What is Stablemates?

Children who regularly ride at Grove House Stables LLP will inevitably start asking (pleading!) for a pony of their own whilst their parents, especially those with limited time or equine knowledge are understandably wary of taking on such a commitment. With the valuable input of our own parents, Grove House Stables LLP has designed a special first-step into pony-ownership to provide parental support whilst enabling children to realise their dream.

How you can join Stablemates?

As your children’s coaches we are in the position of knowing both your child’s ability and the characteristics of our ponies. Firstly we need to make as near perfect match as possible between the two.  Then we encourage new parents to speak to others already participating in stablemates to ensure that this is exactly what they want for their child.

How does stablemates work?

Without the need for any capital investment, the agreed pony becomes your child’s on a lease-hire basis until one month’s notice is provided if you wish to cancel the arrangement.  Occasionally a loan pony will attract a purchaser and in this instance the loan owner will be provided with first refusal to buy, providing the pony is remaining on site. There is the option of a 5 day loan or a 3 day loan.

5 day loan: Your chosen horse / Pony will be available to you for 5 days per week (a week excludes Thursday). The monthly fee is £433 per calendar month. The week includes:

  • Monday evening Pony Club. (During school holidays, 1/2 Day activity sessions will be available instead. Upgrade to the Full day for £15).
  • Tuesday 1 hour class lesson
  • Wednesday evening Pony Club. (During school holidays, 1/2 Day activity sessions will be available instead. Upgrade to the Full day for £15).
  • Friday 1 hour class lesson
  • 1/2 Day activity sessions will be available on either Saturday or Sunday. (Upgrade to the Full day for £15).

3 day loan: Your chosen horse / Pony will be available to you for 3 days per week (a week excludes Thursday). The monthly fee is £281 per calendar month. The week includes:

  • Either a Monday or Wednesday evening Pony Club. (During school holidays, 1/2 Day activity sessions will be available instead. Upgrade to the Full day for £15).
  • Either a Tuesday or Friday 1 hour class lesson
  • 1/2 Day activity sessions will be available on either Saturday or Sunday. (Upgrade to the Full day for £15).

Frequently asked questions

  • What happens if your animal is unwell? In the rare event of your pony being un-rideable, we will either offer an alternative pony, providing one is suitable, or we will suspend the Pony Pals arrangement until the pony is well again.  All veterinary treatment is paid for by this business.
  • Can two children share one pony? One pony can have a full loan or two half loans.  Loan agreements are per rider and cannot be shared.  Only one loan owner can ride the pony each day.
  • Which ponies are available for the stablemates scheme? Please do ask in the office and/or visit our website www.grovehousestables.co.uk and click on the “Available Horses” section under the “Stable Mates” dropdown. Here you will see all the available ponies with their photographs and details about them.
  • What if I want to enter your Dressage and Show Jumping Competitions? You will be able to enter our Competitions at a rate of £10 per class.

How do I cancel stablemates?

One month’s notice in writing is all that is required.

Frequency answered questions

Supervision – We provide supervised sessions with our staff for Stablemates children of 12 years and under on both days of the weekend between 12 noon and 2 p.m.  Please always advise us when your child is participating and to retain a safe controlled environment these sessions are purely for the nominated child and cannot include siblings or friends.

Responsible adult For their own safety Stablemates children of 12 years and under must have a responsible adult in attendance at all times, other than during lessons, supervision and activities organised by Grove House Stable LLPs.

No doubt there are other questions you would like to ask and please feel free to do so without concern of commitment. Stablemates is not about money, it is about a life-changing experience for your child in a safe, happy and progressive environment.  If you are   considering moving into pony ownership, this amazing opportunity for your child to experience the magic of pony ownership and becoming a Grove House Stables Stablemate!

Grove House Stables Stablemate

Our loaning scheme gives you the chance to enjoy the experience of owning your own horse in GHS LLPs fantastic facilities. The loan scheme is it is payable 1 month in advance by direct debit. The loan scheme is open Grove House Stables LLP Pony Club Members only.

Name: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Email: ………………………………………………………………             Telephone: ……………………………………………..

Grove House Stables LLP Pony Club Membership number: ………………………………………………………………

— Option A (5 days a week)  — Option B (3 days a week)

Horse choices:

  1. ……………………………………… 2. …………………………………………..… 3.……………………………………………..…

Chosen lesson times (please circle):

Monday Pony Club Friday 5PM Walk, Trot, Canter Saturday 9AM Walk, Trot, Learning to Canter Saturday 3PM Jump Sunday 10AM Walk, Trot, Canter
Tuesday 5PM Walk, Trot, Canter Friday 6PM Jump Saturday 10AM Walk, Trot, Canter Sunday Half Day AM (Upgrade Full Day £15) Sunday 1PM Walk, Trot, Learning to Canter
Tuesday 6PM Walk, Trot, Canter Saturday Half Day AM (Upgrade Full day £15) Saturday 1PM Walk, Trot, Learning to Canter Sunday Half Day PM (Upgrade Full Day £15) Sunday 2PM Walk, Trot, Learning to Jump
Wednesday Pony Club Saturday Half Day PM (Upgrade Full Day £15) Saturday 2PM Walk, Trot, Canter Sunday 9AM Walk, Trot, Learning to Canter Sunday 3PM Jump

Lessons can be upgraded from class lessons, to private lessons for £19 but must be booked a week in advance and will not be available on Saturday and Sundays.

In the event that your chosen lesson will have to be rearranged due to our monthly Dressage and Show Jumping competitions, you will have to choose another lesson throughout the week.

All of the three/five riding sessions must be used up each week – you cannot carry them over to the following week.

Grove House Stables LLP Equestrian Centre loan agreement

During the loan period, Grove House Stables LLP will continue to have overall responsibility for the health and welfare of the horse/pony and will be responsible for all vet and farrier fees incurred. We will also supply feed, wormer and any other supplements that may be required.

The loaner is under no obligation to visit every day as the horse/pony will be cared for in their absence. Loaners must sign in and out at Reception when they arrive and leave the premises.

The horse/pony must remain at Grove House Stables LLP and cannot be taken off the premises.

The loaner can visit and care for the horse/pony anytime 9am – 6pm, five days a week (every day excluding Thursdays) to include one hour care and one hour riding (in a group lesson) on the three or five days.  All riding will be under instructor and loan riding sessions must be booked through Reception.

Anyone under the age of 9 loaning a pony must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All loaners must wear a hat and gloves when leading and turning out their horse or pony.

The loaner can use the tack belonging to the horse/pony being loaned but tack cannot be taken off the premises.

If the horse is sold or goes lame at any time, a suitable replacement will be found.

The loan agreement is for a minimum 6 month period but can be terminated at any time by either party with a one month’s notice period.  The cost of the loan must be paid on the 1st of the month by standing order. Loaners must be Grove House Stables LLP Pony Club Members.

I agree to the terms of this agreement.

Grove House Stables LLP signature _______________________________ Date _____________

Loaner signature _____________________________ Date _______________

(Parent/guardian to sign if child under 16 years)

Horse/Pony to be loaned ____________________________________________

The loan will commence from ________________________ for six months.