I started having lessons with Sharon 3 months ago, with my 7 year old cob, Flash. At that time I was almost at giving up point, as I had had a catalogue of disasters with various horses, since the loss of my long term mare (I had her 14 years) in 2012.
Sharon has helped build my confidence beyond imagination during this short time, with patience, humour, sensitivity and endless positivity. Also, she has been regularly 'having a little sit' on Flash after I have run out of steam in my lessons, pushing him way beyond what I was asking of him and teaching him all sorts of tricks, showing me what is possible with him, and giving me the confidence to try it myself! On top of that, Flash goes to Sharon for boot camp when we are on holiday, where everything he and I are learning is reinforced!
I feel so lucky to have come across Sharon and would thoroughly recommend her, without her I'm not sure I would still be riding....
Sharon is the best trainer I have ever had.
This is why I like her training so much:-
- Her ability to teach (ie get the message across) is incredible.
- She inspires you to get to the next stage (I am now working at Elementary level at home with first Elementary test planned for this Autumn)
- She is a miracle worker (in the 2.5 months that I have been having lessons with her, the speed with which we have progressed has been unbelievable!)
She is funny, kind, flexible, inspirational, talented and all-round AMAZING!
I am so so glad I found Sharon!
I have been struggling for some time to be able to articulate how much of an impact training with Sharon has had for me.
Over the years I had got into bad habits which had left me with a riding position which was unbalanced and ineffective. This coupled with frequent bouts of loss of confidence for no reason, where any positivity went AWOL, meant I was a passenger and a bad one at that.
Sharon has the patience of a saint putting up with my tears and arguments, she has the mind powers of a Jedi who has continually got me to achieve what I think is impossible and a wicked sense of humour which makes the pain worth it.
Neither I or Smartie are going to be dressage superstars, my goal is to get both of us working together correctly, with the help of Sharon I know we will do this. I won’t say I love every minute of it as it Sharon pushes me physically and mentally but the feeling of utter happiness when it comes together means I am absolutely loving the journey.
I have been having flat work lessons with Sharon for quite a few months now and have been really impressed by both her professionalism and confidence giving skills. I knew that my horse (Jack) had something in him but didn't quite know how to get it out! With Sharon's help both my riding and Jack's way of going has improved dramatically. I have a dressage horse and boy can he do lateral work lol! Sharon has taken her time to get to know both myself and Jack and each lesson is always a follow on from the last. Today was the icing on the cake as I competed in dressage at a local venue and did 2 tests. I got 1st for one with an amazing 72% and a 4th for the other. One very proud mummy and one very spoilt Jack! This would not have been achieved without Sharon's guidance so a huge thank you goes out to her.
I've been having lessons with Sharon for just over a year now, and the improvement in Fina and I is almost unbelieveable! I used to hate flatwork, but Sharon may turn me into a dressage rider yet! After many years with numerous instructors, I feel I have finally found one that not only understands the way my horse and I think, but also one that is committed to helping me achieve my goals and ambitions, whilst having a good laugh along the way. I am very grateful to Sharon, and look forward to many more lessons.
I started lessons with Sharon and my new pony in March this year after losing confidence with a past pony - she is great at explaining why something needs to be done the way it is and how it affects the horse which i love as it makes sense. I have along way to go but have hopes that i can achieve a decent standard of riding and benefit my pony too. Money well spent - and a fabulous source of information and advice too.
Herb and I have been training with Sharon for about 6 months and our progress has been fantastic! Herb always looks pretty but i struggled to get him working across his back and to keep him focused so we never achieved great dressage scores. Now that sharon has dealt with that little issue, we're doing lateral work and herb has a cadence to his stride. Sharon must have a degree in psychology cos she gets inside your head and makes you believe!
I used to find schooling rather tedious and would much rather hack out but since having lessons with Sharon Kilminster I now really enjoy it. I have always struggled to get my pony in an outline and working from behind, she used to put in minimal effort but now she works hard and I have learnt how to get the best out of her. Although our lessons are mainly flatwork, our jumping has really improved as well. I would highly recommend Kilminster Equestrian to anyone :)
I have only been riding for just under 4 years and I found out about Sharon after having a few unsuccessful lessons with other instructors, unfortunately they did not seem to grasp what my aims/goals were. From my first lesson with Sharon it was a huge success, she instantly understood what my problems were and how to resolve them and she has turned around my riding style. I have gone from strength to strength and that is from Sharon’s training style/plan and hard work in getting me to understand things more clearly (we now have plenty of ‘light bulb’ moments). Sharon has had a few challenges with me along the way as I suffered injuries from a car accident in Oct 2010 and when I finally got back to riding in 2011, she has really worked on areas to help me overcome my injuries and getting back to basics helped a great deal. I am now a much more confident rider and have achieved so much more since having lessons with Sharon and there is still plenty more to achieve in 2012. I really couldn’t ask for a better instructor she is an absolute star, always available on the end of the phone/email to answer your questions/concerns and has become a good friend. I am very proud to be a part of ‘Team Kilminster’.
I would like to say what a fabulous, inspiring trainer Sharon is. When i first went to her 18 months ago i was an empty shell after losing all my confidence from 3 horrible accidents.
After one assessment i was grinning like a cheshire cat and when i purchased my current horse - Sisko - Sharon helped to iron out a few problems we were having.
She has helped me overcome most of my fears (jumping not started yet) and with her help i've turned my horse from a "Giraffe" into a novice level Dressage Horse - not an easy task i can tell you. I am honoured and privileged to be a Team Kilminster Rider and without Sharons help i wouldn't have come this far.
She has become one of my closest and dearest friends and is an inspiration to all of us and i can't praise her highly enough.
Just a quick thank you for all your help with my new horse Charlie - a green, just backed, gawky, geeky looking 5 year old who didn't even know how to walk up or down a hill!
Although he has an amazing temperment he was a little like an overgrown puppy but with Sharon's patience and expert help he is now transforming into a well mannered, confident riding horse aswell as maturing into the most handsome chap! I cannot thank Sharon enough - she is an excellent horsewoman, superb business woman, a genuinely lovely person and now a great friend - I am so pleased Charlie and I joined Team K.
Such a sad day for Sharon today after the sudden loss of her beloved Pepsy. Recently re-united only to be so cruelly separated again. Such a brave lady.
R.I.P 'Mr P' - run free in Rainbow Bridge with King Eric until you can all be together again. xx
My heart goes out to this very kind, caring lady who's just lost the greatest, kindest horse and my favourite Gentle Giant.
R.I.P King Eric - run free in Rainbow Bridge until you can be together again. xx
I only met Sharon a short while ago but i soon discovered that she's probably the most genuine, kindhearted, nicest & honest instructor i've ever had. She has a fab horse in "Eric" and he's absolutely amazing to ride. xx
I started having lessons with Sharon about a year ago. I can honestly say that I found her at exactly the right time. I had been involved in an accident with my horse and had completely lost my way, ending up a nervous rider with a horse with issues! With Sharon\'s clear instruction, patience, and gentle persuasson! And the support of many horsey friends we are back on track, Thank You! Ali and Smiley
I started having lessons with Sharon about 6 months ago. I would highly recommend Sharon - in fact the majority of people at my yard now have lessons with her too! She gets the best out of me and my horse and inspires my confidence massively; Im very glad I found her!
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All the best with you new venture, website looks good.