Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre is a friendly, professional yard that can cater for a wide range of levels of experience, from complete beginners to high level competition riders. We aim to provide a well-rounded experience, the breath of knowledge of our instructors is fundamental to this.  

Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre also has a variety of instructors who also teach at the yard, and specialist trainers visit regularly to hold dressage, show jumping and cross country clinics for our more experienced pupils, livery owners and horse owners from other yards. At Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre we recognise the importance of providing quality instruction in a safe environment. All our instructors are either qualified or working towards their teaching qualifications, they also have a wealth of knowledge and experience that will ensure your riding progresses at a good rate.

The staff at Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre have a wealth of experience, full and part time instructors ensures we can offer a full and varied program of lessons and special events. All staff offer private and group lessons offering you flexibility in your lessons, please be aware however that we cannot guarantee particular instructors, however, every effort will be made to accommodate preferences. Here at Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre we appreciate that each individual rider has unique requirements, from their lessons and instructors.


Here are some of the faces you will see at the Centre:

The Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre is owned by Renee Watkins, who is a BHS AI Qualified instructor. The yard is jointly run by Renee and her sister Naomi Watkins, who is also a qualified instructor. Renee and Naomi have a wealth of experience within all disciplines of equestrianism, as instructors and competitors.


Renee Watkins (AI, A1 Assessor)
Naomi Watkins (AI, A1 Assessor)

Kelly Lessel (AI)

BHS Stage 3 Coach, St 4 Stable Manager, MRes Equestrian PerformanceKelly has over 25 years' experience of teaching all levels of riders. Through her Equestrian Coaching degree and Equestrian Performance masters, Kelly has specialised in rider performance and developing independent riders on the flat and over fences. Kelly is a BHS Stage 3 Complete Coach and Stage 4 Stable Manager, as well as holding a Level 4 certificate Certificate in Education and Training, and Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (previously DTLLS and A1 assessor). Kelly also works in the office, organising events, education and activities.

Heather Williams

Heather is an experienced instructor and has her BHSII qualification. Heather is very popular with our younger riders, delivering her knowledge in an easy to understand manner. Heather works on Thursday afternoons.

Xanthe Lea
As well as maintaining the smooth running of the yard on a daily basis, Xanthe offers lessons. Xanthe is a kind and understanding instructor, with a strong focus on the basics. She is also our helper liaison and runs stable management sessions. 

Ann Bucci

Ann has also been at Tumpy for many years, almost from the day of opening! She works hard on the yard to keep it running smoothly. You may meet Ann when arriving for your lesson, or she may be taking your hack or lane ride.

Cerys Roberts
Like Chloe, Cerys started as a learner rider and helper at Tumpy. She also has her Level 3 Certificate in Horse Care and Riding. Cerys is now an experienced competition groom, often going with Naomi and Renee to shows. She is one of the members of staff who offer schooling for our liveries.
Brett Evans

Brett has been at Tumpy for a number of years, and is an invaluable member of the team. He has a lovely relationship with the horses and is a qualified groom. Brett often takes our lane rides. 

Bradley Mills

Level 2 Technical Certificate Student

Jo Lemm

Level 1 Diploma Student