Lindsay Warren has been at Gunthwaite Dressage since 1998 and is our Head Girl. Linzi did her NVQ Level 3 with us and has competed very successfully up to medium level. Linzi has Gonzo on permanent loan from Bev Brown and loves him more than life itself! Linzi has also started competing Kwad, we wish them the very best of luck for 2012!
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’ who Charlotte enjoys hacking out and cantering fast to work off his belly 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.
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. She has a super new horse – hopefully a star of the future, who is already going out and competing very successfully up to elementary level.
Ryan Todd joined us in the summer of 2010, and is currently working towards his BD apprenticeship. Ryan had a great 2012 competing his own Charlie Eskberg in the Young Riders. At the beginning of this year he was selected to join the World Class training programme which is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of them!
Josie Gyllensward made the big move from Sweden to join the Moody team in July 2011. Along with all her belongings she also brought her own horse Tobias (Troy) and in 2012 bought Donald (pictured below) who as you can see is gorgeous. Josie will be campaigning Troy for the Young Riders and continue her training with Donald who will also compete at PSG this year. Josie is also working towards her UKCC level 2.
Elli Darling is the newest member of the team. Elli has 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 who is 6 this year will be out competeing at Elementary/Medium and also the the 6 year old Young Horse Classes this year.
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 new secretary but is also quite versatile and will muck out, groom at competitions, drive Frank (the lorry), and also help produce and sell the exceptional youngters that we have for sale. She has been around for many years, starting off coming for lessons with the pony club and loving dressage so much (because she is a chicken and never liked jumping!) that she eventually persuaded her mum and dad to buy her a nice dressage horse and keep it on livery at the Moodys. Since then, and several horses later, Kelly is now the proud owner of Slim (Jim), bought from Julie, and hopes to do the young horse classes and work up through the levels to advanced with him.
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 (well between Julie’s and Becky’s hard work they have officially got the best 4 year old in the country (Carinsio) so you never know) 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!
Dean Bland is farrier to the Moody horses (and all the yard!) After graduating from Edinburgh University with a degree in fine art he had a rather drastic career change to become a farrier. (We trust he has never looked back since as we may be partly responsible for this!) Dean does a lot of work with Imprint Shoes. You can visit the Imprint website and the Imprint Sport website for more info. Also please look at the following links for articles on how the Imprint Shoes can achieve great improvements http://www.facebook.com/ImprintEquineFootCare and http://www.imprintshoes.co.uk/testimonials/testimonials_farriers.htm
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