Claire O'Brien

Pg.Dip., BSc (Hons), BHSAI, AI (DEFRA)

Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

What Is Sweet Auburn Coaching About?

(Psst! Contrary to what the name of 'Sweet Auburn Coaching' may suggest, the name is in memory of  an old family home in Ireland built by Claire's Grandfather named 'Sweet Auburn', not as a result of her hair colour!...)

Claire has an extensive background in training young horses up to 1* level eventing. Her experience as an international groom/head groom for riders such as Karin Donckers, Lisa Sabbe, TT Eventing and Sam Watson, has given her a well established background in managing and training a wide range of international and Olympic competition horses. Most notably, she has found a particular interest in applying the science behind equine learning theory to training event horses. This passion for establishing a link between the latest research and performance equitation has lead to Claire developing her full-time career as an Equine Lecturer, but she still enjoys coaching immensely in her spare time (when not marking papers!).