Tuesday August 16, 2022
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Instructor/Committee Profiles

We are very fortunate, here at the Woodland Pytchley Pony Club, to have a great dedicated committee and access to some top knotch trainers!  Many of you will be aware of the background/experience each brings to their roles but for those of you who are not familiar with their backgrounds, here is a little information:


 DC – Lucie Burges-Lumsden

Lucie has four children Minnie, Honor, Tom and Bertie who are all members of the Woodland Pytchley Hunt Pony Club.  Honor is the one who you mostly see out competing.

Lucie herself was also a keen WPH member representing them in many teams, she started riding at a very early age and has competed in many different disciplines including showing, working hunter pony, dressage, show jumping, eventing, gymkhanas, tetrahlon, point to pointing, polo and polocrosse.

Lucie‚Äôs other great love is hunting, she has seen all sides of hunting and has herself at times hunted hounds, whipped in and been field master.  She is also the pony club hunting co-ordinator.  Lucie still hunts with her children and is always happy to help anyone.

Lucie has been on the Committee since 2004 and has held all offices!  She has also organised Camps at every level and is still a Camp Mum!


Katherine Painter



Katherine is our Chief Instructor.  She was also a member of the WPH pony Club having started riding at an early age. 

Katherine has been teaching since she was a teenager.  

Katherine is instrumental in the organising of all events held at Hillside, the home of her parents.


Gill Painter


Mrs Painter, our Assistant Head Instructor,  has been teaching for the pony club since she was a teenager.  She has a love of horses and a huge wealth of knowledge and experience of every aspect of horsemanship as well as being a very accomplished rider herself.  She used to especially enjoy hunting and showing and whilst she no longer does either she still rides out almost every day.   Mrs Painter has lots of great stories about what pony club was like ‘back in the day!’and many of our member parents who were WPHPC members in their childhood will remember being taught by Mrs Painter themselves.


Katie Patrick our Team Coach, was an active member of the WPHPC competing regularly in all of the teams and passing the B test. When she left school she went to train full time  with John Lanni at Arena UK.  She was there for for 3 years, and had 2 Grade A horses and competed on the young riders circuit.   At 18yrs she was on the England Young Riders Squad and was short listed for the Junior European Championship and rode on the Home international team. That same year she competed at HOYS in the Young Rider of the year final. She competed full time with a string of horses until I was 21 when I started teaching riding. She passed her BHSAI exam in 1999 and in 2002 passed the BHSII, in 2006.   She opened a riding school and in 2016 achieved her life long goal of passing the BHSI Exam which has been re named BHS Stage 5 Performance Coach. Katie has been a Pony Club B Test assessor for the past 16 years and at the end of 2017 qualified to become an Assessor for the British Horse Society.


Kate Hammond


Kate, our Member’s Secretary,  started riding at a very young age and was a member of the Woodland Pytchley pony club herself.  Eventing was Kate’s great love in her competing days and she has passed this on to her two girls Daisy and Ella who have both been members of the WPHPC since they first started riding.  Kate has been on the committee since 2010 as members secretary, she regularly helps in the set up of events and also had several years as lead organiser of Intermediate Camp.

Alison Leonard





Tara Baker & Rebecca Lewis-Stanton, our Website Coordinators, are dedicated horsey mums, having been active members of the pony club for many years themselves.