Meet The Team

GINA – PROPRIETOR. GINA ALWAYS WANTED A PONY AS A CHILD BUT WAS NEVER ALLOWED ONE. AFTER MANY HOURS WORKING AT THE LOCAL RIDING STABLES, THE PASSION FOR HORSES GREW AND EVENTUALLY SHE BOUGHT HER FIRST PONY AT AGE 22. SHE COULD ONLY AFFORD AN UN BROKEN 2 YEAR OLD AT THAT TIME AND HE WAS PRETTY WILD BUT AFTER A LOT OF TIME AND PATIENCE SHE GOT HIM GOING NICELY AND SHE STILL HAS ‘CHEEKY’ TODAY, NOW AGED 24 AND RECENTLY RETIRED. GINA MOVED TO DARKY DALE IN 2011 AND REALIZED THAT THIS LOCATION WAS PERFECT TO START A RIDING ESTABLISHMENT AND FULFILL HER CHILDHOOD DREAM. SHE HAS HAND PICKED AND TRAINED HER HORSES AND NOW HAS A VARIED SELECTION AND ENJOYS TAKING CUSTOMERS OUT ON FABULOUS TREKS AROUND THE FOREST AND BEAUTIFUL SHROPSHIRE COUNTRYSIDE. THE PERFECT JOB!

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VICKY – YARD MANAGER. VICKY HAS WORKED WITH HORSES ALL HER LIFE. SHE SPENT 20 YEARS WORKING AT UNDERHILL RIDING STABLES HELPING TO MAKE IT ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR RIDING SCHOOLS IN WALES BUT SHE IS NOW A VALUABLE MEMBER AT DARKY DALE STABLES WHERE HER EXPERIENCE WILL BE A GREAT ASSET HERE AND WE FEEL LUCKY TO HAVE HER. VICKY OWNS HER OWN HORSE CALLED CILLA WHO IS A 27 YEAR OLD BAY MARE. CILLA, NOW RETIRED WORKED ALONG WITH VICKY AT UNDERHILL WHERE THEY MADE A GREAT TEAM TOGETHER FOR MANY YEARS. VICKY’S OTHER PARTNER IN CRIME IS HER LOVELY YOUNG COLLIE X LURCHER CALLED SCOOTER, SHE IS VERY CUTE BUT SLIGHTLY INSANE!!! YOU WILL MEET HER ON THE YARD USUALLY A FEW FEET IN FRONT OF VICKY AND SHE ALSO ENJOYS ACCOMPANYING VICKY ON OUR TREKS OUT. VICKY’S FAVORITE HORSE ON THE YARD IS SUZIE MAY.

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JACKIE – YARD SUPERVISOR

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SALLY – GROOM

ELLEN – GROOM

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LAURA – GROOM

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JENNA-ELLEN – HELPER.  OWNERS ELDEST DAUGHTER, SHE HAS BEEN RIDING SINCE THE AGE OF TWO. JENNA HAS 3 PONIES, PRINCESS IS A 13.3HH PALOMINO APPALOOSA X NEW FOREST MARE. FREDDIE IS A 13.1HH BAY NEW FOREST GELDING AND HER NEW PROJECT IS BILLY A 14.2HH BAY APPALOOSA X WELSH GELDING. SHE ATTENDS PONY CLUB RALLIES, IS IN HER HIGH SCHOOL SHOW JUMPING TEAM AND HER FAVORITE DISCIPLINES ARE SHOW JUMPING AND X COUNTRY.  JENNA IS CURRENTLY COMPETING AT 90CM TRACKS WITH PRINCESS AND HOPEFULLY WILL BE MOVING UP ONCE BILLY HAS BEEN TRAINED.

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GEORGIA-MAYE – HELPER.  OWNERS YOUNGEST DAUGHTER. SHE HAS BEEN RIDING SINCE THE AGE OF TWO. GEORGIA HAS TWO PONIES, MR MOON A 12HH BRIGHT CHESTNUT SEC B GELDING AND TANGO A 12.3HH LIVER CHESTNUT WELSH SEC D X WELSH SEC A PONY. SHE ATTENDS PONY CLUB RALLIES AND ENJOYS SHOW JUMPING AND X COUNTRY. GEORGIA LOVES RIDING AND JUMPING BARE BACK AND CAN JUMP OVER A METER WITHOUT HER SADDLE. SHE IS JUMPING 8OCM TRACKS WITH MOON AND HOPES TO MOVE UP WITH HER NEWEST PONY TANGO.

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HAMISH – SENIOR HELPER.

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LIZZIE – SENIOR HELPER.

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CAITLIN – HELPER. 

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ALEESHA – HELPER.

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AYISHA – HELPER.

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KIYA – HELPER

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SOPHIE – HELPER

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JESS – HELPER

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EMMA – HELPER

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EBONY – HELPER.

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OLIVIER GILOT IS A QUALIFIED EQUINE DENTIST AND AN ACCOMPLISHED HORSEMAN. OLIVIER IS BRILLIANT WITH ALL THE HORSES, HE IS VERY PATIENT AND PUTS THEM AT EASE. OLIVIER VISITS THE YARD EVERY 6 MONTHS AND PROVIDES ALL THE DENTAL CARE FOR OUR HORSES HERE AT DARKY DALE.

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ROB DUGGAN IS A QUALIFIED FARRIER DWCF AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TRIMMING AND SHOEING ALL OF DARKY DALES MANY HORSES. HE OFTEN BRINGS SAM ANOTHER QUALIFIED FARRIER WITH HIM. ROB VISITS THE YARD EVERY 4 WEEKS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE HORSES FEET IN TOP CONDITION.