I have been running College Farm for over 20 years, it is a friendly, family run business and we pride ourselves in giving excellent service and top quality training.
I have a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning, a PGCE; I am also sports teacher/coach and taught in a local secondary school for 8 years. I have been fortunate enough to return to working full time within the equestrian industry and although I have my BHSI, I specialise in dressage, I am a British Dressage Trainer and Judge, and I am also a British Event Trainer. Working for the British Horse Society, British Eventing and predominantly British Dressage, takes up most of my working week and takes me all over England, Scotland and Ireland. Not to mention competing my wonderful Pedro (Markham Sultan) whom I’ve had from a 3 year old, he is now working and training at Intermediare I and has had many successes, together we travel miles. I hope to train him up to Grand Prix and my ultimate goal is to compete for Great Britain, I have represented the England many times now, but I’d like to do ‘Small Tour’ with him before he retires. I have a lovely horse waiting in the wings and he’s being produced slowly and carefully, he is a very exciting prospect. I am also fortunate to ride the many lovely horses I have in for schooling for clients, Amelia and Emma help me with this, but there’s never a dull moment and the yard is always busy and full of life.
Phone: 01777 870 886
Mobile:07860 276 578
Emma is my yard manager and has been with me for many years, she is the lynch pin of the business and when I leave my horses (and dogs) with her, I know I can relax as they are in excellent hands. Her care and attention cannot be measured, I will often get a text from her long after she’s gone home, just asking me to check that a horse is OK or some similar worry she has about one of the animals. I count myself extremely lucky to have found such a dedicated, kind and hard working person and what Emma doesn’t know about horses isn’t worth knowing!
Abbey came to work at College Farm in May 2015, she follows in the footsteps of her sister Katie who qualified in Horsecare here in 2014. Abbey is a keen and enthusiastic trainee, nothing is too much trouble and she is always ready with a smile. Abbey is training for her Diploma in Work-based Horse Care level 2.
Jenny has now been at College Farm for many years, she started riding here as a child. Jenny is now fully qualified and in 2015 attained her Level 3 Diploma in Horse Care.
Liz is one of our highly valued volunteers, who also has a horse in livery with us, Rikki. Liz is also training towards her BHS NVQ Level 2.
Helen, with her own horse Slyvestre, has been volunteering at College Farm for the past 5 years and is a qualified UKCC Level 2 coach.
Kathryn Veitch is Pedro’s groom and she also has Sully on loan. Kathryn is a familiar figure around the yard with Eve, her daughter helping, we rely heavily on her for the turnout of Pedro and the care of packing the lorry and tack. Kathryn also helps with schooling horses.
Emma Hayton MRCVS
My daughter Emma is our Vet and is often at the farm and available to give advice and assistance. Emma is a talented rider and was in the British Event Teams in Young Riders, Juniors and Ponies. She was also part of the gold winning team in Ireland in 1995.
Matt has also ridden all his life; he is an excellent show jumper and was also part of British Event Teams in ponies and juniors. Matthew has also competed internationally, and was part of the gold winning team at the JRN Championships in Dauntsey, Dorset in 2001, Matt also competed in Young Rider British Team Trials between 2002 and 2004 on Markham Spice, he helps to school and back horses and deals with any particularly difficult, challenging horses.