The Team

Stathis Petracopoulos

Owner of the Ashdown Forest Riding Centre since 1995 and has ridden since very young. Stathis has competed in show jumping in Greece and the UK up to 1.30m level. He is hugely experienced as has been taking out most of the hacks over the last 20 years. He is now doing more and more lessons mainly for riders of intermediate & advanced level and riders with ambition & aspirations to compete. Stathis does have a bit of a Greek temperament so he may not be suited for the more nervous, fragile or delicate riders. He is a great motivator though if the rider likes to be pushed a bit.

Rosemary Leppard BHS I

Rosemary is our most senior instructor and has been teaching at the Ashdown Forest Riding Centre since 1997. She is also hugely experienced having competed in all equestrian disciplines herself over the years. Rosemary is now a very successful breeder and producer of miniature show ponies at the highest national level. Rosemary is available for teaching and hacks on the forest and is ideally suited for young children and nervous adults with her calm and sympathetic nature. She is also the instructor for the Ashdown Forest Riding Centre pony club.

Claire Ritchie BHS AI

Claire is from South Africa and has been teaching at the Ashdown Forest Riding Centre for many years. She is very popular with all levels of riders and is also fantastic with kids. Claire organises most of the pony days and pony parties. Claire is a very nice person and a great asset to the centre.

Esther Warren

Our latest addition to out team, another very experienced horsewoman. Esther regularly goes hunting and competes in all disciplines with her own horses, particularly enjoys eventing. Esther is a great instructor for all levels of rider and is very calm, cool and fun to be around and makes riding an enjoyable experience for all.