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Click on the staff members below to read more information.
Fran is our Equestrian Manager and has brought to Stepney Bank Stables a wealth of knowledge and experience, Fran is BHS qualified and has managed a Riding School and Eventing Yards.
Tracey is a British Horse Society Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship with Stage 4 Teach. She takes a coaching approach to her work using a variety of techniques such as positive psychology and neuro-linguistic programming to help people understand their riding. Tracey particularly enjoys working with people new to the sport or who wish to regain their confidence. She has two horses of her own, one retired having competed successfully to Medium level in British Dressage affiliated competitions, and a young horse who is just starting out on his career.
Tracey is our Project Co-ordinator making sure that we meet the needs of the young people who we work with and promoting our services to schools. Tracey is also a Happy Brain Coach and is leading the introduction of Happy Brain to everything we do at the Stables. email@example.com
Grace has been riding since she was six years old and started working on a yard back at home when she was about 15; Graced stayed on the yard working and learning to teach until she started university.
Studying psychology at Newcastle University brought Grace to the area and she did a year-long mental health placement where she gained invaluable skills and knowledge. In her last year at university Grace started working at Stepney Bank Stables Youth Project and as Yard Support and loved that she got to work with our young people while spending time with horses! Grace became our Youth Co-ordinator and is responsible for the development of the youth project and the alternative provision programme.
Sophie has a background in youth work, Sophie works as part of the youth project running the 8-11s and 11-18s clubs
Kirstie joined us as a young volunteer in the project when she was just 11! Now she works with us as a senior instructor, and on the yard caring for our lovely horses. Kirstie is working towards her her BHS Assistant Instructor qualification and has recently been successful in passing her Stage III Teach. She has a horse called Xena who used to be in the riding school who she hopes to compete in the future. firstname.lastname@example.org
Alicia found her way to Stepney at the beginning of 2021 after she moved to Newcastle. She is originally from Sweden were she grew up just outside of Gothenburg.
Growing up her Mum, who’s a riding instructor and coach, introduced her to this amazing sport. Throughout the years she has been training and competing with her own horses in mainly dressage. She has worked in several different stables from the age of 14.
Alicia believes horse can teach us so much and that’s one of the reasons she loves working at Stepney to see the interaction between our young people and the horses. She’s looking forward to continue her development as much as she can and working towards her BHS exams.
Leanne works part time as an instructor at Stepney Bank Stables and also works as a freelance instructor throughout the North East, she has many years experience of working at a riding school and show jumping yard. Leanne is currently studying for her BHS Stage 5 over the next 12 months, and loves eventing on her lovely horse Roxi.
Rebecca teaches at Stepney on a part time basis.
Katy began her equestrian career at Penshaw riding school and has vast experience of different disciplines including working on a show jumping yard, a competition and livery yard in Belgium and Summer Camps in the USA. She is qualified with her British Horse Society Stage II and Stage III teach, has also worked as Head Girl with Louise Smailes at her eventing yard.
During some time out of the equine industry working as a manager at a bank. Katy rode as part of the cavalry team at Kynren for four seasons.
Having decided that her heart lay in working with horses, Katy now works freelance and plans to continue studying towards her Stage III exam.
Shauna is a member of our team working on yard and looking after our horses, she also supports the youth team working with our Club Members. Shauna has been at the Project for many years as she was one of our young Club Members herself.
Shauna has recently passed her British Horse Society Stage I exam and is studying for her Stage II.
Libby started as a Yard Apprentice in September 2021 and is completing the Equine Groom Apprentice Course, having previously been a member of our Equestrian and Activity Club. Her role is to support yard staff and our other Club Members. She plans to take her BHS Stage II assessment very soon and then work towards her teaching qualifications.
Thomas started as a Yard Apprentice in September 2021 and is completing the Equine Groom Apprentice Course, learning all about how to care for our lovely horses and ponies. You’ll probably have seen Thomas at the stables because before starting his apprenticeship, he was a member of our Equestrian and Activity Club for 3 years.
He says his favourite horse is Polly and his favourite pony is Rosie; if ever you’re looking for Thomas, you’ll find him in Rosie’s stable! His favourite riding activity is jumping.
Dan has worked for us for many years, Dan is up early every morning during the week helping to muck out the stables.
Andrew has worked weekends for us for many years taking care of all of our horses and ponies; if you need to know anything about where things are, ask Andrew!
You’ll have seen him about as he also volunteers during the week getting horses ready for lessons, taking them to and from the field each day, working on the yard and even taking care of repairs and maintenance around the stables.
Becky joined the project as a young volunteer when she was 8 years old. She now works in our office and has completed her apprenticeship in customer service with us recently.
Becky has a range of equine knowledge which helps when she is advising customers who are booking lessons at our riding school, as well as taking bookings and uploading the timetable Becky also provides admin support to the team.
Hannah helps cover reception during the week and at weekends.
Scott drives our horsebox during the week transporting our horses and ponies safely to the field on a daily basis. We’ve recently been lucky enough to get a new wagon and Scott has been making sure it all runs smoothly for us.
David is an experienced Instructor.