What is Stablemates Senior?

Adults who regularly ride at Grove House Stables LLP  will inevitably start thinking about having a horse of their own, especially those with limited time or equine knowledge are understandably wary of taking on such a commitment.  Grove House Stables LLP has designed a special first-step into horse-ownership to provide support whilst enabling you to realise your dream.

How you can join Stablemates Senior?

As your coaches we are in the position of knowing both your ability and the characteristics of our horses. Firstly we need to make as near perfect match as possible between the two.

How does stablemates Senior work?

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

There will be a 3 hour induction which will assess your ability, both in the saddle and on the ground.

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:

  • 5 class lessons per week ( discounted rate of £20 per lesson). (Class lessons can be upgraded to private for £20)
  • 20% off extra private lesson booked as well as your class lessons.

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 £260 per calendar month. The week includes:

  • 3 class lessons per week (discounted rate of £20 per lesson). (Class lessons can be upgraded to private for £20)
  • 20% off extra private lesson booked as well as your class lessons.

Frequently asked questions

  • What happens if your animal is unwell? In the rare event of your horse being un-rideable, we will either offer an alternative horse, providing one is suitable, or we will suspend the Stablemates senior arrangement until the horse is well again.  All veterinary treatment is paid for by this business.
  • Can two people share one pony? One pony can have a 5 day loan or two 3 day 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 “Horses for loan” dropdown. Here you will see all the available ponies with their photographs and details about them.
  • What if I want to enter the Dressage and Show Jumping Competitions? You will be able to enter our competitions at the 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 you 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.

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

Horse choices:

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Chosen lesson times (please circle/highlight):

Monday Adult Activity Day AM/PM (Upgrade to full day for £15) Friday 5PM Walk, Trot Canter Saturday 3PM Jump
Monday 7PM back-to-basics Friday 6PM Jump Saturday 4PM Dressage
Tuesday 6PM Walk, Trot, Canter Saturday 10AM Walk, Trot, Canter Sunday 10AM Walk, Trot, Canter
Tuesday 7PM Dressage Saturday 12PM back-to-basics Sunday 2PM Walk, Trot, Canter
Wednesday 7pm back-to-basics Saturday 2PM Walk, Trot, Canter Sunday 3PM Jump

Lessons can be upgraded from class lessons, to a half hour private lesson for £4 and an hour private lesson for £19, but must be booked a week in advance and will not be available on weekends.

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 12 loaning a pony must be accompanied by an adult at all times (apart from during lessons – when an instructor is present). 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.

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.