Hi! My name is Kim Pitman. I started teaching (or coaching as we are now all meant to call it) in 1987. I know - I don’t look old enough I hear you say! I have enjoyed success as both a rider and a coach, but at my core I am still a pony mad child. For me, it doesn’t matter if you’re jumping 60cm, or 1.60m, or even not jumping at all - if you’re having fun, you’re headed in the right direction.
Julie prides herself in quality tuition, encouraging those who lack confidence and regular competitors. She takes an honest and sympathetic approach to all she tutors and aims to help them all to enjoy and excel. Julie continues to upgrade her qualifications and is currently working toward her BHS Intermediate Teaching exam and a UKCC Level 3.
My name is Gill Longhurst and I am a freelance Dressage Coach. I have worked with horses all my life and loved every aspect of it. I am currently the British Horse Society Chairman for the South West, Vice Chair of Somerset and Chairman of BHS Dorset. I am also a Welfare Officer, which I do as a volunteer because it gives me an enormous amount of pleasure working to promote education and the welfare of the horse. Working with East Mendip Riding club is a joy. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming - thank you for letting me be a part of your community.
I have always been around horses from the age of 4 years old and have gone through Pony Club and went on the do British Eventing competing at BE Novice before turning my focus onto rehabilitating and retraining Thoroughbreds and a few others. I have previously worked on many yards from riding school centres, studs and race horse stables. My highlight was being sole groom for Top Event Rider, Jo May, grooming at the big events such as Badminton, UK and Pau, France. My other passion is Holistic Natural Breeding, I currently have a Black ISH stallion called That Boy Ronnie who has produced my first homebred filly called Soberana Isabella from my TB broodmare Mexilhoeira. In addition to these I also have 2 other TB mares, Mini Island and Bathleyhills Perk who I ride, a miniature Shetland called Easter Court Ted and a Welsh Sec C called Cracker Jack who is ridden by my daughter. I hope to one day have my own holistic rehabilitation yard, continue breeding my own horses for eventing and to be back out competing mainly at BE but also in other disciplines. I adore teaching EMRC, I love the relaxed friendly and supportive environment and I hope I contribute to it too.