The Shardeloes Farm Team
A little more about our team
Tony & Linda Williams- Owners of Shardeloes Farm & The Equestrian Centre
Tony & Linda moved to Shardeloes Farm in 1990. In main they were motivated by a desire to find off-road hacking after a serious accident on the roads with a pony which they owned at the time. Tony, a former World Champion Powerboat racer and Entrepreneur brought his blue-sky thinking and ‘engineering’ skills into play by turning his hand to farming and developing the site. Linda, a horse-lover from age 4 started the livery yard with our very first livery – a horse called ‘Thingy’. Tony & Linda enjoy travelling to USA and skiing in France in their spare time.
Melanie Williams- Director
Melanie has lived at Shardeloes on and off for over 22 years and joined the management team last year. Melanie was brought up on pony club and countryside activities and has a background in Sales & Marketing and Town Centre Management. Melanie now works behind the scenes managing the Shardeloes Estate with its numerous diversifications and enjoys working in the countryside, in her spare time she is found at church, scuba-diving, skiing or reading. She has completed her BHS Stage 1 and Riding and Road Safety.
Tracy Howard- Business Manager
Tracy Howard, joined Shardeloes in February as the new Business Manager. For the last year she worked in the security industry in a very busy service administration department where her main aim was to build relationships with our client base. Working closely with the Operations Director, sales and project management teams to ensure that industry regulations and client expectations were met. Previously to that she had been in the same company for 14 years and had worked her way up from a data input administrator to the Business Support Manager, Leading the business support function across the group of companies. Reporting to the MD she worked closely with the regional sales directors, marketing, finance and IT departments to ensure that the companies needs and targets were met. Main aims where to provide operational support to both internal and external customers, managing a team of administrators, incorporating event management, sales support, facilities and quality management as well as the health and safety aspects of the company, a varied role where no two days where the same. She wasn’t a horsey person but is having lessons and enjoying it immensely.
Gemma Porter-Rawlings- Yard Manager BHSI reg'd , ESMT
Gemma keeps all the yards at Shardeloes running smoothly and has a plan to make Shardeloes a training centre of excellence, she started riding at an early age and progressed through various riding schools until at the age of 12, she got her first pony. Gemma has since had placings at the Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead Derby meeting and various second rounds, during her time in Belgium she rode in young rider competitions, national young horse classes and small international classes and also became a BHSI in 2007 and was awarded second place in "BHS Young Instructor of The Year" in 2007. Gemma has trained with some of the very best in the equestrian world including Rob Hoekstra, Tim Stockdale and Carole Broad, Sabrina Jones and Judith Murphy (FBHS) and her experience is extremely varied including western, polo, hunting, dressage (she has schooled to Prix St George), show jumping and training exam students up to BHSI level. Gemma has a full and current CRB check, has completed a child protection course and HSE First Aid at Work qualification, is a LANTRA Practical Skills instructor, NVQ assessor and is also a fully qualified Equine Sports Masseuse. She competes her own horse in BD competitions and is working towards the pretigious BHS Fellowship exam.
Tracy Lyon- Reception Manager
Tracy came to join the team at Shardeloes five and half years ago after bringing her children to learn to ride here, sharing ponies here, then buying ponies and bringing them here, so she had a pretty good insight into the client side of the business before joining. Tracy comes from a customer service background having working in hotels, restaurants and bars as an assistant manager with three and half years spent working in a bank and five years working in a school as a learning support assistance. The best part of working at Shardeloes is watching the changing seasons through the cabin window!
Jannine White- Administrator & Childcare
For the first 5 years of her working career, Jannine was employed by a Local Authority as a qualified Nursery Nurse working with Ethnic Minority pre-school children in an underprivileged area. After joining a worldwide leader multi national company as a Receptionist in 1985, she quickly progressed within the Customer Service industry to eventually become a Senior Area Manager for SE England. Jannine has been part of the Family Team at Shardeloes since December 2000, whilst her initial role was purely as a part time administrator; her post has evolved over the years to include HR & Credit Control and looking after pre-schoolers at Shardeloes.
Michael Whippey - Chief Instructor BHSII + SE
Mike oversees the instructor team and ensures that our clients receive excellent tuition from well qualified tutors who are constantly updating their own skills. He oversees our student training programs to help our apprentices work towards their exams. He also makes sure our instructors keep our school horses schooled. He also currently oversees front yard. Mike achieved his BHSII at the age of only 20 and was a finalist in "BHS Instructor of the Year" in 2013. He has worked at Talland School of Equitation as a yard manager and is aiming towards his BHSI. He has a keen interest in eventing and when hes not at work he can be found relaxing watching TV or supporting his native Wales in the Rugby. He is working towards his BHS SM and SC exams in 2015.
Vicky Smith - Assistant Manager, BHSII
Vicky oversees the running of all the yards. She makes sure all of the horses here are in top condition. She supervises and trains the students and is a very poular instructor with clients. She is based on main yard and co ordinates with our vet and farrier to ensure smooth running and healthy horses. She is passionate about horse welfare and spent some time in Gambia earlier this year working with an equine charity. She has extensive previous experience including stud work, international event yard and even royalty. She is working towards her BHS SM and SC in 2015. She enjoys competing when she gets the chance.
Francois Huvelle - Senior Instructor, Equivalent BHSII
Francois joined us from Belgium, he was working for an international event rider producing their young horses. He has competed to 2* eventing, 1.30m showjumping and M level dressage. He is an excellent instructor and he oversees Livery barn. He has his own horses that he competes under FEI rules up to 2* and hopes to progress them further this year.
Kate Jarvis- Instructor, BHSAI + INT SM + BHS STAGE 4 RIDING
Kate has been at Shardeloes since September 2003, she says her favourite things about being at Shardeloes are that “we have a good team and nice liveries and clients here and I have become very fond of the ponies and also the beautiful surroundings.” Kate holds a BHSAI and Stage IV Riding and Care (Intermediate Stable Manager) and is train towards her Intermediate Teaching next. Kate’s favourite equestrian discipline is dressage and she enjoys competing in affiliated competitions. In her spare time Kate can be found reading and listening to music.
Ben Allen - Instructor , BHSAI + BHS STAGE 4 RIDING
After spending time at an equestrian centre in South Wales and gaining the BHSAI, Ben was lucky enough to work on a dressage yard, where he competed and trained on several horses. After returning to university to study equine science, he came to the local area to work at an agricultural college; after two and a half years, he decided to join the team at Shardeloes, and is enjoying both the role itself, and the opportunity to work towards further vocational qualifications. He is working towards BHS stage 4 care and ITT
Beth Wilson – Instructor, BHSPI + BHS STAGE 4 RIDING
Beth grew up in Ireland with her family who breed and break in horses. She competed in Pony Club Show Jumping and Eventing teams during her teenage years. She then moved to Bath where she taught in a riding school before deciding to train towards her exams. She rejoins us at Shardeloes after a 3 month break working and producing young horses in Ireland and is now training towards her BHS stage 4 care. She helps to coordinate our Pony Club and organise our events calendar. In her spare time she enjoys schooling her own horses, Blaze and Secret, with the hope of taking them out to compete!
Kasia Iwaniuk – Instructor, BHSAI
Kasia started riding in Poland at the age of 10 years. She has worked in various riding schools in Poland, America and Denmark. Kasia moved to England in 2010 to join us at Shardeloes Farm and is currently working towards her BHS Stage 4 and ITT. In the future she is aiming to work in equine assisted therapy. In her spare time she enjoys hacking and schooling , she also loves travelling.
Rita Palinkas- Livery Barn Supervisor, BHSPTC + BHS STAGE 3 CARE
Rita works to ensure all the horses in Livery Barn are happy and healthy. Rita is from Hungary. She started riding around the age of eleven after being introduced to it by a family member. It has become her passion and she came to England to study to make it her profession. She has worked at several yards, including for international competitors such as Lauren Shannon (4* Eventer) and Sarah Williams (Grand Prix Dressage rider) With the help of these and other qualified people she gained her NVQ and BHS Stage 1 qualifications and plenty of teaching experience. She has also done some stunt riding for film and television. Since being with us at Shardeloes she has passed her BHS Stage 2, Stage 3 care and PTT. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, pilates and keeping fit.
Chevhon James - Main Yard School Supervisor, BHS STAGE 2
Chevhon works to ensure all our school horses are happy and healthy. She joined us from a racehorse rehabilitation yard and wants to further her knowledge and qualifications. She is working towards her BHS stage 3 care. In her spare time she rides her own ex racehorse, April, who she is reschooling.
Katie Johnson – Main Yard Livery Supervisor, BHS STAGE 2
Katie works to ensure our liveries on Main Yard are happy and healthy. Katie joined Shardeloes after deciding that office work was not for her. Katie says that 'the people are the main reason I chose to join the Shardeloes Farm team, but there are also amazing facilities and opportunities here for training. I already have a degree in Architecture but have decided on a different direction persuing my love for horses". Since being with us she has passed her BHS Stage 1,2 and Riding and Road Safety exam. Katie is currently working towards her BHS stage 3 and can also be found on reception at the weekends. In her spare time Katie enjoys riding her 15hh piebald gelding, Solo, who she has had for 15 years!
Charlotte Hulbert – Front Yard Supervisor, BHS STAGE 1, NVQ 2&3
Charlotte works to ensure the livery horses on front yard are happy and healthy. Charlotte started to ride when she was 3 years old, and has always been a very confident rider. She obtained her first horse when she was 10 and still has her to this day. William lives here at Shardeloes, he was backed by Charlotte when she was 15, Charlotte Likes to compete him when she gets the chance. Charlotte has her Stage 1, Riding & Road Safety, NVQ 2& 3 and is currently working towards her PTT. Charlotte has been at Shardeloes for more than 8 years.
Amanda Thompson-Hydrotherapy Yard Supervisor, BHS STAGE 2 CARE + FLAT
Amanda works to ensure all the livery horses on Hydro are happy and healthy. She studied an equine degree course at college before joining us here at Shardeloes to increase her knowledge. Since being her she has passed her BHS Stage 1,2 and Riding and Road Safety exam. She is now working towards her BHS Stage 3. She has her own horse Marti, an ex racehorse, who she is retraining.
Tory Wilkes - Apprentice, BHS STAGE 2
Tory joined us from an international dressage yard to complete her qualifications. She is working towards her BHS stage 3 and PTT. She has her own young dressage horse that she competes in BD and young horse classes.
Alice Churchill- Apprentice, BHS STAGE 2
Alice joined us straight from school to do her BHS exams and NVQ. She is a quiet, hardworking member of the team. She has her own horse that she competes in showing and showjumping. She has completed her NVQ 2 and BHS 2 and is now working towards her BHS and NVQ 3.
Lucy Tyrer - Apprentice, BHS STAGE 2 CARE + FLAT
Lucy is an experienced instructor who is now working towards getting a recognised qualification. She enjoys teaching all ages and abilities. She likes riding in her spare time and often competes in our on site dressage events. She is working towards her BHS stage 3 care and PTT.
Rebecca Matthews- Apprentice, BHS STAGE 2 CARE + FLAT
Becky joined us as an apprentice working towards her BHS Stage 1. She was a late comer to riding, not start riding until she was 21 but since then has thrown herself into both riding and caring for horses. She has her own 17.2hh chestnut gelding, Derry, who is now competing at novice level dressage, with the hope of going even further. She has a law degree and completed the LPC (Legal Practice Course) and has spent a year in Criminal practice. She is working towards her BHS stage 3.
Mandy Kulczynski - Apprentice, BHS STAGE 1 + BHS STAGE 2 CARE
Mandy is originally from Germany and has joined us to improve her knowledge of horse care and gain some more qualifications. She enjoys looking after the horses on a daily basis and is working towards her BHS stage 3 care.
Abigail Darlow - Apprentice, BHS STAGE 1
Abi has worked at some large riding schools and is keen to gain more qualifications and expand her knowledge. She is working towards her BHS stage 2
Ally Kelly - Apprentice
Ally has joined us after travelling around the world working with horses. She has worked on a variety of yards including a polo yard in Australia. She is working towards her BHS stage 1 as she would like to get some recognised qualifications to support her experience. She has a passion for Polocrosse and has played herself to a high level.
Rebekka Thomson - Apprentice
Rebekka has made the big move from Scotland to join us here at Shardeloes. She is looking to start a career in horses and wants to gain her BHS stages. She is working towards her BHS stage 1.
John is a valuable member of the team, he is equally at home on the yard or doing maintainance tasks. He does everything from fence repairs to cross country course maintainance and driving the heavy machinary to keep the fields in tip top condition. He rides occasionally and used to hunt. He studied to be a farrier, which comes in handy when we need shoes removing. When he is not at work he can be found walking his terrier or following country pursuits.
Sarah Drewett - Freelance Instructor, BHSI
Sarah has recently returned from living in South Africa where she was very much in demand as a trainer for all disciplines. When she was in the UK she worked with a number of high profile trainers including Jennie Loriston Clarke FBHS. She trains our staff and students and is available to clients too.
Angela Ridger - Freelance Instructor BHSII reg'd
Angela is a very experienced and popular instructor. She teaches our career students and clients. When she is not here she schools competition horses and ponies and competes in all disciplines.
Geraldine Bavastock- Freelance Instructor, BHSAI + INT SM + STAGE 4 FLAT
Gez began riding at the age of 4 and shortly afterwards owned her own pony. She was an active member of the Pony Club and represented her branch within Show Jumping, One Day Events and Mounted Games up until 17 years old. Geraldine has been working in the equestrian industry for over 10 years in various roles including teaching at local riding schools as well as being a freelance instructor. She has also worked for a leading feed company giving nutritional advice to owners. She has a passion for Dressage, currently competing BD and is training her 2 young horses for a career within it. She hopes to complete her BHSII in 2015.
Sharon Legg - Freelance Instructor, BHSAI reg'd
Sharon has been with us for approximately 11 years. She is a very experienced and sympathetic instructor. Many of our more nervous riders enjoy her quiet and reassuring manner in their lessons.