Meet the 2018 Committee

Meet your committee for 2018

  • Amanda Williams
  • Sarah Tucker
  • Carol Quantrill
  • Kimberly Payne
  • Mel Richards
  • Sarah Herniman
  • Lilly Keepin
  • Ros Burridge
  • Laura Richardson

Committee Roles & Profiles

Chairman/Dressage/Facebook – Amanda Williams

Various 182 (2)I am Amanda  Williams and I have been a member of BKRC for many years, this year I will be the clubs Chairperson, as well as run the dressage competitions and keep facebook up to date.  I am a self employed accountant and live in Burnham, with my hubby Rich, two mad cats and a seriously mad dog.   I have owned a horse since leaving home at 19 and have had some characters and disasters along the way, but it’s been an experience worth persevering with.  My horse, Minstrel, has been with me for a couple of years now and is still quite green, but progressing well with schooling and jumping. We’ve got a lot of hard work to go but he’s a lovely chap and coming on well. He’s certainly got a pop in him and likes to jump the electric fence when he wants to come in. We’ll have a go at a bit of everything but I want to get back to the dressage eventually.

Rossettes – Sarah Herniman

BKRC.SarahMy name is Sarah Herniman I am a new committee member of Brent Knoll Riding Club. I have been fortunate to have had horses and ponies in my life for about forty years. When I was young I use to take part in local gymkhanas and enjoyed hacking out with my friends. When my Daughter came along, Rachel showed the same passion and love for horses as me. We are both fortunate to have our own horses living at home with us. We enjoy hacking out and fun rides, in 2012 I found Sebastian he is a 17 hand chestnut Irish sports horse who has a laid back attitude to life. We joined 2 years ago and have had great fun so far. I look forward to meeting you all in the year ahead  Hope you share the same attitude as me and the rest of the committee come along and enjoy it give it a go.

Health & Safety/Lessons – Kimberley Payne

Hi my name is Kimberley and I’ve been riding for the past 25years. I’ve been lucky enough to own and ride some amazing ponies and horses through my life.  I currently have a retired race horse, 2 youngsters, a mini Shetland, a stubborn donkey and a ridden/competition horse. I have a nice full yard and love every minute of it.



Secretary/Membership – Carol Quantrill

charlie (2)My name is Carol Quantrill and I returned to being a member to BKRC a couple of years ago and also joined the committee!!  I have been around horses all my life, I think the bug struck when leaving hospital at 11 days old, I was plonked on a pony for a photo!  I have been exceptionally lucky to have some amazing 4 legged friends over the years, I have represented Mendip Farmers Pony Club at the National Championships in dressage and competed at HOYS in the cob section of Search for a Star.  I have 3 horses  – Hugo, Rupert and Charlie my beloved Exmoor  (or as he is known – my smiley pony).  I compete in dressage and show at County level with Hugo and Rupert.  I have had a number of roles on the committee, but this year will be Club and Member secretary.  Bring on the fun!!!!!!!

Show Secretary- Sarah Tucker

My name is Sarah Tucker.  I have been on the committee for a couple of years now and am Show Secretary.  Most of my life I’ve competed hsarahtuckerorses. I have a varied background competing at horse of the year show as a junior in showjumping and Prince Philip Cup and having the time of my life for many years in the Pantomine at Olympia and was in the mini major relay 1989 with Michael Whitaker. I was an apprentice flat jockey with Henry Cecil at Newmarket in my younger days before my tendon and ligaments snapped in my wrists. I then had to go back to the drawing board from my good grades at school.  This is my 9th year living in Somerset as I’m originally from Hertfordshire. I have one horse called Olanta who is 22 years old and is a 16.1hh Dutch Warmblood. In her younger days we competed in showjumping, ODE and Hunter Trials – jumping her was the closest you get to flying 🙂 We have also competed in TREC and now being a senior she has become a showing veteran superstar and won many titles including going to the Horse of the Year Show.  My horse is my best friend and a cat with 9 lives.  I now also have the most beautiful son, Joe, who loves being around my horse as much as I do.  Together we will be out and about with Ollie this summer and hope to see you all.

Ros Burridge – Jumping and Area 12 Teams 

Hello, my name is Ros, I joined the committee mid 2016. Having been a member for a few years, I wanted to put something back into a Club that had given me so much fun. I have been lucky enough to have had horses all my life, and competed at various levels and in various disciplines. I gained my BHSAI in 1991 and spent many years teaching for the Pony Club in my spare time. I currently have four horses, my homebred horse, Zest, who is currently on loan to a friend as he has had to retire from competitions due to injury; Scrumpy, a lovely coloured Quantock pony, who is a real character and filling Zest’s shoes as my competition pony; and then I have two quantock foals, who came to me at weaning last October and I have high hopes for. My roll on the committee is to run our Novice team jumping shows, which have proved to be very popular; and to organise our clubs teams for area 12 competitions.

Lilly Keepin –  Teams

My name is Lilly and I joined the committee in 2016 when I became a new member of the club. I have a small cheeky pony called Ash who is 9 years old. With Ash having a troubled past I wanted to join the club to get out and do lessons, competitions and general fun things with other horses and people, that on a day to day basis we do not see.  Even though we still have a few hurdles to get over, the club have made us feel most welcome. It has helped us gain many new skills and has improved the confidence in both of us. We love taking part in all the club has to offer (work permitting) and look forward to adding to our rosette collection (Ash and I permitting) throughout the coming years.

Laura Richardson – Show secretary

Hi there my name is Laura Richardson, I’ve been a member of BKRC for either years on and off.  In the early years enjoyed competing in the Area 12 Show Jumping with my mare, Storm.  But as work commitments became more time consuming, I just had less time with my own horses.  I bred a foal (Sunny Spells) out of my mare.  Sunny is my current horse.  He is 9 years old now but still very green as he’s had on going stifle locking problems.  In 2015 we operated and cut the medial patella ligament and we’ve not looked back, he’s fitter than ever and I can’t wait to start getting out and about with him.  I’ve had many experiences with horses, from becoming a riding instructor, breaking and training, showing and laying the scent for the drag hunt.  But my main passion is racing.  I started working for Caroline Keevil P2P/National Hunt and caught the racing bug!  I became her head girl and she has taught me some invaluable knowledge. I now have two small children, Rosie, 5 years old and William, 3 years old.  I have got them a Shetland called Bertie, whom they both love and I’m hoping to get out and have some fun with them again this summer. More recently I’ve trained and become qualified in Human and Equine sports massage therapy.  Now with small children, my racing work has had to take a back seat.  So re-joining the riding club, I’m really looking forward to getting back out and involved with likeminded people.

Mel Richards

My name is Mel … I am the newest member of the BKRC committee!  I have been a member for a couple of years and wanted to give something back to the club. I am also on a number of other local committees and organise the Mark Horse Show.  I live in Mark with my husband Matt, step-son Cam, 2 dogs Wally and Mishka, 10 chickens, a duck, 7 sheep, a peacock, a cat and 5 horses!  It is safe to say – I absolutely LOVE animals!!  I have been riding all of my life and take huge pleasure in learning new ways of working with horses.  I have two very special ponies, Loz, who was a rescue case, and I am extremely proud of the horse he has become! We regularly compete in dressage and he loves fun rides and a good gallop – but does not jump (ever!)  And then there is Bobert, my newest family member, joining me last September.  We have been taking things slowly and had a lot of fun over the past 6 months, I hope to event Bobert – he loves to jump and gallop.  I join in with as much as I can, training, clinics, competition and team Area 12 qualifiers.  I was fortunate to be in the teams representing the club in dressage at the NAF National Championships in Lincoln last September – one of the BEST riding experiences, spent with brilliant people!  BKRC is a fantastic club, I am really looking forward to 2018 and making more memories with like-minded people.


Contact details – Manda – 07703 651246 – Carol- 07808 740470 – Laura – 07738287751 & Sarah Tucker – 07725 040840 – Kim – 07500 016594 Carol- 07808 740470 – Amanda- 07791 652273 -Ros -07876 211121 – Lily
Sarah Herniman: 07812 708534
Mel RIchards: 07875 058525