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Having begun her professional life in the pharmaceutical industry, Avril transferred to the charitable sector over 25 years ago where the early part of her career focussed on income generation, marketing, and communications.
Over time, Avril developed into senior leadership roles with a particular interest in governance and transformation management. She has experience of working within the homelessness sector, international development, and hospice care, and she enjoys using her knowledge of the charitable sector in her voluntary role as trustee of The Hearth Arts Centre in Horsley.
Outside of work, Avril enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, wild sea swimming and the creative arts
Fran is our Equestrian Manager and has brought to Stepney Bank Stables a wealth of knowledge and experience; she is BHS qualified to Stage IV and has managed a Riding School and Eventing Yards nationally. She has her own horse, Perfect, who she enjoys taking to training events and show jumping competitions.
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 also a Happy Brain Coach and is leading the introduction of Happy Brain to everything we do at the Stables. email@example.com
Grace is our Youth Lead and is responsible for the development of the youth project and the alternative provision programme.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!
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. She also spends some time in the office with the Adminstrative Team. 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. She also works freelance as a groom and has prepared horses for local and national competition. Leanne is currently studying for her BHS Stage 5 over the next 12 months, and loves eventing on her lovely horse Roxi.
Rebecca works part time as an instructor at Stepney Bank Stables and also works as a freelance instructor throughout the North East.She has been teaching children and adults in dressage and showjumping for over 20yrs, enjoying the variety in her work.Rebecca has spent a lot of time working overseas in Asia, Europe and the Middle East which has given her a wide range of skills and knowledge which she now brings to her lessons at Stepney.
Paul received his initial training at Ingestre Stables. Prior to joining the team at Stepney Banks, Paul worked on a number of different yards, both in the UK, as well as abroad. He enjoys both dressage and jumping and is passionate about helping riders to build up their confidence, develop their riding ability and advance their general equine knowledge, with an emphasis on equitation science.
Paul likes to explain things in a way that is easy to understand and is as comfortable to take on complete beginners as those who wish to take dressage or their jumping more seriously. Hopefully children and adults alike can both enjoy and benefit from his lessons.
Shauna is a member of our team working on the 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.