Facility 

Management

FACILITY MANAGER

Shelley Childs

Shelley is one of the newest members of the Oakwood team, having started in March 2019.  Shelley is now managing the Oakwood facility, and brings over 25 years of commercial experience to the organisation.  

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

Holly Massey

Holly is our newest team member, joining ORS as Office Administrator in August 2019.  It took about 5 minutes for Holly to settle in and take charge.  The team now cannot operate without her!

 
 

How long have your worked for Oakwood?

As the newest kid on the block, it has only been a couple of weeks but I feel at home already.

What does a typical day look like for you at ORS?

Every morning I start by making sure the office and team are ready for the coming day.  My main role is to welcome and greet everyone at the Oakwood window.  Something I very much enjoy.  I am also the girl with the phone on her hip, and am here to answer any queries our members or visitors call in with.  I also support the greater ORS team so my day can bounce around from office to paddock.  You could find me on a tractor, or giving a tour to a new client, or in the filing cabinet.  No two days are ever the same.

What about your horse?

I have three horses, a Warmblood who is my trusted gentleman.  In his senior years and highly schooled we often play with his dressage movements but we mostly enjoy hacking out and hanging out together.  I have a young spirited Andalusian mare that I started myself recently.  She is currently spelling and our future together will be in eventing and classical dressage.  I also have the delight of raising a young filly who I was lucky enough to be present at her birth.  She is a Drum Horse and at 9 months of age stands at 14hands.  They are my zen.

What do you do outside of your work at ORS?

I have two incredible kids and hubby and they keep me pretty busy at home.

What do you like most about Oakwood?

I feel very honoured to be a part of the common “purpose” of Oakwood and what this beautiful property stands.  From the stable staff, through to the horses themselves, we are all here for each other.  Call it dorky, but whether you have 2 or 4 legs at ORS, it feels like we are all part one big family.

How long have you worked for Oakwood?
Not long, I'm only a few weeks in!
What does a typical day look like for you at Oakwood Riding School?
I am finding that each day is different.  There are a number of administrative tasks that need to be completed every day, and every week.  Then there is more 'project based' work, all aimed at improving the Oakwood experience for clients, finding cost efficiencies, and developing concepts to help grow the organisation.  The variation in work, and the challenges of the role make it very interesting, and I'm enjoying it very much.
What is your history with Oakwood?
I agisted my horse at the 'old' Oakwood, somewhere around 1986.  I do recall forgetting my arena etiquette often, and being immediately picked up on it!
What about your horses?
My background is primarily in dressage and showing.  Over the years horses of all sorts of breeds, sizes, shapes and temperaments have come and gone.  It is our quarter horses that have remained throughout - we just love their temperament!  I am now training and competing in Western Dressage.  It suits my horses and my love of dressage.  To be able to combine the two is fantastic.
What do you do outside of your work at Oakwood?
Life is pretty simple.  I spend my free time either with my family, or with my horses.  That's about it really!
What do you like most about Oakwood?
I am so impressed with the Oakwood team.  They have welcomed me with open arms which has made my start in this role very easy.  They are experienced, knowledgeable and professional - and everyone is keen to develop and grow the organisation.  I'm excited about the future, and think as a team we will have a lot of fun along the way.