The Gate Committee is made up of volunteers, who have come together to ensure the longevity of The Gate Riding Club.

Julie Warner

Club Secretary

Julie is the secretary of the Gate Riding Club and can usually be found running around the lorry park, rings and toilets. …These are her areas of responsibility; she says “I still am not sure how I got the best jobs” Julie has been riding for as long as she can remember and has competed at the Gate on a variety of different equines.

Julie is now the lucky rider of a beautiful coloured mare ‘Poppy Longstockings’ owned by Jayne Thompson, and in 2014 they reached the dizzy heights of the Team Quest dressage finals riding with the team Harlequin Horses; which she describes as a totally amazing experience.

Julie has also done a little bit at the Gate with some success in Ridden classes and Dressage. In previous years, with her daughter , she assisted her with B.S.P.S. Working Hunter Pony classes and when she stopped, Julie continued riding their 15hh WHP ‘Harvey’ who she took on to do some T.R.E.C. reaching a very creditable 3rd in the National Champs and some unaffiliated dressage.

Julie is looking forward to making the Gate a recognised club in the area for putting on great shows and getting ‘teams’ out competing in British Riding Club competitions.

Julie says “Please do come and see me if you have a query or suggestion on how we can improve the show for you”

Andrew Leedham


Andrew Leedham currently looks after the Showjumping and showing classes at the Gate. He will often be found running around making sure everything is running smoothly.

Andrew has been riding since he was a teenager working at Crowberry Stud,Middleton and and training at Ingestre Hall. Andy still works at Crowberry Stud, breaking and retraining horses and riders(something which he specialises in).

Andrew currently competes in showing, Dressage and Showjumping on a variety of horses, often for other people;and competes all over the country and is sponsored by Cameron-Robb and Dave Barnes horse boxes.

As well as all of this, Andrew breeds Dobermans and miniature Dachshunds at home with the rest of his equine and canine friends.

Andrew regularly competes youngsters at the Gate as he feels its a great place to start for both horse and rider.

Rachel Morton Hancox


Rachel can usually be found behind the microphone announcing classes and promoting our sponsors over the tannoy.

She is often  accompanied by her two delightful rescue dogs Snoop and Teddy

She has a passion for heavy horses and is the proud owner of CC. She has also very kindly donated a trophy in memory of her adored Suffolk Punch ‘Custard Tart’

Louise Francis

PR and Marketing

Louise looks after the Website, Social Media and Marketing aspects of the club and was new to the committee for the 2015 Season.

Louise has been riding since she was 9 years old, and learnt to ride at Wishaw Riding Centre. She then went on to working on a DIY yard at the age of 14, caring for and exercising horses of all sizes and shapes. This is where she found her own horse, Beani, who she used to regularly compete at The Gate Riding Club.

Louise also spends alot of time backwards and forwards to Wales, where her family breed Welsh Section A,C and D’s. Louise was regularly thrown on ponies in her younger days,to break them ready for new lives they had ahead of them.

Louise has a young daughter who competes her pony’ ,Imogen, who now has her own 5 year old pony whom she competes at the Gate RC. Louise also competes her Veteran Horse Beani in local and Veteran Horse Society showing. Beani is full of character and you’ll often find Louise trying to convince Beani to show at The Gate.

As well as all of this,Louise is also the PR and marketing officer for The Veteran Horse Society, so if you’re ever at an event, look out for Louise looking after the trade stand for the VHS.

Sharon Bridger

Memberships Secretary

Sharon Bridger is the Trophies Secretary and also helps with entries at Club Shows.

Sharon is a mum funding her daughter’s Lauras very expensive horsey habit, she jests.

Sharon has owned horses for over 15 years and most of their ponies have been M&Ms.

Sharon has assisted in getting her daughter Laura, who also helps out on show days, get to Royal London and well as local showing at the Gate and Atherstone Pony Club.

As a mum, Sharon is left with all the good jobs like mucking out and grooming as well as being shouted as groom.Imsure many parents can relate!

Day to Day Sharon works in sales, and has just passed her City and Guilds Level 3 in Dog Grooming and so is very busy setting up her new business.

Vicky Masters

Show Administrator

Vicky grew up in Whitacre and from a young age attended the Gate RC. Vicky is now the Show Administrator and helps compilate show dates and everything required to ensure a safe and enjoyable show season at the Gate.

Vicky has owned horses all her life and competed in all disciplines to a very high standard – team chasing, showing, dressage (team quest)- team quest, show jumping.

Vicky has many equestrian qualifications such as BHS exams 1-4, Bhs horse knowledge and care 1-4, UKCC level 2 and her Preliminary teaching certificate.

Vicky also holds her Equestrian specific first aid and child protection certification.

Vicky’s career has always been sales based so that she could keep her horses as a hobby.

Barbara Marsland

Dressage Secretary

Barbara has been involved with the Gate for many years, competing as a young girl, and on the committee.

Over the years has competed in Pony club (B test) BSJA show jumping up to B&C and small open, showing , side saddle including HOYS riding club quadrille 1987, working hunter and BD dressage up to medium level.

Dressage is my passion and prefer training to competing these days, training regularly with Harry Payne.

Having worked with horses since leaving school, riding school, private yard, dealers yard, hunter/event yard, for the past 30 years has successfully run Crowberry Stud with husband Tim, where we have liveries, buy and sell various types of horses and ponies, break, school and re-train with the help of Andrew Leedham.

At the Gate, Barbara helps run the dressage competitions and judges and stewards the showing classes.

Ann Masters


Ann is currently Treasurer for The Gate Riding Club and also helps out with other admin jobs. On show days she helps with taking entries and any other casual jobs that need doing.

Ann is now retired but previously worked in a secretarial role for various companies. She was a first aider at the most recent company that she was employed at.

Ann learned to ride in her teens at a riding school and loved it so much she bought a retired racehorse…sadly no longer with us. Now Ann has her own private yard which she runs with her daughter.

General committee members

Annie Hunt

Dressage Support

Annie has worked at Pool House Equine Clinic for three years as an administrator, receptionist and most recently, a member of the accounts team. She has loved horses since she can remember and learnt to ride at her local riding school in Wishaw.

In 2008 she was lucky enough to purchase her very first horse “Ari” who was a PRE. They had many great years together where he built her confidence and taught her advanced level dressage movements.

Annie has joined the Gate Riding Club Committee this year as she believes this riding club gave her wonderful memories with her boy and wishes to help give back to this wonderful show. Annie adds up dressage scores and calculate the overall percentages and will always try to help competitors on the day! You can usually find her in the brown box if she can help in any way

Judith McGrath