The Team at Chessington Equestrian Centre

Between the Riding School and the Livery Yard we have a dedicated team who strive to promote a friendly working environment for staff, liveries, clients and horses.

We work towards making your experience at Chessington Equestrian Centre a fun and happy one, so during your visit if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us!

Keith Tollick




Polly Bursby

Proprieter - BHSAI

I started riding when I was 8 years old at a riding school in Lancashire where I grew up. At 15 years old, my family moved to surrey, and I started to share a horse as my love for all things "horsey" had truly taken hold by then!

A couple of years later I met Keith Tollick (Owner/Partner) and I took my A.I. (Assistant Instructor) Exam a short while after. I  then spent 6 months at a Dressage Yard in Holland to further increase my knowledge, and even though I thoroughly enjoyed my time there I was drawn back to England, where I started to compete at Pony Club level.

In my early twenties, I started to compete at BSJA and BHS Eventing to Intermediate Level. 

I have showjumped nationally and internationally, including winning at Hickstead and at the Horse of the Year Show.

I am continuing to compete on my Grade B horses when not rushing around the Livery Yard and Riding School, and I am still loving the thrill of the competition


Vivienne Robertson

Instructor - BHSAI

I have over 35 years experience of working in the horse industry. I trained at Crabbet Park Equestrian Centre and gained my BHSAI in 1976. I have worked in a variety of yards working with a variety of clients and horses.

I have been working at Chessington Equestrian Centre for 2 years and enjoy teaching all standards of rider with the aim to get each rider riding to the best of their ability.


Marie Rutter

Instructor - BHSAI

I started riding and being involved in the lovely world of horses at the tender age of 4, when my mother took me to our local riding school and I became hooked!

At the earliest opportunity, I started to loan and share ponies to have lots of fun with, then eventually managed to buy Domino, my very own pony.  Domino and I then started to compete at local shows and did very well jumping at BSJA Level.

College was the next step where I studied my National Diploma in the Management of Horses, my Stages 1 & 2 and Riding & Road Safety.

Whilst at College I continued to compete frequently in Dressage, Show Jumping and 1 Day Event Cross Country.

I started working at Chessington Equestrian Centre about 17 years ago, have my own horse and have taught my own children to ride who also compete at BSJA events.  I love to teach a wide variety of clients with differing needs and am still thoroughly enjoying my chosen career!!


Ellie Temple

Instructor - BHS Stage 2, Riding & Road Safety


Steve Banting

Freelance instructor - BHSII

I have been riding since I was 6 years old and, being the son of a farmer, it was easy for me to have my own pony.  I was a member of The Pony Club till my late teens, taking part in lots of activities including Cross Country and Tetrathlon (riding cross country, swimming, running and shooting).

I trained for my Assistant Instructors Exam in 1977-78 and my Intermediate Instructors Exam in 1980.

From 1979 to 1987, I worked as an Instructor and progressed on to help set up Riding Schools for other people.

I started working at Chessington Equestrian Centre in the spring of 1988 to help get the riding school side of the business up and running and now work here on a freelance basis.

I love seeing people progressing, enjoying their riding and just being around horses


Donna Candeland

Office / Reception - BHS Stage 1, Riding & Road Safety

I have been working at Chessington Equestrian Centre since April 2010, and have to say, I quite like it!!

I started riding when I was 5 years old and have always had a love of horses.  I hadn’t ridden much in the last 10 years but working here has given me the opportunity to get back in the saddle and rekindle my love of riding. I now ride as often as I can and am enjoying improving my technical skills in the school as well as enjoying hacking, jumping and cross country. I’m also quite fond of a Sponsored Ride or two!

As the "Office Lady", I am the first port of call when visiting the yard, whether it be over the phone or in person.  I am responsible for taking your bookings and payments, to give as much information as I can and to answer any queries you may have.  Please, give me a call, am looking forward to hearing from you!!!


Riding School & Livery Yard Staff:

LINSEY LYEACH- Livery Yard Manager

SYLVIA STEPIEN- Livery Yard Staff

ROLAND RACZ- Livery Yard Staff

IRINA YURKAITS- Livery Yard Staff

JULES DAVIES- Riding School Yard Manager

GEORGIE SPRINGALL- Junior Instructor & Riding School Yard Staff

MICHELLE LENEHAN- Junior Instructor & Riding School Yard Staff




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