MEET THE TEAM

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Sarah Robertson
Proprietor APC level 3

ABOUT ME: I moved to Valley Farm in 1976, after 2 years training at a large equestrian centre in South Africa under the tutelage of Horsemaster Jack van Hulsteyn.  Over the next few years I built up the equestrian centre with the help of my family.  We began with one small welsh pony called Earwig, on loan.  When my children were young they both rode which I encouraged.  As I bought more ponies for the children, and for my liberty team the riding school became established.

My daughter was in the British Equestrian Vaulting Team so we traveled to competitions all over the UK and Europe. We hosted many international vaulting competitions at Valley Farm. We also all competed on the Western riding show circuit.  Always keen to further my knowledge of more equestrian disciplines I then formed a Junior and Senior Team of Horseball players.  In 1991 we hosted a National Horseball Tournament at Valley Farm.  Side saddle, polocrosse and carriage driving also attracted my attention and I threw myself wholeheartedly into all of these.  One of my favourites has to be the carriage driving, it's so addictive, as soon as you've mastered driving one horse, you want to try two, then three, then four.....  

Over the years my enthusiasm has certainly rubbed off on my family and my staff!  In my spare time I was a member of St. John Framlingham division for twenty five years. I've enjoyed writing for various magazines and completing a book about Valley Farm. 

QUALIFICATIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS: BHSAI Registered,  BHS APC level 3, Western Instructor Level 2, Side Saddle Ass. Grade II Horsecare -Riding- Jumping, Side Saddle Grade III Care & equitation, HSE First Aid at Work, NVQ A1 Assessor, NCF Child Protection, C&G level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for catering, BHS Roadsafe Examiner, St John Ambulance member, Registered Farrier Part IV (1978-2015),  Chef d'equipe British Vaulting team (1988), British Driving Society Intermediate cert. HGV Driver C1+E, Animal Transport cert. DBS enhanced Disclosure, Tourist Board Welcome Management PTC H&S certificate, PTLLS

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David Robertson
Full Time

ABOUT ME: After several years as an engineering officer in the Merchant Navy I left to follow my love of horses.  Particularly Heavy Horses.  Joining the Dedham Heavy Horse centre where we contracted to Watneys and Trumans Brewerys.  As head horseman I was able to drive the horses at shows and carnivals all over the UK and Europe.  The highlight every year was the musical drive at the Horse of the Year show at Wembley.  I also worked at Wadworths Brewery doing deliveries with the dray in and around Devizes. There were several other contracts including work for Anchor Butter promoting their brand with a wonderful Shire called Monach in a traditional farm wagon.  The Anchor year covered nearly 12000 miles in the lorry and over one hundred events!  A move to Kent found me working with the Whitbred Shires for nine years. Then a move back nearer home to work at Fritton Lake for Lord Somerleyton with his Suffolks and Shires for a further nine years.  During this time I also drove light horses for weddings and funerals.  These days, after we sold the Valley Farm wedding business, I seem to be fully occupied with ground work and maintenance!  That's not to say I don't get to take the carriage horses out for a spin from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS: BHS Stage 2 Horsecare, BHS Riding & Road Safety Certificate, NVQ Level 1 Horsecare, NCF Child protection Certificate, C&G Level 2 Food Safety & Hygeine for Catering, HSE First Aid at Work cert. CRB Enhanced Disclosure, HGV Driver, Animal Transport certificate, EAST Quadbike Training Cert. Tourist Board Welcome Host cert. Tourist Board Welcome Management cert. 

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Rossie Theobald
Part time APC Level 5

ABOUT ME: I have a lifetime of equestrian experience. Coaching is my passion and I love to help whatever your level of riding ability or chosen discipline.  I'm an examiner/assessor for BHS and Pony Club exams including BHS SCCH. I've competed BD, BE and Riding Club championships. I particularly enjoy helping people to progress up through the BHS levels and working with riders to enjoy their career or sport.

QUALIFICATIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS: BHSI Registered, BHS Stage 5 Performance Coach in Complete Horsemanship, MABRS, The Pony Club B Test Assessor, Enhanced DBS, Safeguarding, ABRS member, BSJA Member, MPS member, BSPS member, Equine Specific First Aid, Trailer Towing License B+E, Equifest Judge. Instructor/Coach of the year award 2015. Coach of the winner of the Junior Riding Schools National Champion 2016.

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Sara Fowler
Full Time APC Level 2

ABOUT ME: For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for animals, especially horses and dogs. I started riding at the age of seven in NW London where I grew up. Due to changes in lifestyle I took a break from riding during my teens, but after I had my children I found Valley Farm, where I ws a client for roughly 17 years. During this time I learned and trained for my BHS exams. In 2015 I was lucky enough to be able to combine my hobby and work when I joined the team of staff at Valley Farm.  I am still learning and training, and growing my knowledge of different equestrian disciplines. It's wonderful to be able to pass on my passion through my coaching to everyone from tiny tots to adults. I have two children. My daughter shares the passion for horses, riding and learning. My son loves horses but isn't a rider. When not at Valley Farm, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my rescue dog Denzer as well as relaxing in my garden. 

QUALIFICATIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS: APC Level 2 BHS PTT - Distinction, UKCC Level 2, BHS Stage 2 Riding and Stable Management - Distinction, Horse Owner's Certificate Level 3, NVQ level 2 Riding and Horsecare, NVQ level 2 in activity leadership, Side Saddle Association Grade 1,2,and 2+ Equitation, horse knowlwdge, care and jumping. Level 1 Vaulting coach,  BHS Riding & Road Safety Certificate, DBS, First Aid at Work, Champion Approved Hat Fitter, City & Guilds Food Hygiene level 3, Safeguarding.

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Amanda Melton
Part time APC Level 3

ABOUT ME: I am Sarah's daughter, and grew up at Valley Farm with my younger brother. I now work here part time and I have four of my own horses at home on my husband’s farm, along with various other animals. My husband and daughters also ride.  I am a perpetual student, always trying to learn something new. I was a member of the British Vaulting team for several years and took part in a number of international camps and competitions including being the youngest member of the British team at the World Vaulting Championships in Vienna in 1988.  I've qualified several different horses over the years for Western Horseman’s Association Championships and was reserve youth champion during the 90’s.  I represented Valley Farm at the national horseball championships in the early 90’s.  I was a member of the Easton Harriers Pony Club where I learned to play Polocrosse and took my Pony Club tests.  My interests lie in compassionate horse training and I enhanced my skills in this area by studying with Pat Hooks in Oklahoma.  I train horses for western riding, carriage driving, liberty work, classical dressage and jumping.  In my spare time, when I'm not farming or working horses,  I enjoy circus skills such as unicycling and juggling.  I believe that coordination and balance skills improve the ability to ride.  I love to help people to be able to improve their riding so that they can improve their horse. I find it very rewarding to see happy horses. 

QUALIFICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: BHSAI, Accredited Preofssional Coach Level 3, Accredited Pony Club Coach, BSc Hons at Writtle College, International Bronze Medal Vaulting, Side Saddle Ass. Grade II+ , NVQ Assessor Level 2, BHS Ridesafe Assessor, BEV vaulting coach level 2, UKCC Level 1 gymnastics coach, EQL level 2 diploma Ride Leader, Chaperone License, NCF child protection cert. DBS enhanced disclosure, Equine Specific First Aid at Work, Safeguarding, C&G level 3 Food Safety, LCB Business French Level 2. Champion Approved Hat Fitter. 

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Sophie Campion
Part time APC Level 3 SSA/C

ABOUT ME: I am a professional Groom and horse sitter, and enjoy anything to do with horses. My children also love horses and have their own. After I graduated I ran a yard in Ireland where I was responsible for the stud, hunt horses, liveries, horse sales and riding instruction. Later I worked with heavy horses at Fritton Lake with David Robertson.  I began working at Valley Farm in 2007.   For two years I was also a part time instructor and assessor at Otley College, while working at Valley Farm.  I think my enjoyment and enthusiasm rubs off on others. I think it's wonderful to be able to help other people learn all about horses and get them started trying out all the different equestrian sports. 

QUALIFICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: BHS Accredited professional Coach level 3, Side Saddle grade 4, Side Saddle instructor Level C, NVQ Level 3 in Assessing (A1 Award), PTLLS, BHS Stage 3 Stable Management, Pony Club Accredited Coach, RDA Group Instructor, HND Equine Business Management, Road Safety trainer and examiner,  Champion approved hat fitter, First Aid at Work, Enhanced DBS, Safeguarding, editor of national side saddle magazine (2011-2015), National Finalist BHS Young Instructor, ABRS young instructor of the year runner up. 

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Sarah-Jane Smart
Part time APC Level 3

ABOUT ME: I have been around horses all my life and enjoyed a varied career, showing and teaching.  When Jackanory retired from Valley Farm,  aged 29 he came to live with me at my home. 

QUALIFICATIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS: BHSAI, APC level 3, RDA Group Instructor, NVQ level 3 Promoting Independence, BHS child protection certificate, BHS First Aid, DBS Enhanced disclosure, 

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Lucretia Drummond
Part time APC Level 3

ABOUT ME: My lifelong interest in horses began in childhood, riding as a member of the Suffolk Hunt Pony Club. Now I have children of my own they are fast becoming keen equestrians themselves.  I joined the team at Valley Farm in 2009 and I love working at this happy, friendly yard. I really enjoy helping people to develop their potential and have fun with this wonderful sport.

QUALIFICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: BHSAI, Stage 3 coach in complete horsemanship, Accredited Professional Coach Level 3,Side-Saddle Grade 1&2 equitation, horse knowledge and care,  BHS First Aid, Safeguarding, Enhanced DBS, Champion Approved Hat Fitter, BSc(Hons) Psychology. 

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Sue Pegg
Part time APC Level 3

ABOUT ME: I'm a freelance coach with over 30 years experience . I have worked with hunters , heavy horses and point to pointers but my main love is teaching . I enjoy seeing my riders confidence grow and helping them achieve their goals .

 
QUALIFICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: BHSAI BHS Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship. Accredited Professional coach level 3 . Register of Instructors (St John First Aid at Work , Safeguarding and DBS checked.) BHS Road Safe assessor. NVQ assessor .
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Jenny Norman
Part time

ABOUT ME: I am a science teacher at Kesgrave High School, and I also work at Valley Farm part time as I love horses so much. I really enjoy sharing my enthusiasm with other people and helping them to enjoy their horse riding.  My son also rides. I have my own horse which I keep at Valley Farm, who takes up most of my spare time.

QUALIFICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: BHS Stage 3 Horse Management, BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Management, BHS Riding and Road Safety Certificate, CRB Enhanced Disclosure, NVQ Assessor Award, PGCE Secondary Education QTS

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Yasmin Pajak
Part time

QUALIFICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: NVQ level 2 Diploma in horsecare and riding, BHS Riding and Road Safety Certificate. 

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Chloe Baker
Full time Apprentice

QUALIFICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: BHS Stage 1 Riding and Stable Management - Distinction, BHS Riding and Road Safety certificate, NVQ level 2 Diploma Horsecare and Riding, Champion Approved Hat Fitter, Enhanced DBS. 

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Stacy Last
Office Manager

ABOUT ME: I joined the team at Valley Farm in 2005. I love the challenge of organising all the events that take place. No day is ever the same which keeps me busy and makes life interesting. I don't actually ride, but I love horses and animals. I have two children, a dog and two chickens.

QUALIFICATIONS: St John Basic First Aid, NVQ level 2 Administration, BTEC Nat Dip. Business and Finance, CRB Enhanced Disclosure, C&G Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering, Champion Approved Hat Fitter. 

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Rachel Sarah Brown
Reception / instructor

QUALIFICATIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS: BHS Stage 1 Riding and Stable Management - Distinction, BHS Riding and Road Safety Certificate, BHS Stage 2 Foundation Groom, BHS stage 2 Foundation Rider, Side Saddle Association Grade 1 and 2 Equitation and Horse Knowledge, BA Hons in corporate Events and Conference Management, HSE First Aid at Work, Food Hygiene Level 2, Trailer towing License B+E, Champion Approved Hat Fitter, BHS Safeguarding. 

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Sue Carter
Caretaker NVQ L1 horsecare

ABOUT ME: I've been coming to Valley Farm for years. I used to ride regularly with my family in the western lessons at Valley Farm. I love all animals and have a large collection of dogs, who you may have seen taking part in the Valley Farm dog agility groups.

QUALIFICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: NVQ level 1 horsecare, Enhanced DBS

 

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Zeta Betts
Part time

ABOUT ME: I have been around horses since the age of 11. I volunteered at a local stables for 4 years before leaving school, then I worked as an apprentice for a year and a half before working full time and living in. I love my job because I see different people everyday and work with a variety of horses and not just one.
I love to teach people of all ages and abilities. Whether the rider is a beginner or a returning rider. I am always happy to do my best to make both horse and rider happy. In my spare time I like to read and draw. I help out a few friends with their horses and ponies during my days off. I like to go to the gym with my sister during the week and spend time with my family.
I enjoy taking my dog out for long walks and being at home with the cat on my lap whilst I read my books or draw on my old sketchbooks.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: NVQ level 2 Horsecare and riding, Equine Tourism Ride Leader's certificate, BHS stage one riding and stable management. BHS stage 2 lunging, First Aid at Work, Safe Guarding, Enhanced DBS, Riding Hat Fitters Certificate.