The next generation of the Clapham family is in training at their new base in Hook in Hampshire, and they are getting as stuck into the equestrian world as previous generations.
It’s the second time that Scotts has been instructed by the family. Richard Clapham used the Scotts stables to woo his wife Annabell, she recalls: “He built them for me as I said I wouldn’t leave Somerset and move in unless I could bring my horses. To my surprise he built the most beautiful yard anyone could want.”
So, when they moved into their new home, they were rather disappointed with the stables, having been used to working on a Scotts yard. The team at Scotts soon got the call to build their next project and make a beautiful home for the horses belonging to their 12-year old twins Toby and Charlie.
The boys are delighted with their new stables and have even saved a couple of stables for their parents horses, although we are not sure they find much time for riding! Their father Richard dedicates much of his spare time running BE events and wife Annabell is busy organising the boys showjumping schedule.
The equestrian world pumps strongly through the veins of their whole family. Their late grandma, Jennifer Clapham, was heavily involved in the running of Mattingley Horse Trials and Aunt Tiny Clapham was an Olympic eventer. Both Richard and Annabell are accomplished riders and eventers too.
Annabell says: “My husband has very high standards and researches everything thoroughly. This time round he could not find any other manufacturer that compared to the quality and attention to detail that Scotts was able to provide.”
The boys seem to delight in taking great care of the property and are highly trained at manoeuvring the tractor and mower, but they still prefer their riding. Charlie has had great success on one of his ponies Maddie, when they came first at British Showjumping Championships Steppingstones Final. They are also part of their schools showjumping team and were recently awarded the top placed prep school at Royal Windsor.
The couple have a great arena and cross country training course for their family, but they also open up to the public. They call it Mini Mattingley as a tribute to the horse trials and Richard’s mother. They are able to cater for all levels from 60cm to BE novice height, including water drops, sunken roads and ditches.
For more information visit www.minimattingleycrosscountry.com