Robbie Carpenter is an established and recognised international dressage trainer and rider. He lives, works and trains in West Sussex, where he also directs Belmoredean Dressage, a widely-regarded regional competition and training venue.
Robbie started his dressage career as a Young Rider, winning a series of accolades, which included being a talent spotting finalist. In recent years, he has trained and competed home-bred and clients’ horses at competition levels ranging from Novice to Grand Prix. Career highlights include competing at and winning the Hickstead Masters in 2008. When riding and training, Robbie focuses on a combination of technique, feel and empathy to achieve consistent and positive results, while building a close and trusting relationship between horse and rider.
Robbie’s clients value his honesty, simplicity, fairness and humour. He currently trains a range of horses and riders, from international eventing competitors to grass roots dressage and Young Riders.
Robbie is currently preparing to compete his own Le Roi De Charry (“Leeroy”), an 11-year-old gelding, which stands at 17’2 hands. As they prepare for their first competition season, Robbie and Leeroy are both proud to be sponsored by Louisa Cuomo Saddles.
Myles West is professional rider based in Kent with a reputation for training young and challenging horses.
Myles currently competes his clients’ horses in Show Jumping and Eventing. He is often seen introducing young horses to the competition environment as well as competing at all the prestigious shows. Myles frequently works with professional riders at the top of their sport, backing their young horses and working through behavioural issues. Myles’ patient and positive attitude plus 20 years of horsemanship experience enables him to train riders of all levels and abilities. He is known for helping horses and riders gain confidence along with improved skills and understanding. He also rehabilitates horses after injury or a break in training and prepares horses for sale.
Myles has worked with Louisa Cuomo for a number of years, and rides and competes in Cuomo saddles on his own and many of his clients’ horses. Myles and Louisa share a like-minded approach to riding and training horses, always putting the comfort of the horse first. Myles has found that Cuomo saddles enable the horses to move and jump more freely and he now recommends them to all his clients.
Jersey Garrett is an 18-year-old dressage rider based in Kent. Jersey is currently competing at Elementary and training medium/advanced medium on her own 17.2 Hanoverian Rocco.
Jersey also has a huge passion for backing and bringing on young natives and currently has a 14.1 section D Bonnie owned by a family friend, she backed and competed this mare last year at Novice and took her to Home internationals, Regionals and Under 25 championships at Sheepgate. Jersey has ambitions of turning this into a business for herself and develop those skills further.Jersey first started riding at the age of two, she began her riding journey riding all kinds of ponies at her family riding school, developed her first love for dressage on a little Haflinger, and she has never looked back!
Jersey has been working with Louisa for the past four years with three different types of horses that came with a variety of issues for saddling, such as the natives needing more room for shoulder movement and a narrow warmblood with huge movement and underdeveloped muscles, along with one shoulder nearly twice the size of the other! Additionally to this Louisa has also had to factor in Jersey’s extreme hyper mobility and has always gone above and beyond to create a solution that supports both Jersey’s challenges and the horse to enable them to perform to their best.
Jersey is extremely grateful to be selected as a CUOMO brand supported rider and looks forward to carrying on the close partnership with Louisa and her ever-growing collection of horses.
Nicola Bell, founder of Sparrow Oast Dressage and Simulator Training, is a TESTT Certified Coach and professional dressage rider/trainer. With the addition of Hoggy the Dressage Simulator acquired 9 years ago she has been helping riders find improved symmetry and balance on a horse. These riders have included, beginners, GP Dressage riders, eventers, show jumpers, para riders and many who are recovering from injuries/surgery. As a successful competitor herself she knows the importance of needing to be correctly balanced in the saddle in order to achieve optimum success for horse and rider.
Nicola herself always felt like her position was being compromised when she rode and despite trying a huge variety of saddles over many many years it was not until she found the Cuomo brand that she truly felt at home in a saddle. No longer feeling wedged in, or her pelvis being tilted in the wrong direction the saddle finally enabled her to help her horses find a better balance.Nicola won the Masters Medium Final at Hickstead riding Happy Diamond in 2008 and continues to train and compete up to GP level. Louisa Cuomo is an integral part of Team Sparrow and they regularly work together to continue to improve both the horse and rider balance, symmetry and comfort.
Clare is a UKCC level 2 BD Coach, List 4 BD judge and a Certified Testt coach for Andy Thomas Symmetry. She also has knowledge of rehabilitation work with horses recovering from kissing spine and lameness issues.
She is currently training at PSG level and competing at Advanced Medium. Having been working with Louisa for 3 years now, Clare feels that Louisa's saddles have had a huge impact on the way of going with her own horse, he is now so much more happy in his work and able to produce correct topline muscle since being in one of Louisa's saddles. Louisa has assisted with her knowledge and understanding of how to get the best out of the horses through gait analysis too and introducing Andy Thomas to help with Clare's own riding too.
Some of Clare's top achievements this year include: Runner Up Area Festival at Medium Speedgate Winter, 7th at Area Festival Winter Championships Medium, 5th Advanced Medium Area Festival Speedgate Summer, 1st Music Advanced Medium Area Festival Speedgate Summer, 6th Advanced Medium Music Area Summer Championships, 4th Advanced Medium Area Summer Championships.
Chelsea Tolhurst is a 21 year old dressage rider from Kent. She is currently competing her own 9 year old gelding, Hermitage de Jeu AKA Nemo, at international young rider level. During the last 5 years, they've obtained 2 regional titles, 1 national title, as well as several top ten results at both regional and national championships. They have also now competed in 2 CDI competitions at Young Rider Level.
After enrolling on a traineeship at Eilberg dressage at the age of 15, Chelsea was then based with Judy Harvey at 16, where she completed both levels 2&3 apprenticeships in horse care and management. During this time she trained and produced her own horse from a very green, difficult 4 year old to an 8 year old horse working at PSG level. As Judy’s assistant rider, Chelsea also had primary responsibility for the training liveries and the opportunity to school and develop young horses with guidance from Judy. Chelsea was very lucky to have the opportunity to ride horses all the way up to Grand Prix in her time there.
Louisa fitted Nemo’s very first saddle to him back in 2015 and upon Chelsea and Nemo returning home last year, has been working very closely with Nemo and Chelsea to help them achieve all we can together. Since riding in a Cuomo saddle the difference in Nemo's muscular symmetry and way of going is outstanding. Chelsea has hopes of continuing to progress to Grand Prix level and continue her dressage journey.
Emma has worked with Louisa Cuomo for a number of years, and rides and competes in Cuomo saddles. She has a talented dressage horse who she is excited to take out soon, Louisa's saddle has really helped her after recovering from an accident to feel secure, comfortable and balanced as a rider and knowing it is balanced and comfortable for the horse too.
Emma has many qualifications including BD list 4 judge, BD reg UKCC3 Accredited Coach, BHS reg Professional Coach. A Testt ® rider Straightness and Symmetry Accredited Coach. Certificate L,5 in Equine Bio mechanics from Collage of Equine studies. BD Youth test judge and squad assessor. BD Southern Youth Team Coach.
Emma's experience enables her to work knowing she can really help with dressage riders of all levels from grassroots upwards, and eventers and showjumpers, who are looking to improve their horse’s way of going on the flat and over a fence. She has a wealth of experience riding and training horses from Novice to Small tour level. Emma is also a specialist in gymnastic pole-work classes for horses, looking at their Bio-dynamics to help improve co-ordination, balance and strength.
Emma works with a Holistic approach, seeing the rider and horse as a whole. Then working as a team on areas that can be improved. Emma and Louisa share a like-minded approach to riding and training horses, always putting the comfort of the horse first and understanding the importance of the riders position and the effect it can have on the saddle and the horse's way of going.
Ashleigh Hill is a dressage rider/trainer and breeder based in Kent. She has successfully produced and competed horses up to PSG level, working her way up from young riders to seniors having gained experience working for and training with some of the most talented riders in the UK. Ashleigh has competed at every level up to and including Advanced Medium. Successfully placing at Area Festivals, Regionals and Nationals at every level.
Ashleigh uses her knowledge and experience to help train riders of all abilities, helping them achieve their goals no matter how big or small. Many of whom now ride in CUOMO Saddles.
Ashleigh is so grateful to be supported by Louisa and the CUOMO Saddles. Louisa has really helped her further her knowledge on biomechanics. Louisa’s understanding of biomechanics partnered with her practical saddle solutions has improved Ashleigh’s self awareness when riding and her horses way of going, allowing for a sounder, happier horse. Also an invaluable start for her small collection of youngsters being backed and produced through her breeding program. Louisa’s passion comes across in everything she does and having a saddler who is as passionate about Ashleigh’s horses as she is, is totally invaluable.