Inside Your Ride with Tonya Johnston, Mental Skills Coach & Author

Tonya Johnston is an equestrian mental skills coach, author, and hunter-jumper A-circuit competitor with a master’s degree in sport psychology. Tonya travels to give mental skills workshops and works individually with clients and teams all over the world.

Tonya’s clients include riders and trainers at top A-circuit, regional and local barns; international grand prix riders; national medal final winners; NCAA Division I athletes; teams such as the Stanford and USC equestrian teams; and IEA teams throughout the country.

Tonya has a monthly “Inside Your Ride” podcast. Her book, “Inside Your Ride: Mental Skills for Being Happy and Successful with Your Horse” is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book formats.


In this interview, Tonya and Cindra talk about:

  • The uniqueness of equestrian sport psychology
  • Her “Two Positive Rule”
  • What she sees separates the world’s best from the rest
  • How to review your highlights as part of your “Post Ride Notes”
  • Why and how you can write your own Motivational Statement


You can find Tonya at and on Twitter at @Tonya_Johnston and Cindra on Twitter at @Mentally_Strong.


You can find a full description of the Podcast and contact information for Tonya at



“To consider your Motivation Statement, ask yourself: Why do I do this? What do I love about this? What kind of ________ do I want to be?” @Tonya_Johnston
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“You can get lost in the daily noise and distraction, or you can be extra mindful and find the joy.” @Tonya_Johnston
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“The best have a lifelong commitment to understanding themselves including what makes them tick and what works for them.” @Tonya_Johnston
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“The 2 Positive Rule helps you build confidence and celebrate success. When you’re finished, ask yourself, “What are two things that went well that I was connected to?” @Tonya_Johnston

“Love what you are doing is your starting point. This will give you extra energy and strength. You need to keep your tank full.” @Tonya_Johnston
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