Hello my name is Sandra and my husband Kevin and three daughters Shari, Kristy and Sofie moved to Woodredon in 2002. I take pride in offering a friendly professional yard for all children and adults to learn and progress their riding skills and knowledge. It is so wonderful to see clients that I have known since they were children now competing at our shows so competently. You will normally find me in the office with Simone where I tend to the everyday payments, invoicing and banking tasks, as well as helping with the clients booking in and getting on. I love all our schoolies but as well as Connor and King, my cobs, I would say Conker is my favourite.
Hi, I am Kevin Butchart Managing Director of Woodredon Equestrian Centre and husband of Sandra and Dad of Shari,Kristy and Sofie which I am sure you all know. I thoroughly enjoy our family life together in and around horses especially the competition element of the sport. Since we have owned Woodredon I have been involved with the development of not only Woodredon but the whole equestrian industry through the National Governing Bodies that manage our sport. I assist in helping our industry grow to give more opportunities for everyone wishing to participate in our sport. This is why you do not generally see much of me around the centre but I manage the continual maintenance and repairs here plus prepare all of the events for you to enjoy yourselves and practice your skills you have learnt through your lessons. I like to help with the handling and mind of the horse especially problem horses that have been handled incorrectly in the past. I am always around to assist in case of emergencies. Always feel free to say hello and I hope you all enjoy your horse riding and time here at Woodredon.
Shari ButchartBHSII Chief Instructor
My name is Shari Butchart, BHSII Chief Instructor at Woodredon. I enjoy teaching all levels from total beginners to competition riders and I am also involved with exam training and a QCF assessor for the College of West Anglia. I have competed at International level SJ including representing GB, International level Eventing including the Express Eventing series and have competed at many top shows including HOYS, Hickstead and Gatcombe. I particularly enjoy working towards peoples individual goals especially when using my favourite schoolies Ollie and Hugh who have taught me so much when I was competing them. In my spare time I enjoy other challenges like obstacle races and bootcamp fitness sessions. I am also a keen skier and snowboarder.
Hi my name is Sofie, I am a BHS AI level Instructor, UKCC level 2 and Yard Manager at Woodredon EC, I also am the Pony Club DC and run local showing, Jumping and dressage shows on site. Career wise, I am a professional dressage rider. I am currently competing horses at advanced dressage level, i am a Group 5 dressage rider and am currently on the BYRDS (British Young Riders Dressage Squad) A squad team. Within the last year I have had some big achievements including Regional Final Champion, Hickstead Masters Champion and placing’s at the National Championships on my horses. Previously I have competed International level showjumping on the England squad from the age of 9-19 taking me around Europe with my horses, competing at some of the biggest venues amongst the best competitors. I love our horses and ponies here at Woodredon and have a passion for teaching people my knowledge. I will often be seen on the yard surrounded by a babble of children as I instruct most of the children’s groups and enjoy running children’s holiday activities.
Amy ChildsInstructor and Office Manager
Hi my name is Amy and following many years of riding as a client at Woodredon, I decided to join as a permanent member of the team in February 2013. I trained at Woodredon and passed my BHS Stage 1 and 2 exams along with my Riding and Road Safety and PTT exam which qualifies me to teach. I now split my time between working in the office and teaching the 4pm children’s beginner group and the 4.30pm children’s intermediate group.
Hello my name is Dan and I moved to Woodredon with the Butchart family in 2002 and had previously been with them at Albury. You will often see me driving the tractor, rolling the school surfaces, fixing fencing and generally mending everything the horses break! I love living and working in Epping Forest as I am a keen cyclist and take full advantage of the wonderful location.