I started riding at a local riding school in London and immediately got such a lovely feeling being around horses that I volunteered to help at the stables to get free rides and ride as much as I could.   By the time I was 16 I had ridden all 22 horses and ponies at the yard, ranging from stiff old schoolmasters to flighty naughty ones.   The horses gave me hope, love and joy, and I liked that, so it was obvious to get serious and as my Mum used to say, get qualified!  So off I went to Wellington Riding to be a working pupil for 12 months and gained the BHSAI.   I won’t bore you with all the details here so will speed on with that I started my own Riding School and further gained the BHSII and BHSI Stable Managers Exam.

My passion was and still is Eventing, I always had a string of horses at different stages of training for my own competing and have had many successes personally with horses and in the competition ring.

A few years ago I had both of my hips replaced, not from too much riding or injury, just shallow hips.    I wasn’t sure if I would ride again or be able to stand up and coach so have had a journey of self belief and fear of getting back on horses.   In 2019 I enroled on the Centre10 Elite Minds Advanced Coach course and this training has helped me understand how the mind works and was the catalyst for riding in a 1 mile race at the Grade 1 racecourse Newbury in November 2019.

During lockdown in 2020,  I launched an equestrian podcast “Alli Barfoot Equestrian Podcasts” and went onto interview and capture stories across the equestrian disciplines.



British Horse Society Accredited Professional Coach


Centre 10 Advanced Coach

Competition Experience

Competed to BE Intermediate | BSJA to Newcomers | BD to Medium

Race ridden 1 mile on the flat at Newbury in a Charity Race 2019


British Horse Society Coach of the Year Finalist 2010

Centre10 Impact Award Winner 2020