Rider conference

Due to the global Coronavirus pandemic we are regretfully going to postpone this year’s workshop due to the global uncertainty for those wishing to attend.  

A new date will be released in due course.

Centaur Biomechanics - Rider Workshop 2020


Richard Waygood, Team GBR Eventing Team Performance Mgr.


Saturday 27 June 2020 


Unicorn Trust, Stow on the Wold, Gloucester 

Tickets £55.00 (Incl VAT)

Workbooks, light lunch and refreshments included

Sessions starts at 09:00 HRS with registration open 07:30 HRS


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BACS - email sharon@centaurbiomechanics.co.uk for details

Centaur Workshop - Richard Waygood MBE

Richard Waygood MBE, Performance Manager to multi medalling Team GBR Eventing and former Performance Manager to multi medalling Team GBR Dressage, a highly sought after equestrian coach and rider, will be presenting his training methods and taking part in a question and answer session.

At the workshop, Richard will be working with three riders and their horses. Richard will be working with each combination on the flat, over fences and during simulated X-Country. This will be a real chance to see progression throughout the day, working with the same horse-rider combinations in the various phases. Richard will be presenting an array of exercises for each phase, which the audience can take away and implement in their everyday coaching and training programmes. Richard will also be discussing his methods on how best to optimise the equine athlete – through various exercises, demonstrating his use of pole work and the importance of cross training. 

At the time of the workshop, there will be 28 days until the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Richard will be hosting a question and answer session where he will share his experiences with high-performance. This workshop is set to be highly educational, listening to and observing one of the most successful performance managers in equestrian sport, working with horse and rider combinations on the flat, over fences and during simulated X-Country. 

If you want to improve your riding, learn new exercises, be inspired and improve your training / coaching, then this workshop is a must!

About Richard Waygood MBE

Richard has ridden from an early age.  At 16 he realised an ambition to join the Household Cavalry (The Life Guards).  After years of hard work and dedication he was commissioned from the ranks to hold the highly prestigious and respected post of Riding Master in the Household Cavalry.  In 2002 he realised another lifelong ambition to ride around Badminton - not only did he finish clear but also in the top 20.  He was the first serving officer of the British Army to compete at Badminton for 23 years. Richard also rode and evented a number of horses for Her Majesty The Queen.

He has had a busy and varied career, within his role of Riding Master, where he was instrumental in many ceremonial duties such as the Queen’s Birthday Parade and the State Opening of Parliament. He choreographed the world famous Household Cavalry Musical Ride which performed all over the world, as far reaching as the frozen lake at St.Moritz to the heat of the desert in Dubai. In 2009 he was awarded an MBE for outstanding service. 

Since leaving the Army in 2009, Richard was appointed Performance Manager for the GBR Dressage Team, successfully winning Britain’s first ever dressage medals at the London Games, Team Gold and Individual Gold and Bronze; followed by the Rio Games, where the Team Silver and Individual Gold Medals were won.  In January 2017 Richard was appointed Performance Manager for the GBR Eventing Team. At the 2017 European Championships the Eventing Team won their first Team Gold for 8 years. 2018 was another successful year, where the Team Gold and Individual Golds were won, followed by Team Silver at the 2019 European Championships. Since Richard’s appointments in elite sport in 2009, he has been involved in securing 23 Senior Championship medals.

Richard is an Ambassador for the Brooke charity, which works tirelessly to support working Equines around the world.  He was invited to become a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers and given the Freedom of The City of London in 2015.


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