Victoria Forbes – Sugar Tide Equestrian

Victoria Forbes was born in the snowless savannas of South Africa and has been riding since she was four years old. She was honored to represent her country internationally as a junior rider in 2005 in both Dressage and Show Jumping, competing in Australia, in the Australia V.S. South Africa nations challenge cup. She moved from South Africa to England to pursue a degree in Computer Visualization and Animation and went on to obtain a master’s degree in Equine Science from Hartpury University in Gloucester. She had a fervent interest in equine biomechanics and technology and went on to do several experiments and develop apps during her studies that married her two incredibly varied degrees together. Alongside these she undertook her British Horse Society Stage Examinations and started to freelance as a show jumping and dressage instructor. After graduating with honors, she became a university lecturer and taught at Hartpury and then the University of Warwick and Coventry, with her specialist teaching areas remaining Equine Biomechanics and Applied Equine Management.

After some time, her passion for teaching outside of the classroom took over and she began to teach both freelance and as a regular instructor at the Warwick International School of Riding. During this time, she published several equine articles and texts, the most notable of which being a chapter on equine biomechanics in the text book Training for Equestrian Performance edited by Jane Williams and David Evans.

In January of 2016 Victoria moved to Calgary to be with her long-distance husband of several years, started her own riding school, SugarTide Equestrian, and gained her EC Competition Coach qualification and LTR evaluator status in early 2017. She was honored to receive the Alberta Equestrian Federation outstanding instructor/coach of the year award that same year.

Today Victoria’s main focus is bringing horse and rider partnerships through the levels with an emphasis on horsemanship, as well as the biomechanical harmony between the two bodies working together. She enjoys helping students learn to maximize the potential of any horse through thoroughly researched training methods and analysis, with a particular affinity for the use of technology in training. She is currently working on a new book aimed at parents looking into riding as a viable sport for their kids at any age, aimed making equestrianism  as a sport more accessible, and is proud to be one of the Alberta Equestrian Federation and Equestrian Canada facilitators for the fundamental skills Rookie Riders program.