Lizzel Winter, Academy Director
Lizzel’s successful competition career spans three decades and covers eventing to 4* level, producing and competing successfully in dressage up to and including Grand Prix and show jumping on the national county circuit proving her to be an experienced, dedicated and truly all round horse woman. Lizzel is a Fellow of the British Horse Society (2005) her first love is coaching and helping others. Lizzel worked with the British Eventing Junior Championship Team 2005-2010 during this time a total of 10 medals were won 5 of which were gold. In 2011 Lizzel became the Training and Education Coordinator for British Eventing, this role carries the responsibility for rider and coach development within the sport. 2011-2015 Lizzel took over as coach and manager for the Portuguese youth squads at European Championship level, where Portugal had their first ever teams participating at this level of competition. Alongside Gill Watson Lizzel constructed and runs the Bridging the Gap training initiative supporting riders making the step into 3* and 4*competitions. Lizzel works with many private clients advanced level, coaches at home and abroad, is a potential FEI ground jury member and, runs clinics and CPD days for other member bodies both at home and abroad. Lizzel is a qualified NLP practitioner, a qualified coach educator with 1st for Sport, as well as being a qualified assessor and internal verifier working across several disciplines. At home, Lizzel runs with her husband Eric, a large commercial BHS approved training centre and competition yard, supports her two children who are making a step onto the competitive equestrian stage and is still managing to compete a little bit herself.
Nick Burton, Coach
Nick is a former International Three Day Event rider and British Team member, having produced a number of top International horses and results. He is now an FEI International Judge, and has officiated at the London Olympic Games, Badminton, Burghley, Adelaide and Kentucky CCI****’s, as well as the World Breeding Championships and the Senior, Young Rider and Junior European Championships. Nick is a list one Grand Prix dressage judge and an FEI Course Director and is also is one of the World Class Development Programme Dressage coaches, producing a number of the Pony, Junior and Young Rider combinations for British Teams. Nick was Chairman for Senior Selectors and Director of International teams for British Dressage from 2008-12 culminating in double Olympic Gold medals. Nick was Director of the Equine Academy at Hartpury for 10 years and is now the Performance Manager for the Hong Kong Jockey Club for dressage and eventing.
Corinne Bracken, Coach
Corinne was recognised for her services to Show Jumping when she was awarded the British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honour. 2010 was a big year for the coach as she was firstly given the management position for the BEF World Class Equine Pathway before leading the European Equestrian Team to Gold at the Inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Corinne is now part of the UK Sport Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Program 2011-2013 and has recently been the only Show Jumping coach to be successful in the application for a place on the UKCC level 4 post graduate diploma course. Her accolades include: 2010 – Children's Team Gold & Children's Individual Silver; 2011 Children's Team Bronze &Young Rider Team Bronze; 2012 – Junior Team Bronze & Junior Individual Bronze. Corinne is also involved in the the British Show Jumping World Class Evolution Squad which is aimed at identifying combinations of riders with promising horses at 4* level or those that are developing towards that level. Its focus is on better managing the transition to Samsung Super League and Championship Level. The Squad is being funded through new investment by the BS, with support from World Class.
Carl Hester, Olympic Dressage Rider
Carl won team Gold riding Uthopia at the London Olympic Games in 2012. Carl has also amassed a record amount of national dressage titles and is reigning National Champion. He has competed in four Olympic Games, one World Equestrian Games and four European Championships. Carl and Escapado were the highest placed British combination at the 2004 Athens Olympics as well as the 2005 European Championships, where they finished sixth with a personal record-score. Carl was a member of the Silver medal winning British team at the European Championships, Windsor, UK 2009 riding Liebling, and was also British team silver medalist in the World Equestrian Games, Kentucky in 2010. Carl & Uthopia also won Team Gold and two individual Silver medals at last year's European Championships in Rotterdam. Carl's GP score OF 82.568% was the highest of all the GP team tests.