Cleland Equestrian Club is a premier equestrian facility offering horseriding lessons, equestrian lessons in both dressage & jumping, and nature tours. Whether your goal is to ride for fun, train for competitions or experience one of our adventure tours, we guarantee that you will find a safe, welcoming atmosphere to all at our stables and a personalized equestrian experience.
Our range of horses began with two Swedish warmbloods mixed with indigenous Barbados thoroughbreds. Our horses have had solid basic training from the age of 3 and are continuously ridden between lessons to maintain their sensitivity and responsiveness.
CHIEF RIDING INSTRUCTOR
Akoele Shorley Roachford
Akoele is one of the few elite riders in Barbados who was trained in Germany in both dressage and jumping and has competed worldwide.
Qualifications and Achievements:
National Coach successfully training both horse and rider to GP in Dressage and Advance Jumping.
FEI Level 2 Coach
Competed in C.A.C Games in 2014:
Competed in the Pan American Games in 2011 as a part of the first Barbadian Equestrian Team ever to participate at that level.
Competed in CAC games in 2008 and 2010 on both occasions reaching the finals, and together with her team members (in 2008) Barbados placed just outside the medals.
Received F.E.I. Certificate of Capability to participate in these Games.
World Dressage Challenge Finals 2004 and 2005, hosted in Hagen Germany, where she won her first qualifier and proceeded to win a silver medal in 2004 and a bronze medal in 2005
Akoele was the first female athlete of any discipline to have the Barbadian flag raised and the national anthem played, in Germany in 2004. This earned her the prestigious award, “Most Outstanding Female Athlete”, presented by the National Sports Council in 2004.
Ketala Roachford began horseriding at an early age, competing successfully in both dressage and jumping on many occasions as part of the Junior national team of Barbados. Ketala is an accomplished instructor specializing in young children and nervous adults. She has extensive experience with providing confidence to her students by utilizing creative, out of the box teaching methods.
Kibila Gittens has been riding from the age of 2 with great talent in dressage and horse training from an early age. Kibila has competed on the Barbados Junior Dressage Team on more than one occasion, she is the head Tour Guide for Adventure Tours and is responsible for the continued training of our horses. Kibila has also trained under Lena Vedmark USDF LEVEL 5 Dressage Coach in Wellington Florida where she has learned professional stable management. She is a great dressage and jumping instructor. Her fiery passion for horses instills confidence in both horse and rider during lessons.