Dressage is unique

The interaction of humans and horses is truly unique.

Our behaviour, thoughts and emotions are transmitted through our bodies to the horses we ride, making it crucial that our mental states, technical knowledge and physical condition are highly tuned.

–  Natalie Hobday

Clinics: Investing for High Performance

My enduring passion is to help every rider I coach take their enjoyment of the sport to the next level. In our regular clinics the focus is on training the classical principles of dressage. Up. Your. Game. is a program designed to complement the training with the ‘why?’

I wish to share everything I have learned about the key drivers of high performance dressage, from motivation, confidence, technique and trust, to preparation, fitness and big match temperament, and so develop the key strategies and techniques to be a regular winner.



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United Kingdom

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South Africa

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Meet Your Coach

  • Started riding career as a child in South Africa
  • First Provincial Colours at age 15
  • Awarded Provincial Colours 10 consecutive years
  • Invited to the Spanish Riding School at age 19
  • National Colours at 23
  • Multiple winner of all major South African competitions
  • Based in Germany 1996 – 2014, training with German National Coach Jonny Hilberath
  • Consistently placed in CDI‘s in Central Europe
  • Winner on Big and placings in Small Tour in Germany
  • Two World Equestrian Games
  • South African National Coach 2015-2018
  • FEI Solidarity Coach Developer Expert for Group IX since 2015
  • Produces and finds top horses with Christian Heinrich

Up. Your. Game.

  • Transformational Online Learning
  • Deeper understanding of the theory of dressage
  • Richer knowledge of all movements at all levels
  • Know precisely why you get the marks you get
  • What to do to improve your marks … 7s → 8s!
  • Optimised plans for training and competition
  • Enhanced psychological skills
  • Tools to control the drivers of your performance

FEI Solidarity

I have worked with the FEI Solidarity team for several years as the Coach Expert for the Coach and Judge Development Workshops across the Group IX countries.


Johnny Hilberath

German National Coach, German Champion
"In the 18 years Natalie trained with me in Germany she has competed and been consistently well placed, at all major CDI’s and Championships in central Europe, as well as winning Grand Prix, gaining respect and making a good name for herself, and developing a broad knowledge of the European training techniques. In my stable, she has ridden many horse at all levels, a number of which she had educated herself up to Grand Prix level. She has therefore, a vast knowledge and personal involvement in the German training system."

Sara Garvie

Financial Director/ Amateur rider, UK
"Natalie’s tuition has been instrumental in helping me reach Grand Prix level with two of my horses and a new one well on his way. Her patience in explaining the riders aid combined with the physiology of the horse, her encouragement to try different things when appropriate but to also persevere with simple basics that are the foundation of classical riding and her unerring drive and commitment to help her pupils reach their goals. Natalie’s love of horses and belief that the horse’s welfare is best served by correct training is at the heart of all her work. And her Up. Your. Game. Series is fantastic. Not to be missed."

Rita Brink

Owner and Sponsor Botswana
I’ve owned horses all my life, and can confidently say the sport needs more coaches like Natalie. I became involved in the dressage world five years ago as an owner and sponsor, and can say she took all the guess work out of being introduced to the discipline. She approaches the sport holistically, taking care of every aspect; psychological well-being of the horse and rider, correct conditioning, veterinary assistance, saddle fit, and insists on every detail being done correctly under her expert guidance. She has helped me buy two exceptional horses that have won every title in South Africa, and taken my rider from Novice to Grand Prix, winning at every level with exceptional marks and comments from international judges. I trust her implicitly, value her patience and dedication to excellence, and truly admire her work ethic. There is nothing she’s not prepared to do for the benefit of the horse and rider. With her on our team, we have won our first Grand Prix with a result that’s a national record, with sound and happy horses. She has made being an owner and sponsor a real privilege, and brought me much success, and pride.

Tamara Hasselberg

International Rider, Botswana
Natalie Hobday has been my coach for 5 years and has made every dream and goal I have In the sport a reality. She took me from Novice to winning Grand Prix managing every step of my growth as a rider and a person. Her professionalism, experience and dedication are an inspiration to me. I can confidently say that I would never have achieved what I have (multiple CDI wins, National Championship classes) if she was not my coach.

Jaco Theron

International Rider, SA
"Natalie has been my coach since the age of 14 as a Novice rider. The training and experience over the years has been nothing short of priceless. With her help I have taken multiple horses to Small Tour level with winning scores and we are now preparing for Grand Prix. Her understanding of higher level training and strict fundamentals through her years of experience makes her an exceptional trainer."

Holly Brown

BA Philosophy and Theology & Law, UK
Holly has many wins and places on a Regional and National level up to Intermediare 2 “Natalie has been training my horse (Sigurd aka Smurf) and I since he was six and I was seventeen. She transformed us from a nervous, inexperienced pair into a confident partnership and has taken us from Novice to Grand Prix level. Natalie is always positive giving clear ‘homework’ and goals to guide my riding between clinics. Her training has made Smurf a happier athlete, which is all I could ask for from a trainer."

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