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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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KWPN Beauties!

Earlier this year we decided to begin our search for a talented 3 year old to join the SFE team to develop for dressage with the prospect of selling before 2017 young horse classes.

We scoured the internet and started our hunt only to be quite underwhelmed at the quality available at a realistic price, we then struck on a lovely gelding we wanted, unfortunately he miserably failed the vet costing us a lot of money and disappointment.

So, our search took us to Holland!! And what a fabulous and exhilarating experience it was. Over the two days there we were presented with nearly 20 horses, all of which matched our spec, all with super breeding, movement and temperaments! We were very excited!! The yards we visited were fantastic, all very professional, the standard at which the horses were turned out was nothing less than world class and certainly showed us brits how things should be done! If nothing else, we learnt a vast amount from the trip!

We are excited to announce the purchase of not one but two stunning 3 year olds, both very different stamps but in their own right both tremendous equines!

Ivan – 3 year old – Franziscus x Jazz

Impact – 3 year old – Don Tango x Bentley

Both horses are very lightly backed and passed rigorous 5 stage vetting’s with full x-rays.

We are very excited about these prospects, please watch this space for further details!!

 

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Fabulous All rounder for sale!

ISH x WB. 15.2hh bay gelding, 11 year old.

Easy to handle, no vices.

Competed BD Prelim with 60% plus scores. Qualified for area festival 2015. Loves to jump and has a fabulous pop in him. Currently competing at Novice level.

Fit and ready to go.

All vaccinations, teeth, physio, worming up to date, no health issue.

Fabulous trial facilities.

Hacks out alone and in company, good to clip, box, shoe.

Ideal for a teenager or someone wanting to have lots of fun!

Genuine reason for sale.

£5000.00

Call Esther Horsfall for more information. 07889894404.

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Rolex and Badger

We have had a good few months of competition preparation and training at SFE.

Both boys are coming along tremendously well, we have had a couple of trips down south to train with Charlotte Dujardin which has been incredible as always.

Rolex has been successful with his competitions of late, he had two plus 72% winning both classes just recently and made his debut in the Horse and Hound which was a proud moment. We only have 2 points left to achieve in order to receive our summer qualification at Elementary level. Rolex SFE will then be making the move up to Medium this summer.

Badger who we have registered as Hennessey SFE will be out competing at Prelim and Novice this year and may contend the young horse classes depending on his way of going. We do not want to rush him as he is showing superb scope for the future.

I will keep you posted on our progress.

 

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Spring Dressage

Our first competition of the series kicked off on Saturday 18th March.

I am pleased to say it was a huge success and a real fun filled day! We had a good number of entries and a superb level of quality riding.

It is very exciting that we have some fabulous sponsors on board this year to bring the competition and added zing! Hird and Partners vets are our main sponsor for the year, we also have sponsorship in the form of fantastic prizes from EquiFit Physio, Katie Amos Photography, Jude Furniss Massage, Minerva Beauty.

Results from competition 1:

Intro A:

1st – Katie Limmack – 70%

2nd – Jenny Kenworthy – 63.69%

3rd – Lucy Hymas – 61.08%

Pre 7:

1st – Jan Bates – 68.5%

2nd – Shelley Lyons – 64.5%

3rd – Caroline Birkett – 64%

Pre 12:

1st – Janine Collins – 65.4%

2nd – Caroline Birkett – 65.2%

3rd – Janelle Holden – 64.6%

4th – Sarah Birks – 64%

5th – Jan Bates – 63%

Nov 24:

1st – Angela Butler – 68.85%

2nd – Janelle Holden – 65%

3rd – Kate Siddall – 63.84%

FSM:

1st – Kate Siddall – 73.88%

2nd – Angela Butler – 72.77%

 

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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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RoR Registered Centre

Great News!!!!

If you have a registered RoR horse then you are eligible to not only compete in our Unaffilited Dressage Series that entitles you to accrue points towards the SFE Championship but you will also accrue points towards the RoR championships.

All you need to do is be a registered member and when you have competed at SFE the secretary of the event (Esther) needs to sign to prove your attendance and you will receive qualifying points to the RoR’s annual Championships.

We are also excited to announce that the RoR, SFE and Jessica Dunn have teamed together to bring you subsidised training at a fabulous centre. You can now receive flatwork training at SFE from Jessica on a monthly basis at a reduced cost for £30, saving you £10.

Get registered and bring your fabulous X-Racers to play!

Find out more information through http://www.ror.org.uk/

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Stephen Clarke Returned!

Well what an amazing day we all had when the god of Dressage returned to SFE.

Stephen was fabulous company as always and supplied 8 lucky riders with a huge amount of knowledge and techniques to further their riding and improve their scores. I for one could not stop listening to his wisdom!!

Stephens teaching style is very encouraging and welcoming, we had a wide range of levels and not once did he make anyone feel inadequate or uncomfortable.

The buzz around the yard that day was fantastic, all my amazing liveries were very friendly to our visiting clients and the whole place felt warm and friendly.

We are excited for Stephen to return again. Watch this space!

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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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Regionals and Livery success.

Well its been a busy week of preening and training our ponies ready for the Winter Regionals at Myerscough International Arena.

It is fantastic that four horses from my yard that I have large input with qualified and competed at the Regionals.

Katie and Otto, Katy and Alice, Charlotte and Tess and Rolex and I.

Katie and Otto did superbly well in a strong Elementary freestyle class considering Katie’s run up was hindered with illness and she hadn’t competed in some time, Otto performed really well, so well done to them both. Katie is now starting competing at Medium level.

Charlotte and Tess, well what can I say other than I was SUPER proud of my little protégé who is only 14 years old and riding a very advanced sharp horse in a highly contested Novice Open class along with true adult professionals, Charlotte held her own and looked wonderful. Charlotte and Tess are off to the Nationals in April in the Petplan Finals.

Victoria Fisher and Lady G also started their BD career with a bang, Lady only being 4 went out first time and came home with plus 70%!! Well done.

Well done to all my liveries in all their disciplines. It isn’t only the competing liveries but also my happy hackers and pleasure riders who achieve their own set goals month in month out.

Much more to come from team SFE xx