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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!

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

Stephen Clarke returned to Shaw Farm!

What a fantastic day we all had when the guru of dressage that is Stephen Clarke when he revisited us this month.

Stephens style of training is totally different and he is a man of few words, however those few words are bound to teach you a thing or too!!

We had a full clinic with him, along with a large waiting list. Each and every rider on the day came away very satisfied and full of excitement.

Stephen will be back with us again soon, I will post dates on here as soon as we have something organised.

Livery vacancy!

We have a rare opening coming at the end of July.

We cater for all types of full livery, from schooling, breaking, rehab, retirement and holiday livery.

5* care along with amazing facilities all for one set price.

Call Esther to arrange a viewing 07889894404.

Fun in the sun!

Well so far we are having a lovely summer in the Pennines. Our horses are all enjoying long spells of turnout daily and the evening riding is just fantastic at this time of year.

The yard has been a bustle of activity recently with many riders and their horses out competing successfully, we have welcomed a couple of new liveries over the past few weeks who seem to be loving life at Shaw Farm.

Katie Amos and myself ran a very successful Dressage to Music Clinic which proved extremely popular, so anyone who fancies making their pony dance then look no further, between us we can coordinate a fantastic floor plan based on your horses strengths and compose a unique music routine. Contact Esther for further details.

SFE’s Summer Dressage series is going really well with huge entries each month and lots of success from our own liveries. It is also great to see so many of our riders improving each month.

We still run regular training clinics for both flatwork and jumping and our monthly Show Jumping event is as popular as ever.

Rolex and I have started our BD campaign in June, so far he has done me proud gaining scores of 66%, 68%, 69% and even a 70%. I am very excited about this horses future, keep checking out this page to keep up to date on our progress.

More posts to follow, Esther.

Dancing ponies are coming to Shaw Farm

We are excited to announce we are holding a Dressage to Music Clinic at our yard.

Throughout our Dressage Series we have seen a keen interest in the Music element to Dressage however many people feel intimidated to put together some music and design a floor plan. Well worry no more, we will do it all for you!

Myself and Katie Amos, both active BD Riders will work closely together to produce some fantastic music to match your horses tempo and your style, we will also design a floor plan to best show off your ponies.

Within the price you will receive a one to one session, 2 cd’s of your individual music, electronic version of the music, a printed floor plan and reduced entry to your first FSM class at SFE.

Check out our calendar page for further information.

Intro – Novice tests catered for in a 40×20 arena.

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

Busy couple of months at Shaw Farm.

Well I haven’t had chance to update you all on our activities just recently, but its been a manic and exciting few weeks at Shaw Farm.

We have had our first Dressage Competition of the series, which was hugely successful and supported very well, lets hope this continues for our next competitions on 22nd March and 19th April. We have Intro, Prelim, Novice, Elementary and FSM classes, so there is something for all. Our dressage series is friendly and encouraging, so please come and have a go…….you never know you might just love it!

Then came our first clear round fun day of 2014, again this was a very successful event, the yard was heaving. Everyone had a go, a giggle and left with a smile. We are going to continue running clear round fun days on a monthly basis, the classes are 35cm – 85cm so why not get your jumping shoes on! Check out our calendar for dates and information.

Two of our liveries successfully qualified for the Winter Dressage Regional Championships, well done to Katie Amos and Karen Burns, it just shows being based on an indoor yard with all year round facilities can ensure your training continues throughout the worst months.

We have had livery enquiries coming in thick and fast just recently, but I am pleased to say we are currently full, we do operate a waiting list, so do keep calling!

We are still running monthly clinics with the lovely Leonie Smith, who trains all levels of flatwork riders. And Tracey Newman BSJA trainer for polework, gridwork and jumping lessons. Dates are on our calendar.

We welcomed a new pony to the yard in March – Upsy Daisy, she is a 3 year old warmblood, we have got her in for backing and then produce for sale so watch this space. She is a real beaut!

I will keep updates coming a little more often over the coming weeks.

Esther

Exciting few weeks at SFE & a very Merry Christmas to all!

We are all still on a high after our hugely successful clinic with Charlotte Dujardin at the beginning of December, all our liveries, clients and myself had amazing lessons and were all inspired by her training and approach to riding. We had so much fun. Charlotte loved the yard and thought the facility upgrade was amazing!!

We have also welcomed lots of new liveries to the yard just recently who are all settling in really well and enjoying yard life at Shaw Farm.

Karen Burns and the Queen, who is also known as Mary have also had a very successful competition record just recently, they competed in their first FSM at Elementary level and qualified for the Regionals on a huge score of 69%. We are very proud to see our liveries out there and doing so well, no doubt there will be many more fantastic results to come.

We all had a brilliant night at the yard Christmas Party! There was lots of very sparkly dresses, lot of dancing, crazy games and lots of laughing! We all had a great night.

We have lots to look forward to over the coming weeks with our Festive Clear Round Fun day, Leonie Smith Clinic and then welcoming Stephen Clarke.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a successful New Year and thank all our clients for your continuous support and business.

 

All the best for 2014, Esther and the team at Shaw Farm Equestrian xxx

Dressage Series announced!

Due to popular demand we are pleased to announce we are to host our very own Dressage Series in 2014. It will be a fun filled and friendly affair to encourage all to have a go. Tests from Intro – Novice. Held indoors, Registered BD judges.

Saturday 15th February

Saturday 22nd March

Saturday 19th April

Points will be accrued throughout the series to aim towards winning a fabulous prize. There will also be a Junior and Senior Dressage Champion.

Check out our calendar for further information.