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Woodland Hunt Coaches

When you first join (and for some time afterwards!) it can be hard to know who everyone that runs the club is, what they do and how to get hold of them. This page should help solve that little problem. If you fancy taking a more active role in the club and might be interested in joining the Committeee - please do get on touch we would love to hear from you! You don't need to be 'horsey', just an interest in the club is all you need - oh, and a good sense of humour!

Meet your coaches

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Posy Knapp

Training Advisor

BHS Stage 5 Performance Coach (BHSI), UKCC L3

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PC ‘A’ Test Assessor and holder

Senior Assessor - British Horse Society Equine Excellence Pathway

Represented PC(UK) & British Horse Society on 2019/20 British Equestrian Federation National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence

Now in her 4th decade of coaching for WPC at all levels from beginners to ‘A’ test  success and from mini rallies through to Championship Teams. Has completed two former terms as Chief Instructor as well as being a former DC.

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Liz Properjohn

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Stage 5 Performance Coach (Dressage Rider) BHSI (DR) With over 30 years experience and a regular PC coach for the past 7 years.

she’s also a  PC test trainer and a ‘B ‘Test assessor, BD Youth  Coach & Assessor whilst also holding her UKCC L3 too.

In 2018 BD selected  Liz for the National Programme Coaching Excellence 2018/19  cohort and has competed at PSG in past years.

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Steph Read

Steph is a PCUK Accredited instructor, and also is a holder of the PC 'AH' Certificate. She is a regular instructor at our rallies and her mounted games rallies are particularly popular. She teaches across all disciplines and when not with Woodland runs a busy livery yard with her family. Steph has many National Riding Club wins under her belt and has competed her current horse to International CCI* level.


Julie Rainer

Julie started teaching for the pony club when she was 17 and still loves every minute of it 45 years later.  As well as freelance coaching, she runs a busy livery yard with her daughter, and fellow coach Steph, has her BHSAI, stage 4 riding and is a B test assessor.  You'll see her out on the eventing scene when her daughter is competing and also at more local venues when grandson (and WHPC member) Lucas is competing and always looks out for members. She has competed to novice level eventing and advanced medium dressage but now enjoys hacking and schooling her thoroughbred gelding Zac. 


Emily Bilton-Sanderson

Emily is a BHS Stage 3 Coach who works at Berkshire College of Agriculture where she helps to run events as well as teaching the students.

She enjoys teaching pony club and taught her first junior camp this year. 


Harriet Kitching

Harriet Kitching is a BHS Senior Coach and was a member of Woodland Hunt herself.  She has successfully evented at BE Novice, competed in the Badminton Grassroots Championships the first year it was held and represented Woodland on various teams when she was younger.  Harriet works as a Lecturer at Berkshire College of Agriculture where she teaches subjects such as Theory of Equitation, Event Management and Teaching - where she trains students for their first teaching qualifications.  

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Lucy Gavrilovic

Lucy is BHSI (reg) BHS and R&RS Assessor Experienced trainer/coach for all levels.  She is an experienced Riding and Road Safety Trainer and Examiner and a BHS and UKCC Assessor.  She competes her three dressage horses to BD Medium Level and her nieces are Woodland members.

Lydia Hannon

Lydia is a  BHSAI Coach and
5* eventer

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David Britnell

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David is a professional rider and trainer – he is a BHS Senior Coach and is currently studying for his BHS coach and stable managers and BE UKCC L2/3 – he has a long-term ambition to achieve the BHS Fellowship. 

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Ellie Toms

Ellie has been a member of Woodland Hunt for a number of years so knows how much fun being part of this pony club can be. Ellie qualified as a BHS stage 3 instructor in 2021 whilst riding her own horses and has been to the Pony Club Championships twice.

She is currently studying Physiotherapy at university and teaches in her holidays. Ellie is a  competitive eventer although has also competed in showjumping and dressage

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Helen Cranfield

Helen is the Head of Equine Department at BCA and was originally a student there having completed her BA (Hons) Equine Sports Performance. Helen lectures on a variety of equine subjects, teaches ridden flat and jump sessions. Helen is a BHS Senior Coach, teaching many Riding Club and Pony Club clinics and camps over the last twenty years. Helen is now enjoying be a pony club Mum herself!

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Emma Brinkworth

Growing up on a farm and livery stables in South Devon, Emma has been riding for as long as she could walk.  She spent her early years with the South Devon Moorland Pony Club and represented them numerous times in Showjumping, Eventing and Tetrathlon, successfully competing at the Pony Club Championships on 6 occasions. Emma is a BHS Accredited Professional Coach and has a 1st Class Hons Degree in Animal Science from the University of Reading. Emma has two daughters who are members of WHPC.

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Sofia Forino

Sofia is a BHS Performance Coach (BHSI)and works as a lecturer at Sparsholt College teaching both degree and college modules.  Sofia has recently completed her Masters degree in Equestrian Performance, Behaviour and Training.  She has her own horse that she events at BE100 and a loan horse that she is doing some dressage with.


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