Staff

Sally Hall - UKCC Coach

 Sally runs the centre. Sally has competed at advanced levels in both Eventing and Grand Prix Dressage & has been a member of the British Endurance International Squad on 7 occasions, winning a Gold & Silver medal. Sally enjoys working on riders positions & giving confidence in flatwork as well as jumping.

Sally has also been a Chef d’equipe for International endurance teams and loves people to become involved in this exciting sport.

 

She also enjoys teaching side saddle and gives regular demonstrations and lessons in this elegant art.

 

Sally is very involved with Riding for the Disabled as County Instructor and Regional Dressage representative. Disabled riders are welcomed at Urchinwood.

 

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Eve Pool – BHSI

Eve trained with Colonel Froud & Baron Hans von Blixen Finecke and attended regular courses with Stephen Hadley. Eve is wonderful with young horses, and her knowledge of training from Breaking to Advanced level has helped many riders reach their goals. All riders find Eve’s classical system of training the horse and rider fascinating.

 

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Michele Miles BHSAI

Michele has successfully trained many students for their BHS, NVQ and Riding and Road Safety exams. Her thorough methods have led to an excellent pass rate. Michele helps run Urchinwood Pony Club & Gymkhana days, which have proved to be great fun for children with or without their own ponies. She also rides and teaches side saddle.

 

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Henri Lesslie BHSAI

Henri has enormous enthusiasm for getting all ages of riders to achieve. Her ability to help riders succeed has taken her clients way beyond their expectations with some having gone on to compete nationally with British Eventing, whilst others have gone on to work with horses. Henri is very involved in the Pony Club and runs excellent teenage & adult groups.

 

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Andrew Davis

 Andrew joined us in October 14, and is currently completing his level 3 Diploma in Work Based Horse Care Management.  When not at Urchinwood Mano, he can be found riding and compeating his own Horse. 

 

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Tammy Williams

 

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Louise Hacker

 

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James Baird Competitions Manage

 James trained here with us, starting off as a YTS student, then becoming a member of staff on the riding school yard. He also enjoys working with the young horses including his own two youngsters, which he is bringing on. A year spent on an international event rider's yard enhanced equine knowledge and experience. Along with organising our events and sourcing wonderful decorations and fillers he is often found volunteering to help with other British Eventing competitions.

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Alex Bamford BHS Stage 1, NVQ Level 2 and Riding and Road Safety

 Alex trained at Urchinwood Manor and is a cheerful and caring member of the yard staff. She works mainly with Iris, and is always first on the yard in the mornings.

 

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Karen George Competition Groom

Karen is one of the most experienced international endurance grooms having traveled to Dubai and all over Europe. Karen is also excellent at equine massage and attends regular courses to keep her knowledge up-to-date.

 

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Aidan O'Brien

Aidan joined us in 2010 and is a great asset with the riding school horses, turning them out to a high standard. He is riding regularly and working towards his qualifications.

 

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Julie Blundal Morning Office

Julie, like Lucy undertakes the general administration and the books for Urchinwood. Prior to starting at Urchinwood she had not been involved in the equine world, but has quickly learned and has become a valuable member of the team.

 

 

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Lucy Quinn Afternoon Office

 Although Lucy is office bound she can be found hacking around the lanes on her own horse at weekends and evenings. As well as the daily requirements of the administration of Urchinwood she aids and abets James in the compilation of schedules and competition materials

 

 

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Chelsea Ware Weekend Office 

Chelsea can be found in the canteen between 10:00 and 16:00 on the weekends, she looks after the diary and will releave you of your hard earned cash

 

 

 

 

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