WRC Trainers


Mary Baillie is an ex-international event rider who has brought many horses through the grades. She has ridden all her life including having won a cup for Prince Phillip Mounted Games at HOYS and competing at Badminton. She is a BHSAI and is happy to teach at any level in any discipline. She is as skilled at teaching people who want to jump a pole on the floor as preparing riders for competition.

Contact 01884 881323

Colleen Hoekstra Knox 

From young horses to Grand Prix, Colleen has trained several horses all the way up the levels, and has been riding FEI for over 20 years, giving her a comprehensive view of the entire process from start to finish. Because of this "in the trenches" understanding, as well as intensive study of biomechanics and equine behaviour, Colleen has a particular talent for being able to break complex concepts into smaller, easy-to-understand pieces to ensure her horses and her students have a genuine understanding of the basics and are able to problem-solve when schooling on their own.

Her teaching is classical in nature and follows the training scale, and yet her students are extremely successful in the competition ring. She has several students competing and winning at the regional and national level in both the UK and the USA and is a fully insured BDCC Level 2 Coach. She is a BD Trainee judge and a BD registered trainer who is a graduate of the USDF L judges programme with honours - Meet Colleen (colleenknoxdressage.com) 


Sian Brown is a BHS registered instructor and holds UK Level 2 coaching certificate with British Showjumping and plans to work towards her Level 3 in the next few years. She was born into horses; her mother also being an instructor competing at all disciplines since a child. She started teaching the junior rides at pony club 22 years ago. Her interest in jumping started with the training of her homebred mare with the assistance of ex international Annette Lewis and she enjoys combining flatwork with poles to improve the riding of courses rather than concentrating on single fences. She has ridden BE, BD and BS successfully at the lower levels and is looking at bringing youngsters through the ranks. She especially enjoys working with the nervous rider to improve their day to day enjoyment with their horse whether it be schooling, hacking or jumping.

Contact 01884 881379


Tim Cheffings BHSI is a professional event rider who has continued success at all levels within British Eventing and FEI. Tim is known not only for his talent as a rider and trainer of young horses, but also for his perceptive and calm approach to his horses and their training. He is increasingly popular with riders of all ages and abilities who enjoy his calm, relaxed approach. Tim is a British Eventing Coach and a BE Youth Development Coach. He’s also now a BHSI, so only has his BHS fellowship to go when time allows. He also won the BE Bridging the Gap series and scholarship in 2015. For contact and more information see: http://www.downefarm.co.uk

Vanessa Cheffings BHSII has a wealth of experience in training horses and riders at all levels. She has started numerous young people on their careers including Roland Tong, international dressage rider and trainer. Vanessa has ridden successfully at Advanced Medium dressage and Novice eventing. She has been taught by some great trainers including Kalman de Jurenak and this knowledge is used to help improve both horse and rider. Vanessa is happy to teach at any level.

For contact and more information see: http://www.downefarm.co.uk

Louise Hutchinson is an experienced instructor and regularly competes up to Grand Prix, including a variety of horses and ponies from Prelim level. She enjoys teaching anyone from beginners to more experienced riders, trying to make dressage fun for everyone.

Erica Oldham BHSAI UK Level 3 Coach. Erica is a well known, qualified UK Level 3 coach, B.H.S.A.I., fully insured D.B.S. checked, child protection and first aid certified.

Erica has coached successful affiliated dressage riders, International Event Riders and Show Jumpers. She also coaches at BS Junior Academy and Confidence Camps, so is well established at training all levels and abilities.

Erica holds regular, individual sessions or group training clinics at HME and will also travel to outside venues and private yards.