Nell Candelaria (née Cruse) has been competing and working with horses since she was 5. Based in South Devon, she has studied horse behaviour extensively and offers a unique blend of traditional knowledge and practical horsemanship. Nell specialises in:

  • Trouble-shooting common issues;
  • Rebuilding lost confidence;
  • Riding more effectively;
  • Developing a better bond; and
  • Horse exercises if they can't be ridden.  


Nell's journey to understanding a deeper level of horsemanship started after 20 years of traditional competition at a local and regional level. A horse came into her life who didn't respond to any of the regular training techniques and she couldn't understand why. When Nell started changing the way she interacted with him, it started her on the path of learning that led to her being able to help others with similar problems.

Qualifications and Achievements:


  • Five years as an instructor for a major natural horsemanship organisation
  • BHS Complete Coach in Horsemanship (formerly known as BHS AI)
  • UKCC Level 2 Coach 
  • Current First Aid and Child Protection Certificates
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate 
  • Competes Affiliated Dressage
  • Competition experience in dressage, show jumping, eventing, showing and polocrosse