Coaches

Our coaches undergo specialist training to support disabled riders. Lessons are designed to reflect each individual’s needs, aspirations and therapeutic goals.

Tory

Tory has been involved with Stevenage RDA for 31 years and a Group Coach since 2005.  She has taught children from Woolgrove and Lonsdale schools, is a Group Trustee and is responsible for horse welfare in the Group.

She has been involved with horses most of her life, riding for many years while growing up in Yorkshire and was a member of her local pony club. In more recent years, she has been involved with the Cambridgeshire Pony Club with her four children.

Suzanne

Suzanne started volunteering at Stevenage RDA 16 years ago when her son went to nursery. She soon became a group coach and then a group trustee with responsibility for health & safety and coaching. She coaches on a Thursday and does a lot of volunteer training on Mondays. In January 2016, Suzanne became RDA County Chairman for Hertfordshire and secretary for the RDA East Region Qualifying Show.

When Suzanne was young, she rode in the Prince Philip Cup finals and then represented Great Britain at mounted games. Suzanne now uses this experience within her RDA coaching sessions when inventing new themes, games and drill rides!

Elaine

Elaine started volunteering in 2014 and has been a group coach since 2017. She has been involved with horses all her life: riding since the age of 5 and was a member of her local Pony Club and Riding Club for many years.

She has loved attending Regional and National Competitions with our riders and enjoys creating themed rides, while trying to incorporate what they are learning at school whenever possible.

Hazel

Hazel has been volunteering with Stevenage RDA for 6 years and became a group coach in 2017. She now teaches on Mondays and Thursdays. Horses have always been part of her life and currently she’s very involved with her own horses and show jumping competitions with her daughter.

Hazel enjoys passing on her experience to our riders and has been very involved in helping take some of our riders through from online dressage tests to Regional and National competitions. She hopes to continue to encourage our riders to get involved, learn and have fun.

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