Meet the Staff

Amy Dunbar 
Owner & Coach

Amy Dunbar has owned and ran Elms Farm for nearly 6 years. Her childhood revolved around showjumping and became quite successful in her early teens with her top horse Vindaloo. Amy now enjoys eventing and the odd days hunting but more importantly she loves watching her children ride. 

Amy is a fully qualified UKCC coach and also has a degree in Education, she firmly believes in coaching with an empathetic, creative and positive approach and strives to get the very best out of every individual she coaches.

Ellie Brown
 Academy Manager

Ellie has worked within Elms Farm for 2 years and has managed the Riding Academy since late 2018. 

Ellie has ridden her whole life and loves producing horses for the riding academy.

Ellie is qualified in Business and has an Advanced National Diploma in Animal care and management. She is currently teaching alongside Michelle and is looking to gain her UKCC coaching certificate in the near future.

Michelle Dawkins
 Chief Coach

Michelle has been around horses since a young age. Her dad managed the Army Riding School in Brompton & introduced her to a pony called sixpence who fuelled her love for the sport.

It was when her dad decided to purchase a riding school that made Michelle study for her instructor qualifications and is now a BHSAI - NVQ Assessor level 3, she then went on to run the school allowing her to produce horses and compete them on the circuit. Michelle has also competed in rodeos meaning she has experience working with both English and western style riding. 

Her motto in life “horses teach you 4 things - kindness, respect, responsibility and strength”

Charlotte Barber
 Coach

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Ellen Pritchard
 Coach

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Olivia Swinbourne

Olivia has been working at Elms Farm for 4 years since early 2017. She started out having lessons with us in the riding school, she then enquired about volunteering at the riding school and started working on the competitions side of things also. She loves riding and has ridden since a young age. 

Olivia is currently studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Equine Management. She hopes to start an FDSC Equine Performance Science degree in September.

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