International Trainer / Coach
By the age of 11 Claudiu had joined the Steaua Bucurest Club where he went on to represent the branch on all the important national competitions with a great success. This was the beginning of a long and successful career as a rider and a trainer / coach.
Claudiu is fascinated by and passionate about horses – he is inspired by the great riders he has trained with and has competed against over years. Claudiu holds many Grand Prix titles, on national and international plan among them 8 of 5* Grand Prix medals and a participation to a World Cup Finals in Gotteburgh in 1993.
Over the years he has found himself in many different situations and yards. He has successfully competed in most disciplines and on a wide variety of different breeds and types. His flexibility has been and still is, a great strength, and because of this wide ranging background he now finds his skills are sought after by a wide ranging clientele. He enjoys the challenge of teaching people from all sorts of walks of life, at all different levels and on a wide variety of types of horses.
He coaches riders from Pony Club to Grand Prix. He is as happy to get a hairy cob moving forwards and freely as he is to get an advanced jumping horse to perfect his style.
Claudiu is very rider focused: as a rider, trainer and a course designer he is used to looking at the rider from all three angles. He has great empathy with riders and understands how one rider can easily perfect a movement where another one will find it extremely difficult to execute. Claudiu will concentrate on bringing out the best an individual rider can offer not drill them with exercises which ‘should be good for them’.
He is equally horse focused: as a rider, trainer and course designer he is also used to looking at horses from many different perspectives . He has worked with so many different types and breeds over the years that he has great insight into an individual horses’ capability; which buttons to push; how much to expect from them according to their age and experience; and when to reward them for doing their best.
How would you sum up Claudiu? He is approachable, flexible, fun, competitive, enthusiastic, dedicated - he wants to see a result and will make every effort to get it. He wants to achieve high quality work – it does not have to be high school movements – it just has to be correct. If both horse and rider are smiling at the end of the lesson he knows he has achieved
Monitor / Supervisor
Neda’s primary duty is to look after everybody, to make sure everything is functional and all safety standards are respected at any given moment in time.
After many years of work with large multinational corporations in Oil and Gas industry, Neda decided to change the work environment but she still believes in Health and Safety practices acquired and these continues to be a lifestyle for everybody at Equicentric.
Neda is certified riding supervisor as well and you will also see her helping wherever needed.
Dunja Al Jamal
Dunja have trained and competed intensely with horses from a young age. She competed in showjumping and has many national and balkanic individual and team medals. Dunja has also worked together with Claudiu with many young horses bringing them to a competition level and literally taking them to their first competition.
As she continue to compete she also wanted to pass her knowledge full time by coaching/teaching students as well. She is very passionate and patient instructor who has developed her own teaching style.