Meet the Team
Meet our wonderful team who all bring different experiences and interests to the riding school. You can be assured that they will keep a watchful eye on your progress ensuring safe (and fun!) learning.
All of our instructors are BHS qualified, DBS checked and first aid trained.
Sophie ByfieldI started riding at The Horseshoes Riding School at 7. I became a club assistant at the age of 17. After finishing secondary school I did a gap year in Australia working on a sheep and cattle farm and also a Polo Groom before travelling the East Coast.
I graduated from Writtle University with BSC (Hons) in Equine Studies and rejoined Horseshoes as a Junior Instructor in 2009. I currently compete with my horse Tallulah and am pursuing my dream to ride to Prix St George level in dressage.
Lisa MakinI am a full time instructor at the Horseshoes Riding School where I have been teaching for 6 years and have been riding for 30 years!
I enjoy show jumping and doing cross country with my mare, Kit and I completed our first Hunter Trials last year.
Louisa BishopI have been riding since early childhood and was lucky enough to get my own pony, Whisper, at the age of 8. I continued riding at the Horseshoes Riding School on my Mother’s horse, Monty, once I had outgrown Whisper.
By the age of 16 I was competing locally in dressage competitions. My new horse, Fergus is a 5 yr old Irish sports horse and I plan to event him this year.
Jessica SimmondsI started riding at the age of 4 and have been riding for 15 years. I started as a club assistant member at the Horseshoes Riding School every Saturday and as soon as I left school I became a full time member of the team. In the future I would like to compete in show jumping and dressage and hopefully reach a high level!
Kelly ReynoldsI started riding at the Horseshoes Riding School at the age of 5. I then volunteered here between the ages of 10-16 and at 14 got my own horse, Jazz. In the 13 years of having Jazz I have done local shows and jumping clinics and he has really put me through my paces when it came to exams; stage 1, Riding and Road Safety, NVQ 2&3.
I became a Mummy in 2014 but returned to the Horseshoes part-time to allow me to continue doing what I love!