Melissa has grown up with horses in her life from a very young age. Her Father introduced her to riding as a toddler and since then, they have become her passion.
Melissa enjoys competing and has done so successfully for many years, she gains a great sense of achievement through producing all her horses herself, from a young age. She has competed in affiliated British Dressage, show jumping, cross country British Eventing and showing.
Melissa attended Usk Equine College where she attained her BHS Stages 1,2 & 3 and her Preliminary Teaching Test (PTT), along with teaching hours she gained her Assistant Instructors Certificate. Melissa has also completed her BHSQ Level 4 in Senior Care & Senior Management.
Melissa is an Accredited Professional Coach, DBS checked, a qualified First Aider and Equestrian Safeguarding Officer.
Melissa has taught on a freelance basis for many years, giving her a greater understanding of people, their needs and their horses needs.
Melissa also qualified as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist, under the world-renowned Mary Bromiley. Following this she further qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist. Being able to treat both horses and riders also has been a great benefit.
Being an empathetic and friendly instructor Melissa has brought the best out of many riders, which prompted her to launch a Riding Establishment, Gelligoediog Riding Stables. The business developed rapidly and outgrew their current establishment which prompted the purchase of a new yard, Smugglers Run, which was rebranded Smugglers Equestrian Centre.
Smugglers is a BHS Approved Livery Yard, Riding Centre, Tack Shop & Event Centre, and is one of the biggest establishments within the South Wales area.
Grace is another key member of our Instructors team.
Grace has a wealth of knowledge, she has been a valued member of her local Pony Club where she attained many official qualifications.
She regularly competes her horses at Dressage competitions where she has ridden to a very successful level. She is also a listed judge for British Dressage, all of which gives her an in depth knowledge and a greater understanding when it comes to helping others.
Grace is a very patient, thorough and delightful Instructor who delivers fun yet educational lessons.