Sarah McDonald

I am the owner of Normanby Park Riding School. I started riding at the age of 4 and have been riding for 30 years. I've always been passionate about horses and have backed and reschooled horses, I've produced horses for the show ring, turned horses out to the highest standards. I'm a show judge and judge at County level shows. I also ride at County level and have qualified for numerous big events and have won championships all over the country. I have evented up to 1m and showjumped to 1m40.

I have also worked with the Queen's Horses in the King's Troop RHA, turning out horses ready for ceremonial duties, turning out and exercising the Queen's horses.

Horses are my passion and I love working with horse and rider, especially the more advanced riders helping them learn more technical knowledge and give them good feedback and help them gain lots of confidence to better themselves.

Jodi Shanahan

Kim Crawford

Kim has been involved with horses for almost 30 years, as a student, competitor, trainer and instructor.

Kim has competed in showjumping and cross country from training level through to unaffiliated open, and all the levels along the way! Currently Kim has a young horse whom she is enjoying hacking out and starting to work up the competitive levels. During Kim’s time at Riseholme Agricultural College, she chose horse behaviour as the subject of her final dissertation, a subject which she is passionate about. In the past she has specialised in backing & retraining ponies for their small riders, giving value & purpose to both pony & rider for their future. In 2015 Kim travelled to South Africa with World Horse Welfare, visiting their rescue centre & completing a 155 mile challenge ride in 8 days, across African plains & scaling mountains on horseback.

Kim is a patient & joyful instructor who enjoys taking on challenges and encouraging her riders to achieve something in every lesson, no matter how small that achievement may seem - “Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go”.

Kornelia Miziala

My name is Kornelia and I’m an instructor at Normanby Park Riding School. I’ve been riding regularly for 6 years and teaching for the past 3 years. My main goal is to make riding enjoyable for everyone and to make new memories every time doing so. I love seeing my riders progress and achieving their own goals they set but I’m also there to help them to push them if they don’t feel confident.

My main focus and passion is teaching young kids, seeing them smile as they do their first trot and hearing them laugh every time they finish their lesson whilst petting their favourite riding school pony that they come to see every week. Seeing kids progress into confident and happy riders with compassion for their horses is what makes me smile and those things like having their first jump or first canter can seem so small to some people but make worthwhile my teaching and kids determination to keep coming to the lessons even when the weather is bad, they fall off or lost their confidence our gates are always open.

I’m always here if you want to get your confidence back, progress to fulfil your goals or just to go on a steady hack in our beautiful country side as riding is not all about being the best but to be the best version of yourself and enjoy it.

Kara Farish

I am an instructor at Normanby Park Riding School. I have over 20 years experience in the industry and it's something I love doing. With my teaching techniques I believe to set a goal for each individual rider and work towards them as I believe no two riders are the same.

I specialise in nervous riders and young beginners. I don't expect perfection as I believe horse riding is a hobby you enjoy doing and in working that way you will build your confidence up without realising. My main priority is safety I will not rush or make you do something you are not prepared to do. We will set goals and work towards them you will reach your goal no matter how long it takes. I understand that we all have good and bad days that's why I work with each rider as a individual on the day.

I also believe it's a great way for children to learn about understanding animals and building confidence and it give them something to look forward to.

Dawn Smith

I have been riding for over 25 years, show jumped competitively at an affiliated level, and regularly judge for a local show jumping club.

I started teaching in 2001 and after a career break returned to teaching because its always been my dream job.

I believe that I can help riders confidently progress, unlock their full potential and achieve their own personal goals, at a pace that is always within the riders comfort level. I want riders to feel excited and motivated by moving on in their ridden development and never scared or worried. I have a positive approach to teaching and believe you can only fail when you stop trying.

All I ask from my students is to give everything your best, leave your worries at the arena gate and have fun.

Kerri Welsh

Di Machin

I first started riding at the age of 7, having my first pony at the age of nine, I absolutely loved go to the local Gymkhana’s at that earlier age, then at the age of 13 I had my next pony. Competing at our local shows, showjumping, then at the age of 15 I had my first horse where I competed in showing, dressage and showjumping.

After a few years off with family commitments I had my next horse to where I have had a very successful showing career and in 2015 I won the National Trailblazers Competition.  I now own an Ex race horse where we represent our local riding club in a number of different disciplines, and enjoy competing in showing and dressage.  

I love my teaching and it gives me so much pleasure to see how much progress my clients make week after week, starting from a very young age to the elders, you are never too old to learn and to appreciate our amazing horse world. We can work together and set your goals and work towards them, with no time scale, along as you enjoy your journey whilst doing so, and we can laugh as we go along.

Please come along, have a look, book a lesson and ENJOY!

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Dannielle Hillsdon McKay

I am a riding instructor at Normanby Park Riding School. My job is to take care of the riding school horses as well as instruct lessons and prepare the horses for your lessons.

I have over 7 years of experience in the industry. I currently have a level 2 diploma in horse care, I am also working towards my level 3 in Equine Management.

When teaching my focus is to get my student closer to their end goal and for them to feel like they are always progressing. I specialize in novice and nervous riders and will train and learn at the rider’s and horse’s own pace to ensure that they are building confidence whilst learning new skills.