ALLY GILL - Head Girl
You are only as good as the team around you, and I am grateful to our grooms who really go the extra mile. We pride ourselves on the detailed, individual, loving care each horse receives. The team is headed by Ally Gill, who started in Winter 2018 after several years learning with Marietta Fox-Pitt. She travels to all competitions and ensures the horses are turned out immaculately.
CHELSEA COOKE - Groom
Chelsea started in Summer 2018 after completing her level 3 Apprenticeship. She is an incredibly hard worker and is in charge of the yard when Tom is away competing. Chelsea is also competing Hennessy Cormac, now 20 and they are hoping to compete in British Eventing in 2019.
THOMAS SOUTHWELL - Groom
ROBBIE WATSON GREAVES - Farrier
Robbie took over the role as yard Farrier in 2018. He is highly respected in the industry and has won multiple awards from his time on the England Farrier Team as well as competing individually. Robbie works closely alongside the World Class Programme to hone his skills and maximise horse performance.
TOM CAMPBELL - Vet
Tom, from the local Bourton Vale Equine Clinic, has been my vet since I started riding. He vetted Hennessy in 2005 and has been a fantastic support ever since. I feel privileged to be able to benefit from his constant expertise.
MAGGIE TURNER Equine Physio, and WINSTON WILLIAMS Equine Chiropractor
Maggie and Winston compliment each other brilliantly. Together they provide regular assessments and evaluations of the horses; feedback is critical for improving and understanding the horses' performance. It is important that the horses arrive at competitions feeling supple, comfortable and able to perform at their peak.
I am extremely grateful to my landlords Mr and Mrs Alberto who allow us to call the beautiful Ampney Knowle estate our home. Lee Vallis is the Farm Manager and performs constant maintenance tasks that keep the yard looking smart and professional. This includes all repairs, emptying the muck trailer and harrowing / rolling the schools and fields.
BEHIND THE DESK
Those who sit behind their computer screens may be less visible but are equally essential. Carol Bridgeman is our book keeper, Claire King business advisor and Lucy Hall social media management and PR.
MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS
I will forever be indebted to my family and friends for their support, from lead rein and Pony Club days through to now. They are the backbone of the support team and I am proud of the friendly, inclusive and laid back hospitality and atmosphere that they help create.
DAN GREENWOOD - dressage trainer
Dan has been a close friend and support for a number of years. We share a further interest as Jo Handman of Carylon Equestrian has a horses with both of us.
PAMMY HUTTON - dressage trainer
Ampney Knowle Farm is opposite Talland, so we are honoured to be able to call Pammy our neighbour. Kind, supportive and terrifying, both she and daughter Pippa have helped enormously. Pammy has an enormous array of exercises and techniques and her ability to help with the flying changes is legendary.
ROWLAND FERNYHOUGH - Showjump trainer
Rowland has taught me since 2011. He has fantastic and technical courses set up in his school, which combined with his eye on the floor make for the perfect fine-tuning before an event. There are often occasions too when jumping is not allowed until the canter has improved! Rowland has also made me much more aware of riding correct lines and ringcraft.
OWEN MOORE - Showjump trainer
Owen has taught me since 2010, and I regularly travel to Lyneham Heath Equestrian to have lessons from him. He is a remarkable horseman and his observations on a horse always so fair, accurate and correct. He is also a grid-work master!
Details about my wonderful group of owners can be found on the Horses page. Without them there would be no horses, no business and no dream. I thank them for their continued support and friendship.