Kathy Bamber

Kathy Bamber

Head of Faculty: Equine and Applied Animal Science

‘After graduating, I spent a year in Malawi setting up a horseback safari in Nyika National Park.

Returning to the UK, I attained my BHS Intermediate Instructor’s qualifications whilst working in the industry.

Joining the college in 1999 as an instructor/ technician, I spent seven years as a lecturer, became the Head of Equine in 2007, Head of Faculty for Equine and Applied Animal Science in 2014 and most recently Head of Faculty for Equine and Sport earlier this year’.

Gabbie McHenry

Gabbie McHenry

Equine Centre Manager

‘I joined the College in 2003. I enjoyed a three-month sabbatical in Perth, Australia, during this time, where I was able to extend my equine skills. I have also successfully completed my distance learning degree.

Having recently returned from maternity leave, I am looking forward to my next challenge of gaining my BHS Stable Managers, whilst also focusing on the management of the Equine Centre’.

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson

Teacher/Coach

‘Following several years equine industry experience, I became Yard Manager at Sparsholt College for three years followed by managing several large riding schools and a year’s equine lecturing before returning to Sparsholt in 2006 as a lecturer.

In 2014, I went to America running the riding programme at a summer camp which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I have owned two horses in this time and still enjoy competing’.

Heather Ashley

Heather Ashley

Equine Coach

I have worked in the equine industry for many years, competing in Show Jumping and Dressage to National Level, and running my own yard.

Now I focus on coaching horse and riders in these two disciplines to National Level, and train clients for BHS exams to Stage 4 and IT Level.

I am also a Listed Dressage Judge and Level 3 Coach’.

Nicole Cox

Nicole Cox

Equine Technician

‘I’m an Equine Technician working at the Equine Centre.

I have completed my Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management.  I have also passed my Stage 1, 2, 3 and PTT, I am currently working towards my Stage 4.

I have also previously competed in various disciplines’.

Sara French

Sara French

Equine Technician

‘As a Sparsholt student I gained both BTEC First and National Diplomas in horse management and BHS Stages 1, 2, 3 and PTT.

I have since worked in riding schools, livery yards and with Competition Horses.

My job as Competition Groom has led me to travel to shows all over the world. I have worked for an Olympic gold medallist, a European medallist and Team GB’.

Simon Green

Simon Green

Teacher/Coach

‘I joined the college in 1998 teaching the Further Education programs, co-ordinating the Modern Apprenticeship scheme and teaching the second year of the degree program.

My previous experience has included setting up and managing a 65 box yard.  The main focus of which was to train riders, produce/sell competition horses and offer a high-standard livery service.

I continue to compete my own horse in eventing’.

Amy Holbrook

Amy Holbrook

Equine Technician

‘I’m an Equine Technician at Sparsholt College and also a former student having studied the Extended Diploma in Horse Management (L3)

Following this I completed an Apprenticeship at a Dressage yard, leading to work at a show-jumping yard as a competition groom for just over a year.

I am now back here at Sparsholt College with my own horse on DIY livery’.

Zena Honey

Zena Honey

Pastoral Tutor

Following my education as a Sparsholt student, I further trained at H.M.S. Dryad to BHS Stage 2 and 3 level.  I then worked in private show-jumping.

A career move into retail management initiated my passion for staff training and development.  This lead to NVQ assessing and Apprenticeship qualifications.

Ultimately, I moved to a new career as a Learning Support Assistant.  I naturally jumped at the opportunity to join the Sparsholt College Equine Team as the Pastoral Tutor!’

Katherine Luck

Katherine Luck

Teacher/Coach

‘I first came into college lecturing when I completed the Level 5 Diploma, together with a BScHons degree. I have been a BHS riding instructor for 6 years, joining the Sparsholt College Equine Lecturing team in 2014.

I previously worked at Bishop Burton College as an Equine lecturer. 

I have also competed up to Discovery Level in British Show Jumping and I currently compete at Prelim/Novice level in Dressage’.

Emma McDonald

Emma McDonald

Equine Technician

‘I joined Sparsholt in 2012 having worked in the equine industry for over 15 years, including hunting, showing, breeding, show jumping and racing.

I achieved a qualification in Artificial Insemination after finishing my BSc and I have successfully bred from my own mare. I am also just entering my second year completing an MSc at Sparsholt’.

Emma Mansfield

Emma Mansfield

Events Organiser

I joined Sparsholt in 2015 as the Equine Events organiser.

Previously, I worked for a private family and, prior to that, I managed a large TB stud.  I have a strong background in Competition horses and breeding.

I have two horses at home, my little dun dressage horse, currently competing affiliated Elementary, and my daughter’s pony.’

Lauren Rees

Lauren Rees

Teacher/Coach

‘I have been lecturing at Sparsholt for 4 years. Previously, I worked as a freelance instructor, rider and groom and leased/managed a livery business.

My main areas of interest are equine behaviour/nutrition and also rider fitness – I am a qualified fitness instructor.

I have also ridden and trained horses up to Medium level dressage and Newcomers BS, and produced a number of show horses who have qualified/competed at national level showing competitions’.

Sue Stevenson

Sue Stevenson

Teacher/Coach

‘I work at the college as Course Co-ordinator for the Level 2 in horse care, teaching a wide variety of subjects on all of the FE equine courses as well as being a BHS assessor.

This enables me to combine my love of horses, teaching and riding with a balanced home life!  I am also involved with horses outside college, and I am Chief Instructor of the New Forest Hunts Pony Club and also manage the Tetrathlon team’.