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.
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.
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 on maternity leave with her first child, Borys.
Rita Palinkas- Instructor, BHSAI
Rita works to ensure all the horses on Front Yard 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 over 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.
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, BHSPTC
Since being at Shardeloes Laura has passed her BHS Stage 2 and PTT. She is now working towards her 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.
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 2
Robyn has passed her BHS Stage 2 since being at Shardeloes and is now working on her BHS Stage 3. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at large equestrian events such as Olympia and Hickstead.
Shannon McHale-Apprentice, BHS Stage 1
Shannon has passed her BHS Stage 1 since being here and is currently working towards her BHS Stage 2
Rosanna Chawalinski-Apprentice, NVQ 2, BHS STAGE 1
Rose has passed her BHS Stage 1 since being here and is currently working towards her BHS Stage 2.
Rachel Nelson- Apprentice, BHS Stage 1
Rachel has passed her BHS Stage 1 since being here and is currently working towards her BHS Stage 2
Lindsey Weller- Apprentice, BHS Stage 1
Lindsey has passed her BHS Stage 1 since being here and is currently working towards her BHS Stage 2
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.
Louise Barnes-Lewis - Freelance Instructor, BHSAI