The journey so far…
Andrew Stennett is a British Equestrian Federation Elite Recreational coach. Andrew is a UKCC Level 4 Coach and is also a Coach Educator and Assessor. He is a Qualified Teacher of further Education specialising in Equestrian Learning and Development. He has trained with many leading coaches and developed many professional coaches for the equine industry.
In 1991 he founded Grove House Stables Equestrian Centre with one horse and his old showjumping pony. Today the centre has grown to have a range of horses and ponies, full indoor and outdoor facilities providing excellent training opportunities for career and leisure. He is available to coach a wide range of riders from novice to advance level with and without their own horses. Andrew specialises in giving confidence and inspiration to riders young and old so they can reach heir riding goals.
Hi Everyone. My name is Jess. I have been part of the team here at Grove House Stable since August 2010. My Main role is as the Office Manager, which I really enjoy. While working here at Grove House Stables I have completed my NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service, Work Based Diploma Level 2 in Horse care and my Work Based Diploma Level 3 In Customer Service.
I am also the Health and Safety Representative and the Shop Manager at GH Country LTD
When I’m not at the stables I can be found with other animals, which include my dogs, rabbits and much more!
Judith is a British Horse Society Stage 4 Senior Eventing Coach, with many years experience coaching leisure, career and competitive riders. She has trained and competed horses in Dressage, Showjumping and Eventing. In her teens she also worked in the film and TV industry training and riding horses on film sets.
Judith joined us in May 2021 and has recently added our Pony Club, BHS Challenge Awards and BHS Pony Stars programmes to her portfolio of responsibilities. Judith is currently working towards her BHS Stage 5 Performance Coaching Qualification
I started at GHS in November 2017, as a temporary office assistant, but now I am the Liveries Manager.
Grove House Stables is my first employment within the equine industry and I am really enjoying the role. I am learning every day and love developing and expanding my knowledge in all aspects of horse care and riding.
I got my first pony when I was 4 years old, and haven't been without one since! Horses have been my hobby for nearly 40 years!
As a child I didn’t have “horsey parents” or many riding lessons, I just had ponies on loan in a field which I just got on and rode! I’d read pony magazines for tips on how to improve.
Over the years I have done a bit of unaffiliated competing, mainly in show jumping. I do really enjoy the thrill of cross country, but my dad was never keen on me doing it, he preferred the show jumps that would fall down!
Since working with the team at GHS I have been inspired to improve my flat work, which has fueled my new interested of competing at dressage.
I am passionate about the health and well-being of the horses in my care, including my own horses and the Riding School and Livery horses at Grove House Stables.
I have 2 horses within my family:
David - my old friend is now 26 years young; I've had him since he was 4. He is still excitable and full of energy. He is in light work, loves his jumping and is ridden by my daughters.
My project is Elliot; I also bought him as a 4 year old, 2 years ago. It has been a slow process but I think I have recently made great progress with my riding. My ultimate dream is to event him (just at low level) before I get too old!! ☺
I started working at Grove House Stables in September 2019, and recently became the Yard Manager in March 2020. After learning to ride here myself as a child it’s great to be back.
Prior to working at GHS, I worked for an Equine veterinary practice for over 15 years, and before that I worked a livery and sales yard caring for and riding the horses.
I very much enjoy my role at GHS taking care of such lovely horses and ponies, and teaching so many enthusiastic riders, and watching them progress and have fun.
I have previously done my NVQ stages in horse care, and I am currently working towards my BHS stages.
I got my first horse at 13 and although he wasn’t exactly the most suitable first horse he taught me so much. Since then I have competed at BSJA and British Eventing and more recently Affiliated Dressage, with my current horse Dudaley who I bought as a 2 year old and broke in myself. I am hoping to get back into Eventing as love the challenge of all phases and the excitement of the cross country.
Jed has worked with horses for the last 11 years. More specifically, over the last 7 years he has worked as a rehab assistant for children and young adults with special needs. Through this work, he has seen how horses can develop people’s confidence and self-esteem, whilst helping them find the happiness and well-being horses can provide.
Working alongside children & young adults with special needs ignited his passion to help those who find difficulty engaging with the wider world to feel a sense of responsibility and care about another creature.
Hi! My name is Lydia, I have been part of the team here at Grove House stables since September 2021. My main role here is being a riding instructor as well as working on the yard. This is my first employment within the equine industry, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
My love and passion for horses grew from a very young age, I have grown up surrounded by them. I now regularly show jump at an affiliated level, which I really enjoy.
Hi, I’m Natasha and I’m an International Para Dressage Rider for Great Britain and a qualified UKCC Level 2 Coach. I started coaching at Grove House Stables in September 2021 and I’m thoroughly enjoying being part of the team.
I have grown up with horses and been riding for more than 20 years, starting off at the local riding school, joining the Pony Club and British Young Riders Dressage Squad as well as competing in dressage, show jumping and eventing. When I was 16, I was talent spotted for Para Dressage and have been representing Great Britain ever since. I was long listed for the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics, selected for the Europeans, reserve for the Rio 2016 Paralympics and 3 x British National Champion.
I am passionate about coaching both horse and rider, regardless of what stage of their journey they are at, so that they can reach their goals in riding, whatever they may be. I am enthusiastic, caring and committed to both my horses and coaching so I am keen to share the knowledge and skills that I have required over the years with the people I teach, helping to build relationships between horse and rider. My main focus is dressage, and I am loving coaching all ages and ranges of ability, including Pony Club and recently taking on the responsibility of developing the BHS ‘Changing Lives Through Horses’ programme and the challenges that this involves.
Looking to the future, I am concentrating on combining my career as an equestrian coach with continuing to work with my own horses with their training and competition programme, working towards selection for the World Equestrian Games in 2022 and the Paris 2024 Paralympics.
Cherry Elvin – BHSI
Sarah Simpson – BHSI and Chief Examiner for BHS