Lyn Stickland – Owner, Manager & Instructor BEES1
I am owner and the manager of Belle Ferme Equestrian. From the age 10 to 25 I participated in many different competitions in various disciplines, particularly Show jumping. Throughout my holidays I spent my time with the leading Show Jumping, Michel Parot. (Check out Tanqarville, who holds the World Record for Puissance, 2m 47). I passed my teaching instructions in France and England. After this and throughout my twenties with the help of my family and particularly Angela – we began building the Equestrian Centre.
Throughout these passionate and at times difficult years, I spend my time doing all equestrian jobs, from morning stables, to turning out and bringing in horses, teaching all disciplines from hacking to camps, secretary, lorry driver, competition coach, many years of 7 day weeks without a holiday! We have the pleasure of creating the equestrian centre of today from nothing.
In 2003, we suffered a family tragedy. My husband Bernard ibos died suddenly. I decided it was time to live my dream as well, and I wanted to get back to riding more and teaching less. I decided to focus on dressage and continued this dream with some of Belle Ferme’s students. I pursued this passion for many years until June 2019 saw another big change. I was diagnosed with leukemia and had to spend many months in hospital. I returned to Belle Ferme for my recovery, however I was not allowed near the horses or the stables for many months! For now, on the road to recovery I am slowly getting back to a resemblance of a normal life, step by step!
Audrey Bauduin – Instructor BPJEPS
My name is Audrey, and I was born in the north of France in 1987. I started riding at 8 years old and started competing at 12 on club ponies and horses! In 2008 I passed by baccalaureate in Angronomy and Environmental science. I then passed my BPJEPS.
I arrived in the department of Ain in 2011 to take up my passion and new role as an instructor at Sports Equestre Belle Ferme.
Mathilde Favre – Instructor BPJEPS
My name is Mathilde, and I was born in the Haute Savoir, coming from Yvoire originally. I started riding at 8 years old and have never stopped. Before focusing on riding and instructing full time, I first followed a university degree in Sociology in Lyon before starting my teaching qualifications.
I received my diplome in 2017 and continued my internship and development. I arrived at Belle Ferme in 2018 with my mare Panais. I love spending my time transferring my knowledge and passion to the all Belle Ferme riders.
Carole Mitton – Instructor BPJEPS
My name is Carole, and I am 34 years old. I have double nationality being both English and French, therefore I speak English fluently too!
I started riding at 14 and have not stopped since. I started all of my internship training at Belle Ferme and continued mz development until receiving my diploma in 2009. I then pursued some other career paths, without stopping riding! In October of 2019 I came back to Belle Ferme as an instructor focused in dressage.
Darek – Head of stables and groom
Darek is responsible for the stables and grooms. He has been with us for many years and his work, efficiency and impeccable thoroughness makes him indispensable The smooth running of everything related to the maintenance of stables, fields, tractors, and arenas is thanks to him. Darek comes from Poland where he has his wife and two children. His leave is therefore always to return home. Sometimes his little family also comes to visit him at Belle Ferme.
Lukasz Wrycza – Groom
Lukasz has been with Belle Ferme since August 2018 and like Darek, he does an excellent job in the stables. He is an asset to the team and since arriving has learnt an incredible amount of English. Lukasz is originally from Slupsk, Poland and also has family back in Poland. He enjoys volleyball, swimming, reading books on history and psychology. So far, he has had one lesson on Betise but hopes to have more!
Sophie Derand – Office Manager
My name is Sophie and I have always loved horses. I have been lucky enough to have horses both in England and France. Previously I practiced and competed in horse-drawn carriage driving with a Normandy Cob. I’m delighted to have been in the region for 3 years and recently joined the Belle Ferme team. Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions – normally you can find me in the office or around the stables!
Angela Koppanyi – Family
Angela is the ‘Grandmother’ of Belle Ferme. Mother to Lyn and Robert, and Grandmother to Clarissa, Jeffrey and Enzo. Without her Belle Ferme would not be as it is today, or maybe not even there at all! Angela started the riding school – at that time it was called the Pony Club of Cessy – in 1983. Angela looks after the office, but also the exterior repairing fences, taking care of horses and sometimes teaching. She has an eye on everything!
Clarissa Stickland – Family
Clarissa (born in 1999, daughter of David & Lyn, and sister of Rachel) has only ever lived at Belle Ferme, and grew up surrounded by horses and ponies. She rode for the first time long before her birth (so got a head start!) And participated in her first international competition at the CDIP of Zwolle, Holland, in 2010, to represent France at the age of 11 years old. Since then, Clarissa was a member of the France team with her pony Diana from 2010 to 2014. They were both reservists for the European Championships in 2011, and were taken on the team in 2013 (Arezzo, ITA) and 2014 (Millstreet, IRL). In 2015 Clarissa proceeded to horses and took on Don Bencedor Van Het Lisperhof (Ben!) With whom she was the French Junior Champion in 2016, and participated in the French Team at the European Championships in Oliva in Spain. Clarissa now lives in England where she studies at the university.
We will do our best to offer you and your children the highest level of riding whilst having fun and maintaining respect for the horses!
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