The cat that got the cream…

I can definitely say I have two 3* horses in the yard- it has been a wonderful 3 days at Chatsworth, with a few highs and a low or two!! #putyourbuttinthebest @spaldinginternationalsaddlery #flyingwithoutwings 

What I can say, is that horses like Smokie are not ‘one in a million’ horses, he’s a ‘once in a lifetime’ horse! … I feel lucky I’ve had some special ones- but he takes the biscuit!! 

Tiny made his way round his first- and a very stiff- 3* track, it was just a shame that my braking systems failed… and I was jolly pleased to make it home in one piece, with no airbag intervention!!! ? 

And Smokie… well, Smokie… as far as both of us were concerned, did the most glorious double clear! Apparently one shoulder was outside a flag, but we’d have only been 12th, so we didn’t complain! 

I feel like the cat that got the cream, and thinking about a couple of very strange, inexplicable occurrences around the lorry, felt very much like Mum was part of the team today!! 

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  • Fiona Davidson
    Eventer / Trainer

    I have ridden horses all my life, and our base is now Vale View Equestrian in Leicestershire, with facilities that are out of this world for producing my lovely horses, and the results are shining through right across the board, showing my horses are settled, happy, and able to work every aspect of their competition needs! Read more...

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    Jess Storey
    Yard Manager/ Competition Groom

    Jess joined the team as a trainee back in 2020! Apart from a very short stint spreading her wings, she quickly decided that we really were the family she wanted to be a part of!! I hope Jess will be my Jackie Potts, as she treats the whole team as her own family, and keeps the cogs turning smoothly- even during our tough times!! 

    Bryonie Ellis

    Bryonie is our wonderful Apprentice, and despite her diminutive size, she is definitely mighty!! She shows such commitment to the team and is a such wonderful and critical part of our family. 

    Monica Leggett

    Monica is the newest member of FDE, and is proving to be a great help in every aspect of our yard life. Her wonderful positive attitude; her capability in the yard and on a horse is a very welcome addition to the FDE family!!