Continuing Education for Equine Coaches

Cultivate Your Skills, Connect with Your Herd

This continuing education workshop is designed for Equine Coaches to learn or refresh theory and techniques of Coaching Groups.  In addition to reconnecting with fellow coaches, while learning and practicing with expert, supportive trainers, you’ll also have a unique opportunity to immerse in residence at Blue Star Ranch.  And you’ll actively participate in group process yourself.

How to Coach Groups, Families, and Couples 

Equine Coach Continuing Education
July 11 – 15, 2018


ABOUT:  Join us July 12-14, 2018, to reconnect with like-minded friends, refresh your practice, and renew your soulful connection to nature, horses, and yourself.

Landscape ViewThe Ranch is a perfect container for reconnecting with yourself, and remembering why this work is so important to you and to your clients.

You may enroll whether you are a certified Equine Coach, from any training program, or not.  This curriculum is appropriate for coaches who have basic OR advanced experience in the arenas with clients.

During this 3-day event, you will not only learn the underlying theory of work with couples, families, and groups, but you will actually experience the process of forming and processing the group experience of being in this training community.  At BSR, we truly believe that the best coaching comes from our personal, expertly guided experience of group process in all its stages.

Our model for Team Building with Corporate Groups can be modified for any kind of group – not necessarily folks who work the ‘corporate’ career ladder.  However, we do focus on fast, intense, highly specific experiences in the arenas during which group participants learn skills, experience insight, and practice change – all within a 20-minute time frame.  We teach this model in order to prepare you to be eligible to be hired by BSR to support our corporate team-building retreats as Lead or Assistant Coaches.

Dr. Trish Ring teaches classes during this workshop that lay the groundwork for our practice.  You’ll learn the psychology of group work, the concept of projective identification in working with relationships of all kinds – and especially romantic partner relationships – and the unique BSR Model of Leadership that offers a framework for relationship coaching of all kinds.

Round Pen BoundariesApplication Process: Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.  An application is required in order to ascertain your goodness-of-fit for a continuing education experience.  The application is available for download below. 

Pricing: $2,450, including lodging and 7 meals

Deposit, non-refundable:  $750 to hold your place

What’s not included:  Travel expenses, drinks & snacks at lodging, dinner except on Saturday, optional massage service, optional individual, personal coaching on Saturday or Sunday.

What you can expect:

Lodging: This all inclusive package includes clean attractive communal housing on property.  Both our Bunkhouse and Mountain View House offer guests access to a full kithen, living room, WiFi, DirectTV, and washer/dryer.

The Bunkhouse sleeps up to 6 in shared bedrooms with 2.5 baths and the Mountain View house sleeps up to 8 in shared bedrooms with 2.5 baths. Both charming spaces are exclusively available to participants of Blue Star Ranch events.

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*Note that this event is NOT appropriate for people who have no coaching experience.

At Blue Star Ranch, we have a policy that only certified coaches may be Lead Coaches for BSR events; if you have training but are not yet certified, then this Continuing Education Event will give you a Certificate of Completion that will allow you to apply to do Lead Coaching at BSR events.

If you are not formally trained to work with horses, but are curious and have some comfort and experience with horses, this event will give you an invaluable introduction to the practice of coaching with horses.  You will NOT be required to coach in front of an audience unless you wish to obtain a certificate of completion.  After this experience, you may wish to apply for our week-long intensive RingLeader Equine Coach Training, which will be held September 23-29, 2018.

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Trish Ring Ph.D.

Master Life Coach & Equine Coach

Dr. Trish Ring has been practicing psychotherapy since 1990 and has reinvented her practice many times – as a professor, consultant, radio host, author, and coach. Her career has taken her on many paths of discovery and magical happenings, and she now devotes her time to coaching executives, workshop participants, and fellow coaches at Blue Star Ranch in Cashiers, NC, where she and her husband Carl are building their dream home and have established the ranch as the premier equine coaching facility in the American Southeast.

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Meagan English

Certified Life and Equus Coach

Meagan English is a Certified Life and Equus Coach™, as well as an author, speaker and consultant. Meagan specializes in helping professional men and women to discover what they want most, what’s standing in their way, and then supports them in breaking through those obstacles to achieve their very best – in both their life, and career (primarily via one-on-one coaching and Equus Coaching events).


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Yvette McIntire

Master Life Coach & Certified Equus Coach

Yvette McIntire is a Master Life Coach and Certified Equus Coach, who partners people with horses in equine assisted ground activities empowering clients to embrace and express their true self.

She “preaches” self-love and acceptance as a fast-track path to life fulfillment and believes there is no better way to reveal your level of honest self-expression than in the arena with a horse.


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Alexandra Smallpage

Award Winning Equestrian Rider and Coach

Ali Smallpage has been teaching riders, training horses, and educating horsemanship since she was 16 years old. Early on, it was obvious that Ali has a tremendous ability to break down complicated concepts and explain them multiple ways until the student understood, whether the student be human or equine.

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