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Mental Athletics

Mental Athletics is a worldwide mental mindset training program created specifically to enable equestrian riders to reach their peak ability in the show pen - where it really counts! 

Mental Athletics provides face-to-face and web-based programs for developing a “Peak Performance Mindset” for competitive horse riders.

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Hi, I'm Gilead (Gil) Friedman and I chose to live a competitive life. The decision was to be an equestrian sports showman, training horses and riders in the pursuit of success and winning titles – and I LOVE it!
Living this way of life taught me one major Rule:


The ability to become a Winner starts in the Mind,

and results in our Performance!

Our vision is for mental mindset training to become an integral part of equestrian sports worldwide so that riders may continually improve performance while maximizing the quality of competitive life for themselves and their horses.


Why is mental training important for riders?

The key to living a competitive life is the rider’s mindset, which has a direct influence on their technical performance and their well-being. Competitive riders need to train their minds as well as their bodies and their horses.

Our Method: 

Peak Performance Mindset (PPM)

​The “Peak Performance Mindset” (“PPM”) is a unique method for training the mind for success in the competitive world. It provides ideas, techniques, and exercises that nurture mental mindset toughness. It enables riders to achieve their competitive goals while at the same time gaining greater pleasure and satisfaction from the competitive life.

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The Origins of the Method

The “Peak Performance Mindset” emerged from years of training and observing competitive riders and designing specific mental training techniques for improving performance.  These techniques have been refined and perfected together with hundreds of riders worldwide who tested them out in practice.

select your Service 

Mental Athletics offers an array of services to competitive riders at all levels – from beginners to elite riders  

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We offer three types of personal coaching with riders.

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Personal Coaching

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Personalized Training:


 We offer three types of personal coaching with riders

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Mindset Workshop

Exploring the mental foundations of the equestrian sports

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Mental Analytics


Mental - Technical Analysis: 

An analytical evaluation of how the rider performs each manoeuvre of the pattern  in the show pen.

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