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Layer Marney Horse Drawn Carriages Blog
Introducing Layer Marney Horse Drawn Carriages

Family run and fully insured business Layer Marney Horse Drawn Carriages is based south west of Colchester. Taking pride in being a very friendly business, Layer Marney Horse Drawn Carriages thrives on making your day special and giving a very personal service.Coachman Alan has over 30 years of carriage driving experience,
New additions at Clears Farm

Trottie and Billy made into the newspapers and on television this month whilst being the horses to take star of Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and Celebrity Big Brother winner Paddy Doherty’s father to rest. With literally thousands of travellers attending the funeral to pay respects to Simon Doherty, known as the ‘Father of all Travellers’,…

Caroline March's Blog
Introducing Caroline March

I am Caroline March a 23-year-old professional event rider. I have been riding since before I could walk. Coming from a horsey family, (my mother evented to 4* and my father used to point to point and is currently MFH to our local pack), it was a fairly regular occurrence that I would get put on a pony to get me out the way. I have come
Double success

I’ve had a slightly quieter few weeks on the competition front since my last blog, having only done two events but luckily both have been successful! I have however still been doing plenty of showjumping. George has won at both Foxhunter and 1.30. He has also gained all his double clears needed to qualify for…

Philip Spivey's Blog
Introducing Philip Spivey Philip Spivey was born in Khatmandu, where his parents were based in Nepal before moving to India where he developed a passion for horses. Philip trained with former British Team Chef d'Equipe Ronnie Massarella before moving on to work for Robert Smith. In 2000, Philip joined the prestigious Traxdata showjumping team, which included the international riders Peter
Interview with Philip Spivey at the Nations Cup

Here we are in Norway, the day before you compete once again for your country in the Nations Cup, you must be delighted to be here? Yes I am very delighted to be here to and be representing my country once again, the weather isn’t fantastic but the ground is good and hopefully my horse…

Karen Lewis' Blog
Introducing Karen Lewis   My name is Karen Lewis and I work as a Master Saddler and Qualified Saddle Fitter. I have recently moved to Essex after having previously lived for eight years in Bedfordshire and before that, seven years in East Sussex. My interest in horses started aged seven, when my parents took my sister and I for riding lessons. We both then progresse
Saddlers, Stitchers and Riders

I am often asked when I first meet people what exactly is a saddler? For me its a way of life, my profession born out of wanting to be working within the equestrian industry but also being creative and working with my hands. I came to saddlery through luck really – it is a hard…

Tom Clover's Blog
Introducing Tom Clover     Tom Clover is the most recent addition to the training ranks in Newmarket having set up alongside fiancée Jackie Jarvis in late 2016. Tom – and his family – have been around horses most of their lives. He rode in point-to-points as a young man and, after gaining a diploma from the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, star
First winner for Team Clover

Monday 8 May 2017 will be a day I will never forget. It was the day I saddled my first winner as a trainer courtesy of Declarationoflove (pictured above), who won the 5f novice stakes at Royal Windsor. It might not have been the Derby but Jackie and I cheered him home as though it…