The RA Saddle Club is currently staffed solely by soldiers on a two year posting to 14th Regiment Royal Artillery and from soldiers from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. In addition it heavily relies on volunteers and other soldiers within the Larkhill Garrison.
The RA Saddle Club Committee is overseen by the Chairman - currently Lt Col Alec Harvey and the OIC - Major Sam Hewitt (32RA)
SSgt Peter Pagan-Skelley
Stables Manager Brought up the Isle of Wight Peter learnt to ride aged 12 and went on to enjoy hunting and competing at lower level affiliated and unaffiliated hunter trials and shows. Since joining the Kings Troop RHA in 2003, Peter has ridden in all positions available in the troop formations which constitute the various ceremonials for which ‘The Troop’ is famous, and has done so all over the country He has represented The Kings Troop RHA at various competitions from team chasing in the Cotswolds to show jumping in front of the Queen at Royal Windsor Horse Show, where this year, aboard his Saddle Club partner Inspector Gadget, he was a member of the Royal Artillery team that won the prestigious Queens’ Plate. Since achieving his BHSAI in 2008 Peter has developed his teaching at all levels, including instructing fellow competitors, and taken a major role in backing and bringing on both military and civilian horses. Since taking over as RASC(L) stable manager in September 2016, Peter has been able to continue competing in both show jumping and hunter trials representing the Royal Artillery, and has been selected as part of the Army's Development Squad. He is always an active participant in various clinics run at the saddle club and is the driving force behind them.
Sgt Meggan Wildish
2IC Meggan Wildish started riding at an early age riding at her local stables in Doncaster. In 2005 she joined the King’s Troop RHA at the age of 17, and has since worked her way up riding in all ceremonial formation positions and representing the Troop in various competitions such as the Royal Artillery Point-to-Point at Larkhill, team chasing and show jumping at the Royal Windsor Horse Show front of HM The Queen. Meggan gained her military instructor qualification in 2011 and enjoys teaching at all levels. She started working at the Royal Artillery Saddle Club Larkhill this summer and is looking forward to being part of the team as well as competing for the Royal Artillery Equestrian Team.
Bdr Brooke Taubman
Junior Instructor Brooke Taubman is a level 3 BHS and regimental riding instructor for The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery. She is a key member of the team in charge of the care, welfare, freedom and well-being of the saddle club ponies and horses, and thoroughly enjoys her role. Brooke was posted to the Royal Artillery Saddle Club Larkhill just over a year ago after nearly four years at the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery Woolwich. She achieved her qualifications in April 2018. “My job role here is completely different, mainly working with civilians and working half the year with the hunting. I get to compete on the saddle club horses and to ride on and represent the Royal Artillery Equestrian Team. I have the opportunity to improve my riding ability whilst improving other people from beginners to experienced riders from the ages of four and above. Before I joined KTRHA, I had never competed. Now I have competed at Addington Manor EC several times, taken part in two team chasing events and raced in a military point to point! I have competed in multiple events at the Royal Artillery Saddle Club Larkhill and at the RAF championships at Cranwell. My aim is to compete at The Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2019 with my ex -race horse, which I am currently riding and training myself.”