Equestrian sports psychologist to lead 2-day workshop near Steamboat Springs
July 25, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Daniel Stewart isn't quite what you would call a horse whisperer. The former coach of multiple U.S. equine Olympic teams and premier equestrian sports psychologist focuses more on the brain of the person on top of the horse rather than the one inside it to find success.
For this reason, along with his prolific teaching ability, Stewart has been able to travel everywhere from Spain to the United Arab Emirates to share his methods.
This weekend, Stewart will be just outside Steamboat Springs at Saddle Mountain Ranch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to work with athletes. The clinic costs $20. The ranch owners, who took over the property in January, think this is a great opportunity for anyone competing in an individual sport.
"It's important because we have somebody who actually coaches how to compete," said Athena Karlin, of Saddle Mountain Ranch. "His tools are universal — just how to take control of your anxiety and work on goal setting and focusing through distractions."
Although Stewart's two books, "Ride Right" and "Pressure Proof Your Riding," focus on equestrian competition, he has snowboarders and other individual sport athletes from across the country seeking his advice.
Karlin thinks Stewart's lessons on overcoming the fear of competition will make it a worthwhile experience.
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"It's positive coaching," Karlin said. "It can positively effect so many people in this community."
Jake Miller, a 2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, is working as a summer intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He recently completed his freshman year at Nebraska Wesleyan University.