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.
When I’m not at the stables I can be found with other animals, which include my dogs, rabbits and much more!
Hi! My name is Eve, and I’ve been part of the team at Grove House Stables since July 2019. My main role here is being the Pony Club Centre Co-Ordinator, which is a job I really enjoy. When I’m not at the stables, I can usually be found with my horses, preparing for our next competition!
My first competitions were Pony Club ones with my first pony Popcorn, when I was 9 years old. Since then, we’ve worked up the levels, and last year (2019), with my pony Daphne, I was 2nd at the Royal International Horse Show, and we have also competed at the Horse of the Year Show. I have also competed in some jumping classes, being Champion at Lincolnshire County Show in 2017.
My proudest moment so far during my time at Grove House Stables was watching a lot of our riding school and Pony Club members competing in their first ever competition at our BHS Riding School National Championships Qualifier in February (which will be returning in 2021)! My goals for the summer are to qualify for some national competitions again, but also to see lots of our Pony Club members completing dressage tests and showjumping rounds. Our members are brilliant and it’s a pleasure to work with such dedicated, talented riders!
Hi I am Kerri, I am a UKCC Level 2 BHS accredited Coach and I've been working at Grove House Stables since October 2019. My role includes coaching, caring for the great horses here and I have a large part in delivering the alternative provisions and BHS Changing Lives Program.
Prior to working here I've gained my teaching experience coaching at different yards, freelance teaching and teaching for our local Pony Club branch. I have worked as a rider on a few professional yards where I gained great experience, my roles included exercising the horses, competing and producing them for sale.
I have been lucky enough to have been brought up always having ponies so I can massively relate to all the horse mad kids out there. As a young rider I was always very competitive and always looked for ways to develop. Show Jumping has always been the discipline for me, since age 15 I have competed at an affiliated level, qualifying for Blue Chip, Amateur Finals and Scope Show Jumping Festival.
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.
Cherry Elvin – BHSI
Sarah Simpson – BHSI and Chief Examiner for BHS