Meet The Team

Equestrian Team

Welcome to our Team page

We would like to introduce you to the exceptional people that make everything happen at Moulton College Equestrian Centre

Sam Lacey BSc (Hons) BHSII- Equestrian Centre Manager
Sam oversees the management of the Equestrian Centre having joined Moulton College in August 2016.  Sam has wide ranging industry experience with a background in the management of commercial riding schools, livery yards and event centres; coupled with business experience gained from working in the commercial property sector. In addition, Sam has been coaching students across the levels for the past 15 years and is passionate about developing riders and training students towards BHS examinations and competition goals.

Having spent over seven years living and working in North America, Sam is thoroughly enjoying being back in the UK and is excited to start competing again this year across the disciplines.
Anna.jpg Anna Hickling BSc (Hons) BHSII- Yard Manager
Anna can predominately be found on the yard where she directly oversees the care and welfare of all our College and Livery horses.  Anna's excellent organisation skills and high standards ensure that all of the horses receive the very best of care.  She has experience gained from working on a variety of yards providing her with significant industry experience while she has also developed strong coaching skills through teaching Pony Club members in the region.  Anna is a British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor and also holds a BSc (Hons) in Equine Performance Management.

In her spare time Anna enjoys riding in all disciplines and currently competes her horse in a range of affiliated competitions
DD-and-JY.jpg Dr Jessica York BSc MSc PhD BHSAI - Equine Hydrotherapist
Jessica oversees the operation of the Equine Hydrotherapy Centre and has been working at Moulton College since 2010. Jessica is passionate about the benefits of hydrotherapy treatment, so much so that her PhD thesis is entirely based upon exploring the effects of the aqua-treadmill on equine biomechanics specifically focussing on investigating the effects of water depth on the kinematics of the axial skeleton.  Through utilising her in depth scientific knowledge coupled with her sympathetic horse handling skills, Jessica is able to develop bespoke rehabilitation treatment plans for all of the horses visiting the Centre.

Out of office hours, Jessica enjoys splitting her time between her own horse, Delilah, who she has had for over ten years, and her Miniature Schnauzer, Delphi.  
zoe-web-2.jpg Zoe Pace - Equine Facility Groom
Zoe started working for the Equestrian Centre in 2016 primarily assisting the yard manager with the care of the College Horses.  Over time however, Zoe has developed her skills and not only can be found assisting with client's horses in the Hydrotherapy Centre, she also has an integral business and show administration role.  In recent months Zoe has completed her BHS Stage 1 Horse Knowledge and Care and is hoping to complete her Stage 2 within the next year.

At the end of the day, Zoe enjoys taking her German Shepherd, Scarlet, out on long walks through the country; while she also enjoys hacking out with her friends.
emma.jpg Emma Wright BSc- Equine Facility Groom
Emma joined the Equine team at the end of May as a part-time groom. Previously, Emma was a student at Moulton College, graduating in 2002. Since then she has been working at a local riding school in Northampton. Emma has recently gained her UKCC Level 1 and hopes to keep progressing with her qualifications.

When not at work, Emma is a full time Mum and an RDA coach.
10_Emma-Hopley.jpg Emma Hopley BA(Hons), PGDip, MCLIP - Equine Administrator
Emma provides administrative support across all areas of the business from finance to competition management. Emma regularly gives up her weekends to act as show secretary and when she is not in the Equestrian Centre you may also find her working in the College's Learning Resource Centre as a librarian. 

In her free time, Emma spends time with her family (she has two teenage children to keep her busy!).