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.
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 PSG, and is now competing at the Premiere Leagues :-)
Jess Robinson has recently joined the team, having gained her BHS Stages 1&2 and Riding & Road Safety she has worked with horses for the last 10 years. Jess now wants to focus more on the grooming and competition preperation of dressage horses and is also a keen competitor having just joined British Dressage to compete in the Team Quest competitions on her pony. Her ambition is to become Charlotte Dujardin haha but i think we would all like that!
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 has the ride on Ella, bred by Julie by Caeser 171. She is competing at Elementary and training at Medium level.
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!
Tom Pears is the farrier to all of our horses and most of the yard. Tom is AWCF qualified (registered remedial farrier) and an approved training farrier. He is also very competitive, just missing out on competing for England in shoeing competitions. Tom has won several Yorkshire Show titles, and numerous ‘best shod’ awards in showing classes. Tom works closely with lots of vets, and takes on horses who need remedial and corrective shoeing for lameness and lameness prevention.
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