Pat Bishop - Senior Coach
Pat founded the Divoky School of Riding in 1999 based on the principles of natural horsemanship and classical dressage techniques. Working in harmony with the horse and helping riders come to an understanding of the way the horses body moves and interacts with the rider to promote harmony and communication. Pats career in the equestrian world started as a teenager with Welsh Pony Treks moving on to one of the most famous high goal polo yards in the country where she learnt her craft as a groom. Not being a horse owner she took every ride she was offered and competed in show jumping, dressage, eventing, hunting and pony racing, until gaining her own yard in the late 90's. Having rehabilitated a number of difficult horses she developed her own unique style of coaching and after taking further qualifications in 2005 began training students for professional qualifications in both horse care and riding. Pat is continuing her own training in Portugal and Spain with classical instructors on Iberian horses and hopes to be more involved in working equitation this year.
Kim Pitman - UKCC Level 2 (British Showjumping) Instructor
Kim has worked for Patricia Bishop at Divoky in all three of her yards in Somerset. Kim has taught in riding establishments since 1987 in 1994 she went on to become a reelance riding instructor and returned to riding school work in 2006 at Divoky.
Kim has enjoyed success across the disciplines; show jumping, dressage and one day events, however showjumping and teaching pupils to jump are her true passions. Kim was thrilled to have gained her UKCC Level 2 awarded by British Showjumping. As with all professional instructors Kim holds the Equine Specific First Aid qualification and the safeguarding and protecting children certificate run by the United Kingdom Sports Coaches Association.
Jayne Biggs BHSAI:
Jayne has returned to Divoky after a short break and is now available to teach both during the week days and at weekends in the Children's club sessions. Jayne has been a popular member of the team for many years and has seen many of her pupils grow to become professional riders, specialising in children Jayne is encouraging with younger and timid riders but able to stretch the more able to achieve a great standard.
Other staff include:
Sarah Holdway BHSAI, Emily Phillips BHSAI
Tamara Langdon and Katie McKenzie who are working towards their BHSAI whilst training to teach in the 'Divoky' style
Other Members of the Team:
Martin Lawrence - Proprietor
working pupil Amy Turner
We are proud to work with the Best Experts in their field who help us to look after the horses and ponies at Divoky
Julia Garrett QS, QSF, Society of Master Saddlers ~ Saddler
Nick Heath D.W.C.F ~ Farrier
Jon Pitts ~ Fitness Coach
Toby Lee BAEDT ~ Dentist
Nicky Grant BSc Hons, MCSP, PG Cert, ACPAT A ~ Physiotherapist
What else is on offer
Our range of services includes:
- All Weather half mile exercise track ~ currently closed for maintenance
- Easy access to a variety of offroad hacking including woodland rides
- Training for professional qualifications
- Clinics, lectures and competitions
- Riding Lessons
- The Pony Club rallies
- Work based training
- Diplomas and BHS stage preparation
- Full livery with schooling option
- Riding for the disabled
- Training on riders own horse
- Monthly physio for horse and or rider
- Fitness and safety training
At Divoky Riding Centre, we welcome adults and young people with disabilities. Our highly experienced team can provide safe and enjoyable lessons for any level of rider.
To become a member of our pony club or to enjoy riding lessons in Shepton Mallet, call a member of our team today on 01749 880 233.