TRAINERS

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JOE MACDONALD

Joe is a British Showjumping accredited coach and training is offered cater for riders and horses of all levels. Joe aims to provide enjoyable and informative sessions to enable you to jump more clear rounds whether it be showjumping or eventing. Long term training plans can be tailored to individual requirements or training can be organised to work on a specific aspect of you or your horse before a show or event.

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JO MAY

Hi, my name is Roy a Front of House Manager for Yeo Valley Productions in Blagdon. I have been ETSW’s Area 12 Team Manager for the past 2 years and club rep on the Area 12 committee.  Due to the fantastic success of our club, this has resulted in a lot more paperwork and time required to fulfil this role and so this year I am fortunate to share this position with Claire Vallis (Club Chair). 

ERICA OLDHAM

I grew up in Somerset and have worked with various types of horses for over thirty years. I trained and worked at Millfield and also worked for Andrew Nicholson. I have a husband and two grown children. I now work in a garden centre/large DIY chain and have two native horses I compete. My wonderful Welsh sec D is my therapy. I like to encourage everyone to have a go at everything and be as good as the  professionals.

ANDREW LOVELL

Andrew has had experience of eventing horses to advanced level and competing in all the major disciplines including dressage, show jumping and showing ponies, hunters and working hunters. He has been training riders of all ages, levels and across all disciplines for many years, including Riding Club and Pony Club team training. He is well known for helping the nervous and novice rider/horse combinations on the flat but especially when working over fences.

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CLAIRE LONEY

Hello, my name is Susan (Sue for short). I have a spotty called ‘Casper’ who’s my partner in crime. We dabble in dressage/show jumping and cross country. Casper loves cross country.  I like to think that we’ll have a go at anything, within reason. I also have a 19 year old pony called ‘Taylor’ that I’ve owned since he was 10 months old (he’s too small for me), but thinks he’s a 16h stallion most of the time. 

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ELIZABETH ALLEN

I am Shelley and I joined the Committee as Treasurer in 2019. I run a flexible working consultancy and recruitment business; allowing businesses to offer their people a better work life balance. This also allows me time to spend with my lovely horse Smurf. We have been together for over 7 years and enjoy doing a bit of everything.  We are often found at camp and riding club training!

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ALEX HARRISON

Hello, I'm Julie, I'm one of the main training coordinators withing ETSW, which fits nicely with my full-time job as a trainer & training Coordinator mostly within the Power Industry which involve lots of travel around the Uk. My true horsey passion is for Show jumping. I compete at the lower levels of BS & own more horses than any one person should need.

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SOPHIE CLARKE

I'm Jo and currently owned by a Welsh section D, Merlin and a young Section A, Buster. Merlin enjoys a bit of everything, especially jumping, but we are concentrating on Dressage at the moment due to the demands of a young family! We hope to debut in Freestyle this year for a bit of fun. Buster I hope to bring on next year for my Daughter to enjoy! Merlin and I have enjoyed attending camp and training clinics!

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GEMMA HALLETT

I've loved horses and ridden since a child, working towards my BHSAI in my teens and working in professional yards. In the past I’ve been on the Congresbury Horse Show Committee, have been Beaufort Hunt Point to Point secretary and taught at several Pony Club camps. I have a love of TBs and my current horse is a 7 year old ex hurdler who is very lovely. My next aim is to get to grips with dressage to music!

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BECCI HADLEY

I've loved horses and ridden since a child, working towards my BHSAI in my teens and working in professional yards. In the past I’ve been on the Congresbury Horse Show Committee, have been Beaufort Hunt Point to Point secretary and taught at several Pony Club camps. I have a love of TBs and my current horse is a 7 year old ex hurdler who is very lovely. My next aim is to get to grips with dressage to music!

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BEN VAN SOMMEREN

Ben graduated in 1984 from the Dutch Equestrian Centre at Deurne, Netherlands after a four year course in riding, horsemanship and teaching equivalent to BHSI. He has worked in the USA for George Morris (Chef D'equipe for the US Show Jumping Team) and spent 3½ years riding for Michael Matz. In 1990 Ben moved to England and started his own competition yard where he successfully produced horses and coached riders to advanced level in BE. 

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GEORGIE SPENCE

I've loved horses and ridden since a child, working towards my BHSAI in my teens and working in professional yards. In the past I’ve been on the Congresbury Horse Show Committee, have been Beaufort Hunt Point to Point secretary and taught at several Pony Club camps. I have a love of TBs and my current horse is a 7 year old ex hurdler who is very lovely. My next aim is to get to grips with dressage to music!

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MILLY TONKS VICKERY

BE Accredited Coach for 15 years ,with 25 years Coaching experience. Competed at 3/4 star level and still competing BE and Medium level BD. Member of the British Eventing Coach Development programme with Yogi Breisner as Mentor. BHS Accredited Professional Coach. ROR Trainer. Pony Club Event team Trainer. Millie is very approachable and has a talent for bringing out the best in horse and rider partnerships.

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