About the manager/trainer
Samia Al Saffar is a qualified and experienced trainer, being a British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor. Samia also has an Advanced Diploma in Equine Business Management both gained in the United Kingdom. The advanced diploma was gained from what is considered to be the best college in the U.K. in this field; Warwickshire College of Agriculture.
During her years training in England Samia gained great experience in all aspects of the equestrian field; re-training problem horses, stud work (breeding, handling and training foals and then backing youngsters. At college stable management lectures and on hand experience were given by some of the top trainers and vets in the country.
The college is a British Horse Society examination centre so has horses which are ex-advanced eventers, Grandprix dressage horses so was able to be trained on them.
Warwickshire is also a training and competition centre for the national and international disabled team riders so Samia has experience in teaching disabled people and has done so in Bahrain as well.
Samia had also taught at British Pony Club rallies whilst in England gaining experience there teaching the young and up and coming riders.
Shakhoora Riding Centre is a member of the British Pony Club.
Samia before and after returning to Bahrain has been trained by a number of well known international trainers; Dressage trainers John Lassertor, Molly Sivewright, Adam Kemp (British), Showjumping trainers Nicolas Ducrait and George Padasky (French), Alan Fazakaly, Ian Wright and Tina Sederholm (British) Also Abdul Aziz Al Redha (UAE) She was the first civilian to compete with the Bahrain Defence Team.
Samia has also trained many ex-racehorses (one of whom she competed in Dubai), re-schooled difficult horses, broken in youngsters and helped riders with their horses.
Samia has taught and trained a large number of riders bringing them on from complete beginner level to competition level in both dressage and showjumping.
Samia likes to work on developing a coordinated partnership between horse and rider. As well as teaching the correct mechanics of riding she likes to encourage riders to develop their psychological understanding of the horse in order to fully enhance their ability to get the best out of their ride
For those who want to gain a wider knowledge of the horse (training wise and care wise) stable management sessions are given by Samia. She also has experience in teaching riders who have lost their confidence because of a perhaps a previous bad experience.
Whether a total beginner just wanting to learn the basics to go on a riding holiday to advanced riders wanting to maintain and improve on their skills Samia enjoys teaching people juniors or adults who truly want to learn and enjoy developing their skill in horse riding.