Downgate Farm Livery Team
All of us at Downgate Farm have been exceptionally lucky to work with such a great team consisting of experienced individuals and professionals. Below you can find out a little more about the Downgate Farm Livery Team and the important role they each play.
Natasha is our Head Girl. I am delighted that Natasha joined us in October 2017 and since then has developed in her confidence and knowledge to run the Yard at Downgate efficiently and calmly. It is always a friendly and fun place to be, both for the horses and for the humans!
As my God Daughter, Tash has helped us here at Downgate often over the years, when she was much younger.
Now Tash is 21 and used to event Alicia Earee’s event horse Twister, but now has a lovely young horse, Kenny to bring on for Eventing. Tash has always been such a lovely rider and it is wonderful to have her here as an integral part of our Team. Her dad Martin, my cousin, is our wonderful maintenance Man Fridays who helps us mend and sort everything out for us once a week.
Former Downgate Farm Head Girls
Our former Head Girls at Downgate farm have been amazing and we've been incredibly lucky to have them over the years. They have all groomed for our daughter Emily at Badminton and Burghley and when she has been on British Teams.
Carolyn started working for us way back in 2007 and was our head Girl. Durng this time groomed for Emily at 3 Young Rider European Championships, Burghley and 4 Badminton Horse Trials. The presentation from Carolyn of the horses from plaiting and attention to detail was and is amazing.
When she can fit it in around her children and family, we are extremely lucky and privileged to still have Carolyn working with us one day a week.
One of the horses than Nat looked after so well, while she was working with us was Major Buck who Emily rode at Blenheim 4* where he came 9th and then on the British Nations cup team Team at Fontainbleau. When Buck retired from International competitions, Nat was given him to compete by his very kind owners, Monica and Peter Durrant, to have as her own horse, and she has had great fun with him Eventing him at BE 90 and 100’s.
More Of The Downgate Farm Livery Team
Katya joined us on work experience from Hadlow college in 2017 and although studying at Hadlow, she has never left completely! Kat always puts a smile on our faces and her confidence and degree of knowledge has made her a very important member of the Downgate Team.
At the moment Kat is studying a BSc in Equine Training and Management and is now going into her 3rd year. Clever Kat is predicted to come out with Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons). Wishing her the best of luck with that and thoroughly enjoy seeing Kat when she has time to help out.
Ed Lyall (B Vet Med, Cert EM (Stud Med), MRCVS) from the Sussex Equine Hospital is one of the most experienced equine vets in the country.
Our vet Ed does a brilliant job keeping all of the horses healthy and happy here and is definitely and integral part of the team. Emily Erde also comes and helps from Sussex Equine Vets as well now.
Downgate welcome other Vets to the Yard.
Being one of the best farriers in the country Jim has been in charge of shoeing the Llewellyn horses at Downgate Farm, Heathfield since Cindy’s daughters were riding ponies.
This incredibly talented man and his team now shoe Pardon Me II and most of the horses based at Downgate farm and was awarded ‘Best Shod Horse’ at the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials two years running with both Society Spice and Pardon Me II when Emily was competing there.
Jim and his fantastic Team keep up to date as they compete at many big Farriery competitions. Now we are thrilled to welcome Jim’s son, George as third generation of Master Farrier’s. The attention to detail produced by Jim is second to none. We feel incredibly fortunate that Jim looks after all the horses here.