Maddi is a professional dressage coach who has been riding for over 30 years, during which time she has trained with some of the world’s finest trainers, including her long standing coach Carl Hester, who she has been coached by for just under 20 years! Maddi has dedicated much of her life to learning the art of classical dressage, and has studied under the guidance of Classical Master, Joaquin Vazquez Vela and other riders at the Royal School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, Spain. Maddi worked for Joaquin in Spain at his private yard. There, as well as coaching, she rode, trained and competed a number of his and his clients horses up to Grand Prix level. Maddi has also spent time learning from Dr Gerd Heuschmann, Manolo Mendez and the late Dr Kerry Ridgeway, which have been a huge influence in her understanding of equine physiology, biomechanics and psychological well being. This has enabled her to not only successfully train horse and keep sound, happy athletes, but has also allowed her to specialise in rehab work and corrective schooling. Maddi is an experienced competitor and has been lucky enough to experience competing in Europe as well as in the UK. She has ridden at all levels up to Grand Prix and has worked and been based on the yards of several International Riders and Trainers.A
Maddi founded The Dressage Coach in 2019 as an online platform to bring high quality, accessible coaching to anyone, no matter their location, level or facilities. Winner of Equestrian Tech of the Year 2023 at the Equestrian Business Awards, The Dressage Coach is an app-based platform which provides unlimited coaching at an affordable monthly price. Users can upload unlimited videos to the app for Maddi to review. Maddi will then send a recording of the video back with feedback for the member. The app provides loads of other features too, including a competition score analyser, comprehensive library of schooling exercises, a test movement guide with details of how to score higher in every kind of dressage movement, goal setting system and much more.
Maddi has also been a pioneer in remote coaching and now coaches as many people remotely as she does face to face and has clients all over the world.
Alongside the app, Maddi also created an online community for members which has been often referred to as the most supportive equestrian community online.