The Staff

Rhys Hughes

Rhys joined Smugglers Equestrian Centre in September 2020, he is a great asset to Smugglers, Rhys maintains the smooth running and operation of the whole yard.  He ensures everything is well maintained, clean, and operational.  He is an essential part of the team.

Rhys is a massive support to Melissa and assists her in every aspect of the running of the yard.

Rhys has extensive horse knowledge, he started riding from a young age, he trained at 16 years old to become a jockey.  Rhys rode for many owners and had an extremely successful career riding 97 winners, being Welsh Champion Jockey 2 years running and riding in the Grand National.  Rhys also successfully trained many Point to Point winners.

Rhys retired from race riding approximately 5 years ago where he continued to work closely with racehorses.  Until an opportunity arose for a change of career path and Rhys took up the challenge here at Smugglers.

Rhys still continues to ride and compete, he enjoys show jumping mainly, being bold and fast!

Rhys is professional, experienced and very knowledgeable.

Tegan Jarman

Tegan joined our Smugglers team in 2018, Tegan’s role is mainly office based however she pops out onto the yard to help our yard team.

Tegan works Monday to Friday. She maintains an efficient and smooth running of our office, she is pro-active on our social media and manages our new booking system extremely well, she is a great asset to us.

Tegan has attained her Stage One and Level 2 Horse Care & Riding and has just began studying for her Level 3 Horse Care & Riding. She is hardworking reliable and conscientious within her role.

Tegan has a few horses, she enjoys breaking and bringing on young horses, her mare Spirit recently had her first foal called Ozzy.  She is currently assisting her sister with her horse and his introduction to being ridden.

Mia Rixon

Mia joined Smugglers in 2020 and plays an important role as part of our team of staff on the yard.

Mia’s work days cover a Tuesday, Thursday and she covers the office on a Saturday.  Mia ensures the horses are well looked after prepared for daily lessons, she also maintains an efficient and smooth running yard.

Mia is extremely thorough and conscientious.  She is friendly, helpful and professional.

Mia keeps her beautiful horse Prince here at the yard, she has shown him successfully under saddle, they have great fun together.

Mia has started her Level 2 Horse Care and Management here with Smugglers also.

Ewan Eccleston

Ewan has recently joined our super team here at Smugglers and has settled in to his role extremely well.  He is very courteous, conscientious and takes real pride in the work he does.  He works a Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Ewan maintains an efficient and smooth running yard, he ensures all the horses are happy and healthy, he is very helpful and friendly and is a real asset here at Smugglers.

In his spare time Ewan enjoys training sheep dogs and has many of his own horses that he enjoys bringing on and selling as well as schooling them for others also.

Ewan has started his Level 2 Horse Care and Management here Smugglers also.

Chloe Jarman

Chloe joined our Smugglers team in 2019, she is extremely hardworking and she maintains a smooth running yard on a Saturday.

She is efficient and makes sure all the horses are healthy, well looked after and prepared for all lessons.  She ensures a clean tidy yard at all times.

Chloe is quiet but very helpful, friendly and caring.

Chloe has a new horse with us at Smugglers called Archie, she is in the process of introducing him to his ridden work, she is doing a wonderful job ith him being both kind and patient, she has great aspirations for him.