Jockey Coaching - A Powerful Partnership
Steve Smith Eccles and Michael Tebbutt together have ridden winners at every flat and jump track in the UK. Their passion for racing runs so deep that even after their race ride careers ended they become some of the first BHA trained Jockey Coaches in the UK. Their powerful partnership brings you the rider a fully rounded coaching opportunity at the worlds most recognised training location in Newmarket
"Professional race riders often require one on one training to improve on a part of their riding that they feel is a weakness. The coaching that is given is specifically created for each individual to bring out their best."
“I have supported and encouraged this project from the start. Steve and Michael bring to the racing industry experience, skills and training that all jockeys will really be able to benefit and improve from.” John Francome 7 times NH Champion Jockey
“Having had the privilege of observing Steve and Michael coaching I can strongly recommend any experienced or aspiring jockey, professional or amateur, to seek their advice and expertise as coaches”.
Yogi Breisner British Eventing Team Performance Manager
Point to Point
“Working in London makes it very difficult to ride out in the week and therefore the equiciser lessons have been invaluable to helping me get fit for point to pointing and improving my technique. Michael had my position perfected in a couple of sessions and has been invaluable in helping me become a capable rider - staying balanced whilst riding a finish and even using my stick correctly…on an equiciser anyway! When it comes to the real thing I still need more practice”
Stephanie Jones, Point to Point rider
"Steve has coached me since I began training to take out my licence. Since then I have ridden in fifteen races at seven different courses. I was second in my first race and rode my first winner on my fourteenth attempt. With Steve's help my style, tactical awareness fitness and drive have been transformed. His encouragement, enthusiasm and analytical feedback have given me the confidence to improve with every ride."
“I was lucky enough to have Steve train me right from my early days. His first hand experience of riding winners at every track was invaluable to me and taught me how to get the best ride from each race I had. Looking back I really did have the upper hand in the fact that his knowledge gave me options that boosted my confidence, so that I acted on instinct rather than holding back”.
"Michael has helped me on a few technicalities of race riding. He is really attentive and makes time for me, which as a professional jockey really helps. He is always available to help if I need some additional training and is a really great guy."
"Michael has to be the best talking coach ever. He is always around to mentor and train, keen to see us all do our best, and capable of building our confidence when it feels as if it is not all going our way. Great coach, great guy."
"Steve Smith Eccles was assigned as our Jockey Coach for the Betfair Conditional Training Series. He walked the course and guided us through key points to consider when riding the track. He advised us how to use the whip correctly without falling foul of the stewards. Steve rode three Champion Hurdle Winners, so when he gave me advice, I took it on board straight away. He portrays his opinions and words of wisdom very clearly. It’s tough as a young jockey when you are getting going so it was marvellous to have Steve to assist and advise us along the way."
Jerry McGrath Conditional jockey
"Michael has been a real inspiration to me. I had an accident and was struggling to regain my confidence. I was recommended to be coached by Michael because as an ex jockey he can really understand how I'd feel and provide me with all the skills I needed to regain my confidence.
I have to say it has been brilliant having him work with me and I am now back and ready to race again. I can not recommend him highly enough."
Tom Fanshawe aged 14
I have been training for 30 years and have sent out 1,000 winners. I have known Steve and Michael for all that time. They are both very experienced, hard-working professionals who have a great depth of knowledge of the main requirements of a jockey.
They are both very good at putting into words how it should be done. I can highly recommend them to any budding jockey.