Lindsay Cameron has been at Gunthwaite Dressage since 1998. Linzi did her NVQ Level 3 with us and has competed very successfully up to PSG on Kwad, the Moody’s schoolmaster.
Charlotte Hawke started working for Moody Dressage in the summer of 2010 and has never looked back since as horses are her passion, although her affections do lie with one particular horse ‘Jordas’ :-) Charlotte has been around horses all her life and used to work on a racing yard after completing her NVQ level 1 at Doncaster Racecourse. Charlotte shares the responsibility of being ‘In Charge’ of the yard with Kirsty and Trudy.
Trudy Oxtoby started working full time at the end of 2012 after working on an eventing yard for 2 seasons in America, where she gained invaluable experience on the demanding competition scene and with the highly strung event horses :-) Trudy does not have her own horse at the moment but Wally is her pride & joy – Nora is a very close 2nd! Trudy also shares the ‘In Charge’ days with Charlotte and Kirsty.
Moody Dressage Apprentices and Working Pupils
Kirsty Mellor also has a horsy history having been a Pony Club and Byrds member and gained a National Diploma in Horse Management. Kirsty has been on the yard for a good few years now and has an ‘in charge’ role :-) she also has her own horse ‘Patrick’ who she is competing very successfully at Advanced Medium.
Elli Darling moved from Suffolk with her two horses Chunky and Fitz to work and train with us for two years. She is also working towards her UKCC level 2 and freelance teaches in her not so spare time! Chunky owned by Tori Bahal is learning the changes and will be out competing at Advanced Medium very soon. Fitz is successfully competing at Medium.
Other (extremely important :-)) Support Team
Patrick Moody is chief executive of Gunthwaite Dressage, chief chaffeur, accountant, electrician, maintenance man, …
An Oxford graduate he spent a year teaching English in India before turning to the world of business management. For the next thirty years he worked full time in the textile industry until, in a moment of madness he left his lovely secure office job and entered the big bad world of unemployment. This didn’t last for long of course – he was soon snatched up by Gunthwaite Dressage (taking a significant reduction in salary unfortunately) and has been there ever since! He now has a second job back in the textile industry, this time in tapestries – check out Ehrman Tapestry
Anne Moody is the lynchpin of the whole enterprise: yard manager, trainer in residence, secretary extraordinaire, chef…
Without her childhood interest in horses, Gunthwaite Dressage would possibly not be here today. Born in Ireland the youngest of four, she eventually persuaded her parents to let her have a pony. Life was a tad different then and we hear tales of hacking for 7 miles and back to a ponyclub rally – none of this lightweight stuff that goes on now! She is an art graduate and taught before becoming a dedicated mother to Hannah, Sarah (the one who actually flew the nest) and Becky. Anne is more of a ‘behind the scenes’ character than Patrick but it is her professionalism and dedication that keeps everyone at Gunthwaite Dressage (family, employees and clients) on the right lines.
Kelly Oxtoby is the secretary/admin person :-) but is also quite versatile and will muck out, groom at competitions, drive Frank (the lorry), and also help sell the exceptional youngsters that we have for sale. Kelly is the proud owner of Slim (Jim), bought from Julie, and is successfully working up through the levels with him. She has more recently bought 2 year old ‘Gorgeous’ (named and bred by Julie!) and cant wait till he is backed and out in the Young Horse Classes!
Julie Lockey has been a friend of the Moody Family for several years and was so inspired by the world of dressage that she decided to start breeding, buying and producing young horses (preferably black) in the hope that she could produce the next Totilas :-) Julie has a continual selection of lovely yearlings, 2, 3 and 4 year olds for sale (as unfortunately we cannot keep them all) so if you are interested in having a top class young horse please contact us :-) Julie is also the proud owner of several of Hannah and Becky’s top rides!
Hird and Partners Vets, particularly Peter Scholefield and more recently Tim Booth and Maja Anderson have been helping keep the Moody Yards horses on the road since about 1999… They have fantastic facilities up at their centre near Halifax. Check out their website:
Hird and Partners Equine Centre
Anna Nelson is physiotherapist to the humans on the yard! She comes here once a month to do clinics, and there is sometimes a space, so if anyone is interested in a session with her please get in touch. Anna is a qualified physio and also rides, so she has a good understanding of common issues that riders have! She also does a lot of work on core stability, and will watch you riding to give tips on postural problems etc. Click this link to view Anna’s website
Martin Brookes is the Equine Dentist to all the horses on the yard. Martin visits every 6 months for routine check ups and then if needed undertakes any other work that has to be done to keep the horses’ mouths and teeth in tip top condition! Martin has had extensive training and gained numerous qualifications. For more information please visit his website http://www.equinedentist.me.uk