Hi, I’m Shirley. I work full time in the yard, getting the ponies/horses ready for people to ride and booking in clients for their lessons.

My daughter is the rider although when I was younger I rode a lot, taking part in competitions etc.
During my teenage years I taught others to ride but that was before you had to have qualifications!!
I stopped riding to have children and it was 20 years before I rode again, now not so confidently!! I taught my daughter to ride and also broke in her first pony.


Hi, I’m Lisa and own the Centre with my husband Alistair. I currently own an advanced dressage mare called Minnie, as well as numerous riding school ponies/horses!
I hold my UKCC coaching qualifications and when I’m not caring for my little boy’s, Alex & Matt, I can be found teaching private horse owners, Dressage Academy & Pony club sessions.

I am responsible for overseeing & developing the junior coaching programmes which I get great enjoyment from and I am also the allocated child welfare & liaison officer.
You can read my profile under the dressage training section.


Hi, I’m Elissa. I have been a freelance instructor for years now! I qualified as an AI in 1984 and became a BHSII in 1991.

I am also qualified as a BHS Riding and Road Safety Trainer.

When I’m not teaching I compete regularly at local and national level in both dressage and horse trials on my own horses.

I teach riders of all levels including pony club, riding club and private owners.

My special interests are flatwork and cross country and I particularly enjoy teaching nervous/ anxious riders who need guiding gently in the art of riding!


Hi, I’m Jessie and I first started at Barguse as an apprentice.

Having studied at Duchy College for two years for my City & Guild Level 2 in Equine care, I am now working full time at Barguse. I have been riding since I was 6 and have my own horse called Socks who I enjoy competing on when time allows!

I hold my Riding & Road safety certificate and am currently working towards my UKCC level 1 coaching exam.

I work both on the yard and also help assist the senior coaches with group sessions, Saturday Club and Pony Pals!


I’m Vicky and I have been riding and helping out here at Barguse for a couple of years, I had to take a break from riding to look after my disabled husband but thanks to Lisa and everybody at Barguse I rediscovered my love of horses.

I mainly help out with ‘Pony Pals’ and with the Pony Club, helping our members to earn their achievement badges.

I am currently the Sportivate participant of year for completing a Sportivate course with Barguse, and I am hoping to gain my UKCC level 1 qualification soon, so I can start coaching and pass on my enthusiasm for equestrian sport to our clients.

I have a particular interest in working with clients with additional needs and I am very excited that Barguse was recently awarded the RDA accessibility mark.

Outside of riding I am obsessed with all things Disney, and my favourite place to be (apart from Barguse of course) is Walt Disney World in Florida.


Hi I’m Donna.
I started riding when I was about three years old! I tried lots of other activities like ballet & gymnastics but always preferred ponies!! I have been in the Pony Club since I was 7 years old and have gradually progressed my way up, enjoying taking part in all the activities and badges. I have helped break in & produce young ponies and been fortunate to have had the opportunity to benefit from lots of instruction here at Barguse over the years.

I have achieved my Bronze, Silver & Gold Young Equestrian Leaders award, hold my Riding & Road Safety certificate and have completed an Intro to Coaching course with a view to taking my UKCC Coaching Level One Certificate. I assist the other coaches with the junior sessions and Pony Club rallies in order to increase my hours of coaching and also help teach the Pony Pals/Beginner sessions.

When time allows, I enjoy competing on various horses at different disciplines and currently have two horses, Ebony and a youngster called Star which I’m hoping will grow large enough for me to event!!


Hi, I’m Cassy
I enjoy teaching all types of sessions here at Barguse. I have a background in classical dressage and specialise in Iberian horses. Originally, I trained at Turville Valley Stud (home of GP rider Samantha Thurman-Baker) by the late great Nan Thurman and her daughters.

I have a BSc (hons) Equine Science from Hartpury College and have worked previously as a feed advisor and area sales manager for Allen & Page horse feeds and for local equine company, Woof Wear Ltd. I have produced my own Lusitano and Spanish horses for many years and enjoyed competing at the annual breed shows & Championships.

I love working with all ages & abilities of riders, including the RDA groups and consider myself an open minded coach who will give anything a go. I hold my UKCC level 2 certificate and am working towards my UKCC Level 3.

I am responsible for teaching Saturday Club as well as the standard lessons and also organise the horse football and working equitation sessions which are proving very popular!

When time allows, I also run plaiting clinics teaching all ages to turnout and plait their horses correctly.



Hi, I’m Maxine.
I’ve been teaching for seven years and love seeing my pupils of all ages and abilities gaining confidence, progressing, having fun and enjoying riding and competing.
In addition to my BHS AI teaching qualification I’ve gained valuable experience competing, working and producing competition horses.

I always look forward to my lessons and building good relationships with my pupils whether beginners, novices or the more experienced riders aiming for competitions.

I enjoy all disciplines but my favourite and specialist is showjumping. I get great pleasure encouraging pupils of all ages to have a go at jumping and I also enjoy working with aspiring riders preparing and planning for competitions helping them rise through the levels and realising their ambitions.
When I’m not teaching I’m often travelling to competitions including county shows and national championships all over the country.

I also train horses up through the levels with the focus on good flatwork and creating a bond – we always have a full yard which keeps me busy!