Lower Farm Stables has been running for over 25 years. Until December 2004, the main part of the business was a riding school, teaching a wide variety of clients to ride and learn stable management skills.
As a BHS approved centre, the riding school was very successful and always received glowing reports from the BHS inspectors. We decided however, that it was time for a change, and as we had also run a livery yard alongside the riding school, we decided to make this our full time occupation.
We were very excited by this new venture and we made a number of improvements to the centre before it officially re-opened in the spring of 2005.
In August 2007, we were awarded the British Horse Society Outstanding Status. Our yard was one of only eleven worldwide to receive this award that year.
In 2017 we were excited to announce an extensive redevelopment of the stables. This included a brand new 20m x 45m outdoor arena with Martin Collins ECO TRACK surface and arena mirrors. We now have an amazing purpose built 12 stable yard block. It boasts 4m x 4m stables, each with a window, optional night lighting and internal water tap. During summer 2019 we have re fenced our paddocks with brand new post and rail fencing.
At the end of 2021 we created four new paddocks using hippo safety fencing which offers even more turnout options.
|Yard Manager: Kate Gregory|
Kate has run Lower Farm Stables for over 30 years and has much experience dealing with a wide range of horses. She gained her BHSIsm certificate in 1996 and has ridden competitively in most disciplines. She has an interest in breeding warmbloods and has two young homebreds which she is currently producing for dressage
She has particular interest in the “holistic” care of the horse, believing that correct bitting, footcare, saddling, feeding etc, in a relaxed atmosphere can make enormous differences to a horse's performance. She has retrained many difficult horses to help them and their owners achieve their goals.
As an NVQ assessor, she has worked for Abingdon and Witney College, training students of all levels in riding and stable management. She has over 35 years experience of teaching clients from novice to advanced level.
Kate is available to teach clients and their horses to all levels, and is on hand to give advice on all aspects of your horse’s care. She also freelance instructs within a 20 mile radius of Lavendon, Buckinghamshire.
|Head Girl: Natalie Downes|
Natalie has been riding and owning horses for 45 years. She has worked at hunting and livery yards whilst studying for BHSAI exams. She has competed in all spheres from pony club to show jumping and hunter trials.