Iola is a British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor (BHSII) and also holds the Advanced National Certificate in Equine Business Management (ANCEBM). She is qualified to teach riders up to and including BHS PTT, but can of course train up to stage 4 with many years of experience riding and training horses and clients to a very high level. She has gained experience over many years breaking, schooling and competing horses in all disciplines, after which many have been successfully sold on to new owners.
Iola’s own personal interest is in Dressage at which she has competed successfully for many years as an Affiliated member of British Dressage up to Advanced and Prix St George levels on many different breeds and levels of horses – many of which are horses used in the Riding Centre every day.
Iola is a Level 3 Dressage rider.
Starting out with Gogerddan Pony Club when children, Iola and her sisters had many happy years taking part in all events and representing the Pony Club at all levels. Cross country and Show jumping were her main interests, being very successfull wherever she was competing, tackling the most challenging of courses around Hereford, Brecon, Pant-y-Deri, Pembrey and Erw Lon.Starting off at a young age over the Minimus and moving up through the levels to compete at Open level.
Iola later went on to be a member of Dyffryn Paith Riding Club where within the first year she was in the winning Dressage team going through to Malvern to represent the club riding Gwarcoed George a section D Welsh Cob.
As a rider Iola likes to try to get the best out of whichever horse she is working with and change her hand to compete at that discipline. Having competed vastly at working Hunter classes and Small Hunter classes and showing Welsh Cobs for many years.
“I pride myself on buying bargain horses for a few hundred pounds and producing them myself to the best of their ability – whether that is for Pony Club, Riding Club activities or, as I did with Rhiwarthen Montogery, up to Prix St George. I believe that with correct care, training and management most horses can work to a good level – “It’s not how much money you spend,it’s how much time you spend with them”.