Heidi Woodhead (nee Simmons) is well known on the eventing circuit as an international event rider; exceptional producer of young horses; and a BHSI and British Eventing accredited coach. Born in Yorkshire, Heidi has been based around the York area all her life, however her training clientele travel from all areas of the UK to train and prepare for their next competition.
From her Pony Club days, Heidi has always been a keen competitor and a real stickler for perfection. World renowned event horse, The Biz was one of the first horses produced by Heidi up to International level. He competed at Badminton and Burghley several times and represented Great Britain in Aachen CHIO in 2008.
Many other horses have followed in The Biz’s footsteps and have continued to the highest echelons of the sport including DHI Topper W who was selected for the London 2012 Olympics with Piggy French and DHI Mighty Dwight, Junior European Championship Bronze Medalist in 2016 with Sofia Sjoborg of Sweden
As a trainer, Heidi enjoys teaching riders at all levels; and, specialising in cross country jumping skills, is known for improving and building confidence in both horse and rider.
Ian Woodhead is one of the original founders of DHI, and has seen the brand evolve from its early days over 25 years ago. Originally from Grimsby, Ian has a background working with horses and was involved in the running of the family business, Weelsby Park Riding School, before he went to Talland Equitation to train under the expert eye of Mrs Sivewright.
Amongst his many equestrian achievements, Ian was the National Under 21 dressage trainer for 18 years, during which time the dressage pony team won ten European Championship medals. In 2004 Ian moved away from pure dressage and is now a well respected trainer for many top international event riders including Ros Canter, Nicola Wilson, Piggy French, Laura Collett, Gemma Tattersall and many other British and Irish senior squad members.
In 2014, Ian was appointed to the Irish High Performance Eventing Squad as dressage coach, with huge improvements seen with the Irish team’s dressage performances – culminating in the team securing a World Equestrian Games silver medal and Padraig McCarthy individual silver, in 2018.
Ian is proud to have been part of many eventing championship medal successes at European, World and Olympic level. He is also a proud father, with Amy and Holly Woodhead both representing Great Britain at Young Rider European Championships in dressage and eventing, and Holly being selected for the Senior European Championship Squad in 2015, with DHI Lupison
In 2006, Ian was awarded the British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honor in recognition of his achievements and dedication to coaching, and he continues to be a much sought after trainer.