Wily Imp ridden by Sally Newcomb

Freelance coaching available in Herefordshire and West Gloucestershire.

A one to one coaching session costs £40. Travel may be charged depending on the distance.

A shared coaching session for 2 people - £25 each.

To book a lesson, please email me or tel. 07767 396782


Having had many years competing both dressage and eventing, as well as coaching, I offer experience, attention to detail and patience.  I coach both amateur and professional riders and enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.

A Brief History:

Started riding aged 2 when Mum bought an unbroken 2yr old Welsh Section A she'd bought at the Builth Wells market wild off the hills!!

Many happy childhood years enjoying all Pony Club activities as a very active member of the North Hereford Hunt Branch of the Pony Club and showing Working Hunter Ponies.

After taking the BHSAI, set up a livery and competition yard at our family farm in Herefordshire. Passed the BHSII and BHSI exams over the next few years.

Won a training bursary when winning the Lloyds Bank Young Instructor of the Year award enabling me to begin training with GB Dressage Team rider Tricia Gardiner FBHS and Bill Noble BHSI.  This also led to many competing opportunities on Trish's young horses and a move from eventing to dressage.

Exam passes:

PC ‘A’ test with honours
BHSI (BHS Stage 5 Performance
Coach in Complete Horsemanship)


Lloyds Bank Young Instructor of the Year 1985
Pat Smallwood Training Award - 1991

Trained with:

Tricia Gardiner FBHS
Bill Noble BHSI
Stephen Clarke
Emile Faurie
Carole Broad FBHS
William Blane FBHS


Affiliated Dressage to Intermediare I level.
Affiliated Horse Trials to Intermediate level
BSJA to Foxhunter level

National & Regional Championships results include:

1st Hampton Printing Dressage to Music Championships (Picasso V)

1st Elementary Elite Dressage Champs (Soloist)

2nd National Championships - Novice (Soloist)

2nd Medium Elite Dressage Champs (Soloist)

3rd National Champs - Prix St. Georges (Wily Imp)

3rd National Champs - Intermediare I (Wily Imp)

3rd Hampton Printing Dressage to Music Champs (Soloist)

4th National Champs - Novice (Dutch Puzzle)

4th National Champs - Novice (Picasso V)

7th National Champs - Advanced Medium (Bobby the Banker)

Regional Championships results include:

1st Regional Championships - Novice (Dutch Puzzle)

2nd Regional Champs - Advanced Medium (Bobby the Banker)

2nd Regional Champs - Novice (Moon Tiger)

2nd Regional Champs - Elementary (Dutch Puzzle)

3rd Regional Champs - Novice (Aphrodite)

4th Regional Champs - Medium (Dutch Puzzle)

Selected for British Dressage Futurity Squad with Picasso V

Riders I've helped along the way:

Olympic Gold Medallist Leslie Law with Shear L'Eau, Shear H20, Another Garrison, Perryfields Halo and others

Christine Hardinge -  Crown Feldspar (5* star eventer) and many other event horses.

James Robinson - Comanche (5* star eventer)

Nicky Wenban - Redwood (5* star eventer)

Alice Hurley - dressage rider

Claire Swan - GB pony dressage team

Have also trained riders short listed for the Pony, Junior & Young Rider Event Teams

and many others