Our Team 2017-09-29T08:34:46+00:00

The amazing Wimbledon Village Stables team

We are very proud to introduce our wonderful WVS award-winning team.

You can be sure that whichever member of the team you ride out with, they will be interesting company and look after you every step of the way. Take a look at the testimonials to see what we mean! We encourage our staff to study for further qualifications and provide them with training from leading experts in the equestrian community. They also compete – in either dressage or jumping, they bring horses on and take them to shows for their owners, and regularly come home with ribbons.

We can confidently say that there isn’t a team like this in the country, a claim supported by the numerous awards we are very proud to have won for customer service as well as certificates of excellence from the British Horse Society. Our Stable Manager and Instructor, Jen Hesketh, is also winner of the ABRS Instructor of the Year.

Please do read the profiles of our staff, all of whom have interesting and very varied backgrounds. We look forward to welcoming you soon at Wimbledon Village Stables.

Carol Andrews, BHSAI
Carol Andrews, BHSAIOwner
I feel very lucky and deeply honoured to have a job which doesn’t feel like a job! Every day…
I work with an amazing team, fantastic horses and have the pleasure of the company of so many interesting people.

I learnt to ride at Coombe Hill Stables in nearby Kingston and when the stables came on the market in 1980, I jumped at the chance and took on the challenge of transforming it into one of the best-known riding schools in the country.

I passed my BHSAI and began competing in all equestrian disciplines, although show jumping was always my favourite. It now gives me great pleasure to be able to pass on to our clients some of the knowledge that I have accumulated. I am particularly excited to see the progress our riders make and share their enjoyment and sense of achievement as they build partnerships with the horses, whatever their level of ability.

Wimbledon Village Stables truly is a family business, as both my daughters – Sasha and Stephanie – are very involved and Caroline (my sister-in-law) is our Chief Instructor and her daughter Ella is also a keen rider.

Developing and improving the business over the past 30 years has, of course, had its challenging moments, but it is always fun and fulfilling, especially being able to raise so much money over the years for our chosen charities. I am thrilled that the stables continues to thrive and is going from strength to strength.

Kate Fourie, BHSAI Int. SM
Kate Fourie, BHSAI Int. SMRiding Instructor
Eventing and show jumping rider Kate began her equestrian career at home in South Africa…
with passing the SANEF exams. Since moving to London she continued to pursue her teaching exams and is now an Intermediate Stable Manager. She regularly competed on her own horse in eventing and show jumping competitions at George Riding Centre in South Africa. She enjoys working with riders of all levels to help them to achieve their goals and specialises in our Ride in a Day course. Kate is a bubbly and energetic member of the team who makes every ride a fun and rewarding experience.

When she is not out teaching one of her strengths is bringing on any new horses in the jumping ring.

Tasha Moore, BHSAI
Tasha Moore, BHSAIRiding Instructor
We are delighted to welcome Tasha back after a year out travelling the world..
She worked as an event groom in New Zealand and an instructor (gaucho) in Argentina. She thoroughly enjoyed her travels but is equally happy to have settled back into work at WVS. Tasha is keen to get back to riding fitness and work towards her next exam!
Roberta Bastos
Roberta BastosRiding Instructor
Brazilian Dressage rider, Roberta has always had a passion for the sport since working with the..
..renowned trainer Nydia Detemple. At the age of 19 Roberta was asked to ride her horses, and the following year she began her coaching career. Roberta’s junior students have won at their regional and national dressage championships in Brazil. Roberta has a natural flair for teaching and is very popular with all her clients. Roberta is University Graduate and has BA Hons!
Michelle McQue
Michelle McQueRiding Instructor
Michelle has ridden horses all her life…
..and is keen sports woman who loves to keep fit running, body building and walking three dogs on the Common. She is a very accomplished rider and she really enjoys teaching riders who are new to the sport and incorporating the simulator into their teaching.
Amanda Hall
Amanda HallPhysio & Pilates Instructor
An avid rider, Amanda is passionate about ensuring her clients receive the individual
treatment and management plan that best works for their specific needs. A top scholar graduate in Sport Recreation Coaching, she went on to complete her BHSC in Physiotherapy and a Post Grad in Western Acupuncture and a Masters of Health Practice.
Caroline Stevenson, BHSI<br />
Caroline Stevenson, BHSI
Chief Instructor
Caroline is a very talented instructor who holds her BHSI exam. She has chosen to …
dedicate herself to teaching people at all levels to become confident riders. Working in partnership with her sister-in-law Carol at Wimbledon Village Stables since 1980, she is a much sought after and popular instructor. Regular private slots with Caroline, whether in the arena or on training hacks, are much in demand. She is as happy teaching beginners as she is helping to develop more advanced dressage or jumping skills. Caroline is also the BHS Regional Riding and Road Safety Officer for London and for many years sat on the BHS Riding School and Livery Yards advisory group. She is the Assistant District Commissioner of Wimbledon Pony Club and is a valuable leader within the WVS team.
Mojca Usnik
Mojca UsnikInternational Independent Coach at FEI (Level 2)
Winning Prix St Georges’ dressage rider Mojca started riding at the age of nine and soon realised that…
dressage was her passion. Over the years she has been riding, schooling and competing clients’ horses up to Prix St. Georges’ level on a national and an international level. At home in Slovenia she trained with a variety of renowned international coaches including Anica Rojec, Isobel Wessels, Marcel Schönmakers, Christoph Hess and Igor Maver from the world famous Lipica Stud Farm, the cradle of all Lipizzaner horses in the world.

Mojca is also a qualified Equine Bodyworker, keeping the WVS equines in peak condition. Currently Mojca is enjoying working with Ludovic (Ludo) who she has schooled up to Medium level dressage. The pair regularly compete in affiliated competitions and have qualified for the Regional Dressage Championships. As well as teaching dressage Mojca also enjoys putting together the dressage workshops that WVS holds. See the events page for the next workshop.

In addition to all her training and competing she worked as journalist for Slovenia’s Top equestrian magazine “Revija o konjih”. As if that’s not enough she also has a Masters in Civil Engineering!

Claire Mallett
Claire Mallett Office Manager
An expert polo-crosse player, hailing all the way from Zimbabwe, Claire has been at WVS since 2003.
Claire grew up on a prestigious stud farm where she helped her parents break and school young thoroughbreds and knows the Stables inside and out! Claire has passed her BHS Exams and enjoys taking part in show jumping and cross country competitions. When she is not on duty in the office she enjoys riding her horse, Bamboo and Claire’s BBQs are a legendary addition to the WVS social events during the summer months.
Sasha Andrews, BHSAI Int. SM,
Sasha Andrews, BHSAI Int. SM,Part Time Riding Instructor
After graduating from Loughborough University with a 2:1 in Sport and Exercise Science, Sasha…
concentrated on gaining her equestrian qualifications, recently passing her Stage 4. Sasha is a talented rider and a natural horsewoman; she has ridden all her life and keeps her own horse, Pod, at the stables. She has had a very successful showjumping career in the past and has now turned her focus to British Eventing. Sasha has her HGV licence so she is able to drive the team to shows and events in the WVS horsebox. She has now switched to her other passion of teaching PE in schools.
Leanne Edens, BHSAI
Leanne Edens, BHSAIPart Time Riding Instructor
Originally from County Antrim, Leanne has worked
with horses all her life and of course has a particular affinity with Irish horses. Leanne passed her BHSAI in 1997, after training at Lessans Riding Centre and has worked in major equestrian centres around Ireland and recently spent a year in Saudi Arabia. Leanne has a passion for Eventing.
CrumpetHead Dog
Crumpet has a very important role to play at the stables. She meets and greets everyone who comes into the yard. She also keeps a watchful eye on everything that the horses get up to in the daytime and remains on duty during the night. Her favourite activity is accompanying the horses on their many rides across the Common.
Jennifer Fryer, BHSII
Jennifer Fryer, BHSIIStable Manager and Riding Instructor
Winner of the ABRS Instructor of the Year Award 2013, Jen is an accomplished horsewoman who started her…
competition career at a young age on her own ponies representing her local Pony Club at competitions. Whilst studying at Liverpool University Jen found time to ride competitively on the University’s Equestrian Team, successfully competing at the BUSA National Championships three years running.

After beginning her training at the prestigious Foxes Equestrian Centre she joined WVS where she completed her qualification as a BHS Intermediate Instructor. Jen has a particular flair for dressage and inspires confidence in her clients regardless of their ability. As well as being a very popular instructor and an invaluable member of the stables, Jen also has the responsibility of supervising the WVS team and ensuring that the horses receive the highest standard of care at all times.

Jen regularly competes on Glory Bea (Minnie) and regularly brings home the ribbons. She is delighted to be sponsored by Project7 Consultancy.

Nadia Power, BHSAI
Nadia Power, BHSAIRiding Instructor
A dedicated and talented instructor, Nadia has been part of WVS for many years…
her mum and Carol opened the stables together in 1980. Growing up around the stables helped her realise that a career in horses was in her blood. After a brief time away starting her BHS exams she re-joined WVS and successfully completed her BHS Stage III. As well as teaching out on the common Nadia is very efficient, making her a wonderful asset to the WVS team.
Julie Heapes, BHSAI
Julie Heapes, BHSAIFull time Riding Instructor
At the age of 8, Julie started riding at a local equestrian centre and hasn’t looked back since!
As a child she shared a pony and competed in local competitions enjoying showing, show jumping and dressage. Julie has worked as a riding instructor for 16 years and is a qualified BHSAI. She also studied for two years at Merrist Wood College and completed her BTEC National Diploma in Horse Management. She is a popular and patient instructor who enjoys teaching riders of all abilities. Julie finds it particularly rewarding to work with clients lacking in confidence and has a talent for helping nervous riders reach their full potential.
Maria Wojtkiewicz, BHS StageII
Maria Wojtkiewicz, BHS StageIIPart-time Riding Instructor
Maria started riding at an early age and through the years has competed successfully in…
various equestrian disciplines. She has spent considerable time schooling horses for special needs riders. She came to the UK from Poland to further her equestrian career, and started by teaching riding for the disabled at the ‘Diamond Centre’. She has her BHS Stage II and is looking forward to furthering her knowledge. She is a patient horsewoman and enjoys seeing her riders’ progress and enjoy themselves.
Hannah Simpson, SANEF Module 4
Hannah Simpson, SANEF Module 4Part-time Riding Instructor
Has joined us from South Africa and is on the pathway…
…to study for Veterinary Physio. She has completed her SANEF Module 4, which is equivalent to the BHSAI. She has ridden since she was 6 years old, competing in show jumping and dressage and the won the National Schools Championship on a horse that she had rescued. She has trained with one of South Africa’s top jumping and dressage Grant Langley.
Banjo and Milo
Banjo and Milo
Banjo a working Cocker Spaniel is owned by Tash and Milo the Jack Russell belongs to Kate are they are both the new kids on the block. They are both lovable friendly characters who love all the attention they are given by visitors to the yard. Milo particularly enjoys playing ball with all the small children and Banjo enjoys stealing it from her!
Pedro is a French bulldog, and although Crumpet doesn’t know it they are best friends. You will find him assisting Claire, meeting and greeting clients in the office and showing off his best tricks. He also enjoys amateur dramatics and you may have seen him in the starring role of ‘Simba’, in the Lion King-themed musical ride. He enjoys lots of attention so don’t forget to give him a pat the next time you visit the stables.
We Humans merely call her ‘Lottie’. In dog language she calls herself a name which translates as ‘the Great Chaser of Squizzels and the Fox’. At the age of one she was appointed (by herself) the Inspector General of Cats for the Esher and Wimbledon area and has for five years been carrying out a large scale study of the distribution of cats in the suburban pavement setting. The presence of the two cats in the yard has provided her with the challenging conflict of whether to continue to observe her subject as a scientist or to move her relationship with cats to a new level, the traditional dog-cat interaction model.

And finally …

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius