Meet the team
Leslie Evans – Chairman
Les has been with the group since 2000 and is our expert horse person and trainer of young riders. Les works with riders with disabilities and they may improve enough to join a lesson organised by the stables. He is also a competent carriage driver who has designed our carriages to be suitable for disabled people in wheelchairs. Les is knowledgeable in the legalities of running a Charity and advises on matters such as insurance and the Charity Commission.
Denise Evans – Trustee
Denise joined the group in 1999 and is also an expert horse person. She organises and runs our gymkhana every year which is a very complicated task with nearly 70 riders taking part. Denise is also responsible for the carriage driving ensuring that the drivers get as many drives as possible. Denise is the coordinator for the two Sunday rides.
Peter Whatley - Trustee
Peter joined the group in 1991 so is the longest serving member of the executive committee and has a wealth of experience of the Charity. He has seen many changes over the years and is now responsible for anything technical. So if the hoist doesn’t work - call Peter, or if STAN the mechanical horse
breaks – call Peter. Peter also ensures that all the tack is working and advises on any new tack that we need. Peter is also a qualified ride leader so is called if there is a problem on a ride.
SARA GRAY - TRUSTEE
Sara joined the group in 2009 and joined the Trustees in 2015. She has had a lot of fun helping disabled people and being around horses again. Many years ago she was a young girl with pigtails and an overweight pony – almost Thelwell but not quite. When asked to be a Trustee Sara accepted readily because she wanted to be more involved in the group. Sara’s working life was as a forensic scientist, which she thought were maybe not transferable skills. However although we don’t need her to investigate and analyse crimes she comes with experience of public speaking (guess who is doing the talks to the WI in future), training and health and safety responsibilities.
Sue Oxley - Trustee
Sue joined the group in 2007 with the intention of helping with one ride as a volunteer. It didn’t take long before her potential was recognised and she was also running the two Tuesday evening rides. When she retired from teaching she joined the executive committee and also became responsible for Health and Safety, a mammoth task. Sue also set up an Ebay account so that we could sell any unwanted donations that we receive and it has proved very successful and helped to add to our funds to run the Charity.
Janice Standhaven – Treasurer/Trustee
Janice joined the group in 2010 as the Treasurer. Janice is an expert in Sage, the software that we use for our accounts. Janice balances the books and prepares the final accounts for the examiner. She has an ‘eagle eye’ for anything that doesn’t add up.
Lyn Cowburn - Trustee
Lyn joined the group in 2011 to volunteer on one of the children’s rides but was soon persuaded to help with STAN, the mechanical horse and now spends most of Wednesday at the stables. Lyn joined the Trustees in 2013 so is one of the newer members, but her knowledge of software made her a prime candidate to manage one of the databases. Lyn is now responsible for the riders’ database so organises the new riders for the rides. She has also helped to set up the website.
Wendy Thorburn – Secretary/Trustee
Wendy joined the group in 2003 helping with the Monday rides but Rosie, our founder, also gave her the task of cleaning the tack for the carriage driving ponies. After Rosie passed away Wendy moved into the office to help with the paperwork because she understood the software used on the computer. The job escalated and Wendy is now responsible for anything that happens in the office – Emails, letters, messages, databases, insurance, investing funds, etc. She also collects and banks the cash from the rides and when nobody is looking feeds carrots to the ponies.