Meet the Team
Our experienced and enthusiastic team of dedicated coaches are on hand to work with all Academy and Team students to reach their riding potential and to achieve their ambitions in the sport.
Fiona Harrison - Academy Director
Senior Coach and Standards Manager Fiona Harrison is the College's Academy Director. Fiona has British Evented to three-star level on home-produced horses for many years. She also jumped to a national and international standard with the British Show Jumping Association, coming third in the Eventers Grand-Prix and sixth in the Hickstead Speed Derby, riding for various owners. Fiona has competed in British Dressage events to Advanced Medium standard, having gained points at Medium level.
Additionally Fiona has ridden Point-to-Point and successfully won a members' race. Fiona now actively competes producing young homebred horses and coaching riders of all abilities and ages and is qualified as a BHSI (registered) coach, British Eventing Accredited coach, BHS Senior Examiner, BHS NVQ L3 Internal Verifier, Subject Learning Coach Specialist Eventing, Pony Club and Riding Club Examiner.
Christopher Bartle (FBHS) - Master Coach
Christopher teaches and trains riders at the Yorkshire Riding Centre, Harrogate, around the UK and across Europe. Christopher has competed internationally in both Dressage and Three Day Eventing.
He is currently Eventing Performance Manager to the British Eventing Team. Christopher was also National Coach to the German Olympic Three Day Event Team and Dressage Trainer to British Olympic Three Day Event team at the Olympics in Atlanta 1996 and in Sydney 2000.
Locally Christopher trains many British International level riders, notably for many years the British Team Rider Nicola Wilson from Northallerton, North Yorkshire. He was awarded an Honourable Fellowship of the British Horse Society in 2001 and received the British Horse Society's Trainers Award in 1995, the prestigious Fellowship of the British Horse Society in 2001 and British Horse Society Lifetime achievement award in 2014.
• Member of the British Dressage Team from 1981 to 1987
• 6th Individual in Los Angeles Olympics (with WILY TROUT)
• National Dressage Champion in 1984 and 1985
• 4th in the European Championships in 1985
• 2nd in the Nashua Dressage World Cup in 1986
• Awarded the British Equestrian Federation's Medal of Honour 1986
• Scottish Open Champion in 1997 (Word Perfect)
• Member of the Gold Medal winning British Team in the European Championships in 1997
• Winner Badminton Horse Trials 1998 (Word Perfect)
• Reserve for Olympic Team 2000 (Word Perfect)
Jane Bartle-Wilson (BHSI) - Instructor
Jane is the Director of Equitation , Chief Instructor and Trainer at the Yorkshire Riding Centre, training all the Instructors at the Centre and supervising the riding programmes for all the courses at the Centre.
Jane trains horses and riders in dressage and eventing. While some riders come for competition training, even up to the highest level, others have non competitive goals, and are happy to learn to ride at a lower level and would still like to improve and have fun doing so. Jane is happy to train those riders too.
Jane’s competition experience started with eventing with a number of horses and then specialised in dressage. Pinocchio was her mount when riding for Great Britain in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. Many will remember the success they had in the Freestyle to Music and winning the Silver in Toronto in 1986.
Jane helped in the training of riders for the Olympics, as well as at Badminton, Burghley and Bramham. Jane also held the position of Chef D’Equipe to the Senior British Dressage team at Olympic, World and European Championships from 1993 to 2000.