PROFILE


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he Yard

We are set in beautiful countryside with easy access to the vibrant city of Birmingham. Our location also means that we are a few minutes from the M42 and the extensive Midlands motorway network which means that we have fantastic access to dressage competitions all over the UK and are especially well placed for the British Dressage National Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire.

The yard is split in to two with the Breeding operation based at Cleat Hill Farm and the competition horses based at Church Farm.

Where the horses have wonderful facilities with 10 acres of wonderful light sandy soil which offer year round turnout so all the horses are able to go out every day. We also have fantastic hacking and have off road riding on grassy tracks, this gives the horses a break from their intensive training schedule. Louise believes the horses welfare is paramount to enable them to perform to the best of their ability, she believes in personal individual attention. The yard is small in size but big in ambition.

Background

Louise is a talented dressage rider, trainer and coach holding a qualification in sports psychology with an excellent track record of training combinations to championship level. However she currently concentrates her time on riding, training and competing horses.
In order to fund herself in the early days Louise took some time out from riding to work in sales, as with her riding she was incredibly successful in that environment and was promoted to director level before returning to equestrianism.

Louise is happily married to John and has two lovely children Charles and William.

Influences

Louise started riding at a very young age and showjumped and evented before specialising in dressage Louise started her serious Dressage training with Stephen Clarke where she was based with her horses for a considerable time. Stephen Clarke represented Great Britain in international dressage competitions from the 70's until the early 90's and now concentrates mainly on the judging and training aspects of the sport. He is an FEI Dressage judge for international competitions around the world and was the first British born judge to officiate at an Olympic Games. He was Master Judge at the London Olympic Games. Louise was then lucky enough to spend some time travelling to Germany for training with Egon Von Neindorff before he passed away.

Louise has been training with Sandy Phillips since 2005 and she helped Louise make the massive step up to Grand Prix, and has been a huge support on many levels. Sandy has represented the USA at two World Equestrian Games and one Olympics. She received British Citizenship in 1996 and represented Britain at the 1998 World Equestrian Games, the 1999 European Championships and the 2006 World Equestrian Games.

Louise also organises and participates in regular clinics with Conrad Schumacher. Conrad brings a broad array of training skills, having trained the British Dressage Team for Sydney Olympics. He has helped teams and individual riders win over 40 international medals at the Olympics and the European and World Equestrian Games.