Farley Hall Equestrian Centre was set up in 2010. Its purpose was to cater for the discerning equestrian, offering a high-end service and high spec facilities.
Scotts of Thrapston was delighted to be chosen as the stabling partner for this project. The concept came from an original vision of Viscount Bearsted. He and his family wanted to create the ideal place to keep horses for pleasure and competition. At the same time they wanted to create a community and homely feel.
Viscount Bearsted led the modern diversification of the 1750 acre Farley Estate, which is now home to a wide range of facilities such as British Eventing horse trials, 300 cow dairy herd supplying milk to M&S, commercial shoot and residential/commercial lets.
Natalie, the daughter of Viscount Bearsted now runs the yard. It is clear the passion runs through the family.
She explains: “Our staff to horse ratio is high to accommodate the needs of our clients. They are busy full-time professionals. We pride ourselves in being able to accommodate any short notice requests. We can jump into support unforeseen changes in their day.”
This is why Farley Hall Equestrian Centre attracts the busy professionals with competitive goals. You need a team around you to compete but many people don’t want the fuss of employing their own staff. The fact they have excellent riders ready to jump on and exercise, as well as staff who are experienced in turning out competition horses, ensures it is a stress free way for a full time professional to meet their competitive goals.
“Our family vision is to provide a service that is as individual as keeping your horse at home and supported by your own team of staff.” Natalie proudly describes the business in a nut shell.
The staff are committed to this ethos. It is evident they adore each horse and provide for their individual care by the way they interact with them. Each horse has its own list of special requirements outside their stable door. The attention to detail that goes on to ensure their owners are happy and kept in the loop is extremely evident.
The team is complemented by having Josefin Gyllensward based at the equestrian centre. Josefin was on the Swedish under 25 dressage team. She is currently working towards selection for the senior team in Sweden on her horse Don Angelo. A beautiful and charismatic chestnut who just loves the media attention.
Josefin rides many of the livery horses bringing them on for their owners. This works well for everyone. It supports her as she prepares to campaign in Spain and Holland with the aim of qualifying for the World Cup.
The team at Farley also have several other complementary associates such as Sillett Equestrian. John Sillett, a former International showjumper offers coaching, horse purchasing and transport. This really rounds off the livery services to provide a one stop shop.
John makes great use of the comfortable classroom overlooking the Scotts stables courtyard. This provides an ideal learning environment for students and customers to experience unmounted training sessions. Another addition to the yard is Sam Rees who rents 9 Scotts stables at Farley with her mother Gen and sister George. They keep a mixture of dressage, showing and retired horses on site and are very much a part of the Farley community.
On visiting the yard, the quality of the facilities is second to none and there is a tremendous community spirit that has been created. The yard has been developed and expanded several times with Scotts’ help, and plans are afoot for further Scotts stables to be added in the near future.
It is clear they have tapped into something very special at Farley and there is great demand for such a unique setup.
If you have a vision of the perfect stable yard or American barn for your business, please contact Scotts, on 01832 732366, to discuss your ideas and we can help turn them into a reality. #stablesforbusiness