Having worked in IT for many years, I (Sian Eadon) decided in 2016 to take a break and go back to horses. Having kept my own horses Rose, Scarlet and brief loan horse Pheobie at Cobham Manor for many years (originally purchasing Rose from the riding school in 1994), prior to Michelle Jarvis and Peter Sands ownership, I worked closely with James and Julie Brumer both on the event and yard/riding school management side. In 2016 I decided to take the plunge, opt for a quieter life and take on what was previously known at the Livery Yard at Oliver Walter Dressage part of Cobham Manor Equestrian Centre on 1st September 2016.
So I know what you are looking for both from a horse care and human care point of view. I bring years of horse ownership to the table, years of event management experience and years of working outside of the equestrian industry in a very mixed cultural environement. By nature I am friendly and very approachable. I am happy to give my personal opinion on any matter - if you want to hear it that is. Rose has now passed over the infamous Rainbow Bridge having lived to the ripe old age of 30 so that in itself should show you I know how to look after your horses. Pheobie is doing well under new ownership and I have welcomed rescue pony Willow (New Forest x Trotter) as Scarlet's 'sister'.
For years I have specialised in running dressage competitions including dressage to music, and have an eye for 'what the judge is looking for' so can impart that knowledge onto you if dressage is your thing - I am able to offer coaching as to how to accurately ride a dressage test and a few of my liveries are beginning to see the results reflected in their dressage scores - needless to say I am super proud.
At Cobham Manor Livery the emphasis is on enjoying your horse ownership and keeping them in a place where they the staff actually treat them like their own. But equally your stable time is your down time so you want to be somewhere where you can stop for a chat and a cuppa with friendly horse minded people. Our 4 riding arenas offer plenty of space to ride. We have great off road hacking if you're prepared to trundle just a little further afield, failing that we have several 1 hour circular routes for those of you limited on time. Whilst our full course of jumps is only available typically just prior or after a jumping competition, we have schooling jumps available all year round - just remember the rules of the arena please. We have a small tack room where 1 bridle hook and 1 saddle rack is provided and there is space for 1 small storage trunk. Our trunk/tea room has a kettle, microwave and fridge. We ask that you provide your own tea/coffee and contribute to a pint of milk weekly if you wish to use these facilities. In the winter months our trunk/tea room has a log burner and you can relax on the sofa. We source locally wherever possible - our hay and straw is from the Isle of Sheppey and our chaff is made in Challock. We have regular weekly feed/bedding deliveries from Brambledown Farm Shop which you are welcome to take advantage of. We have clean dry toilets onsite too!
We have a rural coffee shop onsite too, open every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Additionally we are open every show day and on other days by prior arrangement.
Previously a riding school has operated from this site, however, it is now closed. We recommend the following establishments for lessons:-
Knights Place Farm Equestrian Centre, Rochester 01474 824333
Squirrells Riding School, Blue Bell Hill 01634 681000
Team Tutsham, West Farleigh 07971 298337
Deep Dene Stables, Faversham, 01233 740228