Meet The Team

John & Caroline Dent


John & Caroline Established Littlebourne back in 1988 back then the centre was a private stables that housed show jumping and film horses over the years the centre has grown into the first class equestrian centre that you see today. . 

Ben Mitchell-Winter


BHSAI, Reg'd

General Manager

Ben first joined the team in 2005 as a senior instructor & Assistant Yard Manager. During his time at the centre, he has been involved in the improvement and growth of the business. Ben has helped develop Littlebourne into the first class establishment you see today. Ben is also the founder of our Pony Club and organiser of numerous events and activities for riding school clients. After a 4 year break, while Ben was running an equestrian resort in the Middle East for the AramCo oil company, he returned every summer to take the lead at our annual Pony Club Camp. In 2018, Ben returned to Littlebourne as our full time General Manager, overseeing the day to day running of the establishment and is responsible for the welfare of our animals.

Ben is a popular instructor and is available for lessons throughout the week. He has extensive experience teaching riders of all abilities. His speciality is show jumping and coaching Pony Club.

Ben is also heading all of the future plans and improvements for the centre and is currently training towards his Stage 4 and BHSII

Ben is also a Ride Safe Trainer here at Littlebourne 

Claire Foster



Claire joined the Littlebourne team as a freelance instructor back in 2015. Claire quickly proven to be a very popular instructor with our clients. 

In 2017 Claire joined our team full time.  

Lawrence Bardoo


BHSAI, Int teach, SM Reg'd


Chief Instructor

Lawrence joined Littlebourne in 2014 as a freelance instructor. Lawrence quickly established a strong clientele basis within the liveries here at the centre. 

Lawrence is available for lessons by private arrangement. 

Lawrence is also a Ride Safe Trainer 

Sharni Bailey



Sharni joined the Littlebourne team in 2018 as a freelance instructor. Sharni has quickly become very popular with our younger clients bringing fun to learn within all of her lessons. Sharni is available for group lessons on Sunday

Sharni is also a Ride Safe Trainer 

Sorrel Docherty




Sorrel joined Littlebourne in 2013 and has worked with us on a freelance basis ever since. Sorrel has over 15 years experience within the equine industry and is a big advocate for equine welfare.


Sorrel speciality lies with classical dressage and as such she has trained with various international dressage judges over past 10 years. Sorrel is available for both flat and jump lessons for all age groups, on a pre-booking basis. 


Sorrel is up to date with all First Aid and Safeguarding training. 

Lousie Barnes - Lewis 

Louise is our newest freelance instructor, with 8 years of experience teaching all ages and ability levels.

With a special interest in show jumping and coming from a competition background herself she is very keen to help others progress and build confidence whilst riding. Whether that be generally improving someone’s ability to ride or helping them get competition ready.

Alongside her vast teaching experience, Louise holds a BHS intermediate Stable Managers Certification.  

Kelly Dent 

Stunt Instructor

Kelly specializes in teaching actors, actresses, stunt professionals and general public to horse ride for film and TV.   I have worked in the film industry for over 25 years.

" I am a fully qualified Horse Master and Stunt Co-coordinator on the British Stunt 


My background is Show jumping and have represented Great Britain over twenty times in Juniors and seniors. One of my highlights was winning the National Under 21 championship when I was 17.

I have taught a vast amount of artists including Cate Blanchet, Eva Green, Kierra Knightly, Edward Norton, Marc Strong, Samantha Morton, Ray Winstone and many more. I also teach children and believe to get the best out of them horse riding they need to have lots of fun"

Chloe  Shiner

BHS  Stage  2  Teach 

Junior  Instructor

Claudia Howard 



Claudia Howard is a British Horse Society Accredited Professional Coach and a fully qualified and insured Equine and Animal Physiotherapist. Operating in Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties, Claudia has been passionate about horses and animals from a young age.

Many years spent working and training in a variety of equine disciplines provided Claudia with a diverse knowledge and enables her to combine and apply different techniques to every situation, ultimately finding the best way forward for the training, happiness, and comfort of the horse and rider.

Claudia’s coaching combines with her Physiotherapeutic knowledge enabling her to provide an all-round approach to training the horse and rider. Claudia prides herself on helping all clients achieve their goals using clear, logical, and sympathetic instruction with easy to repeat exercises that allow the rider to attain great results and repeat these when riding alone. Horse and rider confidence is of paramount concern and Claudia’s overall objective is to have each combination leave her lessons inspired, happy, and confident in their ability.

Mollie Palmer 

BHS Stage 2 

Junior Instructor 

Ciaran Mc Auley 

BHS  Stage 2 

Junior Instructor 

Everyone at the Centre is a trained and experienced professional. 

Our status as a BHS Where to Train Centre means all our staff are continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure they are completely up-to-date.

Everyone at the Centre has taken the BHS Child Protection Course and have first aid training in one form or another.

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BHS, ABRS, RDA & Pony Club Approved Riding & Training Centre 

BHS Changing Lives Through Horses Approved Centre 

- Riding lessons, Hacking, Livery, Shows, Pony Club, Pony Parties. -