Laura and Michele’s heritage is steeped in running a family business, but in 2015 a new business was built, with our help, namely Willow Brook Barns Livery Yard and Feed Shop in Aylesbury.
The family have had a strong connection with horses throughout their lives, and it was their own passion for horses and competing that led them to setting up a Livery yard and Feed shop together. Michele says: “We were keen to create a friendly atmosphere on the livery yard, where our clients would enjoy superb facilities and a high standard of care. The Feed shop also aims to provide a personal service with extended opening hours to cater for our busy customers.”
Laura adds: “Having worked long hours in my previous job, I found it frustrating that the feed shops were usually shut when I had finished work, which meant a large part of the weekend was lost spending time restocking animal feeds and supplements.”
The sisters reminisce: “We are not the first women in the family to set up in business – our mother and aunt ran a wool shop for much of their lives, so we have grown up with great role models in entrepreneurship and seizing opportunities.”
Michele commented: “My horses were kept on a DIY yard whilst I competed and hunted, and I had always had a strong vision of the type of yard I would want to create if ever the chance arose. We picked Scotts of Thrapston to work with as their unique American barn, with perfect air circulation and flexible planning offered everything we were looking for. The Feed Shop sited in the centre of the barn fits perfectly between the Livery yard and our own personal stables.”
The livery yard can cater for 12 horses, looked after by 2 full time members of staff. The yard also benefits from having a freelance instructor and sports therapist onsite. They are able to treat both humans and horses.
“We have designed and built many American Barns for commercial clients, this was our largest to date and especially interesting to create a retail unit at the centre of the design. We know that this style of building is very popular for our commercial clients. It minimises exposure to the elements for staff and clients throughout the year. We are delighted to hear Michele, Laura and their staff are enjoying the comfort that our building gives to their working environment,” says James Scott who project managed the build.
The site sits in 30 acres of grazing land with an outdoor arena and each livery has their own individual tack locker. Liveries can keep their horses on 5 or 7 day full livery, perfect for people who want to be more hands on during the weekend.
The sisters love entertaining equine guests, having been enthusiastic competitors themselves. They always have a few boxes available for visiting competitors, especially those attending the Bucks County Show each August. Addington Equestrian Centre, Wing Jumping and Dressage Centre and Quainton Stud are all within a few miles of the yard.
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