MEET TEAM MBD
Maddi has been riding for over 30 years, during which time she has trained with some of the world's finest trainers, including her long standing coach Carl Hester, who she has been coached by for just under 20 years!
Maddi has dedicated much of her life to learning the art of classical dressage, and has studied under the guidance of Classical Master, Joaquin Vazquez Vela and other riders at the Royal School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, Spain. Maddi worked for Joaquin in Spain at his private yard. There, as well as coaching, she rode, trained and competed a number of his and his clients horses up to Grand Prix level.
Maddi has also spent time learning from Dr Gerd Heuschmann, Manolo Mendez and the late Dr Kerry Ridgeway, which have been a huge influence in her understanding of equine physiology, biomechanics and psychological well being. This has enabled her to not only successfully train horse and keep sound, happy athletes, but has also allowed her to specialise in rehab work and corrective schooling.
Maddi is an experienced competitor and has been lucky enough to experience competing in Europe as well as in the UK. She has ridden at all levels up to Grand Prix and has worked and been based on the yards of several International Riders and Trainers.
Maddi holds the following Qualifications and Accreditations:
British Dressage Accredited Coach - UKCC Level 3
BHS Accredited Professional Coach
International Society of Rider Biomechanics Accredited Coach
Classical Riding Club Listed Trainer
BD Youth Coach
Pony Club Coach
Advanced Diploma in Competition Horse Care Management
City & Guilds - Health & Safety with Horses
First Aid Certificate
Maddi has clients all all ages, abilities, levels and disciplines. Many ride competitively ride, but she also enjoys helping people with re-schooling horses, especially Ex Race Horses, of which she has a lot of experience doing. Her passion is helping Horses and Riders reach their full potential
Maddi's experience and qualifications ensure that you and your horse will experience only the finest care and coaching
Pilates Instructor and Massage Therapist
Lucia is the resident Pilates Instructor and Massage Therapist at the MBD Equestrian Centre.
The last 17 years Lucia has been working with Chiropractors & Osteopaths in Spain, Oman, Bahrain and now Canterbury. Along with an active interest in Pilates & Yoga, she is acutely aware of the importance of good posture & flexibility; and how exercise, stretches & massage give us a wider range of movement.
Lucia has many years' experience working with horses in various disciplines, & has assisted in running yards in Spain & UK. She worked with various horses & riders whilst living in the Middle-East, including the Bahrain show jumping team.
This experience has enabled her to benefit many clients & horses in different countries; & now in South East Kent.
As well as being a fully qualified Massage therapist for humans since 2003, in 2010 she qualified as an Equine sports massage therapist. She has done CPD on Dissection courses with Gillian Higgins from Horses inside out at Hartpury College in 2014, where she met Lindsay Wilcox-Reid, EquiPilatesTM and went on to train as a Pilates Instructor to do the EquiPilatesTM course. She became a Biomechanics Trainer & EquiPilatesTM Instructor late this year 2017.
Pilates classes to strengthen, stretch, improve flexibility, mobility, control, concentration & core awareness
EquiPilatesTM Fundamental sessions
1-2-1 postural assessment, Intrinsic Biomechanics screening, Swiss Ball analysis, Prescriptive Anti-spasm exercises, specific Pilates exercises
Equine Sports Massage on site
Rider Deep tissue & Trigger Point therapy massage on site
Clinics for ABC & True Posture – Alignment, Breathing & Core sense, giving greater awareness with the help of a wooden horse, your saddle and visual aid of jackets with high vis lines, capturing photographic & video evidence.
To find out more about Lucia, visit eqcorepilates.co.uk
Chris Connell - Farrier
Chris is the yard farrier at the MBD Equestrian Centre, making regular visits to the yard to shoe all horses liveried at the Centre.
Chris is one of the best farriers in the South East of England and has an excellent working knowledge of remedial farriery.
Chris is highly recommended by a number of veterinary surgeons and therapists, and will ensure your horse receives the very best attention to their feet.
Michaela Catterall - Physiotherapist
Michaela owns and runs MC Vet Physiotherapy and is a highly respected and well regarded veterinary & chartered physiotherapist based in the South East of England.
Michaela is ACPAT CAT A Qualified, so you can rest assured that Michaela's therapy treatments will provide your horse with the very best level of care possible.
Holistic Healer & Communicator
Miranda is a holistic complementary healer and animal communicator. Her career in this field has yielded many successes, including working closely with Team GB and European Championship horses.
Saracen Horse Feeds
We only use two brands of horse feed, the first being Saracen.
We recommend the use of Saracen Horse Feeds due to their fantastic quality and dedication to undertaking nutritional research alongside Kentucky Equine Research to produce some of the very best feeds on the market.
Saracen feed gold medallist horses worldwide.
We are proud to be working alongside Saracen, with a specialist nutritionalist visiting the Centre on a regular basis to ensure our horses have the very best and bespoke feeding programme.
Dengie Horse Feeds
Alongside Saracen, the only other brand of feed we recommend and use is Dengie.
Dengie produces arguably the best fibre based feed products in the UK, and we have fed Dengie to our horses for decades.
We are proud to be working alongside Dengie.
Hack Up Bespoke
Hack Up Bespoke produce bespoke supplements, and are the only company in the UK providing such a specialised and bespoke service.
After taking extensive details, Hack Up will create the best supplement specifically tailored to your horse's requirements and will continue to work with owners to ensure the supplement is working at it's very best.
We are proud to be working with Alex and his team at Hack Up.