OUR COMMITTEE

Meet the Crew

MARY CRIPPS - Chair

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.

VAL CHAMPNESS

Vice Chair & Clothing Coordinator

Val supports the WRC Chair and is involved in supporting the running of the committee. Val has a superstar pony called Zazoo who likes to strut her dressage stuff! Val is also in charge of our clothing range, so go have a look at what is on offer

KAY BRIGGS

Club and Membership Secretary

Kay has served on the Committee from the very beginning initially as our Membership Secretary and then, in August 2016, took on the role of Club Secretary.  Kay has extensive knowledge and experience within Pony Clubs locally.  Kay owns a lovely horse called Coley.  They had great fun competing at the riding club combined training show this summer and hopefully they will be on our teams at some point soon!  Her daughter has represented the club on the junior teams.

SUSAN RICHARDSON

Clinic Coordinator & Communications

Susan has been our Club Secretary and Chair and was very involved in the setting up and launching of WRC.   She has a lovely coloured horse called Jacob, who is on livery at Wellington Riding.  Susan & Jacob took part in their first external competition with the Club in June 2015 qualifying and competing at the London and South East Championships in dressage as well as competing in our first dressage to music competition at Wellington in November 2015.  Susan and Jacob are regulars in the club's flatwork and flat 'n' pole clinics.  Email Susan  here

JENNY BROWN

Show Cordinator

CASSILDA COURTIER-DUTTON

Welfare & Safe-Guarding 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.

CAROLINE SLIMIN

SJ & Horse Trials Co-Ordinator

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

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!  Welcome Kristina.  

RHIANNON ROGERS

Webmaster

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

Training Officer (non-voting committee position)

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!

Our talented team is going all out. Watch them make history!

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 a super Haflinger called Tilly who is a true all-rounder!

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