Livery packages and horse requirements
We offer a wide range of livery packages for staff and students to allow owners to have a wider choice of what their horses do whilst at Reaseheath.
Owners are encouraged to get involved with competitions and to become a member of the Reaseheath Riding Club.
We are very fortunate to have a range of horses join us at Reaseheath which gives our equestrian students the experience of riding different types of horses, this enables them to develop their confidence and practical skillset before going into industry.
Livery costs are payable termly in advance via our online shop.
We are looking for a wide range of horses to help prepare our students for successful employment in the Equine Industry.
We ask for ideally:
- Minimum 14.2hh
- Minimum 6 years old
- Balanced in walk, trot and canter
- Jump a minimum of 70cm
We have a range of livery packages, from full working livery to DIY stable management livery, starting from £30 per week. Request a callback to discuss your individual requirements further with a member of staff.
Horses do need to be taken home during major holiday periods (Christmas, Easter, Summer) but holiday cover may be available at an additional cost, however, this is not guaranteed.
Horse and owner benefits
By keeping your horse with us you can benefit from:
- 5* care by well qualified and experienced staff
- Staff on-site 24/7
- BHS approved livery yard with highly commended status in all areas
- Regular visits from industry professionals such as farriers, vets, leading equine dentist, Ivan Stockdale, Baileys Nutritional Consultant, Caroline Dickens, saddle fitters, equine therapists and much more
- Special discounted rates for Reaseheath liveries at Rookery Equine Spa & Therapy (please enquire with Reasheath staff for discount codes)
- Access to facilities on-site
- Excellent access to travel networks and an abundance of equestrian facilities and events
- Your horse will be exercised regularly in a variety of work and kept fit – all under the supervision of qualified staff
- Highly competitive rates
- Access to a range of affiliated and unaffiliated competitions, clinics, lecture demos and events ran regularly on-site
- Discounts to Reaseheath events and unaffiliated competitions
- One free lesson per term with a BHS qualified Reaseheath instructor
- One free mechanical horse lesson per term with a BHS qualified Reaseheath instructor
- Discounted lessons with BHS qualified Reaseheath instructors
- Livery owner events with industry speakers, activities and updates
- Regular newsletter updates and updates on your horse
Student ride assessment criteria
All students who ride at Reaseheath undertake a rigorous assessment process and must be within the sliding scale weight boundaries, based on current industry research, shown below. This is monitored regularly throughout the year.
In response to the developments in Equitation Science and the importance of promoting personal health and wellbeing the Equestrian Centre has established a new scale of weight limit for riding.
Current research has proven that horses should only be carrying 10-20% of their own body weight when being ridden, this includes the clothing and tack used. With the maximum being 20%, as there is a substantial effect on the horses gait and behaviour in response to rider’s weight. When deciding what weight horses should carry other considerations have to include the age of the horse, the horses condition, level and duration of work, saddle fit, rider ability and balance.
We have therefore taken all of these factors into consideration when evaluating what weight is appropriate for the horses at Reaseheath to carry in order to ensure our horses welfare. It is also important that we are promoting personal health and wellbeing in all our staff and learners – ‘riders are athletes’ and working in the equine industry is demanding, we want to support our students to be prepared for this in every way we can.
The weight limit for the Equestrian Centre has therefore been determined based on:
- Healthy height v weight parameters
- The height of the riders and the size of pony/horse they are most likely to ride
- Max weight capacity for horse body weight (plus tack)
- Workload of the horses
- Age range of horses
- Rider ability
The weight limits are:
|Height||Weight (st)||Height (cm)||Weight (Kg)|
|Up to 4’10”||9||147cm||57|
|4’11 – 5’2”||10||150 – 157cm||64|
|5’3 – 5’6”||11||160 – 168cm||70|
|5’7” – 5’9”||12||170 – 175cm||76|
|5’10 upwards||13||178cm upwards||82.5|
The maximum weight limit for the equestrian center is 13 stone (82.5kg).
Students undertake a half day ride assessment before undertaking any riding at Reaeheath. Firstly, a questionnaire is completed to gather information about past experiences and any relevant qualifications (BHS, PC etc.). They then undertake a mechanical horse assessment with a BHS qualified instructor and receive feedback. Should they pass this element, showing basic safety and competency, they progress on to a live horse assessment which is undertaken for around 45 minutes and two horses are ridden. This entails walk, trot and canter (with and without stirrups), light seat, riding over poles and basic school movements. The rider must show safety, awareness, basic competency and balance and must be independent of the reins. We are looking for rider to be around BHS stage 1 standard as a minimum. Please see marking criteria below. Riders are then streamed in to assessed or progressive riders, or are given an action plan and the option to be reassessed at the start of their programme.
Assessed riders ride twice a week on level 2 and in their first year of level 3 and up to 4 times a week in their second year of level 3. Level 2 is mainly flat work and level 3 is a mixture of flat work, pole work, jumping, x country and riding in the open.
All riding and stable management activities are undertaken under the supervision of a qualified instructor and students are carefully allocated to horses based on a number of factors including height, weight, experience, ability, confidence and areas for development etc.
Meet the staff
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Katherine Butler, Lead Yard Technician
As Lead Yard Technician I work alongside Sarah Jones ensuring the day to day management of all the Reaseheath horses on site. My role is varied, from coaching riding and stable management sessions, undertaking routine yard tasks and working closely with visiting industry professionals and horse owners. I have been riding since I was 7 years old, achieving my BHSAI at 17 and have, to date, achieved my BHS Stable Managers Certificate and Intermediate Teaching Qualification as well as being a BHS Accredited Professional Coach. Before life became so busy, I competed regularly in show jumping and working hunter classes.
I have worked within the equine industry since leaving school at 16 on busy training yards, and have managed both the Equine yard at Reaseheath and a busy riding centre in North Wales. For a short period, I worked on a private hunting yard where I was fortunate enough to hunt with the family’s horses as well as rehabilitating horses after injury with their equine spa. Over the last few years I have been busy starting and training youngsters – I think 28 horses to date! I returned to Reaseheath three years ago, firstly as a part-time instructor and now full time as an instructor and lead yard technician.
Sarah Jones, Lead Yard Technician
I have worked at Reaseheath Equestrian Centre for seven years, firstly as a part-time Yard Technician then I worked my way up to Lead Yard Technician. I now work alongside Katherine Butler to ensure the day-to-day management of all the Reaseheath horses on site well as ensuring that our students have the very best learning experience during their yard duties and time on the yard.
Previously I have worked at several riding schools, show jumping, eventing and hunting yards, all of which I have thoroughly enjoyed and have greatly expanded my knowledge and experience. I completed university with a Bsc (hons) in Policing and Criminal Investigation with view to join the mounted police, but once starting work at Reaseheath I found a passion for teaching and helping others strive to achieve their goals. I have ridden from the age of 3 and always had my own horses/ I am a member of British Dressage, British Show Jumping and for the past 13 years British Eventing where I have competed all over the country including at The Badminton Grassroots Championships.
Tyler Simpson, Head Groom
As Head Groom at Reaseheath Equestrian Centre, my day to day responsibilities include assisting Kate and Sarah in managing the day to day health of the horses and supporting student learning, including coaching student riding lessons.
I have been lucky enough to have been involved with horses for 20 years, and currently have 4 horses at home to produce and compete, mainly within British Eventing but I also complete in some dressage on the side. I am currently competing at Pre-Novice and aiming for some Novice classes this year and an International 2*. I have strong links to the Pony Club, being a member of the Cheshire Hunt South Branch, regularly taking part in mounted and unmounted sessions and have worked in many sectors of the industry from riding schools, race yards and event yards under the tutelage of trainers including William Fox-Pitt and Paul Sims. I currently also run my own yard at home which I have done for the past 4 years. I’m a firm believer in working hard to achieve your goals!
Sophie Lai, Yard Technician
My role includes assisting in providing day to day care to all our Reaseheath horses, in addition to training our Reaseheath students in riding and stable management lessons. I have been riding since I was 12 years old, a British Horse Society Accredited Professional Coach, having also achieved my stage 4 (complete) and Intermediate Stable Managers certificate. Over the years I have showjumped to National Championship level in Ireland, evented and competed in dressage to advanced medium level and was a former retraining rider for The Hong Kong Jockey Club, as well as rider for Olympic event rider Alex Hua Tian, in the UK.
My passion is to train horses and riders in any discipline, progressing their training to their highest potential and I enjoy working with all our Reaseheath students to achieve their goals.
Shannon Edwards, Yard Technician
I started riding at the age of 13 at the local riding centre and once finishing my GCSE’s I progressed to a further education college to study Equine and achieved not only my academic qualifications, but my British Horse Society Stage 3 and UKCC Level 2, becoming a BHS Accredited Professional Coach. I have since graduated from university with a BSc Equine Science and a Certificate in Education and Training and have continued to development skills through being a current recipient of The British Horse Society Coach Development Scholarship, training towards my BHS stage 4 Complete.
I currently have my own horse named Dublin, having had him on loan for 3 years before I bought him for £1 5 years ago! Since then we have competed in all disciplines winning numerous ribbons and qualifying for the novice show jumping National Championships. Working in the equine industry has taught me that hard work and commitment opens many doors and that there are many routes to the same destination.
Courtney Vaughan, Yard Technician
I have been a yard technician at Reaseheath for the past 2 years and within this period I have been able to work with a range of students and horses, in addition to further developing my practical skills. I have owned my own horse Minnie for the past 8 years and have competed up to 95cm show jumping tracks, in addition to Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage, team quest and combined training. Unfortunately, we do not have our own transport, but as she is stabled at Reaseheath, we are lucky enough to have all the competitions and facilities on-site!
For the majority of my teenage years I have worked freelance as a competition groom and after completing my degree in equine behaviour, I decided to take a different path to work more closely with students and focus on a teaching career and with the support from the department, I am currently working towards my teaching qualifications!
Alexandra Jefferies, Yard Technician
I have been involved with horses all of my life – my first pony was a Shetland that I was luckily given by my grandparents at just 2 years of age. During my childhood I competed across the disciplines, including showing, gymkhana games, moving onto show jumping, before catching the eventing bug! After leaving school with my GCSEs, I attended Reaseheath College studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management and progressed into the industry and have worked in many different areas, including eventing, show jumping, racing and stud yards.
My current horse Poppy is 14.2hh and 10 years old and I have had her since she was 3. We have competed in hunter trials, eventing, show jumping, hunting, dressage, showing and she also used to be the lead horse for the racehorses first time over the hurdles on the racing yard. Our most recent achievement was qualifying for and competing at Stars Champion of Champions at Aintree Equestrian Centre in working hunter and show hunter showing classes, where we got placed in the top 10 out of over 60 horses in each class.
I love all aspects of my role at Reaseheath, especially caring for the horses and seeing them thrive. I’m passionate about training students to develop their horse management skills and developing welfare.
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