Colonel Geoffrey Godbold OBE
Colonel Geoffrey Godbold OBE was a Trustee of HRA for almost a decade and has ridden horses for over 50 years including working as a cowboy in Canada. He has played polo for over 30 years and is a former Chairman of Ham Polo Club at Petersham where he's now one of its Vice-Presidents. He served in the TA and commanded the Honourable Artillery Company in 1985/86 and was awarded the OBE for outstanding leadership during his tour of command of the HAC.
Office, Facilities and Events Manager
Justine first became involved with HRA in 2010 as a volunteer for our Riding for the Disabled activities before joining as a member of staff in 2011. She continues to volunteer for the Thursday morning RDA class, which runs during term-time. Justine originally trained in fashion and graphic design, working as a creative director then as a Design Manager in a London Studio. Where she project managed corporate events and fashion shows. She also worked for many years for Kingston Adult Education and Family learning as a part time Drawing and illustration tutor. We have been fortunate in being able to utilise her creative abilities in updating the Adopt A Horse package, as an original member of the RDA “crafty ladies” fundraising team she created greetings cards, note books and calendars to help with our fundraising efforts. Growing up in Yorkshire, Justine rode regularly and enjoys the opportunity to help out in the stables at the Mews in her spare time. Her other interests include: Her dog Wesson, Drawing and Illustration and spending time with her family and friends.
Membership and Office Administrator
I joined the HRA in March 2017. I am responsible for co-ordinating the waiting list, managing the membership and the recruitment of new Rangers. Previously to working here I spent 12 years working as a secretary/admin assistant for an animal charity.
Fundraising and Volunteers Manager
Nicki joined HRA in April 2016. Nicki grew up in the Cotswolds and has had a love of horses from a young age; having ridden throughout her life including working with racehorses during her teenage years before sadly realising that she was perhaps too tall to make it as a jockey! Nicki is an advocate for Equine Assisted Therapy and has a keen interest in Psychology having studied this at university. Previous job roles in the fields of Domestic Abuse, Student and Family Education and Supported Housing have provided Nicki with a wealth of experience in working with vulnerable adults and children in supporting their emotional, social and behavioural well being.
Deirdre is our Finance Manager and joined HRA in February 2017. Deirdre brings a wealth of experience to HRA having previously worked in the charity sector as well as blue chip organisations such as Santander and Man Investments. Deirdre is a qualified management accountant and lives in Surrey with her family.
Theresa joined Horse Rangers at the tender age of eight and progressed through the organisation to become our chief instructor and ultimately Stable Manager. Theresa is responsible for the day-to-day management of her team and the wellbeing of our horses. She has a keen interest in the veterinary side and has formed very good relations with the yard vet and the equine hospital, who look after our horses. In addition to her weekday work at the stables, Theresa continues to be an active officer and instructor in Squadron 3 on Sundays. Theresa is a BHS AI and is our Chief Instructor. She works closely with Alistair Blamire, instructor and HRA equitation officer, on the training and development we give to our Rangers, Officers and Instructors. She runs successful riding clinics during the holidays for Rangers hoping to improve their riding, and is always on hand to give advice when needed. Theresa is lead rider in our Musical Ride Display Team where she usually rides Dylan. Theresa’s favourite horses on the yard are Disney, Dylan and Shimmer although she loves all of them in different ways.
Deputy Stable Manager
Georgie joined Squadron 5 at eight years of age and recalls that Sandal was the first pony she ever rode. She moved up to Squadron 3 where she remains an active officer and instructor. Georgie joined HRA’s stable staff in 1999 and was promoted to Theresa’s deputy six years later. Georgie’s extra responsibilities include ordering all the horses’ feed and bedding each week and putting the horses at the paddocks away on a Sunday night. Georgie has been an intrinsic member of our Musical Ride Display Team since she was 18. At the yard, Ben and Samson are her favourites.
Deputy Stable Manager
Becky joined HRA in 2004. Prior to this she worked in the animal department at Squires Garden Centre. She then completed a National Diploma in Equine Studies at Guilford College Merrist Wood Campus. Becky has been riding since she was nine and has a great love for all animals, she will often be in the forefront of any animal rescue. As deputy manager she supports Theresa in the day to day running of the yard, and is always willing to lend a hand during the Ranger special events. She has a natural ability with our greener horses on the yard and enjoys bringing them on. She also has a great talent at photography and can often be seen taking photos at our events. Becky’s favourites at the yard are Max, Malcolm and Sam.
Kate became a Horse Ranger at the age of 10, horses and ballet being her passions at the time. Her love for horses soon took over and she left Horse Rangers at the age of 16 to pursue a career working with horses, this career has taken her all around the UK and indeed to the other side of the world working in some of the best yards. We were delighted to welcome her back as a member of HRA team in November 2016 as she takes a break from her travels. Her favourite horse on the yard is Blackie and she enjoys playing Polo and agility training with her dog Java in her spare time.
Kerry became a Horse Ranger in 2000, originally as a member of Squadron 5 before joining Squadron 2. During her teens she was also part of the Musical Ride Display Team. She has always loved being around the young people and horses and learning new things. Kerry became a member of the stable staff in 2010. She has completed her BHS stage one qualification. Kerry’s favourites around the yard are Solly, Krystal and Joey.
Part time Groom
Anna has been a shining example of the perfect ranger since the tender age of 8. She became a pony helper at the age of 14 and has been an inspiration to many young rangers wining red rosettes at Gymkhana through the years. Always spending her spare time at the stables helping out, she has been a part time groom since leaving school at 16 and now whilst at university, where she is studying Sports Science. Her favourite horses on the yard are Tom, Shimmer and Benji.
Instructor and Equitation Officer
Alistair joined the Metropolitan Police in 1975, initially spending 2 years on foot duty in Chelsea before training with their Mounted Section at Imber court in 1977. It was during his time at Imber Court that Alistair first became aware of the Horse Rangers as there was already a long standing link between the two organisations. After 30 years as a Mounted Police Officer, Alistair retired from uniformed duty in 2008, but spent the next 8 years as a Horse Trainer for the police at Imber Court. Since October 2016 Alistair has become part of our team at HRA and regularly instructs the squadrons on Thursdays and Saturdays In his role as Equitation Officer for HRA, Alistair works closely with our permanent staff offering support and guidance especially in relation to sourcing and training new horses and helping with the training of our Instructors. As a Mounted Police Officer, Alistair was for many years’ part of the acclaimed Metropolitan Police Activity Ride, which has performed at many prestigious events both in the UK and overseas. All this experience is harnessed for our benefit as he is responsible for directing the Horse Rangers’ Musical Ride Display Team. This includes choreographing the routine and training the riders.
Chairman of Trustees
After a brief sabbatical, Richard rejoined as Chairman of Trustees in November 2016 having held the same role previously until December 2015. He is a chartered accountant (yes another one) and lives in Thames Ditton with his wife and daughter Emily who was herself a horse ranger until she went away to university. Richard comments: "Horse Rangers is a unique organisation, combining the development of equestrian skills with teaching young people to care for others and to be good citizens. As chairman of trustees, probably the most important aspect of my work is to ensure we live up to the aims of the organisation and apply that to the 21st century.
Liam grew up in Ireland where he qualified as an accountant prior to moving to London. He was articled in an Accountancy firm in Thames Ditton where he rose to become Partner. He is currently Finance & HR Director for a Car Leasing & Finance Company in Slough which he joined in 1999 and has helped to build it from a family run business to a national organisation. Liam lives with his wife and two sons in Esher. His hobbies include gardening, cycling & riding. As a child he rode in Ireland and looks forward to reawakening his childhood memories through his involvement at Horse Rangers
Caroline Osmer grew up in Australia where she qualified as an accountant before being transferred with her job to London in 1990. She worked in the City for over 20 years, in accountancy, investment banking, at a hedge fund and has continued her studies receiving a Masters of Science, Real Estate Investment in 2009 from Cass Business School. Caroline has been a dedicated volunteer with Horse Rangers in Squadron 6 since 2011, and more recently qualified as an RDA Group Coach, instructing classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. She also heads the RDA fancy dress team and won first place at Windsor Horse Show 2016 She started riding aged 5, and has a great love for horses, Ozzie and Dolly among her favourites on the yard. She is most often seen around HRA with her two black labradors, Ellie and Jeannie, and if you are lucky you might see her walking our miniature horse/Shetland Cameo and all of the dogs in the park.
Sarah is a parent of a Ranger who has been in Squadron 1 for four years. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked in the City in the financial services sector for 30 years. Prior to living in Putney, Sarah grew up in the countryside and has riden horses since she was very young, having had her own pony as a teenager. She still enjoys riding holidays with her daughter whenever possible.
Cy works for a large US Investment Bank. He is a former Army Officer with the Royal Dragoon Guards and has served on operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He later served as a Reserve Army Officer with the Honourable Artillery Company. Cy joined the HRA at the age of 9, going on to become an officer in 3 Squadron. Over the years Cy has been engaged with all aspects of the HRA including the musical ride, former band and Pony helping (5 Squadron). His time in the Horse Rangers Association inspired him to become a Cavalry Officer and to go on to compete in many levels and disciplines of equestrianism including show jumping, horse trials, Tetrathlon and polo. He recently competed in (and finished) the Mongol Derby 2017, a gruelling 1000km endurance race across the Mongolian Steppe. Cy was brought up locally in Teddington and went to Hampton School. Now living in Dorset, he is currently a part time Officer for No. 2 Squadron.
Gemma is a chartered accountant who currently works as the Group Financial Controller for an international pharmaceutical company based in High Wycombe. Gemma is an Officer and Instructor of number 3 Squadron so brings a unique insight of the organisation to the Board. Having joined the association at the age of 10 she has progressed through the ranks to Lieutenant and as well as being an instructor helps with the Musical Ride Display Team.
Trustee and Company Secretary
Jeremy is a parent of a Ranger Officer, he is well placed to reflect the views as a parent along with his experience in youth organisations. He has taken the responsibility of maintaining the overall Health and Safety policy for the association. A former TA soldier in the Royal Engineers bomb disposal and now a Squadron Leader in the RAF (VR)T, he is also experienced in running a youth organisation himself as Contingent Commander of Hampton School Combined Cadet Force, in itself a partnership of 3 local schools.
Princess Michael of Kent
We are very fortunate to have Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent as our Royal Patron. An accomplished horsewoman herself, she has been very supportive and regularly comes to our events. She takes a great interest in the individual Rangers and is extremely popular both with them, our volunteers and the guests whom she meets.
Shotter & Byers
Sarah completed an Animal Science Degree in 2000 with first class honours. She then decided to attend Vet school at the University of Liverpool qualifying in 2005 with credits and a distinction grade. While she was at vet school, she was awarded a prize in Large Animal Studies. Sarah previously worked in small and mixed animal practice where she was the equine assistant. Sarah has been with us since 2006 and has a particular interest in wound healing and wound management.
I believe that all horses should be given the same high standard of care and quality of workmanship. As a farrier I deal with a broad spectrum of horses, anything from rescue horses with severely neglected feet to the top performing equine. In each individual case I will always endeavour to ensure that the best possible solution for the horse is achieved. In many cases where the horse has a foot or limb condition, I work closely alongside veterinarians to resolve the issue.
Equine Dental Services
I established a small business in the North of England during the 70's but re located to the Thames Valley in 1981 and after a short period I was introduced to the late Sir Peter Scott Dunn who had always been a very eminent vet in the area. Due to his recommendation my business expanded dramatically over the coming years. I have always taken great interest in the development of the industry always keeping up with the latest techniques and modern day equipment. I am a founder member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians and was involved in the development of the examination process.