Meet the Crew

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Mary Cripps


Mary grew up on a farm locally and had her first horse at 6 years old and had fun and antics with the Garth South Pony club.  She stopped riding when she discovered boys and work in her late teens! At 50 she answered a facebook advert for someone locally who needed their horse walking in hand due to injury and caught the bug again.  She now has two of her own horses Callie & Duffy The Dude. Taking part in the Riding club clinics have been perfect for helping her get back in the saddle in a fun and friendly environment.

Pip Frankish

Club and Membership Secretary

Pip is no stranger to Wellington having had horses at livery there for over 20 years.  Now happily retired from corporate life, Pip currently owns two gorgeous chestnuts, Vinnie and Thady, which she competes regularly at both dressage and show jumping.  She describes Wellington as her second home and the riding club as a natural fit for her riding amibitions.

Heather Barker

Treasurer & Dressage Coordinaor

Heather joined us as treasurer in August 2016.  She has been a regular and very active club member, representing the club at the London and South East championships in 2015 as well as being a hugely active volunteer at our many shows.  Heather has recently acquired a second Haflinger, Sammy who is only 3.  She is hoping they will be doing club activities in the not too distant future. 

Laura Wright

Communications Officer

Laura joined the Committee February 2021 to be involved with Facebook and the website as her horse Dotty loves doing blogs and wanted Laura to have a hobby too.

Caroline Slimin

SJ & Horse Trials Coordinator

Caroline looks after our Horse Trials and SJ Teams with the help of, her daughter, Aimee.  Caroline started riding later in life after her horse mad daughter Aimee convinced her to buy a pony eight years ago.  They now have a collection of horses and both enjoy representing the club at dressage and showjumping.  Before horses Caroline was heavily involved with athletics and swimming and has competed around the UK and Europe representing England at Cross Country and Great Britain in Masters Swimming and Biathalon- she still tries to do a bit of both when she has the time. Email Caroline here

Jenny Brown

Show Coordinator

Jenny is our Show Co-Ordinator and liaises with Area 6 to organise various events hosted at Wellington Riding Centre including our very popular Winter Dressage.  Along with Cassilda, Jennyrepresented the club at our first national championships in the pairs dressage to music.

Rebecca Lloyd

Special Projects

Watch this space, Rebecca has lots planned for 2021!!

Cassilda Courtier-Dutton

Welfare & Safeguarding Officer

Cassilda has represented the club at dressage, show jumping and eventers challenge in it's first year!  So a real allrounder!  Along with Jenny the dressage coordinator, Cassilda represented the club at our first national championships in the pairs dressage to music.

Kristina Russell

Social Secretary

Kristina joined the Committee at the 2020 AGM.  Kristina has lots of fabulous ideas to pull us all together, so watch out!  Kristina is also in charge of our clothing range, so go have a look at what is on offer.

Rhiannon Rogers


Having been persuaded to join the club by Mary & Heather, she then decided she might as well go the whole way and join the committee too! Rhi owns an IDxNF youngster called Jimmy who she is bringing on as a happy hacker and all round fun leisure horse.

Mandy Chaffin

Mandy is the Chief Instructor at Wellington Riding Centre and we are very lucky to have her as a non-voting committee advisor as our Training officer.

She is without question one of the most enthusiastic coaches you will find. A very popular coach who instills real confidence with the people around her. Mandy has been at Wellington for over 25 years and her experience in dressage and eventing have given her the tools to be the lead coach helping both staff and clients to achieve their goals.

Jane Skeats

Volunteer Health & Safety Officer (non-voting position)

Jane has been riding at Wellington for many years, she previously kept her horse at Wellington on livery and is now riding the school horses while she is 'between horses'...watch this space!  Jane has a huge amount of experience volunteering at BE and BD events, as well as the Olympics and the Rugby World Cup!

Valerie Champness

Bridleways Officer

Val has been persuaded back on the committee in a new role of Bridleways Officer to support our constitution on championing bridleways-something Val is passionate about.


Training Officer (non-voting committee position)

Joined the committee on 18th birthday in 2019. Always been horse mad especially after watching the 2008 olympics. Convinced mum to buy a pony in 2010 and now have a collection. Used to do many different sports but horses were the only one that I kept up through teenage years. Compete mainly in showjumping with ISH gelding George however do try to get involved in all riding club activities. Studied equine studies college and will be heading to Uni to study Sports Science in September however will definitely be keeping up with role on the committee.

Aimee Slimin

Junior Coordinator