About the dressage coach


Maddi Burchell riding a dressage horse after competition

Maddi has been riding for over 30 years, during which time she has trained with some of the world's finest trainers, including her long standing coach Carl Hester, who she has been coached by for just under 20 years!

Maddi has dedicated much of her life to learning the art of classical dressage, and has studied under the guidance of Classical Master, Joaquin Vazquez Vela and other riders at the Royal School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, Spain.  Maddi worked for Joaquin in Spain at his private yard. There, as well as coaching, she rode, trained and competed a number of his and his clients horses up to Grand Prix level.  

Maddi has also spent time learning from Dr Gerd Heuschmann, Manolo Mendez and the late Dr Kerry Ridgeway, which have been a huge influence in her understanding of equine physiology, biomechanics and psychological well being.  This has enabled her to not only successfully train horse and keep sound, happy athletes, but has also allowed her to specialise in rehab work and corrective schooling.

Maddi is an experienced competitor and has been lucky enough to experience competing in Europe as well as in the UK.  She has ridden at all levels up to Grand Prix and has worked and been based on the yards of several International Riders and Trainers.

Maddi Burchell rubbing a horses head


  • Centre 10 Advanced Coach
  • British Dressage Accredited Coach (UKCC Level 3)
  • BHS Accredited Professional Coach
  • International Society of Rider Biomechanics Accredited Coach
  • Classical Riding Club Listed Training
  • Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Accredited Trainer
  • BD Youth Coach & Assessor
  • Pony Club Coach
  • Neurolinguistic Master Practitioner
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Nutrition Coach
  • Mindset & Rider Psychology
  • Advanced Diploma in Competition Horse Care & Management
  • City & Guilds - Health & Safety with horses
  • Enhanced DBS
  • Safeguarding Certificate
qualification logos
No items found.