Meet our Committee. 

Please see contact details and roles of our committee. We are here to help  with our wide range of skills and knowledge. We usually meet once a month.

Chairwoman  Claire Sheldrake 01278 723232

I came to horses quite late in life, having begged and borrowed other people's ponies as a teenager. I never showed much promise on a horse....., being of a nervous disposition and sadly, style and finesse were a little thin on the ground. But it was something in me, and it just wouldn't go away, and soon I realised that nothing else hit the mark. To my husbands horror, it was always my ambition to own my dream horse one day.

After a few disasterous choices, I have found just the fella, some of you may already know him, his name is Cracker and he is very special. He is not everyone's cup of tea, but he is larger than life in character, feathers and girth size....! He has allowed me to build my confidence, and now I am able to enjoy all the riding club activities, and I know we're not competing at any great level, but we have a lot of fun, he puts a real smile on my face, and when I'm riding him, he makes me feel like I'm 15 again. I have been with the club since the beginning.

Treasurer / Camp / Dressage Kim Ursell 01278 683626

I have ridden since a child but have only been lucky enough to own

horses for the last fifteen years. 

Finally found a lovely little mare called Asti.  Early days yet but she's settling in well and I hope to have many fun times with her.

Within the club I organise the Dressage competitions and Camp, as well as being the Club Treasurer.

Weekend Lessons / Clinics Becky Davies 07595 938474

I have been riding for around 19 yrs & have owned horses for the last 11 of those. Currently working part time, riding horses part time and training for Msc Animal Manipulation at the McTimoney College in Oxford,(now fully qualified!!) as well as trying to run 2 horses. Own 6 yr old warmblood cross who is being brought on & 12 year old Eventer. Have enjoyed competing at BD, BSJA, Team Chasing, but passion is for Eventing - currently in second season with BE with current horse after a fantastic first season! Have had a go at polo, western riding & carriage driving - my motto, 'will try anything once'!!

Vice Chair / Cross Country / Speciality Training

Sarah Horne 07834 238446 

I started riding when I was ten and was lucky enough to own an amazing welsh cob as a teenager, doing everything together.  After a break from owning horses while at university and training to be a teacher, I bought Whistle 6 years ago.  It is safe to say he is my horse of a lifetime and we do everything from fun rides to hunting to dressage and eventing-occasionally British Eventing when I am feeling brave!  

Anyone that knows us, will know that we do everything with a smile on our faces (and yes that includes Whistle!) and we are looking forward to meeting more club members!

Membership Secretary Frances Kelly 07983 466843


I moved to Doniford from South East London 8 years ago and joined the club almost immediately. Ozzy, my horse of a lifetime and I came on leaps and bounds with the club and would have a go at most things. but very sadly we had to say goodbye to Ozzy earlier this year. 

I have Sunny Jim, although he is 8 now he has been slow to mature and is still very green but he is coming along nicely now. Sunny Jim is my accident prone oaf and I have learnt so much about dressing wounds with him. We have Allis a Suffolk Punch x TB and a little fat NF pony called ZigZag. I have an almost blind pony who lives in Scotland called Narla.

I have joined the committee to try and give something back into the club having benefited so much from it already myself. I am looking forward to meeting all the new members plus the many friends I have made with the club so far, again soon.


Clothing and (RoR) Retraining of Racehorses Co-ordinator - Lucie New 

07769 507146


I started riding when I was 7 and not being lucky enough to own my own horse meant that I would have a go at most things so I could get my horsey fix! I’ve played polo, competed at endurance, show jumping & xc. I have owned my little ex-racer Spice for the last 6 years & as she’s no longer able to jump, a few years ago we discovered dressage. Since then I’ve become hooked & we both really enjoy learning & getting out & about to parties, particularly if there is music involved!

I joined the club in 2011 & recently decided to join the committee as we have benefited so much since joining & I wanted to help support this lovely friendly club.

Friday Evening Lessons - Jemima Baker 07768 490459

Since a young age ponies and horses have always been part of my life, hobby and lifestyle which I absolutely love. I have been fortunate to have ridden since a child and had my first pony aged nine.

Over the years I have competed in all disciplines and have also hunted, team chased, galloped along beaches and enjoyed lovely hacks through the countryside. My most recent horse is my special girl "Daisy" who I have had so much fun with in the short time of owning her and long may our partnership continue.

Secretary / Website - Ann Butler 07786 911806 

I don't have a typical 'horsey' background as I grew up in east London and learnt to ride when I was 11, on Hackney marshes... (and no that's not the name of the horse!). I then didn't ride again until my late 20's but tried to make up for it quickly and competed in most things from low level eventing to Endurance, Quadrille and TREC (my navigation skills are often talked about!).

I have been a member of the club since the beginning and joined the committee not long after. I've got a young pure Irish Draught that i'm starting to get out and about with, and a small rescue pony. They live at the end of my garden along with several rescue chickens!