My Mum Tracey “aka Marge” is AMAZING and as cliched as it might sound I wouldn’t have got where I am today without her dedication & sacrifices.
She has been and will continue to be a huge support and the most important member of my team. From the age of 2 she has been integral to developing my riding and career over the years as well as running of the yard up until this year. She comes to numerous events throughout the year and is the best Tea maker on the eventing circuit. I think the owners love her as much as I do.
Zanie joins the team full time from January 2016 to run the Yard & be my full time travelling groom at all events.
Zanie is also a great friend having been through the amazing highs and some terrible lows with me. She knows me and the horses inside out and therefore is a huge support to me, always loyal and it is an absolute privilege to work with someone so dedicated and professional. I do not have to think about anything she is one step ahead of me (and everyone else!) and I never have to check or second guess anything. So I am thrilled to have her on board.
She is highly regarded within the industry and over the years has groomed for many riders including William Fox Pitt, Leslie Law, Giovanni Ugolotti to name just a few.
She was Pippa Funnell’s Head Girl for four years, winning Groom of the year in 2003 and was also part of Pippa’s team, making History in 2003 by winning the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. She also ran with her husband Chris King Eventing a professional eventing business for 10 years.
Ellie joined the team on the 16th July 2018, having worked previously for Oliver Townsend so has lots of experience in working on busy eventing yard. She is the consummate professional, & knows every detail about all the horses in her care and is a vital part of the team. She is hard working, trustworthy, conscientious with a great calming temperament and looks after the horses as if they were her own.
Tilly joined the team on the 28th November 2018, born in Cumbria, she moved further south after A-levels for a ‘horsey gap year’ with Jonty Evans and then decided she didn’t want to leave after a year! She is a real British Eventing enthusiast having competed her own horse “Dino” up to BE novice. Her favourite event of the year… Badminton (of course!) or Blair Castle!
She is an absolute pleasure to have on the team & has become a real asset to the yard within a very short space of time.
Claire is the “office” and has been part of Team since 2009. She looks after all the administration / secretarial jobs relating to the business, the day-to-day financial affairs and monthly billing, assists me with managing all of my sponsorship/PR/Marketing inc the website, staff recruitment, etc or basically anything not directly related to the actual day to day care of the horses.
Tom Campbell of Bourton Vale Equine Clinic is our regular vet and he is fantastic. The horses’ care is always paramount. He is actively involved in all aspects of his practice, running their scintigraphy (bone scanning) unit and can turn his hand to surgery when required.
He particularly specialises in lameness investigations, predominantly racehorse, polo and sport horses. The vets and staff continue to support us through our trials and tribulations and we’re very grateful for their excellence.
Leigh Miller is a registered human and animal McTimoney Chiropractor.
Leigh’s clientele list reads like a who’s who of eventing. She visits the yard on a monthly basis for the horses regular MOT’s or a physical problem has arisen. She travels to many of the national and international three day events to help keep the horses in tip top condition. Leigh looks after the New Zealand eventing team and goes with them to many big competitions including the 2012 Olympics!
As well as keeping the horses in top shape she has also manages to keep me on the straight and narrrow each visit!!
Alice is an experienced and skilled massage therapist, specialising in equine sports rehabilitation and therapeutic massage.
No yard can succeed without the help of a good farrier. Chris keeps the horses’ feet in top condition, and as he’s on our doorstep is able to put a shoe back on at short notice.
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