The Team

Laura Griffith (Roch-Perks). Chief Instructor.

Laura started her riding career at a very young age.  As a child she compete in the pony club and local shows showjumping. Her winters where spent hunting with West Waterford Hunting. In her teens she took a distinct love for eventing competing as much as she could. She later went on to do her full BHS examination in Dublin whilst continuing her eventing. Laura went to work in America for sometime in a large eventing and hunting yard. Laura also spent a lot of time working with one of Ireland’s top show-jumpers. Laura returned to Ireland and took over the running of Monatrea Equestrian alongside actively eventing both on the national and international circuit. Laura is fortunate to have benefited from training with some of the most prestigious talented trainers and as a result she is a wealth of knowledge. Now Laura has an active involvement with Eventing Ireland both as a steward and also having numerous pupils of hers competing at different levels of eventing. Laura is also the chief trainer of the Monatrea competition horses.


John Griffith. Senior Instructor.

John a Cork man from East Ferry started riding as a small boy on the family estate East Grove. As a child he was a keen horseman. He spent many years of his childhood hunting with the united hunt foxhounds and going to pony club, of which his mother Elizabeth was part of setting up the united pony club originally. John went on to do his full BHS exams. John always had a strong interest in young stock both the breeding and bringing the young horses on.Throughout his time at Monatrea he brings on all the young horse and starts their competing career and up to 1 star level. Nowadays John spends a lot of time teaching and training people at Monatrea, along with having a large part to play with the Monatrea Competition Horses. He is still seen on the Hunting Field.

Mary Roch-Perks. Founder.

Mary is the founder of Monatrea and the mother of Laura. Mary has large interest in breeding and has bred many notable horses in her time, many of which have been seen on the world circuit. Mary has a particular interest in Eventing and always has at least one if not two of her home bred horses competing. Mary has been a hudge advocate of the Irish sport horse through out the last 60 years plus. Mary still attends events now sporting her horses and the monatrea name. Mary is a wealth of knowledge and plays a large part.


Melian Griffith. Rider/Instructor.

With parents and grandparents strongly involved in horses it would be difficult to keep Melian from getting horse bug too. Melian has always ridden from a young age, she started hunting on the lead rein at the age of five. She was a keen member of the Waterford pony club and loved the pony club eventing. Melian went on the Trinity college Dublin to attain a BSc in Nursing and managed to keep up competing at a low level. Melian left for a year to Guernsey in the Channel Island to gain operating theatre experience, she benefited from regular showjumping competitions and training with a very experienced dressage trainers from the UK .  Having come back just before the winter of 2013 she has been eventing a number of young/ inexperienced horses nationally. She is looking forward to a busy 2015 season with 1 star, pre-novice,and intro horses.

Tamzen Smith. Rider/Instructor

Tamzen is an important member of our team, who events with us for 6 week per year and comes all the way from Guernsey, Channel Islands with her horse Rhodeshadow Fax. Tamzen helps out with the training of  our junior and pony riders while she is here. We are looking forward to her arrival in May.


Working Pupil.

Working pupil position is currently available please contact management.

Honey and Murphy.

Honey is our miniature fellabella who roams the yard and is the distinct boss and Murphy is Melian’s faithful labrador who goes to all the events.


We would be lost without our ever faithfully and trusted farrier Tom Mellerick.


If you are interested in becoming part of the team either as an owner, sponser or rider please email us we would love to hear from you.