We run a year round program of lessons, with the aim of offering all our members the chance to train at any level across all disciplines.

Regular lessons are offered with local instructors at various venues on weekdays, evenings and weekends and we also offer clinics with visiting instructors often tied in with demos.

Lessons are provided with a subsidy for all members and there is an additional subsidy for members who have helped with running club activities.  For more information of the current subsidies see ‘Benefits of Joining” on the Membership page.

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Instructor Profiles

Chris has been an instructor for the Club for many years.  His experience is vast and spans the range of disciplines both in competition and in the training of others.

Chris is a Pony Club and Riding Club examiner, and a hunter judge, presiding over events at many of the top shows.

He has a long history of coaching his pupils to the top levels eventing and for many years was the trainer of the BE Northern pony teams.

Chris’s approach is to develop a sound basis for the partnerships to progress from and to develop horse and rider to the best they can be.

Jane has a wealth of experience both competing and training combinations to the highest levels.  However, she equally committed to  those who have non competitive goals, and just want to improve and have fun doing so.

Jane held the position of Chef D’Equipe to the Senior British Dressage team at Olympic, World and European Championships from 1993 to 2000. She also rode for Great Britain in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. Many will remember the success they had in the Freestyle to Music and winning the Silver in Toronto in 1986.

Jane’s lively but sympathetic approach  makes these lessons both enlightening and fun.

Tracey Newman

Professional Show Jumper/Producer
Tracey started her show jumping career by spending 12 years with John Whitaker and continued to ride for him after starting her own yard.  She has represented GB on Nation Cups teams and world cup and has consistently competed at this level

Tracy is particularly interested in finding and producing young horses and trains prides herself on keeping training and management simple .

Tracy Garside

Tracy Garside

Instructor/Coach BHSII, UKCC Level 3
As well as a long term member, Tracy is a regular trainer for the Club and has over twenty five years experience of coaching horses and riders of all ages and standards.  She has produced young horses from scratch to top level eventing including competing at Burghley CCI****.  She is a Pony Club Chief Instructor and Riding Club trainer, and has achieved the UKCC Level 3 coaching certificate in addition to being a BHSII and BE accredited coach.

experienced horse lover with a logical system of developing partnerships confidence and success.

Hazel has ridden and competed horses from a very young age, competing in her first ode at 6 years old. She has produced several horses herself up to 3* level, having considerable success with young horses and last season jumping clear around 3* events such as Bramham and Blenheim Palace on her own mare Simply Clover.
Hazel has been an active member of HCTG since a child and she rides for/trains the club regularly.

Linda Dematteo

Instructor/Coach BHSI BSc (Hons) UKCC Level 3
Linda is a BHSI,  British Eventing Accredited Coach as well as having a BSc(Hons) and Certificate in Education. With vast experience throughout the horse industry Linda is passionate about training all levels and her fun yet positive  approach aims to improve skill and confidence levels in both the horse and rider.

Linda started her career as a member of the North Staffordshire Pony Club. She went on to produce a number of horses up to Advanced and International 2* level and was successful in her other passion, showing,  competing at County Level and qualifying for Wembley. Linda also competed successfully in affiliated dressage and show jumping .

She is an examiner for pony club ‘B’ tests,  a list 4 Examiner/Assessor for the British Horse Society and trains students for Stage 1,2,3 and PTT exams. She is also a trainer for the BE 80(T) classes and a BE Jump Training coach/judge.

Linda now breeds and produces her homebred horses and continues to develop her coaching skills (currently qualifying as a UKCC level 3 Eventing Coach).

Ben Hobday

Professional Event Rider
Ben’s competitive career began as an enthusiastic six year old with  a cheeky little dun pony known as Rabbit including a  win at the first ridden championships at Ponies UK.

At Lancashire’s Holcombe Hunt pony club Ben’s talent became visible, qualifying for the Pony Club championships in all three phases; the first to do so in his pony club for 25 years

After starting as a working pupil for Cheshire based Hannah Bate, he went on to work for William Funnell as well as gaining invaluable knowledge from William’s wife Pippa Funnell MBE.

Ben’s talent has resulted in being selected for the World Class Start Programme, followed with selection for Britain’s young rider squad, giving him the chance to compete with the very best in the Europe.

Since then Ben has jumped double clear round some of the biggest events in the world including Badminton, Burghley, Bramham, Blenheim, as well as completing Pau four star. Along the way wining the Under 21 Championships at Blair and securing a Team gold and individual bronze medal at the Kreuth European Championship.

Andrew Day

Andrew Day

Dressage Intructor/Coach BHSAI
Andrew started his equestrian career as a three-day event rider but developed the dressage bug going on to train and work with Charles de Kunffy for many years.

With over 20 years experience coaching all levels of horse and rider Andrew is a respected and experienced trainer.  He is a BHSAI and specialist in the bio-mechanics of the horse.   With a classical training background and profound respect for the horse he is particularly sympathetic and helpful in his approach to training.

Andrew is a senior instructor at the “Training the Teachers of Tomorrow Trust”, benefiting from trainers including Arthur Kottas, Chief rider of The Spanish Riding School and Stephen Clarke, FEI International Dressage Judge.

As a Dressage trainer, he has trained his own horses to Grand Prix and also his 4 children to international level and team places.

Nik Targett

Instructor BHSAI BSc(Hons)
Nik started riding at the age of 8.  He is a BHSAI and has a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science.

Nik runs a livery and training yard in Wiltshire and has competed at FEI International Two Star level,  Regional dressage finals as well as ‘BSJA championships.

Throughout his career and to the present date he has had training from a variety of top class trainers and attended many clinics.  Some of his trainers include: Trish Gardiner, Adam Kemp & Matt Frost, Kelvin Bywalter, Geoff Luckett, Tim & Toni Warren, Eric and Liz Winters.
Nik believes in a professional, calm and sympathetic approach in all his work, but at the same time striving towards and reaching those goals.

Ashley Ward

Dressage Instructor UKCC Level 2
Ashley is a British Horse Society Registered Instructor and Registered trainer on the British Dressage Trainers Database  and holds the UK Coaching Certificate (Level 2).  She has competed up to Prix St George level and competed at Regional and National level.

She has a variety of clients from Pony Club, Riding Club plus affiliated riders who have also competed at Area, Regional and National levels.

Ashley has a sympathetic and friendly approach with the aim of getting the best from both  horse and rider.

Peter De Cosemo

Peter De Cosemo

Dressage Instructor BHSI
Peter he is originally from Northern England having spent time living and working in Yorkshire.  He was one of the youngest people to gain the coveted BHSI certificate aged 22 and went onto be a Senior Examiner for the British Horse Society.
For many years, he was manager and advanced instructor for the Olympic riders Christopher and Jane Bartle at the Yorkshire Riding Centre. Having now returned from living in the USA where he has taught, trained and competed to FEI levels for approximately 15 years.
His enjoyment of teaching and developing lifelong riding skills is clear, as his growing list of clients in the UK range from Pony Club and Riding Club members to weekend riders wanting to improve their partnership to Professional Eventers and Dressage riders.
Peter’s number one priority is the physical and mental well being of the horse throughout the training process and competitive career.
Dani Haigh

Dani Haigh

Dressage Instructor
Dani is an enthusiastic, fun and approachable coach who has experience with clients of all ages. Alongside her UKCC and British Dressage qualifications, Dani’s experience of a wide variety of horses and riders gives her an excellent insight into how to develop the most effective strategy to help each individual reach their goal….whatever that may be.

Dani spent 3 years working for Becky and Hannah Moody starting as their working pupil, she went on to complete her British Dressage Apprenticeship and gained lots of valuable training and experience, working with top coaches such a David Hunt and now training regularly with Emile Faurie. Dani was a member member of the BYRDS Squad and was place 3rd as a young rider in the talent spotting finals.  She now runs her own yard, based at Ledston Hall, providing coaching, schooling and livery services.

Katherine Heslop

Katherine Heslop

Katherine runs her own competition, training and livery yard at Crosper Farm, between Harrogate and Wetherby.  She has a large outdoor arena and cross country schooling field.
Morgan Kent

Morgan Kent

International Show Jumper/Instructor
Morgan is a national and international show jumper who produces horses from novice to international level. Her yard at Wetherby is also the base of the successful selling, training and producing business HK Horses co owned with partner Richard Howley.

Morgan was a previous member of the Bramham Moor Pony Club and has built her way up in the showjumping industry. She competed this year in the Foxhunter final at HOYS and is returning to competing at the Spanish Sunshine tour in February.

Tori Peters

Tori Peters

Dressage coach
Tori Peter is a fully accredited  British Dressage UKCC3 coach and is 1 of 4 selected by BD to be part of the National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence.. Tori’s skill is about guiding you to the level you want to attain and then pushing to extract that little bit of magic you have inside. Tori’s unique attitude to training delivers time and again, producing riders at championships in all disciplines from riding club, eventing, team quest, area festivals, regionals and the Nationals championships of GB. Tori is not just a trainer but also a rider and currently competes at PSG and Int I with her own horses. She is a Nationals rider, Team England rider and Team GB rider having gained her knowledge from Olympians in their field and currently travels to train with the Olympian Goncalo Carvalho to follow her belief in riding in the kind classical ways with a modern competition edge.