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about wiola


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Discovering my passion for teaching equestrian sports began in 1996. Following several years of training at BKJ Boguslawice with a Polish Olympic show jumper, a knee injury led me to assist other riders. Witnessing their unexpected progress ignited my interest and commitment to coaching.

Beyond the stables, my teenage years included training in Athletics, providing insight into the importance of progressive coaching programs. A visit to London in 2003, post-graduation, led to an unplanned settlement, steering my coaching career in the UK.

In the UK, I passed BHS coaching certifications, reaching the semi-finals for the BHS Young Instructor of The Year Award in 2008. Selection for the Hendelah Waley Equestrian Fund fueled my aspirations, and I introduced my Aspire Academy plans.

The journey continued in 2009 with mentorship from international Dressage rider Anna Ross and enrollment in Hartpury College for Equine Sports Science. At Hartpury, my primary focus was on Rider Development, the science of coaching, and human and equine biomechanics.


That year I also put together a format for 3-4 days Rider Development clinics which myself and a Dr of Chiropractic specialising in posture health took for a spin in the UK, Norway, Poland and Italy. It was a fantastic few years!  

I have now created a new version of those, you can read more about them here

A training trip to Portugal in 2011, sponsored by a client, paved the way for a year at Hippikos Equestrian Centre, reinforcing the significance of in-hand work and groundwork. I had an opportunity to ride 3 sometimes 4 hours a day, 6 days a week for a year on fantastic quality Dressage and Jumping horses 

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Teaching in Norway in -20C ! 

Immersed in daily training and riding diverse range of horses, including Lusitano stallions, I also had an opportunity to have daily lessons with Antonio Carneiro, a WEG Show Jumping rider for Portugal and a fantastic trainer.

 Returning in 2013, my focus shifted to full-time teaching, driven by the goal to provide quality coaching opportunities for riders.


In 2014 I moved to Fawley near Henley on Thames, working as a resident coach at Brackenhill Stud and developing further services within the Academy.


The hit of the global pandemic in March 2020 and the subsequent ban on coaching activities nearly brought closure to my small business. On a positive note, it allowed me to immerse myself in further learning and studying.


Seeking a kinder, more informed way of training horses, I signed up for Tristan Tucker's TRT Programme as well as Warwick Schiller's. It's been an amazing, eye-opening learning journey, and I remain open-minded for continuous growth.


I now live in Henley on Thames with my partner, his two teenage daughters and our three dogs. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to try a training journey with me.

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