Sue Martin BHSII
Proprietor, Sue Martin began by helping at the centre as a child. She began teaching at just 13, in the days when that was possible! She embarked on a career with horses, and managed the centre, then owned by Keith Beaven, for several years. She also show jumped, for many years, with success, under the guidance of International rider, Mannie Beaven. She purchased the centre in 1995, and along with her family, has run it ever since. Under Sue Martin’s lead, Trent Park Equestrian Centre is a British Horse Society Equestrian Centre of Excellence. It has grown into one of the largest and most successful Riding Schools in the country as well as a Training and Examination Centre for students. In addition to her work at the Centre Sue has led and chaired the Equestrian Trailblazer Steering Group for the government’s initiative to reform apprenticeships. She is passionate about teaching people to ride, and is actively involved in the training of the centre’s career students, and can often be seen around the yard at weekends assisting the staff with the organisation of the centre’s busiest times.
-Sue Martin BHSII
Maria Johnson BHSAI ISM/IT
Centre Manager, Maria Johnson, started her career with horses as a teenage helper at the centre. On leaving school, Maria went away to college to study horses and equine business management. Over the years, she trained for and attained her BHS qualifications. Maria worked for several years at Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire, before returning to TPEC as centre manager in 1996. After returning to the centre, Maria achieved her BHS Stable Manager’s qualification. Along with owner, Sue Martin, Maria has been responsible for the expansion of the centre into one of the most successful BHS Training and Exam Centres in the country.
-Maria Johnson BHSAI ISM/IT
Assistant Yard Managers
Adam Petch BHSII
Adam grew up surrounded by horses in Devon and started riding at the age of 12. He attained his BHSAI at Wellington Riding and join the team in 2006. He is a keen cross-country rider, and his expertise in this area have proved invaluable to those training for eventing or for their BHS Qualifications (Stages 3 & 4). Adam quickly fitted into the team and was soon promoted to Assistant Yard Manger. Since joining the team he has achieved his BHSII and an NVQ Level 3 in Business Management.
-Adam Petch BHSII
Doriel Watson BHSII
Doriel joined the team in 2007 having attained her BHS Stage 4 and PTT while working as the yard manager at another local equestrian centre. Doriel also has a National Diploma in Equine Management and an NVQ Level 3 in Horse Management. Since joining the team Doriel has completed her BHSII and became Assistant Yard Manager in 2011. Doriel regularly competes in all disciplines and this competitive experience is invaluable for students and customers training for competition and exams.
-Doriel Watson BHSII
Angela ‘Pops’ Seymour BHSAI
Angela has worked at the centre for over 20 years, having gained her BHSAI with us. She is an experienced instructor, whose firm yet encouraging teaching style helps both adults and children achieve their goals. Angela is a fully qualified Riding & Road Safety trainer, assisting both staff and clients in preparing for this BHS qualification. She is a qualified Nursery Nurse (NNEB) and she has an NVQ in customer care. Angela is currently working towards her BHSII.
-Angela ‘Pops’ Seymour BHSAI
Lizzie Best BHSAI
Lizzie joined the team in January 2012 as a student and has achieved her BHSAI with us, and is now working towards her BHSII. She has recently qualified as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist and uses this to keep the livery and school horses fit and healthy. Lizzie teaches both children and adults, from beginners through to advanced riders.
Mario Specchia – International Instructor Level II
Mario Specchia has recently moved to the UK from Italy and joined our team in October 2016. He comes with a vast show jumping experience having competed at Grand Prix level and trained a large number of young horses. He brings a different perspective to teaching, helping many of our liveries and clients to develop their flatwork and show jumping.
-Mario Specchia – International Instructor Level II
Paula Ballard BHSAI
Paula has more than 20 years experience in the industry. She has HND in equine studies and has worked for TPEC for 10 years. Before coming to Trent Park Equestrian Centre she ran a livery yard and was a keen eventer and show jumper. Paula uses her vast experience to assist with the day to day running of the yard, training the students and teaching a range of clients.
-Paula Ballard BHSAI
Celia Ahrweiller- Le Gall BHSAI, GALLOP 7, CEP2, Intermediate Stable Manager
Celia was born and grew up in France. She has ridden and competed in France, England, and Scotland. She has competed in eventing, showjumping and dressage. At the centre, she uses her vast experience to help both the leisure and competitive riders to achieve their goals and potential. Celia hopes to complete her BHS ST4 riding and intermediate teaching exams this year.
-Celia Ahrweiller- Le Gall BHSAI, GALLOP 7, CEP2, Intermediate Stable Manager
Matt Bannon BHSAI
Matt, a former buying manager for Tesco with a degree in business management, learnt to ride at the centre. He studied for his BHS Stages 1 & 2 on our evening exam courses and then worked towards his PTT & Stage 3 exams, which he successfully achieved. Matt has taught several exam courses enabling many of our regular clients to successfully achieve their Stages 1 & 2. He has a soft and patient approach to teaching that has given confidence to many of our customers. He is one of our main Pony Club instructors.
-Matt Bannon BHSAI
Patrick Print OBE FBHS
Patrick, a former chairman of the BHS and a BHS Chief Assessor who was awarded his OBE in 2011 for the services in the equestrian sector, is regarded as a mentor and a valued instructor by our team, whom he teaches several times throughout the year. He wrote The BHS Complete Manual of Equitation, which is an example of tact and down to earth classical technique. We are honoured that he is sharing his vast experience with us.
-Patrick Print OBE FBHS
Mandy Luesley BHSI
Mandy is a Chief Assessor – who also assesses in Ireland, USA, Singapore and Spain -, a Member of Qualifications and Training Advisory Committee and a BHS Essex Approval Inspector. She runs a small yard specialised in breeding Competition/Dressage warmbloods. She has competed P.S.G. Dressage on a shire cross that she trained to that level. She is also competed in showjumping up to Foxhunter on another home trained horse. She back and trains young horses. Mandy has been freelancing for Trent Park Equestrian Centre for over 15 years, teaching staff and career students. which she greatly enjoys.
-Mandy Luesley BHSI
Kerry Jamieson BHSII
Kerry joined the team in 1999 as a Student, she achieved her BHSAI and became an Assistant Yard Manager at the centre in 2003. She went on to achieve her BHSII in 2008. Kerry has spent time in Florida, USA, riding and training western horses and helping at a small horse rescue. Kerry is a fully qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist and also holds NVQ Level 3 in Business Management. She now has many roles at the Centre, from helping with the administration to organising the day-to-day running of the centre, and she uses her broad experience for lecturing and teaching the students and clients.
-Kerry Jamieson BHSII
Nicola Biggs BHSII
Nicola has been a member of the team for approximately 18 years. She joined the team initially as a BHSPT needing to gain teaching experience. She had previously attained her qualifications at college whilst studying for her degree in Equine Science. Having worked full time at the centre for several years and having completed her BHSII, Nicola went to work for KEITS as an NVQ Assessor. She returns to TPEC on a freelance basis, training both leisure riders and liveries competing on their own horses. Nicola is also a fully qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist.
-Nicola Biggs BHSII
Helen Taylor BHSII
Helen joined the team in May 2011 to continue training towards her Intermediate Instructor’s qualification, having already gained her Stage 4 care. Prior to joining TPEC, Helen gained her BHSAI after graduating from university. She continued her passion for horses, competing for her local riding club and in British Eventing, and British Show-Jumping competitions. In 2009, she decided to leave her office job and work towards her Intermediate Instructor qualification. Now a fully qualified Intermediate Instructor, Helen teaches on a freelance basis.
-Helen Taylor BHSII
Miriam Eger BHSII MSc
Miriam is a dressage and showjumping instructor with 10 years of teaching experience. She teaches riders with a range of abilities and experience from complete beginners to advanced level. She trains and competes horses for both dressage and showjumping professionally. You can find her teaching at TPEC during weekends. She has a firm and encouraging approach to teaching and her teaching style uses a mix of classical and modern principles.
-Miriam Eger BHSII MSc
Mandi Pritchard BHSAI IntSM
Mandi has been riding since she was just 3 years old and competed in the London Youth Games showjumping competition in her teenage years. She began teaching at 15 years old and went on to achieve a list of qualifications including, British Horse Society (BHS) stages 1-4, Equine Tourism Ride Leader Level 2, City & Guilds Advanced Horse Management, NVQ level 2+3 (Equine Care & Management) and is an NVQ level 2 assessor and an approved BHS Ride and Road Safety Trainer. She owns 5 horses and regularly competes in dressage and show jumping events. Mandi also rides for the London dressage team on her own horse, ‘Rio’.
-Mandi Pritchard BHSAI IntSM
Emma Farley BHSAI IVSM
Emma began learning to ride at the centre at just 6 years old. In 2011, after returning from University where she obtained a BA Hons in English and History, she decided to train for her PTT and Stage 3 exams. Emma became a full-time member of the senior staff team and achieved her BHS Stage 4 Care and Riding. She is actively involved with the teaching of both our Pony club Club and our Pony/ Pony day Plus Days. Emma recently became a freelance instructor to allow her more time to compete her own horse, ‘Casper’ in Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing.
-Emma Farley BHSAI IVSM
Valerie Borrow BHSAI
Val began riding at the centre in 1994 and started competing on her own pony in 1996. Val trained for and gained her BHSAI when she became a full-time student in 2001. Val helped to create and run the Junior Riding Club which the led her to set up Trent Park Equestrian Centre as Pony Club Centre. This allows children to be members of the Pony Club UK without the need to own their own pony. Val’s passion for watching the children grow and develop not only in riding but also in horse care and confidence has led the club being a huge success.
-Valerie Borrow BHSAI
Maria Fleischhauer BHSAI
Maria was born and grew up in Germany, starting riding at the age of 9 when her love of horses began. She moved to the UK in 2008 and joined the Trent Park team in 2009 as a student training towards her BHSAI. After a break to spend time in Germany in 2010 and gain some experience in other riding centres she rejoined the team in 2011 and completed her BHSAI in 2013. Maria is currently working towards her BHSII and is a popular instructor who has a passion for teaching and training to educate people of all levels.
-Maria Fleischhauer BHSAI
Beckie Jones BHSAI
Beckie ‘Queen of the B’s’, is famous amongst all children that visit Trent Park Equestrian Centre for her warm and affectionate manner of teaching them the first lessons in learning to canter. She is one of our Pony Club instructors and runs a lot of our Pony Days and Pony Weeks during school holidays. She has a Btec in Art & Design. Beckie enjoys competing in showjumping and has also trained her own horse to elementary level in dressage. She has been at Trent Park Equestrian Centre for 4 years.
-Beckie Jones BHSAI