Claire Waldron


Claire's home, Cortijo de Segura, is the home for our Centre. She is the Director of the Charity and is responsible for the daily management of the horses.

Claire has loved horses and ridden all her life. Her early horse years included County Shows and One Day Eventing as well as helping and teaching at her local riding school. 


Claire has an  HND in Equine Management & Technology, which included a year out at Leahurst’s Equine Hospital running the Equine Practice and teaching vet students about general horse handling. Claire was fortunate to work with Dr Derek Knottenbelt, who inspired her to write her dissertation on sarcoid treatment and management. 

In 2006 Claire and her family moved to Granada, Spain and it was then that her dreams of having her own horse at home came true.Her first horse in Spain was Segura, a rescue mare with behavioural and emotional issues with people, after very harsh treatment. To help her understand her new equine partner better Claire gained a Certificate in Applied Equine Behaviour and went on to complete a Centre of Excellence Equine Psychology Diploma. 

 

Finding Connection Training

However, Segura's behaviour continued to be very challenging for Claire. Even with 30 years' experience with horses she realised that she needed some specialist help. She joined Connection Training 's Elite Coaching Program in 2014 and began to learn all she could about Positive Reinforcement Training. The results were amazing. Segura regained her confidence and she and Claire developed a very special relationship. Their lives were changed forever.

 

The results were so dramatic, Claire decided to train to become a Connection Training Qualified Instructor.  She took on two foster ponies from A.R.C.H.  Rescue Centre in Malaga, who had had a very bad start in life. Hope was almost completely blind and Valiente was un-handleable and acted aggressively towards people. She also trained horses at a local trekking centre in order to increase her experience of training many different horses using positive reinforcement.

 

Claire becomes the world's first Connection Training Qualified Instructor

Claire was a guest speaker at the  2016 Connection Training Conference in the UK. The theme was "Riding with Connection" and she shared her story about working with Segura and training her to become a confident riding horse. During that Conference, Claire also achieved her goal of becoming the first Connection Training Instructor in the world. In the same amazing month, she and Rachel decided to join forces to create Positive Horse Training Spain. 

 


Working around the round pen

"I was very impressed by Claire's approach to training. I got to know horses with heart breaking past histories. She has given them a new chance and they have come a long way !! I admire her patience, understanding and respect for each horse, her knowledge of Connection Training methods while being flexible in each moment of training in order to maintain connection to the individual horse."  Ina Thompson, UK