Renowned international coach and clinician, Eric Smiley aims to bring together the mind of the rider with the mind of the horse. 

  • Aims to improve the ability of the rider by increasing their understanding of the horse, both on and off the ground. 
  • Featuring extensive advice on pertinent riding topics, Two Brains, One Aim stands as the perfect guide for any aspiring equestrian. 

Eric Smiley’s aim is to bring together the mind of the rider with the mind of the horse, while highlighting the key component in their synergy: understanding. How that understanding is acquired, retained, and put to use is the key to success. 

  • Where does one find leadership within the equine industry? 
  • Does riding require an instructor, a trainer, a coach? 
  • Can you effectively learn on your own, with just the occasional directive, and still find personal or competitive success? 

Smiley, renowned clinician and international team coach, intends to fill the gap when it comes to these questions and others, providing a reliable resource and educational companion for the aspiring equestrian. Smiley addresses fundamental topics pertinent to riders, with philosophical discussion and practical exercises applicable to all levels. Along the way he strives to educate readers on being taught, and perhaps, one day, becoming the teachers. 

Eric Smiley … has a great technical knowledge that he combines with a well-thought-through ideology and philosophy. Eric is a naturally good horseman who has a common-sense approach to not just coaching the horse and rider, but also to solving problems where they occur.’ — Yogi Breisner (Advisor, Swedish Equestrian Federation, Former Performance Manager and Chef d’Equipe, British Eventing Team) 


Eric Smiley is a former international event rider. He represented Ireland at European, World, and Olympic level, winning team bronze medals on two occasions. Smiley, a Fellow of the British Horse Society, coached the Belgian Eventing Team during the 2011 European Eventing Championships and 2012 London Olympics. He is an FEI judge who regularly acts as a Ground Jury member.

Ellie Hughes is former Deputy Editor of Eventing magazine, now freelance journalist who has written for equestrian and country lifestyle titles, including Horse & Hound, Horse, and Country Life. She has produced training articles with Lucinda Green, Pippa and William Funnell, Captain Mark Phillips and more. Hughes is a previous winner of the Pony Club National Eventing Championship. 

Riding well can be a puzzle. This book puts together the pieces, including: – How humans and horses learn. – Striving for partnership vs. dictatorship. – Early training and developing skills. – Demystifying equestrian-speak. – Dressage outside the arena. – Ground poles for the rest of us. – Jumping and cross-country tips. – Solving problems, wherever you ride. – Competition psychology. – Being coached and being a coach. “This book is aimed at riders, coaches, and anyone interested in learning more about how humans and horses interact. I have tried to harness my own experiences when I cover the three main disciplines―dressage, show jumping, and eventing―and how they relate to one another. I look at how those in a coaching position can guide riders to perform better by making their lives less complicated and more fulfilling, and I examine how riders can apply the same principles to training their horses and become self-sufficient.” ―Eric Smiley

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