WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DO THE COACHES HAVE?
Our coaches are all BHS qualified instructors.
David Sheerin - BHSI, BE, UKCC Level 3 Generic
Wellington Riding’s General Manager. David doesn’t really need any introduction. He started working at Wellington Riding as a working pupil at the beginning of his career. David has fulfilled many of the roles at Wellington. He has worked throughout the equine industry in many of the Olympic disciplines with his passion lying in the eventing world where he continues to produce horses from scratch up to international level.
Mandy Chaffin - BHSII + 1
Mandy is without question one of the most enthusiastic coaches you will find. A very popular coach who instils real confidence with the people around her. Mandy has been at Wellington Riding for over 25 years and is currently their Chief Instructor. Her experience in dressage and eventing have given her the tools to be the lead coach helping both staff and clients achieve their goals.
Conan Rowan - BHSII
Conan’s passion for horses stretches across all three disciplines, notably having competed at 3-day events up to CCI* and SJ to Grand Prix Level. A previous winner of the prestigious title ‘The BHS Britain & Ireland Instructor of the Year’. Conan’s skillset also included equestrian media e.g. presenting & commentating for BBC and Sky Sports.
Charis started riding at around 7 years old, not from a horsey family she had her first ride at a school fete and then started taking lessons at the local riding school in the village in Mid Wales where she grew up.
In 2007 she started training for her BHS qualifications. She progressed to senior level and gained her BHS Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship in 2017. Her passion is eventing and is continue training towards the BHS Performance Coach qualification.
One of the main themes to Charis' lessons is polework, often creating new patterns (all of which get named) that ask different questions of both horses and their riders. Charis regularly collaborates with other coaches swapping and developing ideas to keep her coaching sessions fresh, interesting and up to date.
Jade Vale BHSAI
Jade, from Somerset, after leaving school (as soon as possible) went to work for Lucy Pinney in a hunting & showjumping yard. She then went to Rycroft School of Equitation where she gained her BHS Stages 1, 2 and 3 and the Preliminary Teaching test, then gaining the BHSAI.
Jade then went on to Catherston Stud where she was a senior rider. Jade has produced her own Freisian dressage horse, Marco who she took from Prelim to Advanced Medium achieving qualification for the Regionals at all levels. After selling March she brough Prinzessin, a three year old, who she is bringing on for a career in dressage.