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Claire Hagan

Hi my name is Claire and I am the Horse Manager and Coach for Wellington RDA.  I joined Wellington RDA in November 2015.

I have owned horses for over 20 years and am keenly interested in all things equestrian. I have lots of experience in pony club with competitive dressage and show jumping being my main focus and passion. I currently own three horses: Miri, Gypsy and a cheeky pony called Horse.

My background is linked to animals one way or another. I'm a qualified veterinary nurse with 8 years’ experience in clinic. I left the vet clinic when The Saddlery Warehouse opened in Wellington, in January 2015. I'm also a qualified equestrian, community coach and for the past five years I have been using my qualification to teach children and adults to be competent and safe around horses. This has been very rewarding and I very much enjoy the success that my riders get when they achieve their goals.

I'm really excited to be working at Wellington Riding for the Disabled. I will be able to utilize my skills to support the amazing work already being done. The opportunity to give our riders the help they need in order to learn and grow with horses, is awesome. I have received great support from all the amazing coaches and volunteers, who have been willing and happy to help me as I find my feet in my new role. Their knowledge and kindness is hugely appreciated.

We are fortunate to have such a willing and kind team of horses. It has been a real joy getting to know the horses and I am continuing to learn more about them as I go on.

I am looking forward with excitement and enthusiasm as we start 2016 together with the aim of helping our riders achieve their goals and keep our horses fit and fresh-minded. We will continue to look for new and creative ways to help our riders and horses alike.

Bring on 2016, I look forward to working with you all.

Updated 2 February 2016. 

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