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Jane Dawson

Jane Dawson is our head trainer, working with other trainers to ensure members get great instruction in all disciplines. This year Jane is co-ordinating activities for members interested in TREC, and is also arranging training and practices for people interested in Quadrille and Dressage to Music. She is also putting together the programme and fun activities for the Summer Camp and the Dressage Camp. Jane teaches flatwork on Friday mornings, and also teaches cross-country and jumping sessions.


Jane has evented to Intermediate level and competed at Dressage to medium level, but a back injury some years ago cut short her competition career. She has a number of cobs who train in all disciplines and also take to battle fields to perform re-enactments. Last year Jane was part of the British team that came 3rd overall in the European Historical Cavalry Championships. She was employed as Head of Equine and Animal Science at Writtle College teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in Equestrian studies and veterinary care. She is a qualified teacher holding a PGCE, a Masters in Education and a BHSAI. As well as teaching Riding Club members Jane also teaches private clients in dressage and eventing disciplines.

Tel: 07766227720


Pippa Dixon

Pippa Dixon is a upcoming, young event rider based at her family yard in Bedfordshire. Horses have always been involved in her life as her mum had horses and this is where the obsession began. 

She was a Pony Club member aged 10 and this is where she developed her love of Eventing. She competed in all the pony club teams and in 2008 finished 6th at the Pony Club National Eventing Championships.


Pippa started out competing at BE90 level with British Eventing and has worked her way up through the levels, including competing in pony, junior and young rider Trials, to currently competing at 4* level at venues such as Belton International Horse Trials, Arville in Belgium and Blenheim International Horse Trials.

Pippa can help you and your horse with confidence. Pippa will use her experience from competition to help you better your  riding. Pippa also has lots of experience in producing young and inexperienced horses.

Tel: 07779997755

Claire Darwin

UKCC Qualified British Show Jumping Coach
I offer coaching for all ages and abilities. Delivered with the individual in mind, I work with each person at their own pace to help them achieve their potential.  I specialise in confidence building and technical development.


I am a member of British Show jumping and have produced and competed horses successfully up to 1m30 level, competing at all the major championships around the country.

Tel: 07825397465

Jo Gummer

As well as being a trainer I breed competition horses and also manage a livery yard.

I have produced my own horses to compete regionally at Prix St George and Medium, and nationally at Elementary and Advanced Medium level.  I run a successful livery yard and teach locally to my base in Cambridgeshire.  Many of my clients have gone on to successfully compete regionally at affiliated competitions.


I've ridden, trained and competed across all the disciplines but my main focus is on dressage.  With my first dressage horse I qualified for the British Dressage (BD) Elementary National Championships at Stoneleigh in 2000.  I have since then gone on to produce 'Tigger' and 'Hatrick' who compete at Prix St George (PSG) and Medium level respectively.  In 2013 Tigger qualified for the BD Area Festival Final at PSG and in 2014 he qualified for the National Winter Dressage Championships in Advanced Medium freestyle.


I have trained with international dressage rider and list 2 A judge Harry Payne.  I am also a member of British Eventing and British Show Jumping and hunt in my spare time. 

Tel: 07714280460


Doug Jones

Douglas has been riding since the age of 5 and being from a large family his parents were unable to afford a pony so he begged, borrowed and worked for rides on any and every horse he could. Usually this meant the trickiest, naughtiest and most stubborn animals were his mount and so developed a reputation for successful training of an getting results from the most difficult of horses which has continued throughout his career.


Competitively Doug has had success in pure dressage competing up to advanced medium, showjumping to 1.30m level and eventing to intermediate level. Some highlights of his career have been to win the BUSA National equestrian championship whilst at university; representing GB on the student games teams; producing and competing and winning national championships on the leading coloured stallion in the uk for 3 years running and even being (as a junior) a successful carriage driving competitor winning Junior Whip at Cirencester Driving Trials more years ago than he cares to admit! He has lectured at two leading equestrian colleges, managed large competition yards and trained clients in all disciplines from beginners right through to national championship level riders. He is an selector and trainer for various riding clubs and pony clubs for both area and national competition, Judges horse trials dressage and also is often asked to be ride judge at warmblood gradings.


He has a calm and friendly approach to training both horses and riders and will push you to challenge your limits but will never ask you or your horse to do anything outside your capabilities.


Tel: 07791994613


Natalie Banks


Tanya Woodhead

I have been a BHSII for over 30 years and in that time ridden many less than perfect horses in different disciplines. You can be confident that I have probably seen/felt at some time exactly what you are feeling from your horse and will be sympathetic to any problems you may have.

There is always a way forward if we accept that not all horses will or can follow our preferred route, but all can improve....riders also!

I am responsible for the Monday morning training sessions for KRC and will work you on the flat, over poles, show jumping, grid work and cross country.

The pole work sessions are excellent for all riders and you are always kept learning with the range of exercises used.

The Gridwork stretches both the rider and the horse and can be adjusted to suit all abilities.

When there is a full show jump course of show jumps available I will help you with course riding and preparation for competitive jump off.

When we have the arena XC you will be supported through the issues you have and left feeling more confident.

Tel: 07796653619


Beth Symington

Beth has had a successful eventing career to intermediate/2* level and is now working towards her first Prix St George dressage test.


She is currently coaching a wide range of riders and is passionate about helping both rider and horse fulfil their potential by using modern, relatable and enjoyable coaching techniques.


As a rider herself, Beth understands the need for sessions to be interactive & informative and she strives to deliver sessions that will send combinations home with lots to think about along with exercises to work on. She has a wealth of experience working with young/inexperienced horses and ex-race horses.


Beth is a PC listed coach and a trainee BD judge.

Tel: 07769712176

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