Urchinwood Manor

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 The Team

 

Sally Hall - UKCC Coach

Sally runs the centre and has competed at advanced levels in both Eventing and Grand Prix Dressage and has been a member of the British Endurance International Squad on 7 occasions, winning Gold and Silver medals. She has also been a Chef d'equipe for International endurance teams and loves people to become involved in this exciting sport.

Sally enjoys working on rider positions and giving confidence in flatwork as well as jumping and 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 Chairman of RDA Endurance riding and welcomes disabled riders at Urchinwood Manor.

Eve Pool - BHSI

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

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 also enjoys teaching side saddle lessons.

Rachael Cragg - BHSAI

Rachael joined the Urchinwood team in 2017 teaching on a Thursday and Saturday and running the Pony Club and Children's Days. Her enthusiasm is a great asset to everyone.  she gained her BHS exams and returned from her full time job to concentrate on horses. She has just bought a lovely horse to work on.

Tammy Williams - BHS Stage 3

Tammy's calm approach is excellent with our many disabled riders. The youngsters thoroughly enjoy her lessons and she gives beginner riders confidence.  She has been part of the Urchinwood team, left to do other things and returned to us. Tammy is excellent at riding the young horses.

 

Louise Hacker - BHSAI

Louise is a Para Show Jumping and Dressage rider, winning at the National Championships in 2016 and 2017.

Louise has huge experience eventing and show jumping and is excellent with teenagers and adults looking for confidence jumping. She also takes the Young Equestrian Group riders.

Charlotte Willoughby - Weekend Instructor

Training at Langford Veterinary school, Charlotte works on a Sunday teaching adults and children. Charlotte organises the university riding club and keeps her horse with us.  Charlotte has been involved in the University teams and is a great asset to help organise fun days for the riding club

Jodie Parker-Hill

Jodie is a part-time instructor, travelling over from Bath. She has quickly fitted in and her cheerful manner with adults and children is proving a great asset.

Emma Davey

Emma has returned to teaching as her children are now at school. Her patience with children and adults is exceptional and she is hoping to start a pre-school group at Urchinwood.

James Baird - Events Manager

James trained here with us, stating off as a YTS student, then becoming a member of staff on the riding school yard. He went off to spend a year on an international rider's yard and enhanced his equine knowledge and experience before returning to us.

James can be found organising our events and sourcing wonderful decorations and fillers and can also be found volunteering to help with other British Eventing competitions.

Alex Bamford - BHS Stage 1, NVQ Level 2

Alex trained at Urchinwood Manor and is a cheerful and caring member of the yard staff. She is always first on the yard in the morning and enjoys going to Dressage and Show Jumping competitions to help Louise and Sally.

Karen George - Competition Groom

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

She can now be found helping with the Young Equestrian group.

Aidan-Marc O'Brien - Groom

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. Aidan's help with maintenance on the farm is very much appreciated.

Hollie Powell - Groom

A member of the Banwell Pony Club, Hollie joined us as an apprentice and has completed her NVQ Level 3 in Riding and Horse Care and Pony Club B test.

Holly is an excellent instructor and works hard on the riding school yard.

Emma Watts - Groom

Emma joined us in 2016 having trained at Badgworth Equestrian Centre. Emma is always cheerful and works on the yard and is involved with helping schools and the disabled riders, she is enjoying her regular lessons and putting the work into practice on her own pony

 Oliver Morley - Groom BHS stage 2

 Ollie joined us in September 17 having previously worked for a local eventer after graduatuing from Hartpury college, where he gained a BTEC level 3 extended diploma in "Horse Management and Equitation". Currently he is working towards his BHS stage 3 and PTT.

Charlotte May - Apprentice

The latest member of the team, Charlotte is working as an apprentice. She is excellent on the yard and at helping with group of riders.

Julie Blundal - Morning Secretary

Julie, like Lucy undertakes the general administration and the accounts for Urchinwood. Prior to starting at Urchinwood she had not been involved in the equine world, but has quickly learnt.

Lucy Quinn - Afternoon Secretary

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

Chelsea Ware - Saturday Receptionist

Chelsea can be found in the canteen between 10 am and 4 pm on Saturdays looking after the diary booking and telephone calls, and enjoys her own horse during her time off.

Henry and Ernie – Quality Control

Henry and Ernie are on duty most days and will be found surveying the work on the yard and offices.  Ernie also has kindly taken on the role of “meet and greet” and will often greet you with a ball to ensure you can throw it properly (due to the intensity of this quality check it may need to be repeated several times in succession).

   
   

 

 

 
 
Tel: 01934 833248