At Bewdley Bridle Club we pride ourselves in offering exceptional training in all disciplines on a regular basis. Our training sessions are fun, friendly and supportive so are the ideal environment for youngsters and nervous riders as well as the more experienced jockey.

Meet our regular trainers

Nicky Southall

Nicky is registered BHSII, Senior Coach and an accredited British Dressage trainer and competitor, who has over 20 years’ experience of teaching beginners to advanced dressage and event riders, and training horses, from backing to advanced level.

Nicky is a friendly, approachable trainer who gets a huge amount of pleasure working with and seeing, riders and horses progress and learn.  Nicky trains with Gareth Hughes and Olympic Gold Medallist Carl Hester, with her own dressage horses.

Nicky has competed upto PSG level and is currently having fun campaigning her home-bred boy up the levels.

Sophie Cox

Sophie is an accredited British Dressage UKCC Level  3 coach, BHSI and UKCC Level 3 Generic Coach.

Sophie specialises in dressage and test riding. She has helped many of our members make the jump from unaffiliated competition to BD with ease and supported many of our team riders. She enjoys teaching all ability of riders and has a great knack of developing the more nervous rider to ride with more confidence and poise.

Sophie is currently competing her own horses at Medium Advanced level with great success.

Issy Coleman


  • BHSAI (Stage 3 Coach of Complete Horsemanship) UKCC Level 2
  • Stage 4 Senior Management and Stage 3 Trail Leader
  • Currently training towards the BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach Qualification

With plenty of experience and extensive knowledge gained from working at a wide range of centres and with freelance clients, Issy encourages, supports and motivates riders to thoroughly enjoy horse riding whatever their ability and experience.

 Issy will be training BBC members in Drill, Quadrille and Dressage to Music.

Pat Crann

PgDip in Professional Coaching in sport, UKCC Level 4 coach, UKCC Level 3 Show Jumping, BHS Stage 3 Coaching4All, Pony Club ‘A’ Test.

Former International Show Jumper and Former 4* Event Rider

Coach Developer, Assessor & Internal Verifier for British Showjumping, Pony Club, British Eventing & Horse Sport Ireland.

Specialises in coaching all abilities to achieve their goals and be the best they can, whether on the flat or jumping.


William Blane

William Blane is a BE Master Coach, Fellow of the BHS, Director of Training for PCUK and former 4*(now 5*) Event Rider.

William is a very popular trainer with riding club members and will be training at all levels for Bewdley Bridle Club. You will be seeing training sessions on polework, showjumping and XC throughout the year.

Meet our guest trainers

Karen Oliver

Karen is an esteemed riding instructor holding several qualifications and with many years’ experience.  Having worked in the equestrian industry since leaving school, Karen has worked as a groom on busy event and competition yards as well as freelance teaching.

Karen hunts and competes in most spheres of equine sport but her ambitions are predominately in eventing.

Karen specialises in encouraging nervous riders to become more confident while gently expanding their comfort zone. Karen runs many clinics including her very popular gymnastic pole work and jumping clinic for all abilities.

Jon Rogers

Jon is a BHS, UKCC L3 Generic and BE Accredited coach. He is also a recommended Pony Club coach, UKCC coach educator and is currently on the 2018/19 BEF National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence. Jon is extremely passionate about coaching all levels of rider and trains riders from grassroots level.

We are very lucky to have some amazing guest trainers who run specific clinics with us throughout the year.

This year we have clinics planned with William Blane, Margaret Lynnington-Payne, Emma Malone, plus many more. Check out our calendar for dates and booking on information