Sarah is a top riding instructor who also gives advice in Your Horse magazine. She is also a qualified BHSAI instructor and established eventer. She has competed to CCI 3* level, and is currently competing homebred horses from Intro to Advanced level. Sarah worked on several International yards before setting up her own training and livery yard, Firs Farm Equestrian in Cambridgeshire.
Kelly is well known as the founder of Intelligent Horsemanship and is one of the UK’s most popular and effective specialists in understanding horse psychology. Kelly helps riders and owners to find practical, workable solutions to their problems with their horses, and is often to be found working with her mentor Monty Roberts.
David Mountford MA VetMB MRCVS
David graduated from Cambridge University in 1992 and joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. He served in the UK, Hong Kong and Cyprus before returning to the UK with the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery. On leaving the Army David joined the ILPH (now World Horse Welfare) as Director of Operations and Veterinary Adviser, managing the charity’s activities in the UK and overseas. After 4 years with the ILPH David left to set up a new business, VetCell (a veterinary biotech company spun out of the Royal Veterinary College). VetCell is now the leading supplier of regenerative medicine to the animal health world and has spawned another company, MedCell, which develops therapies for humans. David is Treasurer of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and veterinary representative to the British Horse Industry Confederation. Any spare time he has is spent ferrying his children and ponies to competitions around East Anglia or riding his old King’s Troop horse “Homfray”.
Richard Meers BVetMed MRCVS
Richard Meers is an equine vet practising in Peterborough. He qualified from the Royal Vet College, London, in 2004 and completed a four-year stint as an army vet. As well as time in Germany and Iraq, Richard worked at the Army veterinary hospital in Melton Mowbray, dealing mainly with equine cases.
Jonathan Keen is an equine dental technician with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Dental Science. His academic studies are backed by a wealth of practical knowledge, which is the result of a lifetime spent with horses and ponies, and participation in competitive equestrian sport. He regularly trains in the US to ensure he is up to date with the latest techniques.
Sam works for equine charity World Horse Welfare, managing their Right Weight project as well as being Deputy Head of UK Welfare Support. She and Steffi operate the Right Weight Road Shows, visiting yards around the country to offer advice to horse owners on weight loss and management. Sam can also be reached on the end of the phone or email at World Horse Welfare Head Office. Sam and Steffi are happy to offer down-to-earth advice to owners struggling to reduce or maintain their horses’ weight this spring.
Steffi de Bootman
Steffi works on the Right Weight project for equine charity World Horse Welfare, with Samantha Lewis (see story above).
As the owner of an Arab cross who really likes his food, Steffi is well-placed to advise owners as she has first-hand experience of all the tips and spends a lot of her time keeping an eye on her own horse’s girth measurements! She and Sam are to be found throughout the year at various equine shows offering their horse weight loss advice to owners!