Instructors

Jane Bartle Wilson

Jane trains horses and riders in dressage and eventing.

While some riders come for competition training, even up to the highest level, others have non competitive goals, and are happy to learn to ride at a lower level and would still like to improve and have fun doing so. Jane is happy to train those riders too.

For riders that lack experience or confidence, Jane will not pressure riders to go beyond their scope or interest  As not all riders aspire to riding at a high level and are not confident in their riding ability,  Jane’s lively but sympathetic approach  makes these lessons both enlightening and fun.

Jane competed internationally in dressage:

  • Member of the British Dressage Team from 1982 to 1987
  • Competed in the Los Angeles Olympics, 1984 with PINOCCHIO
  • National Dressage Champion in 1983 and 1986

Though Jane no longer competes she still trains horse and has produced many to Grand Prix.

Tracey Garside

Tracy has 35 years experience in the Equestrian Industry working wth horses and competing up to British Eventing 5* level, as well as regularly competing BD and BS.  She has also represented the club in our teams at qualifiers and championships in different disciplines over the years.

She is an extremely experienced coach, BHS Level 4 Instructor, British Eventing Accredited Coach,  is UKCC Level 3 accredited, and was 2010 BHS Coach of the Year (Runner Up).  In 2018 she was selected as the British Eventing Representative for the National Development Programme of Coaching Excellence.

Besides her freelancing teaching, Tracy spent 18 years as Chief Instructor of the Bramham Moor PC and has coached for Harewood and other riding clubs for many years.  She is passionate about horse welfare and progressive training and specialises in rider confidence and the development of horse and rider partnerships .

Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson is a long term coach, member and former chairman of Harewood. In his own words:
"I joined HCTG more years ago than I care to remember and am still as passionate about our Riding Club now as I was then. I have been involved with horses most of my life. Working and bringing up a family means I know about making ends meet, and I believe HCTG provides good training at reasonable costs. During my working life I became the Instructor for a Mounted branch of a local Police Force, later becoming a Trainer for new Police recruits. I have competed in Dressage, SJ, Hunter Trials, Team Chasing, and - my favourite - Eventing. The feeling of going fast across country in harmony with the horse is still the best feeling. I'm a believer in 'if you don't try it, you'll never know what you can achieve' therefore my teaching does not suit everyone. I hope I won't mellow.
Take care, enjoy your steed and hopefully we will meet up soon."
Hazel Towers

Hazel has been a club coach for seven years teaching both at regular lessons as well as camp. She mainly teaches show jumping and cross country but will also teach flat work.

Hazel has trained several horses from scratch, two of which (Clover and Smart) both qualified for Badminton 2020. She has also competed at other prestigious events such as Burghley, Bramham and Blenheim. As well as British Eventing, Hazel competes up to 1.35 British Showjumping and British Dressage advanced level. She trains with several of the team GB coaches including Chris Bartle.

Hazel has a simple and sympathetic approach to teaching and enjoys helping people achieve their goals at all levels whether you’re aiming for your first clear round or are a regular BE competitor. Hazel is used to teaching a variety of horses and riders at all levels.

Peta Ackerley
Peta trained  for her BHSAI at YRC more years ago than she cares to remember and since then has continued to work within  the horsey world whilst juggling family and undertaking what her parents would call "proper jobs."  She is also a neuro Linguist Master Practitioner and Coach ,  using these skills to help build confidence and focus the mindset of the rider.  She is a BD listed judge and enjoys helping people raise their scores through test riding and coaching and feels privileged to be able to take part in local affiliated and unaffiliated events hopefully providing useful feedback on the dressage sheets.

Peta's focus is in helping grassroots riders  to confidently have fun and enjoy their horses and ponies in whatever sphere of riding they have chosen.  She has competed around  the UK in TREC for a number of years and runs local training sessions to introduce people to the sport. Such fun for those who don't want to focus on the more traditional riding events.  As well as dressage judging, she also teaches dressage to music and drill riding for our club.
Sophie Minikin

Horses have been a life long passion for Sophie, and that passion has become her career running her own livery yard where she backs, produces, schools and sells horses.

She has trained her own event horse from a green six year old through to successfully competing at B.E. Intermediate and FEI level competitions.

Sophie is now working freelance as a McTimoney Therapist and BHS Stage 4 Coach and has built up her teaching clientele of all ages and abilities and is an experienced pony club coach.

She is a long term member of the club and has represented Harewood over many years on Horse trials teams. She will start teaching our members in 2021.

Tracey Newman
Guest Coach
In Tracey's early career she worked on John Whitaker's yard for 12 years managing his yard and producing his young horses before setting up on her own.   Within two years Tracey was picked for her first Nations Cup Team that was held in Prague and has consistantly been competing at that level ever since. She won a Nations Cup in Bratislavia and in the same year she  became the National Ladies champion on Paradis a horse she produced from a 5 year old. 

Tracey has a simple and kind training method, she is extremely encouraging to riders of all levels and always brings interesting exercises to all her lessons. 

We aim to have Tracey over to teach the club approximately four times a year.  
Nicola Wilson
Guest Coach
Olympic Event Rider, Nicola Wilson is based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. She was ranked 2nd in the World Eventing Rankings 2017 and has been part of the British Senior Team since 2009 on four different horses. She has represented Britain at the Olympic Games, World Games and European Championships winning team medals at them all including Team Silver at The London Olympics 2012 on her legendary cross-country partner, Opposition Buzz. 

Nicola has had numerous top ten 5* placings at Badminton, Burghley, Lexington and Pau and has had wins at 4*. She has won the Scottish Open Championships no fewer than four occasions and has also been crowned British National Champion. 

Opposition Buzz, fondly known as Dodi, was owned by Harewood member Rosemary Search.  She also rides another Harewood member owned horse - Helen Scott's Hawk Eye (aka Bibi)

.We aim to have Nicola teach us four times a year.  Despite her olympic status she is a very welcoming club coach and helps riders of all levels improve.   She is a true horse lover and her lessons are great fun.