Training sessions either at my yard near Braydon, Wiltshire, or I can travel to you.
If you need support at a competition or help with preperations
Schooling and daily care of your horse.
If you need to be elsewhere and want first class care of your horse.
Having tried to balance more than a “full time” job, family and my horses for many years I completely understand the challenges. Trying to make sure your horse is well schooled, fit and monitored closely even when you can’t be around is a worry. That is why I am delighted to have been able to set up my own small yard a few years ago. With the support of my partner, I was able to compete and work but I realise that this is not always possible. I am now in the fortunate position where I can focus all of my time on my horses and am able to offer a personalised, first class livery/schooling and coaching service for anyone who really wants to enjoy quality time with their horse. I will provide a friendly, calm, quiet and professional environment for you and your horse.
Whether you want support to develop and get more from your partnership with your horse, perhaps you need help preparing for the competition season or a particular competition, you may want to put some focus on your flatwork or jump schooling, bring your horse back into fitness or you would just like to know that your horse is getting quality care/maintenance of his fitness or schooling whilst you are away. I am happy to talk through your needs and come up with a service that you and your horse will be comfortable with. It is tremendously satisfying when you are able to help people achieve their personal goals and I am always delighted to see confidence grow between horse and rider.
I have been riding since my earlier childhood. In fact at 3 years old I was proudly riding a very fat skewbald Shetland pony around the village. My commitment to my ponies, and later on my horses, did not waiver and at 18 years old, having gained my BHSAI, I got on a ferry to Belgium to work for a private owner who also had a livery yard. It was my responsibility to oversee the daily running of the livery yard as well as manage his yard and horses. My duties also included teaching his children, and others who requested support with their horses. I would also compete his horses when required. Having enjoyed a busy 18 months I had the opportunity to move to a show jumping yard, where I was able to develop my knowledge of training young horses. I was then approached by a private owner, again to run his yard and develop his three horses, which I did very successfully until returning to the UK at 22. My career then took a significant change and I went into business development, continuing to compete my own horses alongside a very demanding job, until this year when I decided to refocus all of my time on my equestrian pursuits. Over the years I have successfully trained 4 of my own horses from just backed to competition level. Eventing is my passion and I compete regularly up to BE100. I also have a dressage horse who I trained to Advance Medium and who competed successfully until 2017. I am a very focused person with an eye for detail and although I have never had the opportunity to ride at Badminton (apart from Grassroots), Burghley or the like I am tremendously passionate about what I do and give 110%. If you are looking for someone to work with you, listen and support you so that you can achieve your own dreams – jumping with confidence, completing a ODE, Grassroots National Championships, cantering positively on the beach then please get in touch.
Serendipity Stables is set on the edge of Ravensroost Wood nature reserve in a peaceful area with some nice hacking and a mixture of flat and hilly terrain (ideal for fitness work!). It is also within an hour of many super venues for training and competing such as Boomerang XC, West Wilts EC, Rectory Farm competition and training facilities, Chedworth XC, Cirencester Park, various canter tracks and more. We have a 20 x 40m Equestrian Surfaces sand and wax fibre arena that is flood lit and well maintained as well as a variety of show jumps, including skinnies and a “corner” for XC practice. Weather permitting these are set up in the front paddock for schooling. There is an all weather turnout area, with field shelters, and numerous paddocks with automated drinkers. Stables have rubber matting, automated water drinkers and security cameras, as does the yard. There is also a secure tack room and horsebox parking. Checks are made on the horses and yard numerous times during the evening.