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Sarah Huntridge, BHS II, I SM, UKCC Level 2

Sarah has over 20 years experience in the Equestrian industry, predominantly based in riding schools.

Sarah owned her first pony at age 11, a grey commermara called Connie. After a couple of years learning the basics of pony ownership, at the age of 13 Sarah started helping out at Brockholes Farm (the Yorkshire's largest Riding Centre). Showing much potential, Sarah started her BHS exams aged 16 and progressed to BHS Stage 3 and PTT at Brockholes. After completing her 500 hours of teaching Sarah was awarded her BHSAI qualification.

Wishing to attain a higher teaching qualification, Sarah went to work for an International Dressage Rider as Yard Manager, followed by 12 months at Grove House Stables. Whilst at Grove House, Sarah had regular training with Jane Bartle-Wilson & Christopher Bartle at the prestigious Yorkshire Riding Centre.

In 2000 Sarah went to work at Yorkshire Riding Centre as a Trainee Instructor. The same year Sarah qualified as a BHS II and in 2003 Sarah completed her BHS Stable Managers exam in action, becoming  Sarah Huntridge BHS II, ISM. During her time at YRC Sarah managed various aspects of the day-to-day running of the yard, trained students up to BHS Stage 4, trained a variety of competition riders and ran the programme for BHS exams at the centre.

Being ambitious to expand her Equestrian knowledge, in 2003 Sarah made the rather bold move of spending 12 months in Auckland, New Zealand working as a Competition Groom at an International Eventing Yard. The highlight of her year in New Zealand was riding a young horse called Clifton Promise which went on to finish 10th in the 2012 London Olympic Games!    

Sarah returned to Yorkshire Riding Centre in 2004 taking up her previous role. She also developed the unaffiliated and affiliated Dressage and Show Jumping competitions at the Centre under the banner of her own company Sarah Huntridge Equestrian Ltd. Sarah eventually left Yorkshire Riding Centre to concentrate of Sarah Huntridge Equestrian Ltd.  

Never wanting to be too far away for her first passion – Equestrianism, - and in particular Dressage, - Sarah sat as a volunteer on the British Dressage Northern Region Committee as Senior Training Representative. Her role involved developing coaching in the region for both members and non members alike. When the role of British Dressage Northern Regional Development Officer became vacant in 2010 Sarah was widely encouraged to apply for the position. Sarah was successful in her application and is now the British Dressage Northern Region Development Officer.

Always keen to stay relevant to the latest Teaching methods and the recent focus on Coaching, Sarah went on to successfully complete her UKCC Level 2 Generic Coaching Certificate.     

We at Leopard Risk Management are very proud to have Sarah as our Equestrian Consultant. It is reassuring to insurers and clients alike to know we can call on Sarah's wealth of experience on any Equestrian related queries.  

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