It was with great pride that I started as Centre Manager at Clwyd Special Riding Centre in November 2013.
I started life on a yard and grew up around horses, I volunteered with RDA for over 10 years, and my pony received his RDA long service medal. Also, my mother was an RDA Instructor and undertook training here at the Centre, so in many ways life has come full circle.
My background though, whilst maintaining my equine hobby, is in the area of additional needs and throughout my practice I have also service managed charities. I have always known the CSRC as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ but to actually witness what it achieves has overwhelmed me. The commitment of the team and volunteers is humbling and the continued efforts put in to fundraising is quite astonishing. To observe the riding, vaulting, equine learning, equine assisted therapy, hippotherapy and the carriage driving in action and to listen to stories of achievement and change confirms my belief in equine experiences for people with additional needs.
It is quite ironic that I am now Equine Manager at CSRC as this is where I started my RDA career some 30 years ago. Of course a lot has changed at CSRC over the years and it has been an amazing journey and now I am delighted to carry on that journey with my new equine team and new equine facilities.
I started at CSRC in November 2015 as part of Project CELT. Having worked as a secondary school teacher and having my own horses for many years, I am enjoying the opportunity to combine my skills to develop the Equine Learning side of this new venture. I live near Holywell with my partner, two young boys, three horses – Gwilym, Juice and Muffin and a rather elderly Jack Russell called Harry.
I joined CSRC as a volunteer for Hippotherapy in 2012. I then successfully applied for the post of Equine Therapy Coach for Project CELT. Growing up on a farm in Zambia, I have always had horses in my life. My strength in communicating with horses through body language and natural horsemanship techniques has helped to develop the programmes on which our Equine Therapy sessions are focused.
Kate has recently joined CSRC.
I have been employed at CSRC since May 2007 and I work alongside our Honorary Treasurer looking after the day to day finances at the Centre, reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Centre Manager and to the auditors. I have been a volunteer at the Centre since June 2004. I am an RDA Coach and have a UKCC Level 2 qualification, a Level 2 City & Guilds Work Based Horse Care Diploma and hold a Level 4 Diploma in Admin Management. As an RDA C and volunteer I enjoy preparing my Wrexham Group RDA riders for competition, concentrating on Musical Ride and Countryside Challenge competitions. My riders have made me so proud over the years with their successes and achievements at RDA National Championships.
I started as a Groom in February 2017. Previously I worked at a riding school doing an apprenticeship to gain Level 3 in Horse Care. I have also completed BHS exams up to Stage 3 Care and have nearly completed all the units for my PTT. I hope to complete the rest of my Stage 3 and PTT and then start my RDA exams.
I have been working as a groom at CSRC since March 2016. I have previous experience working in an RDA environment and I have gained my RDA GC. I have also gained my BHS Stage 3 Care and intend to get my Stage 3 Riding and my PTT as well as furthering my RDA qualifications.