I have owned Willow Farm for over 30 years and it is my life! I have a Geography degree from Reading University and originally trained as a Primary teacher but I have also bred and shown dairy goats, jumped my JA pony as a child, and always had a menagerie of different animals around.
However, ponies have always been my first love, I grew up in Pony Club, as did my daughter Jess, and I am now living my dream and loving it.
I teach and assess Animal Care students both here and freelance for local colleges during term-time, and in school holidays share the house with lots of excited pony mad children from the UK and abroad who spend their holidays with us, the ponies and other animals. I am so lucky to have such a motivated team of staff and volunteers, and such a fun job, and I still have lots of ideas to put in place for the future.
Qualifications: B.Ed Hons – A1 Assessor – NPTC Internal Verifier – L3 Animal Care
Lucy Keen BHSAI INT SM –
Lucy is a BHS Accredited professional coach who teaches for us on a Thursday and Friday and also at our annual Pony Club Summer Camp. Lucy jumps and events her own horses and also runs clinics for local riders.
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Hello I am Ben,
I have been coming to Willow Farm for 14 years, I learnt to ride here when I was 7 years old. I have represented Willow Farm in Pony Club quizzes and I help out at the annual Pony Club camp and was chief photographer in 2017. I am now excited to be a permanent member of staff Monday to Friday. I love all yard duties and my favourite ponies are Towney, Robbie, Merlin and Wesley. When I am not at work I like jogging, keeping fit and walking my border collie Choc! He is my best friend.
Qualifications: BHS Riding and Road Safety – ABRS Stable Management 1 – BHS Riding School Assistant Certificate – BHS Yard Assistant Certificate – BHS Riding and Road Safety – ABRS Stable Management 1.
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Hi! I’m Dempsey and I work on Saturdays. I have been coming to Willow Farm since I was 4 and have been riding ever since. I started working here last year. Robbie is my favourite pony, and I’m a member of and have competed in teams for Pony Club. I also take part in shows and events held here.
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Jasmine is a pupil of Skegness Grammar School and recently completed her Young Equestrian Leaders Award. Jasmine now works on the Yard on most Sundays, helping with the novice riders especially. Jasmine is a capable rider who can handle any of the ponies. Jas often rides as Lead file as an example to beginners.
And not forgetting those important people who help keep the Pony Club going!
Jayne Spooner and Saffron Clark
Jayne is a registered nurse and has been our Summer Camp ‘Mum’ since we started as a Pony Club Centre many years ago. She has also given up her time to drive teams to competitions all over the country and to organise hospitality to fundraising ev