Naomi Rowley

I believe in making things happen!

Coming from a non-horsey family, I didn’t start riding until I was 16. I quickly went on to ride for a private yard helping with backing youngsters and riding troublesome horses until at 19 I bought myself my first horse, Oyster Bird.

OysterWorking 9-5 in an office, I continued to ride for others in my spare time alongside my own training with Oyster, but after my son was born, I couldn’t stand the idea of sitting behind a desk any longer, and retrained through the BHS to become an instructor.

I set up as a freelance instructor in 2008, schooling, exercising and teaching a wide variety of clients, children and adults, including people with physical issues (Hip, knee, back, hypermobility, hearing loss and even a brain injury) as well as clients returning to riding following a break, riding club riders and those wanting to begin competing.

DeeIn 2010, my husband Alex and I jumped at the opportunity to purchase our own equestrian yard, “Springhill Barn” set in the beautiful hills of Shutford, near Banbury. A truly peaceful setting where horses and ponies can stay for schooling and clients can enjoy lessons and/or instructional hacking through the surrounding countryside. Since then I have been busy teaching on and off site, running Foundation Clinics and caring for all manner of equines either staying for a holiday or to further their education. As a petite rider, I specialise in producing ponies and am passionate about developing balanced equines for riders to take further in any chosen discipline.

HarryMy competitive nature didn’t surface until 2011 when I rode my home produced horse Ascot at the British Dressage Preliminary Regional Championship and won! Going on to gain 7th place at the National Championship. Sadly Ascot injured himself in the field the following spring, just two points from qualifying for the Novice Regionals and so I concentrated on bringing on my young Hanoverian mare Deloris. (Dee, an opinionated mare who had a penchant for rooting to the spot and refusing to move). It was with huge pride that we made it to the BD Preliminary Regional Championship in 2015 gaining 5th place. We’re currently achieving great scores at Novice and Elementary and are now concentrating on developing our partnership further to climb the dressage ladder.