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“I literally couldn’t function without our close knit, brilliant staff and my family… I really believe we all make a great team!” Jason
Jason grew up on his family’s 4000 acre sheep and cattle property at the foot of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, where he was bought up to be “honest, hard working and respectful” – lessons which he has carried with him throughout life! Read More >
Favourite Horse: A mix between Milk, Muffett, Diesel and Banjo
Horse I’d Like to Own: Sea The Stars, the ultimate racehorse, or Sadler’s Wells for the stud fees!
Interests: Sport, Family, Beer Tasting (I’m a connoisseur)
Motto: Go hard or go home!
Sarah is our Centre Manager and has worked closely with Jason for nearly 5 years so is knowledgeable in all areas of training and is able to advise owners on the systems that we use. Sarah is a highly qualified Trainer and Rider having obtained a University HND in Equine Management and Training and is also BHS/NVQ Certified which covers everything from nutrition to coaching and has also attended saddle fitting courses as well as Equine massage. Sarah possesses a great deal of practical experience having always worked with young and problem horses and taught all levels of rider she is able to produce horses and riders for various competitions. Sarah has had great success on her own and clients horses in affiliated and unaffiliated Dressage, Show-Jumping, Cross-Country, Showing, endurance and has even competed in carriage driving!
Favourite Horse: I couldn’t choose a favourite between Bubble and Aqua, my two horses!
Horse I’d Like to Own: Stroller, the ‘pony’ showjumper who beat all the horses!
Interests: I tend to ride in my time outside of work and spend time with my family and friends but they’d disagree saying it’s all horses, horses, horses!
Motto: Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
Tom is from Suffolk and has been involved in horses all his life. Growing up through the Pony Club and competing in all disciplines, he went on to work for the Suffolk Hunt and top eventing yards, where he bought on young horses and competed in affiliated events. He also retains very close links with the racing industry, with his family involved in Newmarket life! Tom is studying towards his coaching certificates at level 4 standard and has been with us for nearly two years and thanks to his hard work and Jason’s coaching is a fantastic Trainer. Tom works alongside Jason every day, with most of the horses that come through the centre benefiting from Toms expertise at some point during their stay. Tom is well loved by the staff and popular with the clients and we hope to have him with us for a long time to come!
Favourite Horse: Probably Poppy, who I got off the track and retrainined
Horse I’d Like to Own: Any decent racehorse!
Interests: Chess, maths, reading the Financial Times… only joking.
Motto: Don’t listen to Scott on a night out!
Jemymah came to us having worked for several top eventers such as Pippa Funnell and Bryony Whittington, Jem brings with her a wealth of experience in horse care and fitness preparation. Jem works closely with Sarah to ensure all the horses care needs are met and that clients receive a warm welcome when visiting the centre.
Favourite Horse: Baby my nutty mare!
Horse I’d Like to Own: Oposition Buzz
Interests: Riding and hot chocolate!
Motto: “Tom why have you left that there!”
Annie has come to us to complete her level III Diploma and gain more hands on experience with young and problem horses. Annie really shined on our courses over the last year and was picked due to her excellent handling skills. Annie also has a real love for horses and is often seen fussing over the resident horses and giving the babies makeovers during their daily grooming time.
Wendy is our Australian Saddle Fitter and is available to fit our saddles here on a Friday or can come to you if you are withing our travel zone. Wendy has a lifetime of horse riding experience having show jumped in her younger years and now enjoys riding the love of her life “Anton” who she keeps here at the centre. Wendy accompanies Jason on demos, talk evenings and takes our Trade Stand to large venues such as Hickstead and has been with us for nearly 5 years.
Favourite Horse: Anton of course!
Horse I’d Like to Own: I’m happy with Anton
Interests: I love to join my daughter Sarah Muir at her horse events and support her, I’m the lorry driver come tea maker!
Motto: Let’s have a cup of tea…!
Steph has been around horses all her life and when she is not working she can generally be found ferrying her children and their ponies to Pony Club and around the local shows. Steph brings a lot of experience with her and is a lifesaving when it comes to providing emergency cover on the yard at very short notice!
Penny grew up on Risebridge Farm and has ridden all her life, representing the UK in polocrosse. She gained an Honours Degree in Sports Science and Geography at Loughborough University and pursued a career in sports marketing with Octagon Marketing in London before going to Australia to try and persuade Jason to come and live in England! After qualifying as a teacher, Penny now teaches PE part-time at Marlborough House School whilst bringing up Jack and Rosie! She also helps Jason out with the office and marketing side of the business.
Favourite Horse: Little Miss Muffett, a little superstar
Horse I’d Like to Own: I would love to own a brilliant racehorse, but in Muffett, I have already owned my horse of a lifetime!
Interests: My children first and foremost! Then playing sport, friends & family and have a good party!
Motto: The race is long but ultimately its only against yourself
Richard and Lindie Hillier rent the farmland and facilities to us and are an incredibly important part of the set-up. They have put in a lot of time and effort into helping us make the facilities top class and are always ready to lend a hand.
We have weekly visits and emergency callouts from a range of Associate Equestrian Professionals. Please see our 5* Care for Your Horse page for more details.
We regularly have Work Experience pupils to the yard from local equestrian colleges such as Hadlow College and local schools. Before we accept pupils, we ensure they are experienced to handle the horses and give them regular instruction. They have all been a pleasure to have!
Dodger is getting on a bit now, but still revels in his favourite activity of horse-watching. He is one of our most useful ‘desensitising’ tools and all the horses go home ‘dog-proof’!
Aiming to follow in Dodger’s footsteps little Louie can be found following him around or snuggled up fast asleep in the office!!