Paul Fielder was born in Norfolk where his parents farmed; he was brought up around all farm animals including horses. He had ponies and his first success was in 1959 winning pony show classes at Royal Windsor horse show. He was first inspired into dressage when he was training at the then national equestrian centre under late Col Bill Froud FBHS; he successfully completed his professional exams by 1975. Here he was able to ride and watch many of the top experts of their time. It was Col Froud that first taught him long reining and breaking in and training the young horse.
Paul’s main interest in the early days was show jumping where he trained with the late Warren Wofford who had trained with Bert de Nemethy. Paul accompanied the British show jumping team at the Munich Olympics and it was here that he first saw dressage at a high level, and became very inspired by the sport. After this, while travelling throughout Europe, Paul took
every opportunity to learn as much as possible about high level dressage. In 1986 Paul was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Scholarship, which allowed him to study even more dressage-training. This allowed him to meet and study many of Europe’s great masters.
Paul has coached many of Britain’s leading dressage combinations and his pupils have ridden at Olympic Games, World Games and European Championships. After the Barcelona Olympics he was awarded by his federation the Trainer’s Award for training at international standard.
He was also chief instructor at the Catherston Stud. Owner Mrs. Jennie Loriston – Clarke and together they gave a Grand Prix long reining demonstration at the Horse of the Year Show, then again in Denmark at the stallion show at Herning. In 2006
Paul also became a Fellow of the British Horse Society. A Fellow of the society is someone to whom one can turn for advice, knowledge and expertise in all equestrian matters and is committed to the training and education of the horse and rider in all spheres of equestrianism.
Paul many years ago had the opportunity to coach and train in Norway. He was also invited to go to the Norwegian Olympic training Centre and there he learnt about the Norwegian Training Module. In short the main difference is the athletes are told to go to the training to train, not to be trained; each athlete must be his own trainer, the 24 hour athlete. The driving force must be the athlete’s inner voice not the voice of the coach. Paul has used the principles he has learnt to develop the dressage careers of many young riders making him a much sought after trainer and mentor. In recent years he has focused on training Norwegian riders and his long term pupil Siril Helljesen and the mare Dorina competed at the London Olympics.
He has always had an excellent eye for detail and has found a way to bring horse and rider together. His training is a blend of modern techniques and classical principles but he is very practical in his teaching. Paul has a vast knowledge of training
different types of horses and is a master of problem solving.
Paul is available for clinics both in the UK and abroad please contact him direct.