Rider and Yard Co-Manager
Alex is the main competition and training rider and yard manager.
She already has a wealth of experience for her age and spent 6 years learning the building blocks of the industry in a competition & training yard before starting out on her own in 2018.
Alex is the creator of the yard ethos and is passionate about losing the 'one size fits all' approach to training and caring for horses, competition or otherwise. She firmly believes horses are and should be treated as individuals, and this way of thinking is reflected throughout the yard.
Her achievements to date include:
2015 - Junior Europeans Team member - Team Bronze 🥉
2016 - Hopetoun CCI2*S - 1st 🥇
2017 - Young Rider Europeans Team member - Individual Silver 🥈 and Team Bronze 🥉 (Best British rider)
2018 - Young Rider Europeans Team member - Individual Bronze 🥉 (Best British rider)
2018 - Millstreet CCI4*S Nations Cup - Double Clear (first time at this level)
2018 - Ballindenisk CCI4*S - 1st 🥇
2019 - Tattersalls CCI3*L - 4th
2019 - Ballindenisk CCI4*S - 4th
2020 - Wellington Intermediate - 1st 🥇
Home & Competition Groom
Charlotte is Alex’s younger sister, training to be a professional groom as an apprentice. She is in charge of the day to day work on the yard and is Alex's travelling competition groom. She is very experienced for her age and shows a lot of maturity when working with the horses. She is also a rider and helps with the horses ridden fitness work and hacking. She has a great attitude towards her work and shares Alex's belief that working with each horses characters is the best way to reach their potential. Charlotte is currently competing at BE Novice / 2* level on her two horses and hope to gradually move up the grades whilst still working as a groom.
Yard Co-Manager, Chief Groom, Driver, Supporter and Mother
Beth helps with temporary work cover when we are away competing or to cover staff days off. She is invaluable to the team and makes going to the big events possible.
She is an extremely trustworthy, reliable and mature person to have on the team and we trust her implicitly to take care of the horses as if they were her own when we are away.
Alex uses Jo to treat all of her competition horses and other liveries at the yard have chosen to use her services as well.
Alex has been using Jo since early 2019, and wouldn’t have anyone else.
The difference we feel in our horses way of going and how comfortable they clearly are after Jo treating them is more than enough proof of how good she is at her job.
Several of our horses are very different in all aspects; size, shape and where their individual weaknesses and tensions lie, and she is able to keep all of them feeling their best.
We can rely on her to always do what is best for the horses and ensure no issue is left to fester, and to be honest with us about what she feels, even if it’s not what we have felt!
Jo's motives are in line with our own and she shares our holistic approach to horse management and so we trust her implicitly to always advise and do what is best for the horses.
Nick is our long standing yard farrier and has the responsibility of shoeing all of our own horses, and most liveries choose to use him also. He is reliable and extremely experienced in his field and will work with whatever feet you give him to give the best foundation for each individual horse so that to ensure they are comfortable and supported with the longevity of each horse in mind.
Agricultural Contractor & Forage Supplier
HK Agri is a contracting business that operates on site and is owned and run by a family member. They provide a reliable service at short notice and cater to all of our contract and forage needs including
annual hedge cutting
STABLE CLOSE EQUINE
Stable Close Equine are our local vets who take care of all of our routine veterinary requirements as well as emergencies. They are the closest to us meaning they can get to us very quickly and have treated our yard for a number of years.
They take care of all routine vaccinations and dentistry work for us.
FAWLEY FARM FEEDS
Feed & Bedding Supplier
Fawley Farm Feeds are a friendly family run business based locally to us in the village of Privett.
They offer a broad range of equine, animal feeds, hay, straw, supplements,
accessories and all bedding.
They stock a wide range of feed from the top brand names and can source most feeds that our liveries require if they choose not to feed the brands that we provide, Dengie and GAIN.
They are extremely reliable and we have regular deliveries from them for everything we need.