OUR TEAM AT BARTON END EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

NAME: ABBY COOKE
POSITION: PROPRIETOR & INSTRUCTOR
QUALIFICATIONS: BHS II, UKCC LEVEL 2 COACH

Abby has over 22 years of equestrian experience. Abby’s love of horses started at a young age, she had her first pony (Lundi) at 10. Abby competed at Pony Club and local competitions and her talent for teaching came naturally when she found herself teaching friends on her sister’s pony! Barton End became licensed premises in 2000 and has gone from strength to strength. This growth has been mainly due to her desire to ensure that all those who visit leave having had a positive experience whatever level of ability. Additionally Abby has ensured that all the Horses and Ponies enjoy their work and have plenty of variety which keeps them happy and healthy.

NAME: KAREN JOYNSON
POSITION: FREELANCE INSTRUCTOR
QUALIFICATIONS: BHS II / UKCC LEVEL 3 COACH

Karen has over 34 years of Equestrian knowledge & successfully competes in all disciplines. During 2014, Karen has represented her County & Region & has been selected by British Dressage to ride on the England Team. Karen has bred & trained horses & enjoys Ridden Showing, including riding at HOYS. She enjoys teaching children & adults, from beginners to advanced riders. Karen also trains those working towards their BHS Instructor exams & Stable Management exams.

NAME: SAM TUCKER
POSITION: FREELANCE INSTRUCTOR
QUALIFICATIONS: BHS II

Sam was a childhood friend of Abby's and now has over 20 years teaching experience. Having ridden from a young age, she has successfully competed at HOYS, Hickstead & represented England for Eventing at FEI Pony level. She later then went on to Event up to Advanced, competing at 3 star level. She was Talland trained from the age of 12, with Pammy Hutton and won a scholarship to train there full time when she was 18. She passed her AI at 18 and II at 20. She spent 8 years at Talland where she helped to run the yard, train the students & compete in Eventing and Dressage & bringing on the youngsters. She has freelanced since leaving Talland teaching all levels, disciplines and has been involved with Barton End since 2000 

NAME: JAN HOPE
POSITION: PART TIME INSTRUCTOR
QUALIFICATIONS: BHS AI

Jan has been with Barton End since day 1. Her husband used to teach Abby and she has previously owned her own Riding School. With over 40 years’ experience, Jan brings an extensive teaching repertoire and has an exceptional ability to support and bring out the best in novice, nervous riders and beginners.

NAME: AMY RICHARDSON
POSITION: HEAD GIRL
QUALIFICATIONS: BHS RIDING ROAD SAFETY. FIRST AIDER

Amy joined Barton End Equestrian Centre in April 2013. Before coming to Barton End, Amy worked on a competition yard, and a riding school/hunt yard. She also turned her hand to care work in a home for autistic adults which she enjoyed. Amy enjoys an active social life with her many friends. Since joining the team Amy has gained her riding and road safety and her first aid certificates. Amy wishes to further her knowledge in horse care and to begin her BHS Stage.

NAME: CHERYL BODENHAM
POSITION: OFFICE MANAGER
QUALIFICATIONS: N.E.B.S.U.M

Cheryl is the Office Manager and can be found in reception. Although not a rider, Cheryl has 27 years experience in Office Management & Events Organisation.



NAME: CAROL SOORMALLY
POSITION: BACKING & SCHOOLING & INSTRUCTOR
QUALIFICATIONS: B.A HONS, EQUINE BODY WORKER, HAO ANIMAL & EQUINE HEALER, FIRST AIDER, UKCC LEVEL 2 COACH

Carol has been around horses all of her life. During her teenage years, Carol spent her Summers on Exmoor getting hunters fit for the coming season & soon earned a reputation for getting on any horse that needed sorting out and tended to get all the naughty ones! After university, Carol worked in IT and earned enough money to buy her first horse who was an abused 3 year old and grew to 18hh. Carol completed all of the Kelly Marks/Monty Robert natural Horsemanship courses back in 1999 & qualified as an Equine Body Worker in 2000. Carol has worked in Racing & Polo & has competed in Show Jumping, Hunter Trials & Team Chasing. Carol has also shown horses at County Level. Carol also became a Qualified & Registered Animal Healer in 2013 training with Elizabeth Whiter. Carol moved to Barton End Stables in September 2012, specialising in starting and bringing on young/behavioural problem horses with ground and ridden work.

NAME: BRETT RITCHINGS
POSITION: MEDIC & HANDY MAN
QUALIFICATIONS: UNIVERSITY OF LIFE

Brett has been accompanying his wife to Barton End for many years and whilst we are still to convince him to get on a horse...he is on site daily as our Handy Man. He is a medic by trade and also an excellent cake baker!!

NAME: JAN HOPEWOOD
POSITION: PART TIME INSTRUCTOR
QUALIFICATIONS: BHS II

WE ALSO HAVE THREE APPRENTICES: PHOEBE MCKENNA, CHLOE WOODCOCK & SAM SPENCER WHO ARE QUALIFIED TO BHS LEVEL 2 AND ARE STUDYING FOR LEVEL 3 THIS YEAR.


A big thank you to all of our weekend staff and helpers, without you the weekends would be a whole lot tougher and certainly not so enjoyable!!