes.  We have also been training with Judy Harvey and Daya has been working on changes, half pass and creating more gears within the trot.  Finn and Merri have competed at Wellington, Keysoe and Addington Premier Leagues this season.  Finn produced a fantastic fluent test at Addington. I was particularly  pleased with his tempi changes and the trot work.  Merri also had some good results with her best test at Wellington PL scoring 68.03%. We have also been out and completed an Inter I at Bury Farm. Merri was... read more

Daisy in June’s Horse & Hound Magazine

Daisy Coakley could be seen in the latest edition of Horse & Hound giving advice in the magazine’s ‘Summer Management’ feature. As a rising star Daisy was asked her advice on how to beat the heat this season.... read more

Daisy in Horse & Hound Magazine

Daisy Coakley's success at the Winter Dressage Championships could be seen noted in this weeks Horse & Hound Magazine! Daisy was both champion and reserve in the Charles Owen advanced medium. Daisy told Horse & hound she got through the four tests on four different horses in the class with glucose tablets and rewarded her feat of endurance with her favourite chocolate - Dairy Milk. For the full article and other Dressage results form the Winter Championships, click here... read more