Trainers

The biography of each trainer/expert will give you a brief in sight into the qualities and experience that each contributes to our downloads. At iRide we pride ourselves in quality training with the emphasis being to develop a clear and more effective path to training, building a trusting relationship with your horse. Each trainer/expert has been chosen not just for their success as a rider, trainer or expert but for their delivery of information and ability to follow a consistent path throughout their training, helping to minimise physical injuries and making learning together less of a challenge. At iRide we don’t shout kick your horse, we say understand your horse!

Isobel Wessels

Isobel has been involved with riding, training and judging dressage for more than 30 years. Her inspiration started as a teenager whilst living in Vienna and working with Ernst Bachinger from the Spanish Riding School. She had a very successful career whilst living in South Africa and ended as National Champion on a pure thoroughbred ex-racehorse. She has spent long periods in Germany riding and training and it is from this source that she bases her philosophies.

Her return to the UK in 1985 gave her more opportunities to ride and train and the result was many national titles producing and competing horses from young horse classes to grand prix. One of her best horses from this period was Leopardo with whom she was a member of the Olympic Potential Squad of the time. Together they won and were placed many times nationally and internationally and achieved a Team badge in 2002. During this time her main training was with Stephen Clarke, Henk van Bergen and Carl Hester. To date Isobel has trained some 8 horses to Grand Prix level.
Her passion has always been the training and she currently works full time with producing riders and horses all over the UK.

She became a Candidate or 3* International Judge in 2000 and after finishing her international riding career at the end of 2002 (it is not permitted to do both in the same year) she passed to International 4* status in 2003. In July 2011 she was promoted to the highest level of 5* International.

In this capacity Isobel judges around 20-25 International shows each year and has had the enormous honour to preside at some of the biggest shows in Europe as well as World Breeding Championships for young horses and European championships for Ponies, Juniors and Young Riders. Isobel also takes many seminars for judges both nationally and internationally.

For the last number of years Isobel has had huge success with her horse Chagall. Together they have won 10 National titles to date including the Supreme Small Tour Champion from the 2012 Summer Championships. Following an injury in the field and a break of 9 months they hope to be back competing in 2014 and start in Grand Prix.

Russell Cooper

Based in West Sussex and competing up to 3* International CCI with home produced Netermo, Russell Cooper trained with International 4* event rider Nigel Taylor and his USA team selector wife, Anne.

Russell’s time spent at Anne and Nigel’s Aston-le-Walls base furnished him with an ability to think through training issues and meet them with the individuality each partnership requires.

Russell has built a successful string of horses to compete for various owners and has become a respected national trainer, often returning to Aston-le-Walls’ prestigious training centre to coach.

Russell has also produced working hunter Czech Mate, finishing 4th at The Royal International in 2011, demonstrating Russell’s versatility as a trainer.

Alison Short

Alison Short is a Dressage Trainer and a British Dressage listed judge.

Alison began riding at an early age, and was soon competing at area level for the Pony Club dressage teams, subsequently riding nationally at under – 21’s. She has trained with Swiss Olympic medallist Doris Ramseier on Olympic horse Orlando up to Grand Prix level.

She is experienced at training a variety of levels, and many of her pupils have enjoyed success up to advanced medium. She also choreographs Dressage to Music, and again has been instrumental in qualifying riders to BD regional and national level, RDA nationals and Riding Club and Pony Club Championships, finishing in the top three.

Alison is passionate about dressage, and started the first BYRDS Dressage Training Camp in 2000 at Hickstead to encourage riders of all abilities. She has lectured abroad, written articles and is a frequent contributor to magazines.

Alison is based in Sussex, where she enjoys working with riders of all levels, and training a variety of horses.

If you would like to find out more about Alison, you can view her website here.

Amy Stovold

Amy is one of the country’s leading dressage riders being 10th highest in the FEI World Ranking, of which Amy and Mc Brian are currently 80th.

Amy is currently supported by the World Class Development Programme and has been since 2008. Amy achieved her first International Grand Prix win in Pompadour France in 2010, going on to finish 5th in both the World Cup Grand Prix and Grand Prix Kur at Olympia in December 2010, achieving many top five International results at Grand Prix in 2011.

With a wealth of experience having trained with Kyra Kurkland, Kenneth Derby and Richard White, Amy is bursting with useful tips and clear advise on helping you reach your goals.

To find out more about Amy, you can visit her site here.

(Pictures kindly supplied by Gemma Edwards.)

Sarah Millis

Sarah Millis started her International career at the age of 11, and has represented Great Britain at Pony, Junior and Young Rider levels attaining 5 European team bronze medals.

She is regarded as one of the most talented riders in the UK, and has been trained by Kyra Kyrklund and Richard White for the last 12 years.

Sarah is now an established Grand Prix rider having finished 9th at the nationals this year with HP Frontier, this newly found relationship of 5 months then went on to achieve 3rd in Saumur, in the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special being the highest placed British rider.

Sarah shares her passion by training various combinations from Prelim through to Grand Prix, two of which have ridden successfully at European level.

To find out more about Sarah, you can visit her site here.

Andrew Reilly

Andrew Reilly attended Cordwainers College in 1989, successfully completing a course in Rural saddlery. He gained experience in tack and saddlery repairs at an established tack shop, and then in 1991 started his own successful business. As a master saddler, he is known for his passion to resolve problems, giving every combination the wealth of his experience. Andrew also designs and makes his own saddles and is driven by his desire to help horse’s and riders at all levels and disciplines, as well as specialising in dressage saddles.

Danielle Olding

Danielle has ridden competively all her life and remains actively involved in racing, point to pointing, eventing, dressage and show jumping. In addition to this she works as a sports performance and mental skills coach for a rangeof non equestrian athletes and sports teams. Danielle is an experienced Business, Executive, Career and Life Coach who is CIPD qualified and is also a trainer member of both the Association of NLP and the International Coaching Federation.

Danielle is passionate about bringing the very best out of every combination she works with, helping you turn your dreams into a reality whether for pleasure or to reach your competitive edge.

If you would like to know more about Danielle Olding, please visit her site.

Gill Denzey

Gill has been professionally bitting for ten years and has developed her skills across the full spectrum of equestrian disciplines, working with happy hackers to professional riders and trainers, bitting shaggy ponies to Olympic hopefuls. Gill is a regular contributor to magazines and has more recently been approached to write a book on bitting. Lecturing to British Eventing, Riding and Pony Club’s is another of Gill’s passions, sharing her vast knowledge to a variety of horses and riders.

To find out more about Gill, you can visit her site here.

Liz Oakenfold

Liz Oakenfold became a registered Osteopath after suffering a debilitating bout of illness, having received treatment from an Osteopath which changed her life she felt compelled to train, having seen the power of such treatment.

Horses have always been in Liz’s life from a very young age so it seemed a natural progression to move into the Equine sector, this has taken Liz around Europe treating World Class horses for top international riders, treating Elite dressage and event horses as well as Western and Driving.

Liz is passionate in treating all equines even treating the occasional donkey, her aim is to bring riders and trainers forward in there awareness of the horse and how his body movement tells us where problematic issues may lie, giving us the skill to recognise them.

Suzanne Redford

Suzanne Redford is a practising Equine Dental Technician and has been for more than 10 years, Suzanne is qualified through the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and the British Veterinary Dental Association (BVDA) and is a member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians. Suzanne is passionate about horses and through her job is able to bring her skills and knowledge to horse and human, helping you and your horse to understand the complexities of the equine mouth and its effects.

To find out more about Suzanne, you can visit her website here.