About Fiona

Fiona has had a passion for riding and horses since a young age, and benefits from continuing her own professional development alongside coaching and advising a range of clients, so that they too can progress and enjoy the experience of riding and owning a horse.

Read more about Fiona here, in her own words:

Riding since a Young Age

“I started riding at the age of ten. After a couple of lessons at a local riding school, I enjoyed riding friends’ horses and had ponies on loan before getting my own. I was lucky enough to live within hacking distance of Crabbett Park Equitation Centre, which was a large international riding school, and had a week’s course on my pony there. This helped me to build a real enthusiasm for horses, both for teaching and learning to ride.”

Leaving School

“On finishing school I went to Porlock Vale, another international training centre, for three months. I then went to Crabbet where I passed by BHSAI. My first proper job was helping to start up a riding school, and after a brief period of running yards and various other jobs, I decided to become a freelance instructor, which was now around thirty years ago.”


Professional Development

“As my children got older I started NVQ training and assessing, running a student programme for two colleges as an outreach centre at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre. I then became a trainer and assessor out in yards for Keits, as well as teaching evening classes at Crabbet Park outreach centre for Plumpton. During this time I had also been teaching disabled riders and then passed the specialist exam for RDA Instructor.”


Working Today

“I continue to train, and last year gained both the BHS and RDA Level three Coaching qualifications. I am now working for the RDA Senior Instructors Exam. I also do a number of Continued Personal Development days a year, for all the different bodies that I work for.”


Fiona Dent Riding Instructor

Contacting Fiona

If you need horse buying advice, or want a professional horse instructor and qualified level 3 horse coach, contact Fiona today for an informal chat about your requirements.

Fiona is ideally based on the Kent, Surrey and Sussex borders, in easy reach of anyone situated in these areas. Fiona is close to East Grinstead, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Westerham, Lingfield, Oxted, Forest Row and Biggin Hill.