About Barton End Equestrian Center

Whether you’re a child or an adult beginner, picking up the reins for the first time or an experienced rider preparing for competition, we offer a relaxed yet highly effective learning environment. Barton End is approved by both the BHS (British Horse Society) and the ABRS (Association of British Riding Schools), with more than 40 horses and ponies so that you’ll always find one suited to your needs.

If you want an enjoyable riding experience with great value for money, then look no further. Choose from a wide range of group and individual lessons to suit your needs and preferences. Our covered and floodlit arenas allow you to take lessons at any time of year, whatever the weather.

Try lessons in our show jump arena or mini cross country course, we offer a wide range of off-road hacks in the countryside around our Nailsworth location. You’ll also enjoy the clinics, training sessions and competitions which run throughout the year for riders at all levels from novice to advanced.

Our Staff

ABBY COOKE

PROPRIETOR & INSTRUCTOR
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.

KAREN JOYNSON

FREELANCE INSTRUCTOR
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.

SAM TUCKER

FREELANCE INSTRUCTOR
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 

JAN HOPE

PART TIME INSTRUCTOR
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.

AMY RICHARDSON

HEAD GIRL
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.

CHERYL BODENHAM

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.