Our people are what makes us different.

Everyone at the Berkshire Riding Centre is a trained and experienced professional / Coach.

Our status as a BHS Where to Train Centre means all our staff are continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure they are completely up-to-date and that our clients have the best possible experience with us.

Everyone at the Centre has taken the BHS Child Protection Course, passed their BHS Riding & Road Safety exam and have first aid training in one form or another.

The BHS have just revamped the qualifications and renamed them. All the staff below have both their qualifications detailed using the old and new styles. To explain it better see table below:

Old Qualification           New qualification                                                                      New Acronym
Stage 1                            Stage 1 Complete Horsemanship                                              St. 1 CH
Stage 2                            Stage 2 Complete Horsemanship                                              St. 2 CH
BHSAI                              Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship                             St. 3 CCH
BHSII                               Stage 4 Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship                 St. 4 SCCH
BHSI                                Stage 5 Performance Coach in Complete Horsemanship     St. 5 PCCH

Judith Stones BHSII / St. 4 SCCH

Senior Instructor/ Coach

Judith, who was Head Girl at the Centre until 2011, left to start a family and move to the North. She has two children and returned to the South. Good news for us as she has returned to the Centre.

Judith works Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday mornings. Judith will help the instructor team, the horse care group and lead the yard on a Sunday when Rosie is off.

Judith is a very popular instructor/coach from adults to children and for complete beginners to advanced. She runs a variety of groups on the days she works, including stable management.

Kristy Mills, BHSAI, Int. S.M., Int. T. / St.3 CCH + St. 4 SG & ST

Instructor / Coach

Kristy has been at the Centre since September 2006. After having her son and opening her own livery yard, Kristy transferred to working part-time on Thursdays and Sunday's.

Kristy is an extremely popular instructor/ coach, a great teacher and coach with eyes in the back of her head. She uses positive thinking and an eye for detail to help you achieve your ambitions.

Kristy runs a variety of flat and jump groups on both of the days she works. You've got to be quick to book her, as she is very popular with both children and adults.

Helen James-Carter, BHSAI / St. 3 CCH

Instructor / Coach

Helen has been riding since she was 6 years old and was a keen member of the Pony Club back in her heyday.

She is a mature lady with many years of teaching experience and is a fantastic confidence giver. She is a wonderful teacher who knows how to get the best from each horse and rider. A favourite with children and adults alike, Helen works with you to make sure you see your progress. With oodles of patience and good humour, she coaxes the most nervous of riders to achieve their goals.

Rowena Smith, BHS PTT / St. 2 CH

Horse Care and Junior Instructor/ Coach

Rowena is BRC’s longest standing member of staff. She has been here before we were a riding school. She has achieved her teaching qualifications whilst under the guidance of Rosie.

A patient and encouraging coach with an understanding of how to get the best from young children, Rowena is perfect for those just starting out, as well as those with more experience.

Rachel Walsh, BHSAI, St. 3 CCH

Junior Instructor/Coach

Rachel joins us from the Super Duper Farm which has just closed. She is well known to many, having completed her PTT here. She joins the busy instruction team and being full of energy will be a great credit to the yard. Do welcome her.

Becky Spencer, BHS PTT/ St. 2 CH

Junior Instructor

Becky joins us having much experience in other yards. After a couple of weeks being at BRC, Becky has completed her PTT qualification (Stage 2 Teach). Becky works on both the horse care and instruction team.

Becky is perfect for children and adults learning to ride and looking for progression. Becky takes a variety of groups on the weekend as well as private lessons. We welcome Becky to the team!

Alex Parry

Groom

Alex started at Berkshire Riding Centre as an apprentice and successfully completed her NVQ 2 and Stage 2, in only 2 months of working at the centre! We are delighted to take Alex on as one of our Grooms. She is now training towards her Stage 3 and finalises her PTT shortly.

Alex is hard working, cheerful and always around to give a helping hand to clients!

Lily Taylor, St 3 Ride & Groom

Apprentice Groom, NVQ 2, Stage 3

Lily has been with us now for a number of years Within this time Lily has completed her NVQ 2 and she has completed all elements of her Stage 3 which is outstanding particularly given her age; she is now aiming to complete her NVQ 3 and will then start on her Stage 2 Teach; which will maker her a BHSAI!

Lily replaced Phoebe as groom in charge of the livery horses.

Lily is always cheerful and helpful - making an excellent member of the team.

Mary Crerar

Apprentice Groom, Stage 2

Mary joined us as an apprentice groom, and is following in the successful footsteps of many others who have taken this path with us. We congratulate Mary on recently completing her BHS Stage 2 qualification! Mary is aiming to complete her NVQ 2 and start looking at BHS Stage 3.

Toby Watts

Apprentice Groom

Toby joins us from Tally Ho stables as an apprentice groom. He follows in the footsteps of many and already completed BHS Progressive Riding Tests and BHS Ride Safe in a short period of time with us. Toby aims to complete his BHS Stage 2 before the end of the year, after only learning to ride with us at the beginning of his apprenticeship! He now his Ride Safe qualification.

As an apprentice he is supporting the horse care side of the business and is doing a great job.

Megan Humphries

Groom

Megan re-joins the yard working as a part time groom working mornings Sunday to Thursday. Meghan achieved her NVQ 2 when she was last with us and now is actively supporting the horse care side. Welcome back Megan.

Rebecca Cook

Part-Time Groom

Rebecca started as a Berkshire Riding Centre client, after finishing her course at Berkshire College of Agriculture she has now come to work for us part-time. You will find Rebecca working hard in the tack room or helping out with pony club.

Izzy Sheckler, St 2 Flat & Groom

Groom/Part time Receptionist

Izzy joined the yard as an Apprentice Groom, she has now passed her NVQ 2, BHS Riding and Road Safety and Stage 2 Stable Management. She remains at the yard as a Groom and we are delighted to have her here. Izzy is now working towards Stage 2 Jump and Stage 3 Care.

As well as being one of our Grooms, Izzy runs the office, as a receptionist, on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

Kerry Mills

Part-Time Receptionist

Kerry runs the office on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. She comes from a background of client service and bookings in the hospitality industry. She is fully established in the role which she manages very competently. She has got to know everyone - horses, voles, squirrels and people.

Rosie Lord BHSI / St. 5 PCCH
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