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March 26th, 2013

Samantha competing at CDI Dressage – Addington this weekend

Update:¬†Really sad to say that we have withdrawn Douglas from the Addington CDI, with the virus going around it was decided the risk was too high ūüôĀ

Samantha will be competing on Douglas at this weekends CDI at Addington

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March 11th, 2013

Another Hester fairy tale in the making?

Samantha gets a great write up on the British Dressage web site..

‘Carl Hester‚Äôs magic seems like it could be rubbing off on another up and coming star with a win for Sam Thurman-Baker and her ride Douglas IV in the PSG’ and Read the rest of this entry »

March 6th, 2013

Diabos final resting place.

Today we planted a tree and placed our dear Diabos ashes underneath. He will always be with us and has a lasting memoriam growing in the middle of his private lawn in the stable yard watched over by all the horses.

March 4th, 2013

Joanna and Tinks win at Under 21s

Joanna enjoyed a lovely Sunday riding the beautiful Decree, aka  Tinkerbell, owned by Angela Collins and Clare Randal. They won the Junior Team Test and the Advanced Medium 85 at the Under 21s Winter Show at Bury farm, gaining loads of prizes for Tinks to enjoy! They would like to say a huge thank you to Clare and Angela for letting Joanna enjoy their fabulous mare!

Joanna and Tinks

February 19th, 2013

Lauren & Cole get their qualification

Lauren took Cole to Addington today and managed two super double clears and a 7th place in a field of 57. This means they now have their qualification for the British Novice and Discovery second rounds. ¬† Read the rest of this entry »

January 21st, 2013

A sad day.

We have some very sad news.

Our beautiful Diabo was peacefully put to sleep this afternoon. He made it to the grand old age of 28, but his legs could no longer keep up with him.

We first met Diabo when he was a wild five-year-old stallion in Portugal. His utter beauty and immense presence captured us instantly and we fell in love with him, so we went about bringing him back to Turville to start his training. It was evident right from the start that he was something special. The most intelligent of horses, he learnt everything so quickly and his movements were breath taking. As he performed, he appeared to float with grandeur and effortlessness that proved to be unmatchable not only to the innocent eye, but also in competition.

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January 15th, 2013

New year catch up.

Diane has just come back from taking Samantha, Pascal and Douglas (Carl Hester and Aram¬†Gregorys horse) from World Class. It was the first of ¬†the new selection so was very full on with Sam having meetings, lessons, assessments, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning. Read the rest of this entry »
December 22nd, 2012

Well done to Samantha for getting on the World Class Program for 2013-2015. She is currently based at Carl Hesters yard in Gloucestershire  so this is a very exciting time for her with access to the best trainers and support team in the world.


December 5th, 2012

Sunday Evening Countryfile

Samantha may be on telly on Sunday evening.
Countryfile, BBC 1 at 6pm is covering Gloucestershire and filmed on Carl Hesters yard. Samantha was busy working on the yard so you may catch a glimpse…. a good bit of TV anyway ūüôā

November 22nd, 2012

Samantha to ride at National convention.

Samantha is going to to ride at The  National Dressage convention this weekend.
She is working for Carl Hester and he ¬†asked her to ride Golly (Dancing With Wolves) in his part of his demonstration. This is the horse that Carl won the Inter I and PSG titles with at this years Nationals! ¬†Samantha rode Pascal there last year, so to ride there two years running is amazing. Hope it goes well Samantha…do us proud!