OUR COMMITTEE

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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.

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

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.

Amanda Cottingham

Show Jumping Coordinator

Although Amanda always dreamed of having her own pony as a child, she only really started riding after her horse mad daughters persuaded her to buy them a horse. Before she knew it they had several! She joined WRC 2 years ago and has had her horse Lola for 5 years. They love jumping of any sort, but will occasionally be found having a go at dressage!

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.

Amy Dale

Horse Trials Coordinator

Amy joined our club a few years ago and with her passion for endurance and her love of show jumping and dressage, she became a committee member and combined her skills to become the Horse Trials coordinator.

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

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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 Coordinator

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.

Karen Robinson

Tresasurer

Karen joined WRC in January 2022 and was voted on as Treasurer in February 2022….. someone knew I worked in accounts and proposed me! I have always wanted a horse of my own and when my daughter left home to go to university and left me her event horse I was over the moon to start to make some of my dreams come true. I enjoy hacking, show jumping, cross country but mainly dressage.

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Jenny Brown

Show Coordinator

Cassilda Courtier-Dutton

Welfare & Safeguarding Officer