Trainers

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Sara started riding from a young age , coming up through the pony club. During her teenage years she began producing her own ponies and horses with success including representing the BYRDS Central region dressage team in Northern Ireland.

Currently Sara competes at British Eventing Intermediate and 2* level. Highlights of this season include many top 10 placings as well as 2nd at the Festival of British Eventing Corinthian Cup Championships, 14th at the prestigious Barbury Castle CIC2* 2016 and completion of the Festival of British Eventing Intermediate Championships 2016.

Sara is a qualified Equine Manual Therapist. Manual therapy is a holistic therapy which combines Osteopathic and Sports Massage techniques to relieve musculoskeletal issues and restore homeostasis within the respiratory, digestive and endocrine systems to improve and optimise performance.

Combining her training, competition and therapy experience it allows Sara to better relate to riders and the issues they may be facing to provide both therapy and ridden exercises to improve performance.

Sara has a passion for teaching all three disciplines at every level.

Alex Fleming - Eventing

Trained and worked with classical dressage horses and achieved much success bringing on young horses into their competitive careers.

Later attending the British racing school and receiving NVQ level 3 apprenticeship, Alex then worked in racing for Alan King at Barbury Castle Stables for two seasons.

After a spell in America working still in the equine industry she then returned to her passion of developing and training young horses for dressage and eventing before starting the business here at White Horse Equestrian.

Sarah Gairdner (nee Millard) - Eventing

Sarah has produced horses to advanced level including her own homebred Manado.

She worked in several top yards before setting up on her own, now being based at Wardington Gate Farm, Edgcote, Banbury.

Sarah has a methodical quiet approach to starting horses and seeing them progress through the grades.

Her ethos is to keep things simple and to train the horse to have the ability to think for themselves producing a happy partnership.

She will work with all levels from the young or nervous to team training. 

Tania Cherry - Dressage & Show Jumping

Tania has had a wide experience in many equestrian activities, having trained aboard in an Olympic Dressage yard. She has also worked and competed in eventing, and show jumping yards in this country.

In later years Tania has concentrated in competing in Dressage events, taking many horses to an advanced level.

She has found the exercises used to help train Dressage horses really improves the balance and performance of the jumping horse. 

Tania enjoys working with horses and riders of all standards to improve performance and enjoyment of their partnership.

Katie Richards & Owen Cooper

Katie Richards and Owen Cooper have recently moved to Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Banbury. 

They spent several years working for and training with Matt Ryan, triple Olympic Eventing Gold Medallist.

Owen has ridden up to 3 star level eventing and advanced medium dressage. Supa Splashdown, his top event horse this year, was 4th in the Advanced 8/9 year old at Wellington and 10th in the 2 star at Gatcombe. She will be aimed at Bramham and Blenheim next year. 

Owen also competes Don Dante, a young black stallion, who was placed at all the young dressage horse championships. He is now winning at medium level. 

Katie has ridden up to Intermediate level eventing and advanced medium dressage.

Riesenstern, who she competes at medium level dressage, won the elementary winter regionals at Addington and went on to come 5th at the winter championships. 

Katie has also had many placings eventing this year on a number of young horses.

She was a member of the Bicester and Warden Hill pony club and hunted regularly with the Bicester.

Katie and Owen have 3 horses qualified for the medium winter dressage regionals and some exciting event horses for next year.

Polly Tompkins

Our newest Trainer - currently training Jumping and Polework

More about Polly soon!

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