Tim Pearson BHS Performance Coach

Tim Pearson is a BHSI, List 3 judge who has trained horses and ridden up to Grand Prix in dressage and evented up to 3* level.
Just as importantly he has a lovely manner and a great sense of humour.

Claire Rowland

Claire Rowland is a UKCC qualified British Showjumping Coach who also has a wealth of flatwork knowledge. She has over 30 years experience with horses, including training showjumpers to 1.30m level; riding dressage horses training to PSG level; and has shown successfully to county level. Claire has been coaching for 15 years, as well as breaking, schooling, and successfully problem solving issues with horse and rider.  

Sarah Huntridge BHSII

Sarah Huntridge BHS Intermediate Instructor, BHS Stable Manager, UK Coaching Certificate level 2 and British Dressage List 5 Judge.

Sarah has been based at the Yorkshire RC for 20 years as a resident and freelance coach. She has also previously worked for British Dressage as the regional development officer. During this time she achieved her UKCC coaching certificate and became a listed judge. Sarah ethos is to encourage all riders to be the best that they can be, gain confidence and enjoyment of the harmonious partnership with their horse. Sarah is happy to coach all levels from those having a go at their first dressage test to those aiming for competitions.

Kath Inman BHSAI

Kath Inman is a BHSAI registered instructor and has achieved PC A test .  She regularly teaches the local pony clubs and riding clubs working with horse and rider to develop partnerships and progress in their training.  

Kath has a passion for breaking and training young horses and has successfully competed in eventing through to intermediate level.

Peta Ackerley BHSAI

Peta obtained her BHSAI at the Yorkshire Riding Centre more years ago than she cares to remember.  Since then she has been continually involved with horses as a rider, competitor and owner of horses competing at Eventing, Dressage and TREC.Peta enjoys teaching grass root riders to better enjoy their horses and sport by improving both confidence and skills in whatever  arena they  wish to ride, be it competitive or just for fun. She recently gained her Level 5 British Dressage Judge's qualification and is looking to upgrade shortly.Peta  is a qualified  NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer and Coach and has had great success  using her training to assist people who have blocks which interfere with them achieving their goals. These skills are those used by many sports psychologists and of course can also be used to make life easier in our everyday lives as well as in relation to improving within their sport.  

Paulina (Polly) Swindells

Pauliina Swindells is a Finnish event rider who moved to the UK in 2010.

Her day job is breaking/stable rider at Mount St John stud, breaking in youngsters that go on to world class riders such as Emile Faurie and Charlotte Dujardin.  However eventing is her passion - producing several horses up to 2* and 3* level.

Polly has competed at the European Championships twice (Team Bronze 2001) as young rider and at the Young Horses World Championships at Le Lion (France) 2007,2008 and 2011.  Currently she is competing at 3* level with my horse Ferro S. which she bought as an unbroken 3yo. and this year qualified her homebred 5yo for Burghley Young Event Horse final in September.


She is an excellent freelance instructor who enjoys working with competitive partnerships. 


Amanda Atkinson BHSII (reg) MFH

Amanda has show jumped up to international level, being placed in the Queens cup at the Royal International show. Being trained along the way by... Andrew Fielder- when in juniors, Graham Fletcher – young riders and Rob Hoekstra- seniors


Amanda evented in her twenties and up to a few years ago trained her own horse through the grades to Advance Medium Dressage.

She have had many  years of training the show jumping teams ( with success ) for the local pony club, also training many clients for dressage and eventing.


Amanda started breeding her own horses 30 years ago, selling them to event, dressage, hunt and showjump. She is a panel judge ( ride and conformation) for SHB(GB), BSHA, and ID(GB) and most recently has taken up the role of Joint Master for The York and Ainsty North Hunt.


Ian Brown

Ian Brown is a very popular trainer in the local area, with many years teaching experience. He really works on getting the best out of you and your horse using a down to earth approach and attitude.  It is a safe bet that if you compete in Dressage locally he will have judged your test, he is a registered List 4 judge with BD.  

Alison Bartle (Pocklington) BHSI (SM)

Alison is a resident instructor at The Yorkshire Riding centre.  She trains a wide range of clients for eventing, show jumping, dressage and hunting. She has a particular interest in the development of young horses and confidence of the rider.
She has competed in eventing up to advanced level.

She has produced many young horses for competition and for sale. She has ridden successfully in point to points and assists in producing youngsters for point to point and National Hunt Racing and enjoys hunting regularly.

Alison has groomed for many years at International level and has written a book  “The Essential Guide to Professional Horse Care”.  She has prepared pupils for BHS exams up to Stable Manager level.

Jan Brown BHSII

Jan teaches many different levels of horse and rider.  She has competed British Dressage and British Show Jumping Association Affiliated Competitions. This season she is competing in British Eventing.  She is a resident instructor at The Yorkshire Riding Centre.


Jan is a registered ride judge for C.H.A.P.S. U.K. (coloured horse and pony soc. ) county level.  She has competed for British Riding Clubs National Champs at Lincoln, Hartpury, Aston Le Walls, Malvern and Stoneleigh.  She also works away from Y.R.C. as a freelance instructor teaching gymnastic jumping and confidence work for nervous riders.

Carly Mason BHSAI

Carly is a freelance instructor and has over fifteen years of competition and teaching experience.  She has taught a wide range of pupils of varying abilities and age priding herself on giving confidence to both horse and rider.

Her greatest personal achievement was competing her own horse, Sparky, at Blair Castle Horse Trials CCI* in 2008.

Carly has a great deal of experience with young stock and enjoys producing talented horses and ponies from BE90 up to Intermediate.  She looks forward to teaching, schooling and competing throughout the summer.

Alex Pearson BHSAI

My teaching has now become my all consuming passion. I love it, from grass roots to advanced from 4 year old children to 70 year old adults, on cobs, thoroughbreds, Irish sport horses, warmbloods.. I teach them all, unaffiliated, affiliated, people who don't compete, nervous riders, confident riders. The work I do with clients covers a huge range from helping those who need to develop a bond with their horse, (cuddle training, as I call it) to teaching lungeing, managing horses that buck and rear, horses that bolt, horses that won't go forward, horses that people have given up with. We start with the basics and build naturally from there. It's seldom easy but in nearly 20 years of training I haven't given up with a single one of them. I truly believe there is no such thing as a bad horse. only bad training.

For those with a competitive bent, my clients compete from Introductory up to Advanced Medium. I have clients winning on huge percentages at every grade, wins at area festivals, top ten placings at regional level, selection for BD Home Internationals and winning local unaffiliated championships. In eventing, I have clients posting scores as low as a 19, clients competing at Intermediate and Advanced level eventing and one client recently competing at international level with her dressage score putting her higher than most professionals. I also have clients competing and placed in the top ten for the last 3 years in the Young Event horse classes at Bramham three day event.

Lucy Thompson

Lucy has BE evented for over 20 years having been given Junior British Trials age 17!

Lucy has recently specialised in training the young horses at the low level and has the difficult task of giving the green horses the knowledge and confidence in all 3 phases, Dressage, Show jumping and XC, to allow them to then take their next riders round safely and enjoyably.

Will Joyce BHSII

Will is one of Y.R.C.’s Advanced Instructors.
He has trained both horses and riders to British Dressage Regional and National level and also produced horses at County showing level and for the British Dressage young horse classes.
He has schooled and worked with a variety of different horses including Thoroughbreds, Warm bloods, Friesians, Quarter Horses and Highlands and is happy to work with horses of all types and temperaments.
He has an extensive client list from Novice horse owners to more advanced.
Before going to YRC, Will helped to train horses and riders to Para Olympic level.

Lizzie Richmond

Lizzie Richmond is the daughter of Peter Richmond - a well known name in Yorkshire near Harrogate - also one of the most respected names in the horse world - probably best known for producing top class show horses.

They have produced, ridden and qualified many horses for the Royal International and Horse of the Year Show, including many winners at these and most other major shows.

They are probably best known for their Show Hunters (ridden and in hand). Many of their winners have also come from Hacks, Cobs and Riding Horses (Ridden & In-hand).

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