Meet the Team

Meet the Team

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Stephanie Buchanan
Yard Manager & Performance Coach BHSI

Steph is a well-known British Eventing organiser, pony club examiner and coach. She is passionate about training the competition horse and career students who are looking to progress in the equine industry and coaches many young event combinations. Steph owns the event horse Urlingford Tom (aka Joey). Steph is the Lead Coach with The Changing Lives Through Horses BHS programme and is enthusiastic to make a difference with young adults by using the power of the horse.

In 2022 Steph was awarded the "Coach of the Year" by the BHS for the Changing Lives Horses Programme.  She was also nominated and made it to the top three finalists at the UK Coaching Awards in the "Change a Life" category supported by Sport England. These awards are in recognition for her exceptional dedication to young people and their personal growth and development with horses and their own well being and mental health.

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Sue Cobb
Accounts & HR

Sue started her association with the Saddle Club in 1995 as a livery/rider. With a love of horses combined with the friendly environment that is the Saddle Club it was a natural progression to work for the Club as Office Manager since 2003.

Kristal Bowdler
Kristal Bowdler
Club Administrator & Events

Kristal has been a member and livery at the yard for a number of years. She has two daughters who have been riding at the yard since they were very young and they both have horses that are liveries. Kristal previously volunteered for many of events and running our social media so it is great that Kristal has joined the team.

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Holly Laurence
BHS Q Level 4 Senior Coach

Holly is very passionate about horses and loves training clients of all ages and standards. She works with young eventers in preparing them for competition. Holly is a coach for the CLTH program working with young people. Holly has wealth of experience in the horse industry and is preparing to event her horse Peaches in British Eventing in 2022

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Paul Warwick
BHS AI Stage 4 Care in Horsemanship

Paul has been on the team for many years, He has a wealth of experience and can deal with all types of horses from corrective ground work to producing and schooling young horse through to competition horses. Paul has produced and competed a number of horses and is dedicated to all aspects of training.

Paul also has worked alongside a member of the Horse Sense team and has trained as a coach for the Changing Lives Through Horses programme with the BHS. Paul also has a passion for working with the next generation to train and guide them into the horse industry.

Molly Swain
Molly Swain
Rider/Groom - BHS Stage 3 Complete

Molly is a former Pony Club member at the yard and has had a very successful couple of years competing.  Molly trains, hunts and competes livery horses for their owners at all levels from young horses to BE100 and qualified for Badminton Grass Roots in 2021 on Teddy, a livery horse.  Molly is working towards her BHS Stage 4.

Harriett Todd
Harriet White
BHS Stage 3 Complete

Harriet has been at the yard since she was 8 as a pony club member. She has worked at RAC Saddle Club for 5 years since I was 16 years old. In this time Harriet has passed her BHS Stage 3 Complete and working towards her Stage 4. Harriet has competed her horse Todd up to BE100 and at various PC events including Championships. In the future she is looking to buy a youngster to bring on and go up the levels.

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Maria Norris
HND Equine Management and BHS Stage 3 Coach

Maria has many years' experience in riding and horse care through part shares taking pride in supporting owners and treating the horses as her own.  She has competed at low level unaffiliated dressage and show jumping with a keen interest in ridden and in hand showing.  Her passion is coaching novice children helping them move from weekly lessons to lease/own ponies, guiding them (and novice parents) in correct horse care, and preparing and supporting their first competition experiences at events both home and away.

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Jess Bardsley
BHS Stage 2 Complete

Jess has been at the yard for many years as pony club member and owns her own horse, Delboy. Jess has competed in many unaffiliated competitions and British Eventing and hopes to get her own horse soon.  Jess has completed her BHS Stage 2 and is working towards her Stage 3.

Sophie Robertson
Sophie Robertson
BHS Stage 1 Complete

Sophie has had a passion for horses since a young age.  She  joined the yard as part of pony club and then progressed to owning her first horse, Grace, and becoming a livery.  Sophie joined the team as an apprentice and has completed her BHS Stage 1 and is now working towards her BHS Stage 2. Through our training provider, Keits, she is working towards her NVQ Equine Groom, Level 2.

Poppie Rogers
Poppie Rogers
BHS Stage 1 Complete

Poppie has started as apprentice at RAC Saddle Club but  has been at the yard for many years as a pony club member and loaning yard ponies.  Poppie has also competed in many unaffiliated competitions and has completed her BHS Stage 1 and is now currently working towards her BHS stage 2. Through our training provider, Keits, she is working towards her NVQ Equine Groom, Level 2.