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Oxfordshire trainer reaches the final of BHS Instructor of the Year 2013

15 July 2013

Rachel LeSuccessful qualifier Rachel Levy with Robert Pickles FBHSvy, a freelance BHSAI from Wallingford in Oxfordshire, was thrilled to win the South region qualifier for the prestigious British Horse Society Instructor of the Year competition which took place at Berkshire Riding Centre on Monday 8 July.

The competition, which is this year supported by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers and sponsored by Haddon Training, is designed to encourage and inspire coaches to continue the valuable work they do within the industry in maintaining and improving standards and also to pursue their own personal development and education.

Six candidates took part in the Berkshire Riding Centre qualifier, which was managed by Robert Pickles FBHS. During the day, each candidate taught a ridden lunge lesson and a semi-private jump lesson, whilst Robert discussed all aspects of the horses, riders and teaching methods with the other candidates.

Robert had a very hard job separating the candidates, each of whom had some exceptional strengths, but eventually selected Rachel as the one who showed “the most potential as a coach, and who actively and knowledgeably took part in the group discussions throughout the day.”

The six candidates with Robert Pickles FBHSRachel will go forward to the final on 9 October 2013, at Warwickshire College, which will be judged by a panel made up of Olympic dressage team gold medallist Carl Hester MBE, British Showjumping team selector Di Lampard and Darrell Scaife, a respected coach and the most recent person to attain the BHS’s highest accolade, the Fellowship.

For more information on the Instructor of the Year competition, contact the Alison Le Fevre in the BHS Training Department on 02476 840510 or

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