Saturday 8th of May 2021

KBIS Instructor of The Year

Following the success of the KBIS Instructor of the Year competition in 2016, the nomination process for the 2017 title was opened before Christmas, and entries soon came flooding in with over 100 nominations received.


Laura Gordon


“It is a great opportunity for us to highlight the huge contribution that instructors make to their clients and offer a platform for riders to give credit to them for their hours of dedication and passion for the sport,” commented Emma Prest of KBIS, who initiated the competition, run via social media, in 2015.

Adding “We are delighted to be naming the 2017 KBIS Instructor of the Year as Laura Gordon, from West Sussex, nominated by Helena Dunlavey.”

Guest judge David Sheerin, BHSI and Director of Riding at Wellington Riding, had the very difficult task of selecting the overall winner from the ten instructors shortlisted.

“For me Laura had a great balance of nurturing, tangible results and a no nonsense approach to her work as an instructor. Clearly a very driven individual who is also willing to inspire others,” commented David of his chosen winner.





Helena who will be competing in her first BE event this spring on her 14.1 loan pony skittles said:

“I’m so excited for Laura to have won the KBIS Instructor of the year award, and for all her hard work and the time she gives up to be recognised. I’m very grateful for all her help with Skittles. She’s always there to support us in the warm up, cheer us from the side lines at a competition, or teach us even in the pouring rain, ridiculously early in the morning!” 

Laura, who has ridden since she was 8 years old, focusing on eventing up until 2012 and then moving on to dressage following a rotational fall and injury said:

“Winning the KBIS instructor of the year has been a huge shock. I was grateful and humbled when I found out that Helena had nominated me, and thought nothing more of it. When the top 10 went up I was surprised to see my name on the list with so many other brilliant instructors who have a huge following and large client base… and then when I saw I won… well words escaped me! So thrilled but still so shocked. It’s nice to feel appreciated and know that my efforts and commitment to the sport and the teaching of others has been recognised. I may not have the quantity of clients but I work on the quality of their work. Winning has boosted my confidence and inspired me to focus more on teaching knowing that people believe in my ability and way of teaching. This year I am planning to start some clinics and go back to teaching at Pony Club. I need to give a massive thanks to Helena for nominating me in the first place. She is a huge credit to herself; and together we can continue her success in 2017.”

We are very pleased to be awarding our winner with a 12 month instructors liability insurance policy and Continued Professional Development training courtesy of David Sheerin and Wellington Riding School.

Congratulations must also go to Russell Cooper and Tahley Reeve Smith who fought off tough competition to take the runners up spots.

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