The amazing Wimbledon Village Stables team

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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.

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 I never tire of seeing the pleasure the Stables brings to so many people’s lives.

I learnt to ride at Coombe Hill Stables in nearby Kingston, passed my BHSAI at South Weylands Equestrian Centre and I have competed in all equestrian disciplines, although show jumping was my passion.
Wimbledon Village Stables truly is a family business, as both my daughters – Sasha and Steff – are keen riders as is Ella, my niece, and her mum Caroline (my sister-in-law) is our Chief Instructor.
Developing and improving the business has been always fun and fulfilling, especially being able to raise so much money over the years for some very worthwhile charities. I am thrilled that the stables continues to thrive and is going from strength to strength.

Caroline Stevenson, BHSI
Caroline Stevenson, BHSIChief 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.
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.
Tasha Moore, BHSAI
Tasha Moore, BHSAIStable Manager & Riding Instructor
Tash started riding when she was very young at her parents farm competing her own
horses with the local Pony Club. After a break from horses completing a BSc Geography Degree at Southampton University, Tash realised where her strengths and passion lay and she started work in Gloucestershire on a livery yard where she competed regularly in all disciplines and was very successful in her BHS exams, attaining her first four in just three years. Tash came to us as a BHSAI and is a popular instructor. She teaches all ages and abilities and loves to inspire confidence and have fun in all of her lessons. Tash has recently achieved her BHS Stage 4 Teach exam and having just been awarded a bursary from the BHS she is looking forward to continuing her exam successes in the near future. Tash also has the responsibility of supervising the WVS team as Yard Manager and ensuring that the horses receive the highest standard of care at all times, as well as maintaining happy staff and happy clients!
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!

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. Nadia is an excellent teacher of all ages but she excels in bringing out the best in the younger riders and is great at building up a great rapport with and giving confidence to the nervous rider.
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. Julie is keen to keep improving her skills and has recently been awarded a bursary with the BHS so she is now steaming ahead with training for her BHS Stage 4.
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 her 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. Although she has been riding and teaching for several years, Michelle has only recently had the opportunity to take her BHS exams. She excelled in her first one and is now flying through them having recently obtained her BHS Stage Two and she has already started training for the Stage 3. Watch this space!
Poppy Graves
Poppy GravesTrainee Instructor, 2018 Apprentice of the Year
Poppy has always had a love for horses and from the age of twelve she volunteered regularly at the nearby Deen City Farm.
Poppy has always had a love for horses and from the age of twelve she volunteered regularly at the nearby Deen City Farm. When she turned sixteen, Poppy enrolled on the Haddon Training Apprenticeship scheme which she has been working towards for the last two years whilst training and working with us. She has now successfully completed her apprenticeship course and we are delighted to keep Poppy on as part of our team of dedicated staff. Poppy is now focussing on improving her skills further, and has already achieved her BHS Stage 2 and Ride Safe exam. She is very efficient and maintains high standards throughout the yard. She knows all the horses really well and attends to their needs, ensuring they are happy throughout the day. Poppy is a fun and youthful addition to the team and we look forward to her beginning to take on more responsibility at the yard and building her skills through future BHS exams.
Katarzyna Mencfel-Wenglarczyk (Kat)
Katarzyna Mencfel-Wenglarczyk (Kat)Riding Instructor
“Kat (Katarzyna) came to London with a degree in Horse Breeding and Bioengineering in Animal Reproduction
to continuing MA studies in Animation. She took her horse riding instructor exams in Poland and she loves to teach riders on every level. She is an owner of two horses, schooled by her since foals. During years of riding, she tried lots of styles including polo, racing, mountain rides and horse archery. For two years she was competing in show jumping and she still finds it very exciting. She likes to share stories and knowledge about her passion.”
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.
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.
Crumpet
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.
Lottie
Lottie
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.
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!

And finally …

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

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