The Shardeloes Farm Team
From left to right, above, we have Tracy Lyon, Linda Williams, Beth Wilson, Karen Simpson, Kate Jarvis, Lauren Mitchell, Jo Wnekowska, Charlotte Hulbert, Gemma Porter-Rawlings, Geraldine Bavastock, Melanie Williams, Josie Smith, Zoe Eves, Emma Saunders and Janine White
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- Business Manager
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 recently completed her BHS Stage 1 and plans to take her Stage 2 in 2014.
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 (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 and is also a fully qualified Equine Sports Masseuse
Tracy Lyon- Reception Manager
Tracy came to join the team at Shardeloes four 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!
Josie Smith- Site & Facilities Supervisor
After 12 years working as a Personal Assistant at MD and Vice President level in companies such as Unisys, Josie took a change in career and became an Indirect Buyer at CompAir, a world class manufacturer of air compressors, for several years until she had her youngest child. Josie came to work at Shardeloes Farm in 2009 and combines a Site and Facilities role alongside a PA role into her working week.
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.
Tom Gawler- Senior Instructor, BHSII + SE
We are delighted to welcome our new instructor. Tom is a BHSII and Senior Equitation, Winner of "BHS Instructor of the Year" in 2010. He joins us fresh from grooming for, Olympic dressage rider and gold medal winner, Laura Tomlinson (Bechtolsheimer) for just over 1 year. Prior to that he was an Instructor at the world renowned Talland School of Equitation where he also produced young horse for dressage and schooled horses to Prix St Georges. In his spare time he enjoys going to the gym and eating out with friends. He plans to complete his BHS Senior Coaching in 2014.
Michael Whippey - Instructor and Hydrotherapy yard supervisor, BHSII
Michael 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.
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 planning to 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.
Geraldine Bavastock- Instructor, BHSAI + INT SM
IGez 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 and is currently training her young horse for a career within it. She hopes to complete her BHSII in 2014.
Zoe Eves- Yard Supervisor/Instructor, BHSPI
Zoe started riding when she was bought her first horse at the age of 11 years. She has now owned and broken in several young horses which is her major passion. Zoe still competes regularly for the Vale of Aylesbury Pony Club teams in both Show Jumping and Dressage, she has also completed up to B test in the Pony Club. She has jumped up to Newcomers with her current horse and is regularly out competing. Zoe is lucky enough to have her own stables and arena at home but she is here at Shardeloes Farm training towards her BHS Stage 4 and NVQ level 3.
Charlotte Hulbert – Yard Supervisor, BHS 1, NVQ 2
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 together with another horse on livery here also. Charlotte has her Stage 1, Riding & Road Safety, NVQ 1 & 2, and is currently working on her level 3. Charlotte has been at Shardeloes for more than 8 years.
Beth Wilson – Instructor, BHSPI
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 came to join us at Shardeloes and is now training towards her BHS stage 4 and NVQ level 3, having passed her BHS Stage 3 and PTT in 2013. She helps to coordinate our Pony Club and organise our events calendar. In her space time she enjoys schooling her own horses, Blaze and Secret, with the hope of taking them out to compete!
Kasia Iwaniuk – Livery Barn Supervisor, BHS Stage 2.
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 3 and PTT. In the future she is aiming to work in equine assisted therapy. In her spare time she enjoys hacking and schooling Rafaela, she also loves travelling.
Louise Parkins – Working Pupil, BHS 1 complete and BHS 2 Care
Louise joined Shardeloes in August 2012 and has loved every minute since. Louise is currently training towards her BHS exams and hopes that she will one day achieve her dream of becoming an instructor. Louise has wanted to work with horses from a very young age and has found a second home at Shardeloes. She plans to take her BHS Stage 2 riding and Stage 3 care in 2014.
Luka Sibley-Cory-Working Pupil, BHS 1 Complete and BHS 2 Care
Luka joined us to continue working for her BHS exams. She is a versatile member of the team and can be found working at any of the yards. She adores Lenny and spends a lot of her spare time riding and grooming him.
Katie Johnson – Working Pupil, BHS Stage 1
Katie joined Shardeloes in March 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 and Riding and Road Safety exam. Katie is currently working towards her BHS stage 2 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 14 years!
Amanda Thompson- Working Pupil, BHS Stage 1
Amanda studied an equine course at college before joining us here at Shardeloes to increase her knowledge. Since being her she has passed her BHS Stage 1 and Riding and Road Safety exam. She is now working towards her BHS Stage 2. She has her own horse Marti, an ex racehorse, who she is retraining.
Rita Palinkas- Working Pupil, BHS Stage 2
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. She is hoping to do her Stage 3 and PTT in 2014. In her spare time she enjoys grooming and massaging the beautiful Spanish horses that we have living here.She also enjoys Pilates and travelling.
Rosie Swan-Apprentice, BHS stage 2
Rosie joined us to continue with her BHS exams and NVQ 3. Her parents own a riding school so she is very comfortable in this environment. She studied at college and has her level 3 extended diploma in horse care. She has an ex racehorse called Ralph who keeps her entertained on her days off.
Alice Churchill- Apprentice, BHS stage 1
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 is planning to take her BHS 2 in the spring of 2014
Jasmine Goodwin- Apprentice, BHS stage 1 care
Jasmine joined the team in January to continue working for her BHS exams. She has her Riding and Road safety exam. She is a cheerful but very quiet member of the team. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, werewolf mythology and supernatural TV shows.
Emily Leslie- Apprentice
Emily joined us recently to work towards her BHS exams. She has been hooked on horses since her mother bought her a riding lesson for her 5th birthday. She owns a bay standardbred called Ned. In her spare time she enjoys doing artisic things like digital portraits and making browbands and nameplates.
Rebecca Matthews- Apprentice
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
Lucy Black- Apprentice
Lucy joined us recently to do her BHS exams and NVQ level 2. She has been riding since the age of 10. She has her own 17.3hh Irish Draft Gelding, Marcus. She is from Northamptonshire, but has recently moved to Shardeloes and has decided "I never want to go home! Amazing experience!!"
Bernard Cohen- Apprentice
Bernie joined us recently from Belgium to train for his BHS exams. He has a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design but has decided to pursue his passion for working with horses. He came to England because of the opportunities to gain his exams and improve his English. He enjoys the lifestyle here at Shardeloes and loves the area and the horses.
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.