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Expert Coaching

Equestrian Staff

A coaching system underpinned by strong fundamental techniques provides mentoring for young riders and individual development plans for more advanced riders, enhanced with regular clinics delivered by specialists. There are regular opportunities to compete both at school and externally. School teams are frequently successful at NSEA and British Show Jumping competitions and Stonar's own Inter-Schools One Day Event Championships.

Director of Riding

Ellie Halsey is the school's Director of Riding. Ellie has a huge amount of experience and a deep understanding of equestrian sport, as well as what makes Stonar special. Ellie is a Performance Coach BHSI with over 25 years’ coaching experience at all levels. In her spare time, Ellie competes her own horse in dressage at Prix St Georges and Inter 1 level having taken him from Preliminary level right the way through, as well as producing him to BE Novice level eventing. In addition she has competed at BD Area Festivals and Regional Championships at multiple levels.

Ellie's experienced team delivers the highest quality teaching. Their philosophy is that whatever level a rider wishes to attain, first they must gain a thorough grounding, a correct position and a correctly trained, happy horse.

We desire to ensure that every rider will become the very best they can be. We believe in developing all aspects of horsemanship so that both hobbyist and aspirational rider will be fully prepared for a lifetime’s love and involvement with horses.

Director of Riding Ellie Halsey with horse at stable door
Director of Riding Ellie Halsey riding horse Spot in a dressage competition

Coaching Staff

Stonar has 9 dedicated and experienced BHS qualified Coaches.
Director of Riding Ellie Halsey with horse at stable door

Miss Halsey

Director of Riding
Performance Coach BHSI


Mrs Arthur standing with horse in stable

Mrs Arthur

Yard Manager and Coach
BHS Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship

Miss Chilcott standing with horse in a stable

Miss Chilcott

Senior Coach
Performance Coach BHSI


Mrs Barnard

Assistant Yard Manager and Coach
BHS Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship

Miss Allen


Senior Yard Manager


Miss Stone

BHS Senior Rider and Coach

Mrs Holt

BHS Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship

Mrs Burt

BHS Riding Coach & Pony Club Camps Co-ordinator

Miss Holden

BHS Riding Instructor

I have been incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to be coached by the Stonar Equestrian team. Thank you for all being so patient with me, through all the ups and downs. My memories of Stonar and the yard, I will cherish for a very long time."


Pupil having a dressage lesson in outdoor arena
Prep riding having lesson in indoor arena