Meet Jenni

The brains behind the UK’s leading Equestrian Mindset & Performance Coaching & Training Company – Flying Changes Mindset. 

Nurturing individuals and their talent have always been at the heart of Jenni Winter-Leach’s professional life. After enjoying a successful corporate career as a Global Consultant for a Talent Management firm, Jenni felt the need to combine her love for the equestrian world and her ability as a Talent Coach. This led her to develop Flying Changes Mindset & Performance, a market-leading business in the Equestrian sphere.

As an International Master Mindset and Performance Psychology Coach, Trainer & Award-Winning Professional Speaker, Jenni trains riders at ALL levels of equestrian sport to develop their mental performance and create real and lasting impacts on their results. Jenni also coaches and supports Instructors and Trainers to continue delivering her methods after she has left.

A Unique Methodology…

Using unique methods developed as a result of years of training & experience and an extensive toolkit of proven strategies, Jenni has helped many riders improve their mental strength, overcome fears, perform at their very best and consistently achieve improved results. By flexibly adapting her coaching programmes to suit their bespoke needs, Jenni is able to ensure that every individual she works with achieves their own unique goals in an efficient, effective and sustainable way.

The world of competitive sport has changed in recent years. In their pursuit of success, athletes across all disciplines are now beginning to understand the need to train their minds as well as their bodies. We believe that proactive mindset coaching is just as important as your ridden training. Understanding what allows you to perform at your best and how to replicate that whenever you need to is very powerful!

My Story

Everyone’s story is different. Here is mine…

Jenni Winter-Leach Flying Changes Mindset and Performance with Sirius
I left the corporate world and my role as a Global Talent Management Consultant because my desire to work as a full time Mindset and Performance Psychology Coach & Trainer became so overwhelming that I simply had to do it. The profound changes that I have experienced when working with people and horses were too strong to only undertake part-time!

A lifelong passion fulfilled

Ever since I was a small child I had a passion for horses, but no one knew where it had come from. No one in my family was into horses and it was something that was driven entirely be me.

After years of pestering, my parents finally gave in and bought me a riding lesson at the age of 7. That was the beginning of a life long journey that has created many exciting opportunities and lead me to where I am today.

I took what I strongly believed to be the best option when it came to horses, keep them as a hobby. I completed a BA Hons in Retail Management gaining a 2:1 and headed for a corporate career.  I became a Customer Project Manager, in a global market-leading telecoms company, purchased my first horse, and started competing.

I had a strong desire to work with people and their development and so when the opportunity arose, I moved into Talent Management. I traveled the world, completed many different development programmes, and was considered a Rapid High Potential heading for a Global Executive position in the future.

Whilst I also created the Young Talent Development Strategy for the company, I had another great period of insight. Career coaching was key for motivated and successful high potentials. This is when I also trained and qualified to be an Equine Assisted Coach in my spare time, nothing like being busy!

Jenni Winter-Leach Flying Changes Mindset & Performance with Hugo the Sproodle
Authenticity is greater than the high life

I was a young high flyer in the corporate world but it wasn’t authentic for me and I had sacrificed my health, time with my family and my passion – competing in dressage with my horse.

I realised that living this inauthentic life was draining my energy rapidly and something had to give.  Having trained as an Equine Assisted Coach I decided to use this amazing technique to work out what I wanted. It was actually really obvious now I look back – I wanted to work with horses and people to effect positive change!

So I set about working with my EAC trainer and we worked through all of the “really good reasons” why I “just couldn’t leave the corporate world”! For me it was mostly about the early belief that there was “no career for me with horses” and that there was no money to be made.

So the thought of leaving the pay packet of my corporate role was just too scary to manage. With the right support and coaching, I worked out my own way to start to cut the ties I had with the money and find a way I could make it work for me to earn a living, and achieve my own definition of success!

Now I help people to work out what your purpose in life is and how to achieve it. It may be big or small for you, but it’s important that you fuel your mind and body to be at your best.

My background with horses

Over the years I have had many ups and downs with horses and my confidence has come and gone. There was a time when the thought of hacking out filled me with crippling fear – I learnt how to overcome this. I have experienced the power of mindset coaching myself and I’m now reaping the rewards! I understand that every horse lover has a unique dream and it depends on the experiences you have and the level which you are at.

Alongside work I compete with my horse Sirius Black (17.1hh ISH), we enjoy a varied life in most affiliated and unaffiliated disciplines. We are currently on the Team GB Working Equitation Development Squad which takes us across the country to both training events and stay away shows.

All of this gives me the empathetic approach to coaching that is so crucial. I am able to understand you and help you, with compassion, to work towards your dreams.

Everyone’s story is different. To a horse you are another being. They don’t know your story, so you can really be yourself!

Jenni Winter-Leach Flying Changes Mindset & Performance

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Jenni’s Credentials

Want to know what makes me the perfect partner for you? As well as being an Association of NLP Trainer Member I have also had a number of pieces of work published (read more in the Hub) and have worked with the UK’s leading equestrian organisations to deliver CPD.

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