Farming is in my blood, having come from a background of numerous generations of Devon farmers that can be traced back to 1700. My father Edward and Mother Myrtle being progressive dairy famers winning the Devon Herd Competition, also running an extensive plant hire and agricultural contracting business.
Horses played a prominent part in my early years, breaking and schooling ponies and later gaining the pony club A test and the British Horse Society Intermeiate Instructors Certificate. I owned and ran the Coombe Park Equestrian Centre teaching many children and adults to ride and organised numerous Cross Country and Show Jumping Competitions.
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The Countryside and animals have always played a huge part of my life, having been brought up in the beautiful South Hams in Devon with an array of domestic pets and farm animals.
On leaving school, I studied Veterinary Nursing at Bicton College and worked in a mixed practice until spending a year working at the Dartington Cattle Breeding Centre. On leaving there, I went on to work in another very busy mixed Veterinary Practice in Totnes where I stayed for 15 years progressing to Practice Manager.
I have spent time in retail, owning two shops, one being lingerie, the other Country Clothing.
I now spend all my time on the farm, assisting with the daily running, have responsibility for the paperwork in both the farm business and property business and have a keen interest in showing Longhorn Cattle. I very much enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and prefer to be hands on, looking forward to the lambing and calving periods.
I have ridden from an early age and currently ride and occasionally compete when time allows. I have two horses, Jack I compete, normally at Riding Club level and Flynn whom I bred from my old Skewbald mare Maisie. Flynn was bred to obtain a bombproof armchair which is exactly what he is.