Bridging the Gap

The Mark Todd Bridging the Gap (MTBTG) training series, in association with The Mark Todd Collection and Keyflow Feeds, has been designed specifically for those aiming at Advanced or 3* level, and those working towards a more established 4* level. The series ultimately aims to ‘Bridge the Gap’ between under 21s/Young Riders and World Class, providing high level coaching support. 

The series also runs in conjunction with a fantastic Scholarship scheme - FIND OUT MORE.

About our MTBTG Coaches

Gill Watson MBE FBHS

Tel: 07860 533357

Gill is the world's most successful trainer of young event riders. Under her leadership the British Juniors and Young Riders have accumulated more than 90 European Championship team and individual medals, including 38 golds. In addition to her skills as a trainer, Gill is a former Burghley winner, is a British Dressage List 3A dressage judge, is on the FEI judges list, is a Fellow of the British Horse Society and has received an MBE in recognition of services to the sport. Gill has also received a number of awards for her services, including the BE Trainers and Millennium Awards as well as the Sports Coach UK Mussabini Medal from The National Coaching Foundation, which recognises UK coaches who have achieved outstanding success at world class level.

Lizzel Winter FBHS

Tel: 07974 010436

Lizzel Winter is a Fellow of the British Horse Society and plays a pivotal role in rider and coach development within the sport of eventing. Lizzel is also a BHS Assessor at all levels, a Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner and a qualified coach educator. Lizzel has also competed at the highest level of eventing, Grand Prix dressage and has show jumped internationally. Lizzel was eventing GB Junior Team Coach from 2005 to 2010 alongside Gill Watson, and is currently the Portuguese eventing Under 21 and Under 18 team coach and the Senior eventing team coach for Finland. Lizzel is a listed national dressage judge and the director of Hartpury Elite Equine Academy, as well as overseeing with her husband Eric a busy competition, livery and training yard in Monmouthshire.

Training Dates

Click on the links below to book onto the Bridging the Gap training courses. 

Course Date




24 July 2019 Test Riding and Course Jumping  Attington Stud Gill Watson BOOK HERE
10 September 2019 Dressage and show jumping training Attington Stud Gill Watson BOOK HERE

Course Walks

Throughout the season, MTBTG riders can look forwards to free on-event support in the form of cross-country course walks and coaching support from our highly qualified coaches. The current events and classes where these are available can be found below - if you would like to book onto these, please contact Gill Watson (07860 533357) or Lizzel Winter (07974 010436).


Date of Event Event Class Coach Available on
3 - 6 October




07860 533357

4 October


Bridging the Gap Scholarship

Our Bridging the Gap training series runs in conjunction with the Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Scholarship.

Find out more about the MTBTG Scholarship.


Cover photo and videos courtesy of The Mark Todd Collection.

Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Videos

Bridging the Gap Scholarship

Training Contact

If you have a question about any aspects of our training, you can contact the Head Office Training and Education Team on or 02476 698866.

If you have a question about training in your local area, you can get in touch with the Regional Development Officer or Youth Regional Contact in your region.