Vanessa North joined the team as head girl in March 2011. Vanessa has a wealth of experience in many aspects of the equine industry. She has her own young horse “Legend” and dog “Perry”. She now has a new dog, a border terrier, called "Rex".
Emma Sheldon is an equine student at the College of West Anglia and works here part-time. She lives locally and can be seen flying up the road on her trusty Vespa! She has three horses and a labrador. She is breaking in her young horse who she hopes will take to show jumping.
Jayne Martin is an experienced freelance instructor who has taught here for several years. She also teaches at Pony Club. Her daughter Clare, who used to ride here, has gone to the USA for work experience at an eventing yard.
Becky Robinson started riding with us at a young age and later trained and worked here. Merlin was on loan to her and the love of her life before she met husband Ian! They have a young daughter Phoebe, a golden retriever "Maisie" and a coloured mare "Ellie". She is thoroughly enjoying her return to teaching at the Coach House.
Amy Burke joined our team this year. Amy hails from Northern Ireland, spending much of her formative years at her local riding school. She came to England to train at the British Racing School, and worked for a time in racing. She now has a baby called Ethan and has decided to work part time out of racing.
Rachel Cawley has a broad range of experience with horses from riding in point-to-points and team-chases, to competing at dressage, showing and eventing. She has worked in the racing industry and has taught at several riding schools over the past 6 years. She has an ex-racehorse, “Pete” whom she events and she continues to ride out racehorses for fun at the crack of dawn every morning!
Sue Molloy is an intermediate Instructor and has a wide range of experience teaching at all levels. She had her own horse which she competed till she went to live in Italy from 2005 till 2012 with her husband Mick. They have now moved back to Sue’s home town of Newmarket and she now works for our lovely vets at the Newmarket Equine Hospital. She has taken over competing Nelson, and has been very successful.
Amanda also joined our team this year. After leaving school she went as an equine student to the college of West Anglia studying an extended diploma in horse management and care course for 2 years. Amanda lives close to Newmarket with her Springer spaniel "Elsie".
Our list would not be complete without KEVIN! Kevin does all the maintenance, fencing and fixing all the things us girls manage to break! He is our Health & Safety person, and like all the other staff is a first aider. He is always on hand to help when we need him, although he does have a day job too!
Hannah has been coming here for 9 years now and is one of our “senior” helpers. She lives locally and goes to school near Cambridge. She loves being here and over the years has made some great friends. She loves chatting to the clients about her passion for horses. Her favourite horse is Tosh, whom she takes to local shows. She likes hacking and jumping best, but what she really enjoys most is the group of people at the stables as well of course as Tosh!
Tilly has been coming to the Coach House for around 6 years now, and has been helping for 3 years. Her favourite pony is Etty as she is such a good jumper! Tilly weekly boards so comes to the stables most weekends during term time and most days during the holidays to help and ride. She has lots of good friends here, and is gaining experience in the horse industry which will help if she wishes to go in that direction when she leaves school.
Daisy has been riding for 5 years and coming to the Coach House for 2 years and has now passed her helpers test. She attends school near Bury St Edmunds. She loves being around the horses, and enjoys leading them as well as riding. Her favourite pony is Tiggy.
Amy has been coming to the stables for 6 years, and has passed her helpers test. She loves coming to the stables because she has such fun, and her favourite pony is our newest pony Stella. The best part of riding is jumping!
Isabella likes to be known as “Bella” (not to be confused with the horse “Big Bella”!) and goes to school locally. She has been coming to the Coach House for 3 years and passed her helpers test 18 months ago. She loves being around the horses, especially Pippin with whom she has made a special bond.
Lydia has been riding for around 5 years and now helps as she has passed her first helpers test. She loves the horses and learns a lot. Butterfly Tori and Tosh are her favourites because she enjoys riding them most. She particularly likes helping on fun days making lots of new friends.
Johanna has been riding here for 3 years and has been a helper for 2 years. She enjoys helping other children to learn to ride. Her favourite pony is Willow as she is very sweet and very pretty! She loves to ride.
Ellis has been coming to the stables for 4 years and helping for the past year having passed her helpers test. Meg is her favourite pony as she has lots of character. She loves helping as she likes all the different horses and ponies.
Fenella, better known as Fen, is one of our younger helpers. She ahs been riding here for around 3 years and has just started helping having passed her first helpers test. She enjoys coming to the stables because she has good friends, and her older sister Anna, who also help. Fen’s other hobby is Karate, which she is very good at, so we all have to make sure we behave! Her favourite pony is Tori who she loves to look after and ride.
We are lucky enough to have some volunteers who help with various aspects in
the school, including our Special Needs riders.
Elaine is a huge asset to the school, helping to keep the horses tack in good condition, and helping with the smaller riders to find the right pony and make sure their hats fit correctly. Her favourite horse is Merlin who she rides when she can.
Eric is ex Kings Troop, so very knowledgeable. Although retired, he is still very strong and helps with our special needs riders; especially those that need help mounting. He is a great confidence giver. Eric is a great gardener and a true country person and a font of all knowledge when it comes to the countryside, as well as being an ace chef. A good person to have on your side!
Megan is my god-daughter. She is also sister to Jack, who successfully rode my race pony “Gemini”. Megan has represented Soham Pony Club in several teams, but had to sell her horse when she left school and joined the real world! Sadly due to work commitments Megan has given up riding Nelson as she is doing an open university degree as well as full time job and has run out of spare time.
Jacquie has been an RDA volunteer for several years, and now she helps with our disabled riders. She is also an invaluable aid to me in the office, as my computer skills are sadly lacking! She often rescues me, and can multi- task by helping in the yard when we are short-handed too - a lady of many talents!