Since I began riding at LME at the age of 5, my love for horses was ignited. During my childhood, I competed in many Pony Club activities on family ponies and had a vast amount of equine fun! I have been working here at LME for nearly 10 years!! Whilst being here I have gained my British Horse Society Stable Management and teaching qualifications. I have now worked my way up to management and I am now Yard Manager & Chief Instructor.
I have learnt many things and continue to learn everyday which is one of the reasons that I love my job. My favourite activities over the years have been working with the Stallions and working closely with Sarah to nurture our young prodigée. I also enjoy teaching and passing my knowledge and experiences onto my clients. I am also able to conduct my instructions bilingually in both English & Welsh.
I went for my first riding lesson at 8 years old and the rest, as they say, is history! I began helping at my local Riding School when I was 12 years old, going after school and every weekend. By the time I was 14, I was breaking and riding horses that were sent to the Centre and there, my love of working and training young horses began. I then went on to study at Pencoed College where I gained a National Diploma in Equine Studies. I then went on to work in my local riding school where I also gained my BHS exams and continued with my NVQ whilst also achieving a 'Schooling Young Horses' Certificate. I have also competed at County Level in the Coloured Sports Horse classes. Until now, I have had a small freelance client base as well as grooming at some of the country's biggest events. I am thoroughly looking forwards to furthering my knowledge, education and experience whilst expanding my qualification portfolio Team.
I've been riding here at LME since I was 4yrs old, since Sarah first opened up! I then became a weekend helper. After that I went to Pencoed College for a year and then became a full time member of staff. Back then, I was working alongside Sarah with lots of young horses and breakers, Sarah's Show Jump horses and travelling to shows with her. After several years here I then moved to work at a Show Jumping yard and at a Riding School down in West Wales. I have been back now for 2yrs or so full time on the yard and as an instructor and I enjoy every day!
A passion for teaching and coaching has allowed me to work with a variety of horse and rider partnerships, from beginner riders through to the more advanced competition rider. I am a BHS and UKCC qualified coach, currently working towards furthering my BHS qualifications. I hold a qualification in Equine Management and I am also a qualified Equine Lecturer. I enjoy teaching both practical and theory elements of Equitation. It is my attention to detail that I feel allows me to develop both horse and rider as a partnership; working with riders to set and achieve realistic goals. I enjoy working with a variety of individuals and am able to differentiate within my teaching approach to meet individual needs. My approachable characteristics have allowed me to develop the confidence of nervous and more novice riders, breaking down barriers and making riders feel at ease. My aim is to enhance this exciting learning environment, where both horses and riders develop their understanding of one another in order to maximise the potential of the partnership.
I started riding here at LME when I was 6 years old. During my childhood I used to thoroughly enjoy my lessons with Sarah on my favourite pony, Annie. When I was 11 I became a ‘free-rider’ (as they were called back then) and helped out on a Saturday and Sunday before becoming a weekend staff member at 15. After gaining my A-Levels I became a full time member of staff on my gap year where I developed my equine knowledge under the expert guidance of Sarah. Now, having completed my degree I am back working towards furthering my BHS qualifications. I spend most of my time at the gym and riding my horse, Wispa, whom I share with my mum.
I have been working at Liege Manor a long time now and still really enjoy it – I even bring my granddaughter here now! The group lessons are brilliant for both her riding and personal confidence. All of the familiar, happy faces of the staff always offering encouragement making all riders – of any age - feel at ease here.
I have now bought a new Dressage horse who is here on Full Livery and he really is living the dream! 5 Star accommodation at its best and I thoroughly enjoy my lessons with him!
Many people will claim they could ride before they could walk, but for me, this is a fact! LME was in my bones from Day 1! During my earliest years I could be seen being pushed up & down the drive in my pram as my mum was working, after that, bombing around on my ponies, Billy, Belle & Leaf; or on my quad bike.
As I grew up accompanying my mum to many shows, my love for Show Jumping had blossomed and it wasn't long before I took over the ropes! Belle, Leaf & I competed locally for some time until I made my move to British Showjumping. From that day on I've never looked back!
From then on, I was fortunate enough to be a long-standing member of the Welsh Show Jumping Team making over 15 appearances, had some wonderful ponies of a lifetime inc. Princess Toby a.k.a. Blue Icicle who is still resident here & made my dreams come true by qualifying my temperamental pony, Prince, for the Junior Show Jumper of the Year at Horse Of The Year Show.
Since then, I have gained my British Horse Society qualifications amongst other things.
I am now working towards my ultimate goal --> to be as qualified and good as my mum!
I can be seen teaching or in the office the majority of the time and I love passing my experiences onto others. I enjoy learning through working closely with my mum, Sarah and constant training in order to thrive!
I spend my spare time pampering & riding Princess Toby and my young horse Carraig, failing that I'm likely to be shopping for some new items!
I am also able to conduct lessons bilingually.