Our People

Our people care make Gaddesden Place RDA a special place to be

Our Coaches

All our coaches have nationally recognised qualifications as RDA coaches:


Centre Manager 

Msc Applied Equine Science, RDAGC (currently training as an RDA Advanced Coach), BHS Accredited Professional Coach, Centre 10 Advanced Coach, Master NLP Practitioner,

Louise started with us at Gaddesden RDA in November 2015. She obtained her Masters degree from the Royal Agricultural College following on from her BSc (Hons) where she obtained a 2:1 in International Equine/Agricultural Business Management. She has been an Equestrian Coach since 2008 and coached within RDA since 2015. She is fascinated by the Psychology behind coaching and working to improve riders confidence and mindset.

Regional Coach
RDAC, UKCC Level 2, Instructors exam RDA Hong Kong,SE Asia Bar, Vaulting Coach Level 2

“I love seeing our riders and vaulters transform through their interaction with horses.   It’s a privilege to be part of that”


“I love seeing our riders grow in confidence  and share their enjoyment of being around our wonderful ponies”

UKCC Level 2

“The horse provides vast amounts of therapeutic value which we can harness for our riders.   Huge joy and satisfaction for all 😊”


“Teaching our riders is so rewarding, seeing them glow with confidence and the pride they have in themselves, makes my day. It’s a pleasure to teach what you love.”

Hippotherapy CPTRH

“However hard a week, being part of people’s experience and connection with our amazing ponies on a Friday reminds me of what is important in life.”


“I am motivated by the smiles on rider’s faces at the sheer enjoyment of their connection with our ponies”


“I love empowering the riders I coach to achieve their goals and grow in confidence”


“What I love about coaching is seeing the growth and development of our riders no matter how big or small this is and the pleasure it gives them at the end of a lesson.”

Qualification Explained

RDAC means RDA Coach, a qualification awarded by the UK RDA National body, which enables them to coach at any RDA Group.
RDAGC means RDA Group Coach, a qualification(s) awarded by the UK RDA National body, which enables then to coach only within their home group.
UKCC means UK Coaching Certificate. This is a qualification in disabled riding conferred by Equestrian Qualifications GB in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation and Sports Coach UK, Britain’s central agency for coaching.
All instructors also have appropriate First Aid qualifications and regularly attend refresher courses and are DBS checked.

Our Trustees

Our trustees work hard in the background to keep Gaddesden running smoothly and ensuring we can continue to provide exciting equine activities year-round. This involves making important decisions about our ponies, organising fundraising events, or sometimes even mucking out stables and fixing fences in the paddock!

  • Chair: Margaret Keith
  • Treasurer: Kha Dabbagh
  • Secretary: Anne Nudd
  • Chris Grant
  • Ann Smiles
  • Sarah Reid
  • Simon Double

We are always looking for more help, so find out how to get involved as a volunteer here.