Farming has been in Chris’s blood for many years, with his family having farmed in and around Exeter for generations.
Introduced to horses somewhat late in life, he is nonetheless very confident handling them, having worked with stallions in the past, and being a fully qualified AI technician. Whilst not keen on riding himself, (although he has occasionally been known to reluctantly sit on a horse), he fully supports both older daughters in their equestrian pursuits!
Chris runs Rollestone, working closely with Sarah & Zoe, to ensure the smooth running of the yard. He looks after the upkeep of the estate with his team, as well as the running of many other building projects.
Sarah has a long history with Rollestone – having been part of the original founding team back in 2004, breeding several foals a year under the Rollestone prefix, as well as running the livery yard in it’s early years. Now she works behind the scenes in the office, doing the books and endless paperwork. She also runs the Rollestone website and social media pages, organises the popular jumping clinics, yard socials, fun shows and works closely with Zoe running the busy livery yard. More recently she has become semi-proficient in fencing, and gets plenty of practise at this! She is also our photographer – capturing many entertaining moments during our jump clinics – it has become a badge of honour to appear in her Out Takes Album!
Sarah gained her BHSAI in 1999, and worked at an equestrian centre for 2 years, before becoming a groom for the Avon & Somerset Police. She still owns one of the Rollestone babies, 9 year old warmblood Miss Inde-Pendance (aka Diva) by Rollestone Inde-Cent, who she occasionally finds time to ride, enjoying low key jumping and dressage with her. Diva is due to foal in April 2020
Zoe is our full time groom here at Rollestone, looking after our full and part liveried horses, keeping their owners happy and keeping the yard and public areas clean and tidy. Along with Sarah she is also fast becoming a dab hand at fencing – helping to repair broken rails in her spare time
Zoe gained her Level 1 & 2 in Equine Studies at Bicton College, before continuing her training at Newhall Equestrian, with an Equine Intermediate Apprenticeship, and where she continued to work for 2 years. Zoe has also completed her Level 3 in Equine Transport.
Zoe owns Isa Rose – a beautiful and quirky 13 year old mare who she hopes to get out and do some dressage and show jumping on next year after having had most of 2018 off recovering from surgery. She is now back in work and hopes to be back out competing in 2019
When Lis isn’t riding herself she is usually to be found on the yard, helping to fill hay nets, mucking out, putting up jumps or plaiting, and is always willing to lend a hand if someone needs it.
She is also fast becoming a dab hand with a camera, capturing some great moments at our jumping clinics and out and about at shows, and also providing yummy cakes for our clinics. Lis had to say good bye to her beloved Peter Pony who she outgrew in Autumn 2018, but is now working with Irish Sports horse Finn who is giving her much needed confidence to improve her jumping. You can follow Lis on instagram @elyssaarden_eq
Alaya is the youngest active member of Team Rollestone, and is braver than most of the adults on the yard. A keen member of the Silverton Hunt Pony Club she has represented them at Regional level for dressage, Novice level eventing and Intermediate level showjumping
Alaya currently has 3 ponies;
- Stan, who she is producing herself alongside Cameron Beer. They are eventing at BE90 level, as well as competing at showjumping, combined training and dressage. Sadly Stan has now been outgrown and will be looking for a new home soon
- Experienced eventer Spirit who has introduced Alaya to the world of eventing, currently competing at BE100 with her, and jumping Newcomers. They will focus on show jumping over winter
- Youngster Roísín who has spent the summer training with Laya in both showjumping and over solid fences. They have competed at BE80 and hope to come out at BE90 in 2020. They will spend the winter on the BS circuit
You can follow Alaya on instagram at @alayaarden.eventing