Reaseheath College’s equine students have given a warm welcome to new Yard Manager Paul Stenson, who has joined the expert team of staff at our Equestrian Centre.

Originally from Scotland, Paul has extensive experience as a professional rider and coach. He has relocated to Cheshire along with his horses who will be stabled at our equine unit. They include event horse ‘Cambusdrennie Mactana’ who Paul has campaigned for owner Emma Bryce since 2014.

Paul’s career began by working at a local riding school where he acquired his British Horse Society (BHS) teaching qualifications. As an eventing enthusiast, he was then successful in obtaining a position with Scottish event rider and trainer David Gatherer.

With David’s expert guidance, Paul was able to broaden his knowledge of training performance horses and began to coach clients on a freelance basis. He remains committed to his continuing professional development and is soon to complete a certificate in coaching competition riders through the Horse Sport Ireland Coaching Programme.

As Yard Manager, Paul’s responsibilities entail overseeing the care of the 60 horses stabled at our Equestrian Centre and supervising the training of students during their yard duties. Paul is keen to develop his role to include the coaching of ridden sessions for staff and students in the future.

Paul commented: “This is the first occasion that I’ve worked in a college environment and I see it as an opportunity to give something back by sharing my industry knowledge with the students.

“I believe it’s imperative that equine students are fully prepared before they enter the workplace. My role is to assist learners by forging opportunities to broaden their industry experience while motivating them to achieve their career goals.”

Paul has organised a two-day coaching clinic with David Gatherer in Reaseheath’s top-class training facilities. Sessions will take place in the new year and will be open to all.