The presenters

Welcome to the new SCT Online Learning programme for the Horse Care and Management Work Based Diplomas and Functional Skills English and Maths - bringing world class training to everyone, available any time, anywhere.

In developing this programme we have been delighted and privileged to work with some of the most successful professionals in the world to promote training and achievement through the Apprenticeship programme. We have had enthusiastic involvement from all parts of the horse industry, including Team GB coaches, leading international riders, Olympic course designers, former SCT apprentices, a Eurosport commentator and Lycetts Insurance Brokers. We very much appreciate all their support and outstanding expertise.

The Maths and English Online Learning units are pioneering in showing where these skills are relevant and essential to yard and horse management to world class standards. Some of the filming for these units was done at the Sunshine Tour in Spain, so enabling apprentices and employers to see the daily use of Maths and English in performance at international level. The units include practical demonstrations, explanations, links to practice tests and step by step guides in the skills and techniques required to achieve these Functional Skills.


We hope this innovative way of learning and delivery will enhance your professional development and expertise, and inspire, motivate and encourage excellence.


F C Belinda Turner MBE
Chief Executive

The presenters




Ian Stark OBE

Course Designer for many events including Chatsworth and Bramham International Horse Trials, and the Eventing European Championships 2015.

Former British Olympic Team Selector.

Four times Olympic silver medallist, three times winner of Badminton International Horse Trials and seven times European Championships gold medallist.

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Mike Etherington-Smith

Former Chief Executive of British Eventing. Former Course Designer of the Beijing and Sydney Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games, Rolex Kentucky **** Three Day Event and European Championships.

Former Course Designer and Director of Chatsworth International and Blenheim International Horse Trials ***.

Course designed for Adelaide International Horse Trials ****.

David Evans

Course builder for Chatsworth, Blenheim***, Luhmuhlen**** and Bramham International Horse Trials***.

Course builder for the Beijing Olympics and European Championships.

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Mark Kyle

Member of the Irish team for the European and World Championships and Olympic Games Athens and London

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Tanya Kyle

Leading international event rider

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Melissa Whitaker

Partner of Michael Whitaker - one of the world's leading showjumpers. Gold medallist European Championships, British team member at World Championships and Olympic Games.

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Joe Whitaker

Leading international showjumper and former SCT Apprentice

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Kerry Finch

Head Groom for Michael Whitaker and Billy Twomey, former SCT Apprentice

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George Whitaker - showjumping double gold medallist, former SCT apprentice

Winner of Team and Individual gold medals at the Pony European Championships. Winner of the Bronze medal at the European Young Rider Championships. Winner of the CSI ** Comporta, Portugal and the CSI *** at Maubeuge, France. Rolex 'One to Watch' for moving up 123 places in the World Rankings. Member of the World Class programme.
Winner of 1.30m and 1.35m classes at the Sunshine Tour. Also 2nd in 1.40m and 5th in 1.50m.
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Henry Day

Leading dressage rider and former SCT Apprentice

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Donald Whitaker

Leading international showjumper and former SCT Apprentice

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Yogi Breisner

Performance Manager, Eventing and Lead for World Class Programme Coach & Staff Development British Olympic Team Selector.

Yogi has since led medal winning teams at the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games in addition to enjoying many successes at both European Championships and World Equestrian Games.

Aside from his duties as British Eventing's National Coach, Yogi is much in demand in National Hunt racing, training both jockeys and horses to jump.

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Andrew Saywell

International show jumper, BritishTeam rider and British Showjumping coach.

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Michael Peacock

Strength and Conditioning Coach, Oaksey House, Injured Jockeys Fund

Transitioning from athlete to coach, Michael has over 16 years coaching experience in various sports and specialised in strength and conditioning for the last 6 years. He has worked in professional football, tennis and rugby. Michael became the Strength and Conditioning coach for The Injured Jockeys Fund based at Oaksey House in the summer of 2012 and has worked with top professional jockeys such as Choc Thornton and Noel Fehily (King George VI double winner, Betfair Chase winner). During his time at Oaksey House, Michael also works closely with many international event riders from all over the world, including GB Eventers; Laura Collett, Tom McEwen, and Harry Meade.

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Julia Scott Douglas B.Sc. Hons. RD SENr. Dip IOC

Team GB Nutritionist

In 1999 Julia Scott-Douglas qualified as an Accredited Sports Dietitian. She has worked in many sports, including cycling, running, rowing and rugby but has specialised in equestrian sport. She has worked in the racing industry for over 15 years and is tutor in nutrition at the British Racing School. Six years ago Julia joined the Equestrian World Class Programme and she now advises on riders' nutrition.

In 2012 Julia became one of 179 Sport Nutritionists to graduate from the International Olympic Committee post graduate Diploma in Sports Nutrition. Following her graduation she worked for the English Institute of Sport as a Performance Nutritionist with the British Fencing team during the Olympics. .

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Matthew Sampson - SCT Masterclass Trainer. Senior British Team member for Nations Cups, Junior and Young Rider teams at the European Championships, Junior European Gold medallist

Winner at some of the world's most prestigious competitions including 3* Arezzo, the 4* Sunshine Tour Grand Prix, the Young Riders Championship at Olympia, the Newcomers and Young Riders Final at HOYS, the 3* Beervelde Grand Prix in Belgium, 4* Donetsk in the Ukraine, and 3* Lummen.
Winner of a 1.35m class at the Sunshine Tour. Also 2nd in 1.50m, 3rd in 1.45m, 4th in 1.50m and 5th in 1.30m.

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Kate Goodger - Team GB Sports Psychologist

Kate Goodger PhD, C. Psychol is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist who has worked in Olympic sport for over 12 years. She has worked with Team GB athletes and staff at 5 Olympic Games spanning summer and winter cycles.
Kate joined Team GB Equestrian in 2013, following her role supporting GB Canoeing at London 2012 at their most successful Games to date. She also has a PhD in Athlete Burnout. Kate's current practice stems from a model based in neuroscience and works with what we know about the structure of the brain and how it operates. This approach has helped support successes in British Cycling, Liverpool FC and England Rugby and is now being employed across a range of settings away from sport; it is called 'Chimp Management'

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Morgan Kent - HK Horses - international showjumper

2nd in 1.30m, 5th in 1.45m and 5th in the 6 year old 1.30m Final at the Sunshine Tour.

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Anna Goodley - Lycetts Insurance Brokers

Anna Goodley is an Account Executive at Lycetts Insurance Brokers. Lycetts are specialist Insurance Brokers who arrange insurances for those who live and work in the equestrian and racing industry. Anna spends a great deal of her time advising equestrian businesses, racehorse trainers and stud farm owners about their Combined Liability insurance.

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Javier De Witt - Eurosport and Sunshine Tour commentator