Equestrian Team

Alison Craig BHSI, BHS Stage 5 Performance Coach, APC, UKCC Level 3, BD Youth Assessor, PC Specialist Dressage Coach – Equestrian Director

St Teresa’s is privileged to have Alison Craig to lead the Equestrian provision. Alison has had her full BHSI Instructor’s certificate (and International Trainer level 3) for over 20 years. With her 40 years of teaching experience in total, and a broad experience of the equine industry and competition environments, as well as her specialist dressage and training knowledge, Alison is uniquely placed to encourage and support our St Teresa’s budding equestrians.

Having taught since her late teens, when she competed extensively in Pony Club and Riding Club Eventing at national levels, Alison gained her BHSAI then BHSII early in her career. She continued to compete on the international student riding circuit whilst at Edinburgh University. She then spent 3 years gaining her CA qualification and a further 12 years with a big-four management consulting firm, and throughout that time she was already training pupils internationally. She added her full BHS Instructor qualification in 1996. She is, amongst other things, a freelance Accredited Professional Coach, UKCC Level 3 Coach through British Dressage, a listed BD Judge, Pony Club Specialist Dressage Coach, BRC Judge, and a BD Youth Assessor and Trainer. She was also District Commissioner of a local Pony Club branch for 11 years, and a life instructor member of the TTT. She has worked with RDA/para riders, and has a deep love of ponies and teaching.

Claire Hurst and Katherine Sayer – Administrators (Part-time)

Claire and Katherine are likely to be your first point of contact at STE. They run the welcoming reception area and office with cheerful efficiency. Between them they have many years of administration experience as well as being horse owners and riders themselves, with also a lot of competition experience from all angles, both as competitors and organisers.

Tess Wise BHSAI, BHS Stage 3 Coach, APC, UKCC2 – Chief Instructor

Tess is our specialist in working with children and teaching in riding schools. She has also worked with RDA, and is working towards her Complete Stage 4 Senior Coach. Her irrepressible love of working with all varieties of horses and ponies shines through, and she takes the lead on our popular ‘Pony Days’ throughout our holiday periods. Everybody adores Tess and she is passionate about her teaching.

Louise Barnes BHSAI, BHS Stage 3 Coach, BHS Stage 4 Care – Freelance Instructor

Louise has 20 years’ experience in the Mounted Police as well as the qualifications and talent to teach freelance for us. She’s a wonderful confidence builder.

Katie Bell BHSAI, BHS Stage 3 Coach, APC – Freelance Instructor

Katie has enjoyed a competitive Pony Club career, including eventing and schooling a wide variety of ponies, followed by college, her BHS exams and a wide experience of teaching. Katie is working towards her Complete BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach and is currently working for us freelance to fit around her studies in English and History at Royal Holloway University.

Judy Lord BHSAI, BHS Stage 3 Coach, APC, RDAGI – Freelance Instructor

Judy brings a wealth of experience in all situations of teaching, over many years, including RDA.

Sadie Penn BHSII, BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach, APC, UKCC3 – Freelance Instructor

Sadie has worked as a qualified instructor and trainer in the UK and abroad, and enjoys training all levels of rider, from novice to advanced, in all 3 disciplines. She has worked in a large variety of equine yards, rides and trains regularly with international riders and their horses, and has lectured at a local college for many years, as well as offering freelance teaching in the South East. Sadie is patience personified and a lovely teacher.

Amy Phipps BHSAI, BHS Stage 3 Coach, APC – Freelance Instructor

Amy brings a wealth of experience and talent in her teaching background and loves to teach our holiday Pony Days and younger riders.

Kim Spence BHSAI, BHS Stage 3 Coach, BHS Stage 4 Care, APC, UKCC2 – Freelance Instructor

Kim is particularly empathetic as a teacher, and brings her talent and experience to our team for our daytime senior riders.

Hugh Train BHSI, BHS Stage 5 Performance Coach, APC, UKCC2 – Freelance Instructor

Hugh joins us after his recent exam successes, to add his eventing and Pony Club coaching experience to our team. Hugh teaches all ages and riding stages.

Georgie Wood PC A Test, BHS Stage 3 Coach, UKCC2 – Freelance Instructor

A talented event rider, Georgie is an experienced Pony Club Instructor and coach. She brings her energy, enthusiasm and talent to teaching our riders and especially our budding event riders and jumpers.

Evie Bennett BHS Stage 3 Care & Lunge and Riding – Yard Manager

Evie came to us from a top class riding school environment. She is working towards her BHS Stage 4 and is currently studying part time for her Master’s degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Nottingham University. She is in charge of the care of all our lovely horses and ponies, and runs the yard impeccably.

Nicole Norwell EQL Level 2 Diploma – Groom

Nicole is an enthusiastic member of the team, bringing with her experience of working on yards as well as owning her own horses. Nicole has the equivalent to her BHS Stage 2 Care & Lunge and Ride and is working towards her Stage 2 Teach exam.

Mandy Elcome – Groom

Mandy brings her energy and enthusiasm to our team. As well as sharing her own horse with her daughter, Mandy’s freelance experience is being used to work towards her BHS Stage 1 and future teaching qualifications.

Bonnie Corfield BHS Stage 2 Care & Lunge and Riding – Groom

Bonnie has stepped down from working for us full time for several years, but is staying on to help out when needed. She is now spending her time looking after her own horses.



Next Open Morning 

Saturday 21 September 2019