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Facility/Team

rebecca_tackroom_webRosegarth

Rosegarth, nestled at the foot of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, south west England is an ideal base for event riders. The property offers acres of post and rail turn-out, lush grass and fantastic hacking, both on and off-road.

The large 60m x 30m arena is stocked with a range of jumps and poles, while the yard offers rubber matting, hot water wash areas, a solarium, a lunge pen and covered horse walker. Staff live on-site in attached purpose built, modern accommodation, while the property is securely gated and monitored by security CCTV and alarm systems.

Rosegarth is also located near to many British Eventing fixtures; short lorry trips include Barbury Castle International, West Wilts, Larkhill, Wilton and access to other events, like Gatcombe, Calmsden and Aldon International are available through the HGV lorry routes leading to the A303, M4 and M3.

Facilities include:

  • 30m x 60m outdoor school
  • On and off-road hacking
  • Stabling with rubber matting
  • Post-and-rail turnout
  • Wash area with state of the art solarium
  • Lunge pen
  • Covered horse walker

Event horses have been produced at Rosegarth for well over a decade – the facilities are ideal for developing horses and riders at all levels. Further details and directions can be found here

 

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The team

Rebecca is surrounded by a team of young professionals at home and at events who ensure the horses are looking and feeling their best. Staff and working pupils live on-site in clean, purpose-built, modern shared accommodation, while the property is securely gated and monitored by security CCTV and alarm systems.

Staff are encouraged and supported as they develop their careers through training and apprenticeship schemes, while working pupils are welcome to bring their own horses into the program.

Join the team

A former working pupil herself, Rebecca is keen to hear from young event riders looking for international working pupil positions at her training base in the UK.  Opportunities for working pupils are available for the 2017 eventing season – email rebeccahowardequestrian @gmail.com to discuss the details…

  • Head Girl – Pippa Allan
  • Working Pupil – Danielle Searson
  • The tall one in the middle – Rebecca Howard
  • Past Working Pupil – Lotte Faulkner
  • Fellow Canadian event rider – Kelly McCarthy Maine

ruby_pippa_2016cropHead Girl – Pippa Allan

Head girl Pippa Allen joined Rebecca Howard Equestrian early in 2016. With an NVQ in Racehorse Care and Riding and background working in polo, riding school and livery yards, Pippa brings varied equestrian experience to her role.

Pippa was accomplished work rider in the race horse industry, riding out for Roger Teal, Michael Attwater and Olivia Maylam and is a real asset on gallop days, helping young event horses find a whole other gear.
Originally from Twickenham, Pippa spent six-months as a wildlife research intern in South Africa, successfully fund-raising to buy tracking collars for hyenas. The data these collars collected provided revealing information about hyena behavior – which Pip sometimes demonstrates (for scientific purposes) in public places and crowded social situations.

Best part of the job…

Being around the horses and going travelling with them. Spending three-days away with the horses is like going on vacation with my friends!

Worst part of the job…

Trying to plait some of the young horses – though they seem to be doing much less wiggling as the season goes on.

Favourite event…

So far, I really enjoyed the event at Bicton International. The arenas were close together and it had a bit of atmosphere. 50pence to have a shower was a bit of a shock – finding 50p coins is not easy in the middle of a field.

What has surprised me the most about being an event groom…

I didn’t have a lot of experience with the eventing world and I’m a bit surprised at the super-fan that I’ve become. When it comes to packing the lorry, I’m consistently surprised at just how much stuff I need to bring.

Goals for this year…

Rebecca’s top-ten finish at the Olympics in Rio this year has been a huge motivation and inspiration – the home team all watched together and my god, she rode well. My goals are to learn as much as I can from the team of experts we work with, our amazing vets, farrier, physios and trainers. I’m also in the middle of an apprenticeship training program to get my HGV lorry license, which should make long trips a bit easier and give us more flexibility. Another goal would be for each of the horses to have their own bridle fitted to them, at the moment I seem to spend a fair amount of time adjusting bridles! If the bridles could be bright coloured, plastic racing bridles, that would make it feel like all my dreams came true.

danielle_wpbioWorking pupil – Danielle Searson

Working pupil Danielle Searson is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, USA.  She holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Maryland where she played on the women’s rugby team.  During university, Danielle shadowed several equine vets for two summers before deciding against pursuing veterinary school in favor of riding.

Danielle began riding horses at five years old, dabbling in equitation and show jumping before settling on eventing as a teenager.  After graduating from University, she got a job backing and starting young warmbloods at a large facility in Maryland.

A desire for upper level experience led her to move across the pond to take a job as a working student for Rebecca in at the start of the 2016 UK eventing season.  Since arriving, she has found a game partner in a nine-year-old Irish horse she hopes to campaign while in England.

Best part of the job…

The very best part about being a working pupil is training with Rebecca. If you want to get to the top level in this sport I honestly believe that you have to learn from the people who have gotten there before you.

Worst part of the job…

What is it about this country and poo-picking fields? It borders into obsession. Endless, endless early mornings can be a bit of a challenge, too.

Favourite event…

I went to Barbury International with Rebecca and Rupert and it was pretty spectacular – both because it is local and because I was grooming at the 3*.

What has surprised me the most about being an event groom…

Being a working pupil in England has been a bit of shock generally – the language and terminology is different. Also, chores like sweeping the horse walker and poo picking fields simply didn’t exist in America. Hacking on the roads and out on Salisbury Plain reminds me that I am somewhere other than Baltimore on a regular basis.

Goals for this year…

I would really love to groom at 4* or championship level. I’d also like to continue developing my partnership with my horse, ‘The Goose’ – and hope we can continue to move up the levels in eventing. A CIC* or CCI* would be an amazing way to finish out next season.