The Trainers

Ian Woodhead

Ian has been Dressage training me since April 2018.  Ian Woodhead is one of the original founders of DHI, and has seen the brand evolve from its early days over 25 years ago. Originally from Grimsby, Ian has a background working with horses and was involved in the running of the family business, Weelsby Park Riding School, before he went to Talland Equitation to train under the expert eye of Mrs Sivewright.

Amongst his many equestrian achievements, Ian was the National Under 21 dressage trainer for 18 years, during which time the dressage pony team won ten European Championship medals. In 2004 Ian moved away from pure dressage and is now a well respected trainer for many top international event riders including Ros Canter, Nicola Wilson, Piggy French, Gemma Tattersall and many other British and Irish senior squad members.

In 2006 Ian was awarded the British Equestrian Federation, Medal of Honour, in recognition of his dedication to Coaching he continues to be a much sought after trainer and is currently the Official Dressage Team Coach for the Irish High Performance Eventing Team a position he has held since 2014.  

Yogi Breisner

Yogi has been training me from when he helped me win my European Medals in 2005.

During his 17-years as the British Eventing Team Performance Manager, he led the team to four successive Olympic team medals as well as five European team titles. He stepped down from his position at British Eventing after the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Yogi Breisner was appointed World Class Performance Manager and Chef d’Equipe to the British Eventing team in 2000. He had just eight months to get to know the squad before the Sydney Olympics, at which they won team silver, Britain’s first eventing Olympic medal for 12 years. 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.

Yogi is Swedish-born and first trained under fellow Swede, Lars Sederholm, at Waterstock where he was based for 13 years from 1978.

A member of the Swedish Eventing team from 1976-1987, Yogi won European team gold in 1983 and competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics on Ultimus. He has finished in the top 10 at Badminton four times.

Aside from his current duties as advisor to the Swedish Equestrian Federation, Olympic national coaches and coordinators for Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, Yogi is much in demand in National Hunt racing, training both jockeys and horses to jump. Yogi grew up in a small village outside Malmo, he was 21 when he left Sweden to live in Ireland before coming to live in Britain in 1978.