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2016 Events

What a fantastic and busy year it has been so far for our competitions and events at SFE.

We are still holding our hugely popular monthly clinics with Jo Graham, Matt Burnett and Tracey Newman, we have also welcomed another new talented trainer in Ryan Todd. And if that wasn’t enough the legendary Stephen Clarke has done two clinics for us this year and is due to complete his third clinic at the end of November for us. Check out dates and booking details on our calendar page.

Our Dressage Series has been a tremendous success this year, we have brought our competitors brilliant competition and fabulous incentive with help from our wonderful sponsors who donated prizes for all our class winners. So huge thanks to Hird and Partners Vets, Katie Amos Photography, Jude Furniss Massage, Minerva Beauty and Lisa Emmerson Equine Physiotherapy. Our Spring and Summer finales in June and October presented our winners and showed off their continued progression and success. It has been great to see so many new faces this year. I would also like to thank all our judges and writers who take time out to ensure our events are fun, friendly and very encouraging.

We will be running a Christmas Event of dressage and jumping along with some fun classes!

This year has also seen our Combined Training Competitions develop into a very busy event, these comps have been very popular and enjoyable for all levels. We will be running these as part of a series next year! So watch this space for further details.

I would like to take a moment to personally thank all our loyal and returning competitors, without you our events would not run and make SFE so enjoyable. Lets bring even more fun in 2017!

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Welcome Millie Farrington!

In early September we welcomed Millie Farrington to our team of staff. Millie is 16 and is a school leaver who has joined us to gain  an apprenticeship in Horse Care and Management.

Millie is going to be an asset to SFE and bring another dimension to what we offer at Shaw Farm, Millie is a talented rider and a natural with the horses. Esther has trained Millie for the last 2 years so the transition to work colleague was an easy one.

Millie’s roll at SFE will be to shadow Esther and Lorraine and learn from experience and the knowledge of her peers. Millie will help in the training of Team SFE Dressage horses, she will also help keep the liveries in top shape and learn every aspect of the workings of a busy livery and training yard.

We wish Millie all the success with us and we are confident in her ability to carve a successful career in the equine world.

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Great few months!

I have neglected the news page of recent months, purely due to SFE being so busy which is fantastic!

We completed another wonderful Dressage Series in October and crowned many more riders Champions, the series ran really smoothly and entries were very positive each month.

Combined Training Returned with a bang in  November, we had record entries for this event and every rider gave us positive feedback for the future, 2016 will see a return of this event.

Rolex and I have had a successful run of late in the dressage arena, and we are pleased to say we have comfortably qualified for the Elementary Regionals in February. Badger my lovely but cheeky 4 year old is also coming along nicely, he is having his first visit to Herefordshire shortly to meet Charlotte DuJardin. I hope she likes him as much as we do! I am sure we will be sent home with lots to work on.

Leighton has been very busy over the summer making our horses lots of beautiful haylage, he has also renewed all the electric fencing in the paddocks, they are all now newly fenced with either post and rail or permanent electric fencing, it looks fantastic!!!

My teaching seems to have taken off somewhat this year, which is great, I am really enjoying seeing my clients develop week in week out. I am excited to announce my teaching is now open to all, not just my liveries.

Our clinics with Jess Dunn, Jo Graham and Tracey Newman have been as popular as ever and we will continue to work alongside these fantastic trainers next year.

We have done a couple of charity fund raisers this Autumn too, we had an amazing Hoedown in September which raised over £3000.00 for CRUK, and then we hosted a Table Top Sale this week which raised £440.00. We will be continuing out support to CRUK next year with other events so keep an eye on our events page or facebook.

SFE Christmas Party is only two weeks away which is so exciting! However I cannot quite believe where this year has gone, its been a busy one for sure.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my clients, old and new for their continued support and here’s to another fantastic year to come at SFE in 2016.

Have a great Christmas and New Year guys, Esther xx

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BHS Approvals Success

We had our annual BHS inspection back in March, we are never told when the inspector will be visiting us, it is usually around May, so to see her arrive in March unexpected was a little surprising. And to top it off Esther wasn’t at the yard on that day. However this did not matter in the slightest as you cannot prepare for such things and you can only be examined on your day to day running’s of the yard. Our staff as always do an amazing job and our inspection day showed this. Lorraine and Jude continued with their hard work while Karen checked every aspect of the yard.

We are extremely pleased and proud to announce we were awarded the highest grading in every single category. Karen adding that ‘SFE is one of the best livery yards in the country’ and so much so SFE would be one of the few she would happily keep her horse. This is a huge achievement for us and came as a lovely and humbling surprise.

We only care for the horses in such way that Esther would look after her own. SFE will continue to run at the highest of standards and will always endeavour to advance our facilities and care to constantly improve what we do.

Esther would like to thank her loyal customers and hard working staff for this achievement.

 

 

 

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Winter Dressage Series Results

Well our Winter Dressage Series finished with a festive bang yesterday. We had tinsel, glitter, mince pies, festive tunes and lots of fun.

Our series had been as popular as ever with a fantastic number of entries each month.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our judges, writers, helpers and competitors for making it such a success. We cannot wait to do it all over again in 2015.

 

Here are the results, well done to all entrants.

 

Intro:

1st – Jenny Kenworthy & Morgan Ross

2nd – Andrea Shackleton

3rd – Angela Murray

4th – Anna Hallos

5th – Grace Bamford

 

Prelim:

1st – Angela Murray

2nd – Tina Iball

3rd – Isla Mansell

4th – Kate Siddall

5th – Alex Bailey & Bev Sparks

 

Novice:

1st – Jennie Williamson

2nd – Alex Bailey

3rd – Isla Mansell & Vanessa Lewis

4th – Franscesca Pearson

5th – Tina Iball

 

Elementary:

1st – Charlotte Lutener

2nd – Jennie Williamson

3rd – Katie Amos

4th – Georgina Muller

5th – Helen Kettleborough

 

FSM:

1st – Charlotte Lutener

2nd – Shelley Lyons

3rd – Katie Amos & Jacquie Pryde

4th – Helen Kettleborough & Kate Siddall

5th – Vicky Taylor

 

**Senior Championship**

Champion – Jennie Williamson

Reserve – Angela Murray

 

**Junior Championship**

Champion – Charlotte Lutener

Reserve – Jenny Kenworthy

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BHS says we are amoungst the top yards in the UK.

We have had some great feedback just lately from the British Horse Society.

On their annual spot check when they turn up unannounced their representative simply said ‘I don’t know how you can improve this’. We achieved ‘HIGHLY COMMENDED’ in every category for a second year running, this is graded on every aspect of the yard from horse care, customer service and facilities.

We work incredibly hard to try to bring an affordable yet high end service to all our clients, and this recognition makes the hard work all worth while.

All is thanks to our clients and my fabulous team of staff.

Lets hope the good times continue ……………….. x