Amy and Alice Bannister-Bell met whilst training for their BHS exams at Ingestre stables, Staffordshire in 2008 both aged 18. After completing a number of BHS exams and travelling to Australia to work in the racing and breeding industry along with gaining invaluable experience working on a number of eventing and showjumping yards they set up a yard on the Cheshire/North Wales borders and continued to produce homebred and imported Irish competition ponies (and a few horses) whilst freelance coaching and riding, Both continued their training towards the stage 5 performance coach/rider/stable management exam- formally known as the BHSI, in 2014 they become the two youngest people to hold the exam at the time of passing. Both are passionate about helping educate riders of all abilities to improve their skills, knowledge and harmony between themselves and their horse.
Amy Bannister-Bell Bsc (hons), BHSI, Stage 5 performance coach in complete horsemanship.
Amy grew up in North Wales, and being from a non horsey family started out in a riding school and eventually persuaded her parents to buy her a pony and the rest is history. Although Amy's parents didn't have a horsey backgrounds they always made sure she was supported by knowledgeable and respected people who provided her with invaluable experience from her role models within the equine industry.
After school Amy knew she was destined to work with horses and went on to the Northern Racing College in Doncaster when she was 16, hoping to pursue a career in racing However after some thought she settled for riding out for local National Hunt Trainers and breaking yards, alongside studying and completing her BHS exams. After studying in 2008 as a student at Ingestre stables she came away with enough exams to give herself a platform to attempt to go it alone in the equestrian world. After gaining her BHSI when she was 25 she graduated with a first class honours degree in Equine Science and Welfare which led her to become a part-time lecturer for the Equine Degree at Glyndwr University in North Wales which she finds very rewarding. Amy also enjoys her role as a BHS Assessor, alongside coaching her private clients in a range of disciplines including eventing, dressage, showjumping and showing. In her spare time (if that exists in horse world!) she likes to produce/compete the competition horses & ponies herself and Alice breed, including training on her own horses with Eric Smiley, Erik Mackechnie-Guire and Rob Lovatt as Amy feels your own personal development is vital to remain current and inspired as a coach.