Thursday May 26, 2022
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Instructors and Volunteers

Pony Club would not exist without an enthusiastic team of volunteers and instructors, and in the OBH we are particularly lucky with the resources and skills available.



Our Instructors are all 1st Aid trained, they are DBS checked and required to attend a child protection course and regular professional development courses before they can instruct. We also have a number of Coaches to run unmounted training sessions and supervised mounted sessions.

If you would like to be considered for teaching at this Branch and are not already registered with another Pony Club, please see the Coach and Instructor Requirements and contact Joy Wilson


Please feel free to contact any of these instructors to arrange private lessons but please check that their professional liability insurance is up to date. Pony Club insurance ONLY covers them for teaching at PC rallies. 

Regular OBHPC Pony Club Instructors

  • Sarah Charles – 07748 846995 ~ Very popular with the younger members. Teaches all disciplines and levels. Very good XC.
  • Fi Stout – o7778 310881 ~ Chief Instructor for Camps, Teams, Tests and Rallies. Teaches all disciplines including the popular Yummy Mummy sessions.
  • Caroline Keen – 07768 038606 ~ Has taught Pony Club for over 20 years. Huge amount of experience with performance horses especially eventers and show jumpers and has show jumped to international level. 
  • Joanna Lambert– 07990898175 – Mounted Games and Easy Peasy SJ.
  • Aaron Nobbs – 07887 524993 ~ Specialist show jumping instructor and OBHPC team coach. Will travel, or teaches at his bases in Radcot or Wootton Bassett.
  • Sarah Pettit – 07976 326648~ HND in equine studies, teaches all aspects of riding and stable management primarily to D, D+ and C test level. XC, SJ, flatwork, handy pony,  games. happy to travel.
  • Carol Starkey – 07831 165373 ~ Based at Lyford Stud but happy to travel. Low pressure SJ, flatwork and mini / junior XC.

The following are fully qualified instructors and OBHPC members, so are particularly keen to help and support our members:

  • Sasha  Hargreaves – 07817 176111 ~ Coaches riders at all levels plus stable management and test preparation. Based at Churn Stables, Blewbury.
  • Luisa Lisi – 07789 364391 ~ Coaches all levels. Specialist SJ instructor. 
  • Honor McFarlane – 07825 352531 ~ Coaches all levels. Based in Radcot and at Cirencester University.
  • Abi Richardson – 07585 034644 Senior Camp Stable Manager 2016. H+P Care Teams. Driver. Prefers to teach younger members and tiny trotters.  
  • Jack Whiteford – 07774318694. ~ Keeps horses at Sower Hill, based in Gloucestershire with Sammi Birch Eventing 2021/22. 

The following specialist instructors are used for specific rallies: 

  • Nick Campbell  – SJ specialist instructor. Particularly suitable for the older members.
  • Debbie Coates – 07867 518148 ~ Used mainly for camps. Very patient with minis and juniors up to D+ level.
  • Tussel Humphrey – 07975 986270 ~ Specialist in Test preparation, Riding + Road Safety and stable management.
  • Fiona Jack – Dismounted Horse and Pony Care preparation for Tests and Teams.
  • Rob Lumb – Specialist dressage trainer for those competing at PC Novice and upwards. Based near Cirencester.
  • Zoe Wilkinson – Eventing instructor. Based in Faringdon.


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OBHPC Coaches

Our Stage 1 and 2 coaches are insured to instruct at pony club rallies and camps up to D+ level under the supervision of a qualified instructor. They are paid expenses (£10 for up to 4 hours, £20 for 4+ hours) or work on a voluntary basis to build up experience.

Stage 3 coaches who are aged 18+ need to pass their Coaching Certificate in order to coach independently. They do not need to be supervised while teaching and are paid at £20 / hour. Once they have built up experience and have completed their 1st Aid, DBS and Child Protection courses their rates can increase to that of a regular instructor. 

Junior Coaches (fully qualified to teach unsupervised)

Alicia Lee – 07733 264065 Stage 1,2,3 Coach; flatwork and jumping. Senior Camp Stable Manager 2016 and 2017.

Based near Wantage, hunts frequently, trained with a grand prix dressage rider for 20 weeks during 2015. Competes BE to Novice level, also dressage and show jumping. Holds B Test and lunge test.

Jake Jennings – 07964394371 Stage 1,2,3 Coach; flatwork and jumping. Instructor Camps 2016 and 2017. Senior Camp Stable Manager 2017.

Based in Long Wittenham. B test, Hunting Badge, BHS riding and road safety. Enjoys dressage, SJ, eventing, hunting and likes teaching all ages from minis to adults. H+P Care Teams. Holds B Test and lunge test. Jake is currently studying at University so although away term times, he has longer holidays.

Jack Church – 01367 870256 or 07917 869135 Stage 1,2,3 Coach; flatwork and jumping. Instructor Camps 2016 and 2017. Senior Camp Stable Manager 2016 and 2017.

Lives in Buckland, near Faringdon, holds B Test and main interests are Tetrathlon and Eventing but enjoys other disciplines. Competed at the Novice Eventing Championships in 2014 and Intermediate Tetrathlon Championships in 2014 and 2015, Open tetrathlon 2016 and 2017. At University during term time.

The following trainee coaches below are qualified to assist at camps and rallies:

Jack Church
Jake Jennings
Hannah Richardson
Emily Taylor
Ophelia Spracklen
Zoe Martin
Eleanor Hubbard
Poppy Charles
Shannon Lewis
Henry Jennings
Louise Hancock
Jess Wenborn
Anya Cornego
Esme Powell
Audrey Venners
Toto Shriane
Polly Kilgour




We are always looking for help, whether it is organising the hunter trial, finding space in a barn for show jumps, doing the commentary at the show or doing the squash run at camp, there really is something for everyone and no excuse not to be able to get involved and help run your club to run smoothly.

With the exception of our instructors, everyone involved in running the OBHPC is a volunteer, including our DCs, treasurer, secretary and committee, so please help out where you can.

We would love to hear from anyone who would like to help and we pay for 1st Aid training for anyone committing to a reasonable number of hours assisting at rallies or running any of the camps.


Paperwork Requirements for Volunteers and Coaches

It is important to us, and indeed a legal requirement, for our instructors, coaches and volunteers to be properly regulated and trained to ensure that our members can learn in a safe environment.

Current requirements:

For help in completing the forms or finding suitable course please contact our instructor administrator, Joy Wilson


Branch Committee

Rachel Matheson – President until 31st December 2021

Alison Hargreaves – District Commissioner until 31st December 2021

Lisa Smith – Assistant DC, Rally Co-ordinator and Dressage until 31st December 2021

Joanna Lambert – Assistant DC, Senior Camps and Tests for C+ upwards until 31st December 2021

Joy Wilson – Secretary until 31st December 2021

Lisa Heneghan  – Treasurer until 31st December 2021

Ros Hayward – Instructors Coordinator until 31st December 2021

Clare Lisi – Child Protection + Health and Safety Officer until 31st December 2021

Alicia Lee – Member Representative until 31st December 2021

Lisa Powell – Until 31st December 2021