Meet the Team
Our Skills and Experience
Sorrel Taylor - Centre Manager
It was with great pride that I started as Centre Manager at Clwyd Special Riding Centre in November 2013.
I started life on a yard and grew up around horses, I volunteered with RDA for over 10 years, and my pony received his RDA long service medal. Also, my mother was an RDA Instructor and undertook training here at the Centre, so in many ways life has come full circle.
My background though, whilst maintaining my equine hobby, is in the area of additional needs and throughout my practice I have also service managed charities. I have always known the CSRC as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ but to actually witness what it achieves has overwhelmed me. The commitment of the team and volunteers is humbling and the continued efforts put in to fundraising is quite astonishing. To observe the riding, vaulting, equine learning, equine assisted therapy, hippotherapy and the carriage driving in action and to listen to stories of achievement and change confirms my belief in equine experiences for people with additional needs.
Pam Jones - Equine Manager
It is quite ironic that I am now Equine Manager at CSRC as this is where I started my RDA career some 30 years ago. Of course a lot has changed at CSRC over the years and it has been an amazing journey and now I am delighted to carry on that journey with my new equine team and new equine facilities.
Mandy Jones - Senior Coach (with deputy responsibilities)
I have been involved with CSRC for over 20 years, being appointed as Senior Coach in May 2016.
I gained my RDA Coaching Certificate some 15 years ago and am the RDA County Coach for North East Wales.
I gained my UKCC2 in 2015 and have now started the journey to gaining the RDASC Certificate.
To be coaching at CSRC is something I am very proud of doing. I am thoroughly enjoying my involvement with our Centre for Equine Learning and Therapy and am also looking forward to developing more opportunities for both children and adults with additional needs here at CSRC.
Diane Williams - Senior Coach
RDASC UKCC L3
In the 15 years of employment at CSRC I have been fortunate to be in various roles. My qualifications include BHS AI, the RDA Senior Coach qualification and the UKCC Level 3 coaching qualification. My role as Senior Coach at CSRC is to coach and develop the increased demand for riding and therapeutic adapted vaulting. I support and liaise with all the RDA Groups based here and manage the participant applications. I am responsible for the organisation of regional competitions and the preparation and organisation of horses, riders, drivers, vaulters and volunteers to attend the RDA National Championships at Hartpury.
Sal McIntyre - Equine Learning Coach
I started at CSRC in November 2015 as part of Project CELT. Having worked as a secondary school teacher and having my own horses for many years, I am enjoying the opportunity to combine my skills to develop the Equine Learning side of this new venture. I live near Holywell with my partner, two young boys, three horses – Gwilym, Juice and Muffin and a rather elderly Jack Russell called Harry.
Casey McDougall - Equine Therapy Coach
I joined CSRC as a volunteer for Hippotherapy in 2012. I then successfully applied for the post of Equine Therapy Coach for Project CELT. Growing up on a farm in Zambia, I have always had horses in my life. My strength in communicating with horses through body language and natural horsemanship techniques has helped to develop the programmes on which our Equine Therapy sessions are focused.
Janette Edwards - Office Administrator
I joined the team at CSRC in March 2013 having previously spent 35 years working in the Banking Sector before they managed to finally get rid of me!
I work in the office Monday-Thursday with responsibility for dealing with day to day telephone calls, emails and face to face enquiries. I handle initial new participant enquiries and manage the database for all participants. I am also responsible for acknowledging donations, sending receipts and thank you letters and managing the donor database.
I also manage Horse Sponsorship, the Adopt a Pony Scheme, bookings and paperwork for RDA Holidays in Ty Gwyliau, production and distribution of the Annual Journal and twice yearly Horse Talk Newsletter. I liaise with the Trustees with regard to day-to-day queries, preparation for meetings, the AGM and events such as Sponsors Evenings and various fund-raising events. I also produce 200+ certificates for our Companion Dog Show and items for the shop such as general cards and Christmas cards, with photos of all the wonderful members of our 4-legged workforce. No two days are ever the same but that is the beauty of working in such a unique and special place.
Di Porter - Finance AssistantRDAC UKCC 2, F Inst A M (Dip)
I have been employed at CSRC since May 2007 and I work alongside our Honorary Treasurer looking after the day to day finances at the Centre, reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Centre Manager and to the auditors. I have been a volunteer at the Centre since June 2004. I am an RDA Coach and have a UKCC Level 2 qualification, a Level 2 City & Guilds Work Based Horse Care Diploma and hold a Level 4 Diploma in Admin Management. As an RDA C and volunteer I enjoy preparing my Wrexham Group RDA riders for competition, concentrating on Musical Ride and Countryside Challenge competitions. My riders have made me so proud over the years with their successes and achievements at RDA National Championships.
Sian Griffiths - Groom
I started at CSRC in December 2015. I have previous experience at racing yards, hunt yards and riding centres. I am qualified to Level 3 in Horse Care and Management and have gained my BHS Stage 2. I am currently working towards my BHS Stage 3 and my PTT (Preliminary Teaching Test)
Ashleigh Nicholls - Groom
I have been working as a groom at CSRC since March 2016. I have previous experience working in an RDA environment and I have gained my RDA GC. I have also gained my BHS Stage 3 Care and intend to get my Stage 3 Riding and my PTT as well as furthering my RDA qualifications.
Harry Turner - Groom
I started as a groom at CSRC in March 2016. I regularly compete in BSJA competitions and qualify for most of the major shows. I have a Level 3 qualification in Horse Care and Equine Management.
Steph Goodfellow - Groom
I started as a Groom in March 2016. I have been a member of the Pony Club since I was 8 years old and have various achievement badges and the Pony Club C test. I have gained my BHS Stage 1 and am continuing with my training to gain further qualifications including working towards my RDA C.