The Riding Coaches

Come and meet our coaching team! Lincolnshire Wolds RDA are very lucky to have coaches from all backgrounds who all have a passion to share their knowledge and love of all things equine. 

With backgrounds from recreational equestrianism to military and police forces, from showing to eventing the one thing we all have in common is our love of RDA and our riders and drivers. 



Binnie Campion - Group Coach

 

I began riding at the age of 8 under the tuition of my Mother, Ann.  I joined the pony club and competed on many teams in all disciplines.  Together with my mother we ran a successful local riding school for many years and I became an instructor.  I have enjoyed many equestrian disciplines including eventing, show jumping, dressage and side-saddle.  In the 1980's I competed nationally and became a side-saddle instructor.  My involvement with the RDA began when the local Louth group were looking for a new base and they used our school ponies.  In 1985 I qualified as a group coach and have been involved with the RDA ever since. 



Joy Crighton - Group Coach

 

On retirement in 2015, I moved to Sandilands from Brentwood, Essex, with my husband Ronnie.  Within a few short weeks I was involved with Lincolnshire Wolds RDA at their Ulceby.  I am a retired Metropolitan Police mounted branch officer and regularly escorted the Queens troops down the Mall.  Prior to joining the police, I worked with horses all over the country, including teaching for the RDA in Ovsett, Essex.  I was one of the first batches of student to sit the "new" BHS Intermediate Teaching Certificate when it was introduced in the 1970's!  I trained at the Wirral Riding Centre in Cheshire under Geoffrey Hattan in order to pass my BHSI and I am now enjoying mew challenges as a coach for the Lincolnshire Wolds RDA. 

Ros Canter - Coach and British Event Rider

 

Lincolnshire Wolds RDA are very lucky to have the support of local international Event rider Ros Canter and her family.  Ros's eventing career is going from strength to strength with her string of up and coming horses and her star ride Allstar B , often found in the ribbons.  Ros can be found in her down season teaching and sharing her knowledge with our group.   

Kerry Lister - Group Coach

Kerry has been a group coach for the LW RDA for a number of years.  She mainly teaches on a Tuesday evening and enjoys teaching a wide range of riders in our group.

Jeanette Jones - Group Coach

Jeanette has been an RDA Coach for many years and involved with LW RDA since it's formation.  Jeanette currently teaches on alternate Wednesday evenings and enjoying being back, teaching our riders after a break from the group.  

Bridget Hardaway - Group Coach
I qualified as BHSAI in the Wirral in 1979 at the same yard as Joy but we missed each other by a couple of years.  I went on to work at Crabbet Park in Sussex and was taught how to ride and teach side-saddle. I spent the next few years teaching all levels of riders from toddlers to OAPs (one of whom was Nicholas Parsons!) in various locations around England. I have always been involved with local RDA and I believe that riding should be fun first and any/all therapeutic benefits will follow on. I am now a Group Coach with Lincolnshire Wolds RDA and enjoy teaching all our riders about horse care and riding.   

Holly McDonnell - Group Coach

Holly is our youngest coach and is currently studying away at University. Holly returns over her holidays and breaks to teach our sessions and you can often find her sharing her skills in stable management with our participants.  Holly also competes successfully with her 2 horses, Jack and Beau in both showjumping and eventing.  

Helen Gant - Coach in Training

Helen is one of our coaches in training. Having started out with LW RDA as a parent volunteer over 3 years ago, Helen now works on the RDA yard 3 days a week and is part of our committee. She loves organising pony days and events for our participants and for fundraising. 

 Helen has been involved with horses all her life from working in a local riding school on weekends to gaining her degree in Equine Sports Science and working on competitive yards and breeding studs until she started her family. Helen now has her 2 retired show jumpers, Tom and Guinness who live on the family farm. 

 Helen's daughter Evy has ridden with LW RDA since she was 5 years old and loves every moment of it and this is what has driven Helen to train to coach and to be able to help others learn and enjoy, just like Evy is.

Hannah Woods - Coach in Training

Hannah joined LW RDA as part of her placement year during her degree, She worked with us over the summer on the yard expanding her skills and knowledge. 

 Hannah is now in her final year and is currently doing her dissertation based on tack adaption for RDA use. When Hannah is not at uni, she is often helping on the yard with the ponies and now teaching riders in the arena. 

 Having ridden all her life, Hannah is a proficient horse woman and competitor. She currently owns one pony, Bailey who is retired.

Kim Clayphan - Coach in Training


Kim  joined LW RDA as a driving volunteer over 2 years ago.  She owns two horses who also live at LRAC and kindly looks after our RDA herd on their days off.  Kim wanted to join the coaching pathway in riding as she is a keen horse woman and also has experience of working with people with special needs.  Kim also has a strong understanding of deaf and hearing impaired participants and she is  fluent in BSL. Making her a great addition to the team.


Dedicated to our ponies welfare, you will often find Kim on the yard giving the care and attention to all the ponies that they deserve. 


Nickie Mcdonald - Coach in Training


Nickie has been a volunteer at LW RDA for a number of years and joined the coaching pathway with Helen and Hannah.  She is a keen horse woman and having owned her own horses has a solid background to teach from.  

Nickie is interested in specialising on the new Racewood simulator and you will often find her in there, keeping him under control during sessions!