Turbury Trainers


Leonie Smith

Leonie is a grand prix dressage rider and trainer. With the horses welfare paramount, Leonie’s training is simple, fair and easy to understand. Her love of teaching will really help you and your horse progress together as well as ensuring you enjoy yourself at the same time!

Leonie has trained several horses to advanced level and enjoys passing on her knowledge to riders of all levels.  She has trained many different horses from Iberians, Welsh Ds and top class Warmbloods, with several top placing at The National Championships up to PSG.

Leonie’s popular clinics are held all over the Midlands and North West and her genuine love of teaching makes sure riders of all levels receive great training tips.  She apreciates horses with different personalities may have different requirements so each lesson is tailored to suit you and your horse perfectly.

With the horse’s welfare paramount Leonie’s training is simple, fair and easy to understand.  Based on the scales of training Leonie has an exercise to help solve most issues that will really help you and your horse progress together in harmony resulting in a happy healthy horse.  Progression is determined by the horse itself and is enhanced by correct application of the aids working on both the horses needs and the riders position, alignment and balance.  Helpful hints to help you get the most enjoyment out of riding your horse and achieve the marks and results you have always desired!


“Leonie’s lessons are wonderful experiences, she can immediately see what will benefit the horse most and enable you to get the best possible performance. My scores increased by almost 10% with only 5 lessons because our way of going was so improved. She also took me from competing with average results at Elementary to winning at Elementary (unaffiliated) and  ½ canter working pirourettes at home, in just less than a year.”



Sue Chadwick

Sue Chadwick is a BHSI Advanced Eventer who specialises in all phases of eventing. She is also a BE Northern Region Under 18 Programme Coach. She provides clinics in Show Jumping  and can adapt these to suit people of all ages and levels. She has previously competed up to 4*. Whether the rider is preparing for a competition or just challenging themselves, Sue’s vast knowledge and experience will provide them with valuable training.

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Ashley Ward

“Creating and improving trusted partnerships between you and your horse. At it’s best horse and rider are not joined by just tack but by trust and communication and each is reliant upon each other”

With her sympathetic and friendly approach her aim is to achieve the very best from both you and your horse. No matter what your level and aspirations Ashley can help you set your goals and then work towards achieving them.

Ashley’s coaching philosophy is based on the dressage scales of training –







She believes in coaching horse and rider combination into the best partnership they can be with the horse’s welfare paramount. Ashley is well known for her patient and sympathetic approach. She feels there is not just one training method and every horse has a different personality and ability which should be taken into account. Rider position, balance and correct application of the aids are an important part of Ashley’s coaching and she can help you to develop this to create clear communication and enhance your horse’s way of going.

Ashley considers that continual professional development is important and that learning is continuous. There is always something to be learned from someone else! She attends the dressage convention and any other suitable training opportunities. Ashley is a BHS registered instructor and also holds the UKCC level 2 coaching certificate. She is also a recognised coach on the British dressage trainer’s database, these qualifications also ensure full insurance cover, current first aid, child protection and CRB checked. Ashley has also competed herself up to PSG level and has also ridden at Grand Prix level.