Phillippa Christie MCMA
Equine Psychologist, Author & Bitless Specialist
Partnering science and horsemanship.
A Brief History
Phillippa began horse riding independently at just 3 years of age on a small holding in West Yorkshire, UK. Growing up on a small family yard, she had freedom to be with the ponies in a more natural, playful environment. Through her teenage years she went on to win many red ribbons and trophies in showing, show jumping and mounted games. Her favourite past time being hacking, bareback and bitless riding. Phillippa was fortunate to mix with equestrians who were bitless and barefoot many years before it came in to mainstream riding, this sparked her interest in ‘alternate equestrian’ methods.
Meeting one of the most famous natural trainers at a clinic in Lancashire took Phillippa on a journey to look beyond her previous teachings and explore natural methods in horsemanship and training. It was through her own mistakes, breakthroughs and problem solving, that led her to challenge her own views and constantly seek the truth and teachings of the horse.
Over the course of the years Phillippa began working with many horses, studying their behaviour, re-visiting her roots in holistic equine management and welfare.
Phillippa began studying positive reinforcement training through science based learning theory, moving away from natural horsemanship and towards holistic practices.
Qualified & Registered Equine Professional
- Expert Practitioner of Equine Psychology (Complementary Medical Association)
- Equine Psychology Diploma (Distinction)
- Equine Management Diploma (Distinction)
- Practitioner Member of ISES (International Society for Equitation Science)
- Twice Silver Member to IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists).
- PPGBI Registered Equine Training Professional
- Horse Sport Ireland Coaching Certificate
- Transcend Approved Bitless Bridle Trainer
- Orbitless Approved Bitless Bridle Trainer
- EDIX® Approved Saddle Fitter & Dealer
- Fully Insured with KBIS
By establishing multi-level communication we relax both the horse and rider. My holistic approach includes the whole life of the horse – Care, Training and Well-Being. Together this can achieve a better understanding and connection with your equine partner.
Continued Professional Development
Phillippa has trained with internationally renowned horsemen & women and continues her education in the field of scientific research in equine behaviour. Frequently attending conferences and developing her training, she is not afraid to bring fresh ideas and challenge traditional training processes.
Continued professional development allows Phillippa to bring you the latest in humane and science based training.
At present Phillippa is undertaking a Lv4. course in Equine Anatomy & Physiology with the Open College of Equine Studies.
Phillippa has featured as a writer in several equestrian magazines including;
- Horsemanship Magazine
- Barefoot Horse Magazine
- Irish Sport Horse Magazine
- The Irish Field