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Elly and John Hierons have been running equestrian centres for more than twenty years.


They moved to Badshot Lea Equestrian Centre in 2005 and have strived to make their centre smart and professional without losing the friendly family-like atmosphere.

Elly says:

"We have a great team working at the centre. We pride ourselves on keeping a happy and consistent staff. You'll always see the same faces at Badshot Lea Equestrian Centre"


Emily Lemon - Yard Manager and chief instructor

Emily has been with us since 2006 when she first came to us as a client. She is a registered BHSII and also has a PGCE in higher and further education. She has her stage four stable management and having recently achieved her stage four riding is now a BHS Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship.


Emily also has a diploma in Equine Sports Massage. She is a competent and experienced horse woman and is intregal in ensuring the smooth running of our riding school. Emily's horse, Fairby, is successfully competing at dressage, show jumping and eventing.

Emily is a very experienced and enthusiastic intructor who takes time to carefully plan enjoyable and progressive lessons. She likes to achieve goals without losing sight of individual ability and confidence. As with all our instuctors she has a strong compassion for all our horses and ponies and works on riders balance to ensure the comfort of our four legged team members. Emily runs our Pony Club sessions and organises all our staff and adult client training.

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Amy Shadrake - Head Girl


Amy has her BHS Stage 3 coach in complete horsemanship (BHS AI). She came to us on her apprenticeship and quickly worked her way up to instructing and being integral in the yard management.

We are very proud to say that Amy won the Apprentice of the Year Award, a huge achievment for her and the team at Badshot Lea Equestrian Centre.

Amy is a very energetic and enthusiastic instructor and is particualrly good with children. She also heads up our new 'Young Equestrians'.

Amy helps with the training and schooling of the livery horses and school horses and ponies and enjoys the day to day life on the yard!


Jessica Kent - PTT groom and instructor 


Jessica has her BHS Stage 2 and her Stage 3 Care plus her Stage 2 Teaching exam.

She came to us as an apprentice and quickly fitted in with the team soon becoming a full time member of staff.


Jessica enjoys teaching and schooling the school horses and ponies with a particular flair for our Spanish horses, Dez (now sold) and Lolita.

She is keen to continue her training and working her way through the stage exams.

We also have our part timers, Kally and Lily and Luci.  Together we dedicate ourselves to looking after our liveries and riding school horses and ponies.

John (who is also an accountant) is kept busy keeping the centre in tip top shape.

John says:

"Horses can be quite destructive so maintenance is an on-going job. We always have projects on the go and in the summer just keeping the grass cut is a full time job!"

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