Riding Instructors & Lessons

The Horse Works

Freelance UKCC Show Jumping Coach. Lessons at your own facilities, mine or regular clinics at Derby College and Golden Valley Equestrian Centre

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I'm a UKCC L2 Show Jumping Coach currently working towards my Show Jumping L3 qualification. I've ridden from a young age and have spent my life around horses.
I constantly work towards improving my own performance as a coach and rider. I take my own coaching seriously but that doesn't mean I'm always serious in the arena!
My job is to find out what is the most important thing for you and your horse and drive towards that goal.
If your goal is tackling your first jump or aiming to perform at an elite level, I'm there to provide direction and guidance to make it happen.
I'm always enthusiastic to help people with the ambition to improve their own riding

Key services

  • Show Jump Coaching
  • Freelance
  • Clinics
  • One-to-one
  • Groups


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"Excellent service, immediate improvement"
By Elise S. | 14 Jan 2019
In one session I could see improvements in several areas that I had been struggling with. Sometimes I felt a little out of my comfort zone but being pushed that little bit further made me much more confident and able to trust myself a lot more. My horse that I ride wouldn’t turn right after going across a diagonal and after my first session he has never dared to attempt going the other way again. This really helped with a lot. Thanks for all the help
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"Gives Confidence & Enjoyable"
By Frances B. | 14 Jan 2019

Craig is very good at making you feel relaxed and I really like his way of teaching. He has made riding a lot easier for me since I have had a back/spine condition and found it difficult to get a balanced seat. My horse is very responsive to the leg now and I find his advice and use of polework when schooling invaluable. He does some great clinics too which can be very cost effective. A good tutor, pleasant experience and looking forward to the next one.

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"Excellent supportive tuition"
By Jacqui A. | 15 Aug 2018
Craig is a really encouraging and supportive instructor. He is as interested in your horse and their way of going as he is working with you to get the best out of your partnership. He has an amazing eye for picking things up and you always feel great at the end of the session. I would definitely recommend Craig to anyone at any level as he adjusts his approach to suit your needs. He has helped me immensely and exercised my horse when I couldn't.
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"Very satisfied customer"
By Deborah R. | 15 Aug 2018
Following an accident I had completely lost my confidence. Craige has pushed me into believing in myself again and being confident to manage my mare when she has been challenging. He’s very helpful and supportive giving good sound advice to help you move forward in your training to compete
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"Excellent "
By Jackie W. | 15 Aug 2018
I have been training with Craig for the last two years at his clinics and at home. He has great empathy for both horse and rider. He gives confidence and will push you out of your comfort zone but make you believe it is doable.
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"Training and behavioural issues"
By Sarah N. | 15 Aug 2018
My mare (chestnut) had become very difficult napping, rearing and generally bad attitude after a compressor had gone off with a bang whilst in the school. After trying for a few weeks she was getting worse - and getting away with it! Craig was recommended to me 2 years ago and I have never looked back! He taught me how to deal with difficult situations and has brought my riding and my confidence on so much! I have learnt so much and am really enjoying my mare now - even when she's having her 'chestnut mare' moments! I can't recommend Craig highly enough! Sarah
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"Excellent service with achievable goals"
By Alison L. | 15 Aug 2018
I have been having Craig to both train my horse and having lessons myself. He is excellent, motivating and with me very sympathetic and works with what he’s got. He has motivated me to start jumping again after so long not jumping due to confidence issues. Brilliant confidence giving lessons.
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"Excellent Coach & a fab training venues"
By Natalie R. | 15 Aug 2018
I’ve been having training sessions with Craig Dillon over several years now. Craig focuses on my goals and my horse even during group clinics. I’ve had lessons regularly at home but I also like to make the most of the fabulous venues & facilities he holds regular clinics at. Friday night clear rounds at golden valley are brilliant. Craig’s professional, yet friendly and helps to build confidence in both my horse & myself. I’d recommend to any rider of any ability.
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