Raising the Standards

The Standardbred Horse & Rider Body & Mind Workshop

Everything you need to know to be the best partner for your standardbred and to set your horse up for long-term soundness and success as a riding mount.

The Horse

  • How standardbreds learn
  • Habits and movement patterns
  • Rehabilitation and stretching
  • Equine nutrition/feeding the standardbred
  • Spinal health
  • Standardbred ailments/injuries
  • Gastric health and ulcers

The Rider

  • Mindset strategies for success
  • Growing confidence
  • Overcoming fear
  • Habit creation in 3 steps
  • The 3 Ps for creating motivation
  • Chiropractic stretches
  • Strength and posture exercises




Raquel graduated from BVSc Melbourne University in 2004. She worked in mixed practice in Australia & overseas for 8 years, before branching into her own mobile based practice in 2012– Integrated Veterinary Therapeutics treating horses, dogs and cats with Muscle Release Therapy & completing a Graduate Diploma in Animal Biomechanical Medicine, encompassing chiropractic, osteopathic & rehabilitation techniques in 2016.

Raquel has studied many therapies including the Masterson Method, Equine EcoSomatics (Craniosacral) Acupucture Oriented Energetics, Equi-taping / Vetkin Taping, Saddle fitting and Laser (Photobiomodulation) therapy. In 2015 she began teaching clinics in Equine Anatomy and Palpation, Equine Biomechanics, Equine Veterinary Biomechanical Assessment and Equine Vetkin taping, to practitioners and horse people Nationally and Internationally.

Topics Presented by Raquel


BSc. Phys. Dist., MSc. Vet. Phys. (University of Liverpool), APAM.

Annette is an amateur rider and professional physiotherapist.
Since 2008 Annette has been working in rural private practice, starting AB Physiotherapy Services in 2012. 

Annette is on the WA Animal Physiotherapy Group (APG) committee & the WA rep to the national APG. Through this Annette has been involved in the development of training for Physiotherapists to work with animals, planning the biannual conference and advocating for animal Physiotherapy on various policy and legislation issues.

Annette is keen to do further research in the future to help answer more questions to benefit the whole industry with the capacity to improve animal welfare and put the evidence behind what we do.

Topics covered by Annette:

Danielle Pooles

Qualified EA NCAS Riding Coach, Life Coach and a NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner.

As a qualified EA Riding Coach, Life Coach and a NLP Practitioner, Danielle offers many different exercises, tools, techniques and models to help you achieve your riding goals, via her business Dressage Plus.

Danielle has over 20 years of riding and competing experience and over 15 years of coaching experience. Training and competing horses through from Prelim level to FEI.

However, the true magic from working with Danielle comes from her passion to educate riders around mindset and body language and assist riders to see situations in a new light. While helping them to get out of their own way and safely step outside of their comfort zone, so they can truly take their riding to the next level.

Topics covered by Danielle:

Week 1 – Confidence

3 Main keys to grow confidence:

  1. Pressure off / baby steps
  2. Mindset tools & body language exercises
  3. Action

Week 2 – Fears

3-step approach to overcoming fear:

Step 1: Letting go of past events therapy

Step 2: Change your beliefs (about your current horse & your abilities)

Step 3: Rewiring mind/body responses

Week 3 – Habits

Habit creation in 3 steps:

Step 1: Your why

Step 2: Create a commitment

Step 3: Set a trigger

Week 4 – Motivation

The 3 Ps for creating motivation

  1. Pain vs pleasure
  2. Peak state
  3. Persistence

Dr Sherrie Lee

Bsc.BHSc(Chiro), MClinChiro(Dist)

Sherrie has completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. During her studies, she came to experience the effectiveness of chiropractic, before going on to complete a Bachelor of Health Science (Chiropractic) and the Master of Clinical Chiropractic at RMIT University Bundoora. Dr Sherrie offers her chiropractic services to clients in on the northern outer suburban fringe of Melbourne.

Dr Sherrie is also a keen Equestrian, particularly in Show Horse events, where she has competed in the prestigious Garryowen class and is a multiple winner at Horse & Rider of the Year events & Royal Agricultural Shows and is a current Grand National Top 10 senior rider.

Topics covered by Sherrie:

Other guest presentations featured across this entire month of 'standardbred body and mind' learning include

Founder of the Raising the Standards program Nic Tassone discusses her rehabilitation strategy & introduces her list of go to professionals for preserving the long-term soundess.

Dr Ian Bidstrup participates in an insightful interview, focused on equine spinal health, setting our standardbreds up for long term soundness, the importance of saddle fit and addressing.

Natalie from Kelato Animal Health provides a detailed presentation on the equine gastric system, how ulcers can affect off-the-track horses and overarching paddock and diet management plan.

Hygain National Manager Martin Connell links into a video interview from the US, detailing some key points surrounding nutritional needs of the off the track horse and making some detailes.

There is so much value, jam-packed into a $59 investment!

You will have unlimited access to work through this program in your own time. There is no set expiry and you will be able to access the learning content on an ongoing basis.

The Standardbred Body & Mind Workshop is accessible to all Online Standardbred Club members, for just $29 for the entire month of learning.

What if I’m not Tech-Savvy?

Never fear; the Standardbred Body & Mind course has been designed to be user-friendly.

When you enrol you’ll create an account on our standardbred tutorial website.

Whenever you wish to access learning material, you simply enter your email and password to log in.

Content is organised into lectures, so you can work through modules one at a time & never lose your place, nor feel overwhelmed.

The course content lives in our student portal, for you to access any time in the future.

We’ve had riders ranging from juniors to people in their 70s successfully take our standardbred retraining programs. It’s all laid out in a very simple way.

If at any time you’re having any trouble you can reach out via email and our friendly, responsive team will be happy to help!

When you join the Online Standardbred Club, you'll also unlock other member benefits, including


Educational Trainings

Exclusive Content

Members Discount

The Standardbred Body & Mind Workshop is designed to suit busy lifestyles.

We get it; life really is crazy busy!

And for some of us, we have to squeeze horse time into an already bursting schedule.

Standardbred Body & Mind Workshop learning content is set out in a simple way, so you can pick up where you left off last time and go back over interesting lectures.

There’s no set schedule you need to stress about keeping up with; make the program fit into your life.


You can log into our standardbred tutorial website on any device, which makes learning portable.

You’ll have the flexibility to watch a standardbred retraining video on your phone at the paddock and have a go straight away (it’s like having an instructor in your pocket!)

Or make use of that ‘boot up’ time lying in bed each morning by looking through standardbred training videos (coaching from the comfort of your pillow… ahh, not a bad way to learn!)


Simply send us an email and we’ll be happy to help!