Wapley Riding Stables is a friendly and professional 5 star licensed riding school and livery yard situated near the village of Westerleigh, just off the B4465 towards Codrington.
The Riding School is run by Lucy Hewlett who is a BHS II Qualified instructor and assisted by many experienced grooms and instructors.
We teach riders of all levels from complete beginners to experienced riders from four years of age upwards. We offer events for pre-school children with our mini stars saddle clubs. We also have a range of events and courses for all ages including show jump clinics, LH academy, Own a pony days and many more. Please see our Events and Courses pages.
Lucy is also available for freelance teaching on your own horse at your yard or at Wapley Stables. Lucy is registered and Insured through the BHS. Lucy has competed at many events nationwide including a win at Aintree and Blue Chip championships.
Staff and Volunteers
Lucy Hewlett BHSII
Lucy Hewlett is a BHS II riding instructor at Wapley Stables. Lucy owns 6 horses who she competes including 1 event horse, 4 show jumpers and a 3 year old who she is producing to eventually compete.
When Lucy was 16 she went to junior pony trails and trained with the GB event team. Lucy went to final selections where she was asked to run as an individual travelling reserve in Ireland. Unfortunately Lucy sold her pony and was unable to go.
Lucy has won blue chip and national amateur championships. As an 18 year old she came 3rd in the country in the under 18 championship.
Lucy has many qualifications in the equine industry such as a level 5 diploma in coaching horse riders for competition and also BHS stage 4 senior coach in complete horsemanship.
When Lucy isn't out competing she is teaching. Lucy not only teaches individuals but also teaches fun group sessions such as canter banter, pony camp and own a pony days
Corinna is a stable groom at Wapley stables and has been part of the Wapley team since 2018. Corinna is trained in First aid.
Part of her role is to welcome riders and visitors to the yard and ensure the horses are well looked after and ready for their lessons.
In her spare time she enjoys taking long relaxing hacks with her daughter.
I’ve been riding since I was 4 years old and been around horses all my life, I trained under an FEI level 3 instructor in Botswana Africa.
I’ve had the privilege of owning my own horses and competing them internationally up to 1m20cm show- jumping and competed at medium level in dressage since I was 16 years old.
Along the way I have worked for some amazing establishments backing young horses and training them for sale as well as working freelance with some amazing clients and horses over the last 13 years!
I am pleased to share my experience and knowledge with the Wapley clients.
Over the last few years as an avid rider and now instructor at wapley I have really enjoyed the technical aspects of not only riding but schooling of horses as well.
The many challenges of dressage and show jumping provide endless hours of training for both horses and riders and I love accompanying people on that journey be they young or more advanced in years.
I’ve been working at Wapley since around April of this year and have been enjoying every minute of it. I am an Instructor at Wapley and although this is a new role for me, I’ve felt so welcome and supported since the start.
I’ve always been passionate about horses and the equine industry and this has flourished in this opportunity to teach my passion and share this with others. This passion for horses sparked when I was little, starting riding lessons myself back in Australia where I’m from.
I then got my first horse in my early teens and started competing in eventing which is a sport I fell in love with. From this, I then worked in dressage and showing stables, eventing yards and the racing industry to name a few and my passion for the equine industry continued to grow.
Since coming to the UK, my goal was to continue this passion and when the opportunity came up to instruct at Wapley, I jumped at the chance. Since then, I have also been loaning one of Wapley’s horses, Tiny who has given me so much confidence and enjoyment and I feel so lucky to be a part of a great team of both people and horses!
Jo starter off at Wapley Stables with her daughter and not long after became admin for the yard.
Jo's role at Wapley Stables is to make sure all customers get a warm welcome when they come to the yard. Jo also makes sure that all phone calls are answered and all lessons are booked correctly.
I am an instructor at Wapley and joined the team in June 2021. I have been riding for over 20 years, doing a bit of everything from jumping to dressage. In my youth I competed and won a few rosettes at local shows in showing and dressage.
I love spending as much time as possible with horses on the ground and in the saddle, I particularly enjoy finding imaginative polework exercises use in both my own riding and in lessons! I really enjoy being part of the wapley team and helping children and adults learn to ride.
I have been riding since I was 10 years old. I started breaking in horses at the age of 13 and haven't looked back. I have worked with some great equestrian professionals and had an ex Kings troops as my instructor.
I really love looking into technique and rider, and horse biomechanics really interests me. I have owned and competed over the years and have thoroughly enjoyed it.
I have been teaching at Wapley on and off since 2013 and love passing on what I know to the riders giving them the best start to their riding. I love teaching all riders from complete beginners to those who just need to tweak a few things. Everyday is a learning day and having a job that is a passion makes every day I teach exciting. I am proud of all my students with how far they come.
I was lucky enough to grow up with horses and have been riding as long as I've been walking.
Growing up in West Somerset, I enjoyed years of hacking around Exmoor National Park, competing in local shows and even had a go at point to point pony racing!
While I no longer have my own horses, I take the chance to ride whenever I can - alongside my degree I joined the university polo team to try something new and for some friendly competition.
A new member of the team at Wapley, I look forward to spreading my experience and enthusiasm for riding, hopefully having some fun in the process!
Shay started off at Wapley Stables with her loan horse Indie. Not long after Shay became employed as the yard cover.
Shay is also Lucy Hewlett's apprentice and her role is apprentice instructor and stable groom. Shay runs a club called mini stars saddle club which she loves.
Shay is hoping to gain more qualifications throughout her apprenticeship and eventually go out competing with Lucy.
I am an apprentice instructor/groom at Wapley and I am also first aid trained. I grew up riding as a child and its still my passion and I have finally achieved my dream of being able to work in a great team with great horses.
I love riding different types of horses to broaden my skills as I hope to event and team chase one day. I try to do a bit of everything with horses but I love jumping and doing no-stirrup work. I am thrilled to be a part of such a great team and I cant wait to increase my knowledge and help others learn to ride!
My love for horses started from a young age and I started riding when I was 9. I am bilingual and can speak both English and Polish fluently.
I have completed a Level 3 Extended Technical Diploma in Equine Management in which I gained qualifications and skills I am now able to utilise in this industry.
In my first year, the course allowed me to gain experiences on a variety of yards including racing studs, 4* eventing and fast pace hunt yards. I learnt how to assess the horse's way of moving and how it can be improved through lunging, long reining and training aids, as well as coaching riders to help them improve.
During the second year, I completed my work experience at Wapley, where I have volunteered since 2015. Throughout my work experience I gained all the skills required to care for the horses and maintain their environment to a high standard. I am now studying Equine performance and rehabilitation at University.
I am certainly enjoying my job as a part time groom at Wapley and am constantly learning new skills. It is a pleasure to work with these amazing horses and alongside such friendly and knowledgeable individuals.
Nathan has been helping at Wapley Stables on Saturdays for just over a year ensuring the horses are cared for and yard tidy.
Nathan assists Lucy when she’s is competing making sure all her horses are prepared and ready to compete.
Outside of Wapley Nathan is a Sargent in the Army Cadets teaching children discipline, military and life skills giving children an opportunity to do something different.
Nathan’s future goal is to go competing with Lucy