Team Burley

Bridget Hart
​Owner & Instructor
Bridget has over thirty five year experience in the equine industry, with a wealth of experience in teaching, coupled with stable management. Bridget was BHSAI qualified at 18, has always loved the equestrian centre environment and prides herself on creating a unique client focused environment with a strong family feel.

Bridget founded Burley Lodge Equestrian in 2011 and the business has gone from strength to strength each year in terms of reputation, client retention and expansion. Prior to this she managed a large equestrian centre for 20 years, which was also a BHS training centre so has vast knowledge and experience of the BHS exam system

In her role as Proprietor, Bridget is able to provide her in-depth experience, knowledge and wide range of skills to clients and staff alike   
BHSAI & First Aid at Work
Jenny Plyer
Manager, Instructor & Professional Rider
Jenny took her BHSAI at 18 and has worked with Bridget for over fifteen years, progressing her way up to her current role as Manager. Before working closely with Bridget in the founding of Burley Lodge in 2011, they had worked together at another large Equestrian Centre which was also a BHS training Centre, this has enabled her to support staff training and development in the BHS system. 
Jenny has a wide range of skills and extensive experience icluding:
  • Vast technical riding knowledge, enabling her to teach our clients at intermediate & advanced level 
  • Excellent relationships with both staff (participating in the training for their BHS exams) and our clients, who thoroughly enjoy her lessons
  • Schooling our clients horses so that they achieve their maximum potential
  •  Managing the day to day running of the yard to a high standard
  • Competing Client horses at all levels
  • Managing and organising shows and specialised riding clinics
Lucie Lawton
Assistant Yard Manager
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Lucie started riding at the age of five and from a young age always wanted a career in the Equine Industry. Since leaving school she has worked alongside Jenny and Bridget, developing her way up through experience and qualifications to her current role. Lucie enjoys competing her own two horses to a BSJA 1.05 level. 
In her role as Assistant Manager her responsibilities include: 
  • Managing the yard in a hands on capacity, so as to ensure all horses are cared for to a high standard 
  • Liaising with clients to ensure a high level of support is provided to each horse on the yard 
  • Working alongside and supporting the Burley Lodge team as needed to maintain their high quality of motivation and livery-delivery (whatever the weather!) 
  • Supporting Jenny in her role as required
BHS Stages 1 – 3, NVQ 2 & 3, Riding Road Safety 

Sian Wadmore
​Office Manager
Sian has over ten years of experience in the Equestrian Industry as Office Manager 

In our front of house role, Sian is responsible for:
  • Providing a high level of customer care to all our clients
  • Meeting client requirements in all administration duties including bookings, queries & billing
  • Ensuring the office is run smoothly on a daily basis
  • Managing the payroll system
  • Maintaining stock in the Burley shop, and liaising with clients in purchasing requirement 
Matt Winder
In House Instructor
Matt started riding from a very early age and soon knew he wanted a career in the Equine Industry, focusing on teaching. Matt is very enthusiastic and client focused. He enjoys teaching riders of all abilities in all riding disciplines, and really enjoys teaching show jumping.   ​


Suzie had been riding for a long time before she started as an apprentice with Bridget at the age of eighteen. She teaches a portfolio of clients of varying ages and capabilities, from novice to very experienced riders. She is very patient with our younger clients base and is popular with the owners. Her main interest and skill set is her professional riding capability, which she uses to school our client’s horses. She has a truly amazing ability to develop horses to their full potential. 

Suzie Pape
In House Instructor
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BHS Stages 1-3 care,Stage 3 Flat Riding & Jumping, PTT, NVQ 3 


Stephanie Dewar
In House Instructor

Steph has over fifteen years’ experience working on several yards, in varying roles. She started working at Burley in 2013 as an Assistant Manager. Since 2016 she has decided to focus solely on her career as a riding instructor. Steph works on a part time basis and thoroughly enjoys teaching a portfolio of clients at all levels and capabilities 


BHS Stages 1-3 care, BHS Stage 3 flat, BHS PTT, NVQ 3


Our Freelance Instructors 
We have an established portfolio of freelance instructors at Burley, who we work in close partnership with, to further expand our experience and equestrian skill sets
Rachel Slater

Philly Muir
BHSI Registered 

Kelly Hart * 

John Sillett *
UKCC Level 3 coach 

* John and Kelly are proprietors of Sillett Equestrian and are available to teach and support clients with a high level or riding ability, onsite at Burley Lodge

Instructors and their Qualifications

Gill Hammond
BHSAI and yes that’s Gill in the picture ! 

Bex Salmon
BHS Stage1, NVQ 2&3, BHS stage 3 Flatwork 

Sam Slater
BHSPI, Stage 4 Stable Management, NVQ 2& 3. 
Sam also specialises in providing instruction for riders who have special needs 


Our Grooms 
We have a fantastic team of grooms at Burley, who do the business critical part of maintaining our portfolio of horses and yard each day to a high standard. At Burley we pride ourselves on staff progression and training with a focus on developing our ‘Team’ to their full potential.
Our grooms and their qualifications so far....
Sophie Keith
Groom - BHS Stage 1, Riding Road Safety

Kayleigh Gibbs
Groom & Junior Instructor - BHS Stages 1 & 2, BHS Riding Road Safety

Courtney Ferrier
Modern Apprentice - working towards her BHS Stage 1 and NVQ 2




Paige Lucas 
Full Time groom - carrying out all horse care duties

Vicky Mcilroy 
Senior Groom & Instructor – BHS Stage 1,2 & 3, working towards stage 2 & 3 teaching

Allan Brown
Maintenance – Allan works very hard carrying out all maintenance at the Centre!