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.
Gemma Porter-Rawlings- Equestrian Centre 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 one of her horses in BD competitions up to Advanced level, the other is a 5 year old who she hopes to bring out to compete BD this year. She has a keen interest in continued professional development 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.
Josie Smith - Site and Facilities
Josie has rejoined us here at Shardeloes to ensure the smooth running of the farm side of the business and to make sure that our facilities are kept in good working order.
Kate Jarvis- Instructor, BHSII
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.
Louise Barnes-Lewis - Instructor, BHSAI
Louise has joined us recently and is based over on our Hydrotherapy yard. She is an experienced Instructor and enjoys showjumping. She is looking to do her BHSII in the next 12 months.
Jo Cozens - Instructor, BHSAI
Jo is a very experienced instructor who has taught children and adults of all abilities. She has run a number of riding school yards and has also worked in competition yards. She has a great eye for detail and is a sympathetic coach who works with her pupils to fulfil their ambitions or goals, however large or small. At her last yard she was in charge of the Pony Club so she brings a huge amount of experience and ideas to Shardeloes Pony club and along with Lucy hopes to develop the range of activities available. She is planning to do her BHSII in the next 12 months.
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. Kasia is currently expecting her first child so will be taking some time out.
Rita Palinkas- Livery Barn Supervisor, BHSAI
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 and PTT. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, pilates and keeping fit.
Chevhon James - Main Yard School Supervisor, BHSPTC + BHS 3 CARE
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 BHSAI. 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 9 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.
Nicky Back- Apprentice, BHSPTC
Nicky has been riding since she was 8yrs old and growing up participated in Pony Club Show Jumping and Grass roots teams. She had a break from horses while she studied Biology at University. She returned to the industry and gained her BHS Stage 1, 2 and PTT. She is currently working towards her BHS Stage 3 to complete her BHSAI and then hopes to continue on to her BHSII.
Tory Wilkes - Apprentice, BHS STAGE 3
Tory joined us from an international dressage yard to complete her qualifications. She is working towards her BHS stage 4 and PTT. She has her own young dressage horse that she competes in BD and young horse classes.
Laura Spencer-Jones - Apprentice, BHS STAGE 2
Since being at Shardeloes Laura has passed her BHS Stage 2 and is now working towards her PTT and BHS Stage 3. She has competed her own horse in BD competitions and trained with BYRDS.
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.
Cathal Toomey - Apprentice, Working towards BHS Stage 1
Cathal has joined us from Ireland where he competed for his University riding team and is currently working towards his BHS Stage 1
Kiely Taylor- Apprentice, BHS STAGE 2
Kiely has passed her BHS Stage 2 since being here at Shardeloes and is keen to progress on to her BHS Stage 3 and PTT. She enjoys exploring the local area on her days off.
Robyn Demmery-Apprentice, BHS STAGE 1, BHS STAGE 2 CARE
Robyn is currently working towards her BHS Stage 2 riding and BHS Stage 3 care.
Sheriden Williment - Apprentice, BHS STAGE 1
Sheriden is currently working for her BHS Stage 2.
Beth Tindall- Apprentice, BHS STAGE 1
Beth is currently working for her BHS Stage 2
Shannon McHale-Apprentice, working towards BHS Stage 1
Shannon is currently working towards her BHS Stage 1
Rosanna Chawalinski-Apprentice, NVQ 2, BHS STAGE 1 CARE
Rose is currently working towards her BHS Stage 1 riding and BHS Stage 2 care
Rachel Nelson- Apprentice, working towards BHS Stage 1
Rachel is currently working towards her BHS Stage 1
Lindsey Weller- Apprentice, working towards BHS Stage 1
Lindsey is currently working towards her BHS Stage 1
Carly Parsons - Apprentice, working towards BHS Stage 1
Carly is currently working towards her BHS stage 1
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 reg'd
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 2016.
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.