Job opportunities at Fletchers Farm Riding School
Yard Supervisor required
Fletchers Farm Riding School in Fordham, is a BHS, Pony Club & ABRS approved yard. Due to internal staff restructuring, we are seeking a new yard supervisor to start with us in December. This full-time role will involve overseeing the yard staff duties on a day to day basis and supporting other staff members, as well as taking responsibility for the horses’ care including farrier, feed and exercise plans and working on the yard. The post will further involve schooling the horses as required, escorting hacks and assisting with the running of events with the scope for the right applicant to do some coaching. The ideal person will be reliable, hard working with a flexible attitude, possess good communication skills and enjoy working with both customers and horses. The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate previous relevant industry experience and corresponding qualifications. The post will be subject to a DBS check and will involve working one evening a week and one weekend day. Please send you cv to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you would like to arrange a visit to the yard please contact Helen on 01206 242210.
Fletchers Farm Pony Club enjoyed a great trip to the Suffolk Punch Centre
The Pony Club members learnt how to long line the horses with a log, braid their manes and tails, enjoyed a tractor ride and had a good look round.
Show Jumping results - 30th September 2018
1st Tommy Browning – Miss Independence
2nd Maisie Cock - Stan
3rd Paloma O’Connor - Sparky
4th Maisie Cock - Tinkerbell
5th Katy Payne - Hatty
6th Gemma Ruthland – Sweep
Highest placed Riding School – Grace Hill & FFRS Henry
1st Paloma O’Connor - Sparky
2nd Anna Burley - Valerie
3rd Harry Gibson - Thistle
4th Grace Hill – FFRS Ronnie
5th Ruby Hull - Mannie
6th Henry Rutland - Sweep
Highest placed Riding School – Grace Hill & FFRS Henry
1st Paeton Furneax - Poppy
2nd Harry Gibson - Thistle
3rd Charlie Ruthland - Easter
4th Erin Heap - Queenie
5th Jasmine McCillan - Tilly
6th Shannon Laughton – Lilly
Highest placed Riding School – Lacey Firth & FFRS Ronnie
1st Megan Biggs - Pumpkin
2nd Emily Constable - Reggie
3rd Paeton Furneax - Poppy
4th Shannon Laughton – Lilly
5th Maisie Bond – Crystal
6th Mabel Pulfrey - Maxi
1st Laura Thompson – Boots
2nd Emily Constable - Reggie
3rd Todd Grimshaw – FFRS Drummer
4th Olivia White – Paddy
5th Grace Bibby - Bollie
6th Aaron Vickery – Colour Me Reuben
Highest placed Riding School – Todd Grimshaw & FFRS Drummer
1st Olivia White – Paddy
2nd Laura Thompson – Boots
3rd Polly Sullivan – Colour Me Rueben
4th Eleanor Deal - Dove
Dressage results 1st Sept 2018
Class 1: Intro C
1st Jessica Firth - Modigliani
2nd Sheila Baker – FFRS Ronnie
3rd Lois Mansel-Thomas – FFRS Frankie
4th Kelly Nurse – Flash
5th Amy Parlour – FFRS Copper
6th Hermione Baker – Lady Lou
Class 2: Restricted Prelim 7
1st Ellie-May Kier – FFRS Daisy
2nd Bev Cooper – Riley Irish Cream
3rd Lois Mansel-Thomas – FFRS Frankie
4th Emily Reeve – FFRS Daisy
5th Jessica Firth - Modigliani
6th Claire Crisp – Connie
Class 3: Open Prelim 18
1st Mikala Kirman – Bailey
2nd Claire Crisp – Connie
3rd Caitlin O’Halloran – FFRS Copper
During our Dressage season this year, competitors were able to collect points for their placings from eligible classes and this years winners are:
Senior Winner - Jessica Firth
Senior Runner Up - Rebecca Vickery
Junior Winner - Tegan Andrews
Joint junior runner up - Emily Reeve and Lois Mansel-Thomas
Thank you to Broomfields Equestrian Store for their sponsorship and support.
Fletchers Farm is enjoying a busy summer holiday
We have been very busy this holiday enjoying pony days, painting days, teddy bears picnic rides, hacks and lessons. Cecile held a great 4-day camp which was much enjoyed. Check our calendar for more activities and dates.
New Pony arrives...... Following Jazz going back to her owner, we have a new addition to the team Henry. Henry is a 13.2hh 7 year old gelding who will be in lessons very soon. He loves people and has a genuine nature. One to watch for the future!
Show Jumping results 1st July 2018
1st Hope O’Connor – Sparks Will Fly
2nd Katie Payne - Stan
3rd Maisie Cock- Sam
4th Amelia Smith – FFRS Charlie
5th Sam Westerling - Toddy
6th Catherine Westerling – Ellie
1st Paloma O’Connor - Sparks Will Fly
2nd Catherine Westerling – Ellie
3rd Olivia Cottrell – Dan The Man
4th Sam Westerling - Ellie
5th Maisie Cock- Sam
6th Katie Payne - JC
1st Megan Biggs - Billy
2nd Clancy Tassell – FFRS Drummer
3rd Willow King – FFRS Ronnie
4th Aimee Farey – Lord Charles
5th Olivia Cottrell – Dan The Man
6th Illyssa Hills – FFRS Jazz
1st Charlotte Cotton – Whizz
2nd Paton Furneaux – Poppy
3rd Kiera Payne – JC
4th Aimee Farey – Lord Charles
5th Emily Constable – Reggie
6th Polly O’Sullivan – Bob the Cob
1st Grace Glanville – Apache
2nd Aaron Vickery - Myli
3rd Kiera Payne – JC
4th Lara – Lara
5th Charlotte Tully – FFRS Drummer
6th Roxy Mitchell - Chester
1st Megan Cock - Bambi
2nd Polly Sullivan – Colour Me Reuben
3rd Aaron Vickery - Myli
4th Ruby Mansfield – FFRS Drummer
5th Eleanor Deal - Dove
Part Loan - Grace - Loaners now found, thank you. **Grace is now available for private lessons for riders working on a higher level in their flatwork**
Available for part loan at Fletchers Farm Riding School in Fordham, stunning 16hh 8 years old Bay Mare, Grace. Established in her flatwork at elementary at home and enjoys her jumping & hacking. Looking for an experienced and confident Level 3 rider to give her fuss and assist in continuing her education. For more details please email – email@example.com
Lots of Half Term Fun!
Half term at Fletchers Farm was busy! We enjoyed pony days, Le Trec, a Pony Club trip to the Newmarket racing school, clinics, hacks, family lessons along with the usual lessons, a dressage show and a yard BBQ to celerbrate that Nicola working for us for 10 years! Well done everyone and thank you Nicola!
Our new horse!!
Meet Grace the new member of our team! She’s 8 years old, 16 hh, Irish draft x welsh. A super type.
Half Term Fun
Do not miss out on all the half term activites. There is something for everyone - from dressage competitions to fun pony days or le trec (including tots special!), hacking, lessons and family rides. Come and have fun in the sun!
Fletchers Farm looking beautiful!
Fun weekend at Fletchers Farm
A funfilled weekend at Fletchers Farm, including Pony Club, tots riding, clinics, general lessons and hacks and Thomas' birthday!
BBC @ Fletchers Farm
You never know what you may meet out hacking! The BBC came to speak to Tom about neonicotine pestercides. The clip was shown on Look East and Sunday Politics, a pony was even spotted in the back ground!
Dressage Show Saturday 5th May
Dressage show is this coming Saturday, entries close Thursday 3rd.
Class 1 Intro B (2009) - Walk / Trot Test - Combination not to have won a Walk - Trot Test or above twice.
Class 2 Prelim Test 2 (2016) - Combination not to have won twice at Prelim level or above.
Class 3 Prelim Test 12 (2016) - Open to all.
Class 4 Novice Test 34 (2016) - Open to all.
Don't miss our facebook competitions - Win a private lesson with one of our BHS AI instructors - Jacky Colbert, Daniel Spelman or Kristina Adams. All you have to do is go to our facebook page (use the link at the bottom of the website) and share the competition post and like Fletchers Farm Facebook page. Winner will be chosen at random on Saturday 25 th May, in time for half term. Good luck!!
Well done everyone at the the SJ Show
Lots of Easter Holiday Fun
Fletchers Farm enjoyed a busy Easter Holiday with more pony days, family rides and clinics. The Rowena Ockendon-Day show jumping clinic and Kristinas 'practice your lines' were very popular. Rowena's next dates are June 17th and July 15th. Pictures below are from 'practice your lines' with Kristina.
Well done to everyone that took part in the first dressage show of the year, especially to the winners! See you all May 5th.
Pony Day Fun
Lots of fun, games and washing was had at the pony day!
Horse of the Week ...
Horse of the Week goes to Jonnie!
We have enjoyed a fun fill week already at Fletchers Farm with an easter egg hunt, easter hacks and le trec along with jumping clinics. The rain didnt stop the fun! More to come this week with the dressage diva, pony day and the dressage show.
Easter is Coming!
The sun is out, spring is on the way and the Easter schedule is booking up fast. If you fancy a go at Le Trec, or a show jumping clinic, a leisurely hack in the beutiful countryside, a fun fill pony day, get the little ones out for a tots ride and easter egg hunt and lots more, we have something for everyone.
Charity Cake Sale
Come and join us at the riding school for a cake sale on Saturday 17th March at 9am onwards. Money raised goes to two very important charities - Colchester RDA and Cancer Research. What a great excuse to eat lots of cake!!
Pony Club Polocrosse Morning
What a lovely sunny morning, if a little cold, we had for our Pony Club Polocrosse taster session. Well done to all the riders on gaining their Introduction to Polocrosse badge and thanks to Caro and all her riders for their demo and training this morning..
Fletchers Farm welcomes Thomas to the team
We would like to introduce you all to Thomas, our newest member. He is a working livery owed by Helen Firth. Thomas is Welsh x New Forest, 15.2hh and 11 years old. He is a complete gentleman and a perfect alrounder. He will be joining in on lessons very soon.
The top school is having a new surface
We are busy busy putting a new surface in the top school. So far so good!
On Tuesday 13th February enjoy a grooming session and pancake eating at the riding school. Everyone loves pancakes!
2018 in full flow at Fletchers Farm
The riding school is already busy in 2018 with lessons and courses allong with some new activities. Tuesday Dressage Divas is proving popular giving clients an chance to practice various dressage tests. Lots of fun is had in Ceciles' Club on Saturdays where kids are learning through mounted games and the Essential Horse Knowledge Course has also started which is always fun and informative. Pony Practice sessions, on Thurs evenings, gives clients a great opportunity to practice or development new skills in some mounted and stable management areas. Dont miss out! See calender and ask in the office for more details. Happy January!
The Pony Clubs Christmas Trip
The Pony Club had fun at jump street for their christmas outing. Hope you all had fun this year and we are looking forward to Pony Club starting again next March.
The staffs Christmas Meal
The staff got to let their hair down and enjoy a horsey free evening! Merry christmas everyone and thanks for all your fantastic work this year.
Fletchers Farm in the Snow!
All the horses enjoyed the snow! All wrapped up - snug as bugs in rugs!
Well done Fletchers Farm Pony Club with your exams!
Nina Loftus on Dougal
Sara Peniket on Toby
Jessica Moore on Drummer
Faith Day on Johnie
Hannah Spicer on Drummer
Tavy Soar on Dougal
Kiera Payne on Blue Chip
Emily Reeve on Daisy
Grace Hill on Ronnie
Olivia Milton on Blue Chip
Ellie Locke on Ronnie
Anna Hill on Daisy
Halloween Themed Fun on the Pony Day
Everyone enjoyed a fun and exciting Halloween based pony day with rug designing and games.
Good Bye Helen
Everyone at Fletchers Farm wishes Helen good luck as she pursues her Stage 4 training. Thank you for all your hard work and support in your time here.
The Pony Club Members Pass the Ride and Road Test
Well done to Olivia Milton, Ellie Lock and Elizabeth Dyer for passing their Ride and Road Test, good luck to all the Pony Club members taking thier exams soon.
The Pony Club Trip
The Pony Club enjoyed an interesting trip to Paton and Lees vets. Thank you Ben for an inspiring talk and visit.
Well Done the Dressage Champions
Thank you to everyone who has supported the dressage shows this year either competing or volunteering. Congratulations to our points championship winners, sponsored by Broomfields Equestrian & Country Store and Emily Bradshaw Eventing:
Junior winner - Victoria Stratford, reserve - Keira Payne
Senior winner - Adele Warnes, reserve - Ellie Cox
Picture of the Novice winner and reserve winner Ellie Cox and Junior points winner and reserve champion, Victoria Stratford & Kiera Payne
Macmillian Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning at Fletchers Farm
On Saturday 30th Sept, the riding school (including liveries) is doing a cake and coffee morning for the Macmillan Worlds Biggest coffee morning (I know we are a day later!). Please keep the morning free and pop in for cake/ coffee and a social.
Good Bye Chips
Wishing Chips a happy retirement in his new home with Katie, knowing he will be well loved and pampered!!
A big thank you Laura at Baileys Horse Feeds for an interesting session for our Adult Own a Horse day on the digestive system and feeding. Our model Toby looks thrilled?!
Summer Activities and Competitions at Fletchers Farm Riding School
Lots of children enjoyed Pamper and Take Away Tuesday, where the ponys got lots of attention with plats, ribbon and glitter and after the kids enjoyed a happy meal. Also well done to our winners of the dressage. Intro B - Chloe Riddleston on Monty Don, Prelim 2 - Adele Warnes on Bushfield Lucky Boy and Ali Black and Joey who won both the Prelim 14 and Novice 27. Adele and Ali pictured below. Next dressage 2nd September.
Jamie and Jimmy come to the farm!
The staff and clients enjoyed celeb spotting as Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty came to the yard to film Jamie and Jimmys Friday Night Feast, to be aired in December 2017.
Lots of fun in the first week of the summer holidays
Fletchers Farm Riding School and all the members are enjoying a action packed week of pony days, family rides, lessons and the pony club competition day
The summer holidays are here!!
Enjoy a summer of fun, sun and horses!!
If you are looking for fun activities, group or private lessons, hacks, clinics, pony days or training courses, we can offer you something whatever your experience. Have a look at the calendar for all the summer activities as well as the usual lessons and hacks. see calendar...
Fletchers Farm RDA group are in the gazette!
FOR children who are wheelchair-bound, riding a horse seems near to impossible. At the Colchester Garrison Riding for the Disabled Club, the instructors will not rest until they make miracles happen. The group, which was formed from cash generated at a coffee morning, is celebrating 30 years of changing children’s lives. Carol Hipkin, head instructor, had never worked with disabled children until she joined the club when it first started. “A group of friends wanted to start a club in Colchester as they had been doing it abroad,” she said. “They invited me along to a coffee morning to explain the idea and I thought it was lovely. “They said they needed an instructor and it went quiet and everyone looked at me. I explained I had never worked with disabled people before but I was willing to do it. “I signed up for five years and I’m still there - it’s my passion.”
Formerly known as the Colchester Garrison Saddle Club, the group had three ponies and three disabled riders. The stables were closed at the garrison in 2005 and the club moved to the nearby Fletchers Farm. The farmer had come to the group’s aid as he was looking to change from cattle and pigs to livery. The garrison is no longer associated with the club and it has been renamed the Fletchers Farm Riding School.
Now two groups of four children from Lexden Springs School for special educational needs take part in regular lessons. The instructors deal with everyone from children with autism, to wheelchair users, to arthritic children and those with behavioural problems. All are aged between four and 13.
Mrs Hipkin said: “They learn new skills - for people with autism, who do not like change, it’s hard for them to come into a building they have never been in before and they have never been near a horse. “They gain social skills, eye contact, balance, and co-ordination. For wheelchair users they have ended up walking or sitting up unaided because they get the use of muscles in their legs. I always get tearful when we achieve goals.”
Everyone was apprehensive when the group first started as teaching disabled children was a new challenge. Mrs Hipkin was the only instructor at the stables for 20 years, but she now has two others helping her. She said: “I was in charge of caring for the ponies and the children, and the ponies have to be trained. It’s a lot for them to take on board. “But the helpers here are so lovely, they provide so much TLC. One woman brings her horse all the way from West Mersea to help out.” Although she has been in the job for 30 years, the volunteer still finds seeing the changes in the children overwhelming.
Novice Show Jumping Results - 25th June 2017
Well done everyone who was placed in our SJ. The top three in each class were as follows:
1st Isabelle Raven - Flora
2nd Megan Cox - Lucky
3rd Aimee Farey - Charlie
1st Megan Cox- Lucky
2nd Isabelle Raven - Sammy
3rd Ellie May - FFRS Blaze
1st Megan Cox - Lucky
2nd Lucy Archer - Nemo
3rd Wendy Smith - Chico
1st Lauren Dunn - Spirit
2nd Martha Mitchell – FFRS Ronnie
3rd Polly Sullivan - FFRS Drummer
1st Megan Cox - Bambi
2nd Sarah Cavill - Colour me Rueben
3rd Jemma Daniels - Hero
1st Megan Cox - Bambi
2nd Jemma Daniels - Hero
June 24th Novice SJ show
Come and enjoy a fun day at our novice show jumping show. This show is for everyone - first timers or speed merchants! There will also be a BBQ available with hot and cold drinks. Dogs welcomes but must be kept on leads at all time.
Clear round 09.30-10.00am – Cross poles at a height of 20cm approximately
Class 1 10-00am Tiny cross poles – Middle of the fence 20cm or below. One round against the clock. Riders on/off the lead rein.
Class 2 Cross poles 45cm (1ft.6in approx) – One round against the clock. Riders on/ off the lead rein.
Class 3 45-50cm (1ft.6in-1ft.9 approx) – Two Phase
Class 4 60cm (2ft approx) – Two phase
Class 5 70cm (2ft.3in approx) – Two phase
Class 6 75-85cm (2ft.6-2ft9in approx) – Two phase
Summer Half Term
Fletchers Farm Riding School enjoyed a busy half term with lot of fun activities along with pony club, clinics and the dressage show. Also well done to all the members that got their ABRS rosette awards.
June Dressage Results
Class 1: Intro C (Seniors)
1st Jessica Lappage – Rosebran Jim
2nd Linda Dixon - Wellington
3rd Bev Cooper - Riley
4th Jessica Firth - Modigliana
5th Caroline Crowe - Oliver
6th Helen Hill – Bob the Cob
Class 1: Intro C (Juniors)
1st Rachel Allen - Squires Rio De Janeiro
2nd Victoria Stratford – FFRS Jonnie
3rd Ellie Lock – FFRS Ronnie
4th Emily Reeve – FFRS Toby
5th Emily Waylen - Arthur
6th Grace Hill – Alfred the Great
Class 2: Prelim 7 1st Lisa Green – Tough Customer
2nd Adele Warnes – Bushfield Lucky Boy
3rd Jessica Lappage – Rosebran Jim
4th Rachel Allen - Squires Rio De Janeiro
5th Zoe Meek – Kent Well Paigale
6th Sam MacDonald – FFRS Daisy
Class 3: Prelim 18
1st Lisa Green – Tough Customer
2nd Pernille Petersen – Charlie
3rd Adele Warnes – Bushfield Lucky Boy
4th Zoe Meek – Kent Well Paigale
Half Term Calender
For a fun filled half term have a look at our calendar - we have Sj clinics, dressage shows, own a pony day, Le TREC, pony painting and tots riding along with many more activities to suit all abilities.
Dressage Results - May 6th
Well done to everyone that took part in the dressage show on Saturday and congratulations to the winners.
Class 1: Intro B (Seniors) Class 1: Intro B (Juniors)
1st Jane Green – The Weatherman 1st Kiera Payne - FFRS Bluechip
2nd Maria Wood - Lunesdale Major 2nd Victoria Stratford - FFRS Jonnie
3rd Maria Keen - Fuego 3rd Emily Reeve - FFRS Toby
4th Amy Rollings - Zebedee 4th Ellie Lock - FFRS Ronne
5th Kathy Lee-Rimmer - Lola 5th Cassie Braithwaite - Victory Celebration
6th Kim Coleman- Duchess 6th Grace Hill - Alfred the Great
Class 2: Prelim 2 Class 3: Prelim 12 Class 4: Novice 34
1st Sarah Cavill – Colour me Ruebin 1st Pernille Petersen - Charlie 1st Pernille Petersen - Charlie
2nd Emma Chapman - Fred 2nd Emily Westwood - Parker 2nd Sue Newbury - Spider
3rd Ellie Cox – Freddie the II 3rd Samantha Fawley - Joe 3rd Ellie Cox - Freddie the II
4th Adele Warnes - Bushfield Lucky Boy 4th Adele Warnes - Bushfield Lucky Boy 4th Jack Tebbutt - Catch me if you can
5th Samantha Fawley - Joe 5th Jack Tebbutt - Catch me if you can
6th Lottie Balcombe - Coco 6th Hannah Deal - Southgate Dove
Spring SJ Show
Well done to everyone that took part in the SJ show on 30 th April.
Pony Club Courses in full flow
The Pony Club kids have all been working hard towards their badges, E and D test and their D+ and C test.
Easter Monday Fun
Fletchers Farm Riding School enjoyed the first Le Trec morning with four groups riding round an obstacle course involving low branches, maypoles and many other horsemanship skills. In the afternoon we had fun with our easter egg hunt for the younger ones. Lots of prizes, rosettes and easter eggs were had by all!
Happy Easter Everyone
Another fun week of pony days, platting sessions, lessons and hacking enjoyed by all. Well done kids!
A fun and busy first week of the Easter holidays
We have enjoyed a busy week in the sun with lessons, hacks, activities and clinics. The pony pamper day and the family lessons are proving very popular - get booked in for next week!
Well done everyone at the Fletchers Farm Dressage
A fun day of dressage was enjoyed by riding school memebers, liveries and visitors at Fletchers Farm. Well done to all the winners. Look forward to seeing you all at the next on on 6th May.
Olivia Aulton on Ballylean Caster - Intro A
Kitty Delicate on Oliver Twist- Prelim 1 (junior section)
Ellie Cox on Freddie the II - Prem 1 (senior section)
Adele Warnes on Bushfield Lucky Boy - Prelim 14
Katie Nicol on Bandit - Novice 27
Historic Army Riding Club is sold to secure it's future
Tom and Emily Bradshaw have bought the Colchester Garison Saddle Club to secure its future. It will be re named Fletchers Farm Riding School and will continue to run alongside their livery yard. The manager, Helen Hill and her team of staff, horses and ponies will continue to run as usual. We are very excited about what the future will hold and look forward to developing the riding school and all its activities.