Meet Our Staff

Tracey Savory

Freelance Instructor

Tracey originally worked and trained here at Witham Villa for her BHS qualifications.

She progressed to the position of Yard Manager before leaving to work for herself in a freelance capacity.

Tracey now teaches at Witham Villa.

Kate Jones

BHS CCH, BHS First Aid

Kate joined the team at Witham Villa in November 2016. She has worked in Riding schools previously and been involved in trekking, hunting, showing, breaking and schooling young horses.  She has competed in show jumping and cross country and is now looking to further develop her dressage skills and start to compete in this discipline.

Bethany Martin

BHS Stage 1 Complete Horsemanship
Beth joined Witham Villa in 2016 and is working towards her BHS Stage 2 exam. She has her own pony and has done Mounted Games, Show Jumping and Cross Country. She is looking forward to the opportunity here to ride a variety of different horses and ponies to develop her riding further.

Matthew Watts

Freelance Instructor

Matthew has over 25 years’ experience working in the equine industry.

He started his career as a trainee at Ingestre Stables and worked there as an Instructor for 8 years, gaining his Intermediate Instructors qualification. Upon leaving Ingestre he was then employed to train and compete Showjump and Western horses on a breeding stud in South America.

After some time teaching at riding schools in the UK, he then moved out to Saudi Arabia to work as an instructor.

From 2004-2006 Matthew worked for the Hong Kong Jockey Club at one of their public riding schools on HK Island.

Matthew now works as a freelance instructor and has two of his own horses which he competes at Affiliated Dressage. Sandro Pit (Spooky), a Westfalian gelding which has just started competing at Medium and Bonnie Bennet, a 5 year old Oldenburg mare, who he bought as an unbroken 3 year old and is now competing at Novice and Elementary. In 2015 Spooky was placed 4th in the Winter Regionals at Prelim scoring 69.6% just missing out on a place at the Nationals.

Matthew enjoys teaching riders of all ages and abilities, both on the flat and over fences. He is keen to see all his riders progress and achieve their goals, whilst having fun doing it

Rachel Burton

Freelance and registered pony club instructor. BHS CCH, UKCC level 2, BHS stage 3, First aid, safeguarding, DBS checked, BSc (hons) Equine Science.

Rachel joined Witham Villa as freelance instructor in October 2016 and teaches on Saturdays. She has been an AI since 2015, and has been teaching for over 3 years. She has competed in eventing on her first horse Vinnie (pictured) to pre-novice level as well as team chasing, and currently schools horses for clients. She also backs and breaks ponies, having started this in 2016 with a partially-sited mare from the blue-cross.

In 2017, Rachel will be starting an MSc in animal health and welfare, and she is currently studying to take her BHS stage 4 exam. Rachel helps to run BHS training at Witham which she also does privately, and she teaches a variety of riders, also having her own private client base. As a Pony Club instructor, she is also involved in running and teaching at various rallies and camps. She thoroughly enjoys seeing her riders improve, and has an enthusiastic and friendly approach to her tuition.

Kate Deacon

BHS Stage 1 Complete Horsemanship, BHS Stage 2 care
Kate joined the team in 2017 and is studying for her BHS exams. Since joining us she has achieved her BHS stage 1 and BHS stage 2 care

Macey Harris

BHS Stage 1 Complete Horsemanship
Macey joined us in 2017 and is training for NVQ2 and BHS exams.

Tamzin Harris

BHS Stage 1 Complete Horsemanship
Tamzin joined us in 2017 and is studying for her BHS exams



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