Woodland Hunt Instructors

All of Woodland Hunt's instructors have been hand-picked to provide some of the best instruction in the area. Of course all are fully CRB checked.


Details of some of our most regular and most popular instructors are given below:   


Posy Knapp

BHSII/ SM, UKCC Level 3 Coach


Jamie was a Woodland member for 18 years and represented the Branch at Open Area SJ. He is best know for his longstanding role of Master of Horse at Senior Camp, taking care of all our horses and ponies. A final year veterinary student, Jamie is passionate about Stable management training as well as the Pony Club training structure.


A PC ‘A’ Test holder, Posy has taught in Woodland for many years and is currently a PC ‘B’ & ‘AH’ test examiner as well as a senior examiner for the British Horse Society and a UKCC (Coaching) Assessor.  A former competition rider, who has won at the Pony Club Open Championships, Posy has worked with World Class eventers and show jumpers  and coached a number of riders who have gone on to compete internationally.  She has trained members through to A test but equally enjoys working with the mini and junior members in all disciplines. Posy is a keen fan of stable management training within PC and always on hand to offer advice.

Dawn Britnell




Dawn offers friendly, constructive coaching from BD Prelim to Advanced Medium, BE Intro to Intermediate and PC D to A test. Being a BD competitor (competed to Advanced BD and Intermediate BE) herself she understands nerves and enjoys helping others to achieve their goals. Dawn is a Pony Club B/AH test examiner and has an enviable track record in training candidates for all PC/ BHS/ Riding Club examinations. 

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.

Louise Austin



Louise specialises in teaching younger riders and those with confidence issues. A regular fixture at our junior and mini camps, Lou is enthusiastic and encouraging. She also has an equine behaviour qualification so will always try and teach children to look at things ‘from the ponies point of view’

Caroline Hawkins

BHS AI and UKCC Level 3 Coach as well as a Pony Club 'B' and 'AH' examiner

Caroline is a BHS AI and UKCC Level 3 Coach as well as a Pony Club 'B' and 'AH' examiner. She is passionate about the Pony Club Training system and we often use her for standard setting and testing. She is also a Riding and Road Safety Trainer and Examiner. Caroline competes regularly in affiliated dressage and eventing competitions and last year won a National Title when representing the Central Dressage region. She has also competed on the GB Pentathalon Team and is a keen tetrathlon trainer.

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.  Harriet is also the Course Manager for the Equine Level 1 and Level 2 students and coordinates the BHS training and exams. Before joining BCA in 2016, Harriet worked at Wellington Riding for five years as a Coach, Junior Holidays Coordinator and Deputy Yard Head.  These roles included teaching a vast range of clients of all ages and abilities, schooling competition horses, breaking and backing youngsters, training apprentices for their BHS exams and organising at least 16 holiday camps a year.  Harriet enjoys teaching challenging but achievable exercises which help horses and riders improve their partnership and confidence.

Liz Properjohn

BHSAI, Int SM & Int T Reg'd, UKCC L3 (Generic)


Liz is one of our regular coaches and is currently training members working towards the Area Dressage teams. She is a BD Trainee Judge,

Riding and Road Safety Trainer and on the BD Trainers Database.


Liz examines up to C+ level and can be seen out on her horse who competes at BD Advanced level. She enjoys coaching members of all levels.

Natasha Savage


Natasha has been awarded the prestigious PC ‘A’ test.  She has been involved with Woodland Hunt for many years and been placed at the Pony Club Open Championships. She has a wealth of experience in all disciplines, having produced many top class show horses and competed at the Horse of the Year Show. She has represented Team GB at the European Rural Riders Championships, evented at Advanced level and is also an accomplished dressage and side-saddle rider. She has trained riders to international level eventing and is an experienced racecourse veterinary technician. She enjoys teaching all levels of members and all disciplines.

Julie Rainer

Julie has taught for the Pony Club for more years than she would care to mention - but still thoroughly loves it!  She has competed to medium level dressage and novice eventing -but now rides her cob x tb gelding purely for pleasure. Julie is always seen out and about at events with her daughter, Stephanie Read, and her 3 horses! Julie runs a busy livery yard in Dorney with Steph, which they have had for over 30 years. 

Stephanie 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.