Meet our horses

We have a horse to suit just about every rider
Currently, Cheston has a team of approx 25 horses in the Centre. Our horses are a versatile bunch able to accommodate almost all riders. We have a few advanced horses for exam training and advanced tuition. All our horses are carefully selected and assessed for safety and suitability and we frequently have new horses and ponies and some for sale that we know and trust. Our team is always changing and there is plenty of choice so you will not see all our horses pictured here.

Buddy

15.3hh, 2007 IDx Cob

Buddy is a super jolly go-getter of a cob with a can do attitude. Too bouncy for real novices but so fun much for moor canters and arena lessons. Buddy is one of our favourites loaned to Cheston by a busy mum – but we hope he can stay forever!

Solstice Drum (Sol)

2003, 16,1hh, Thoroughbred by Classic

Sol has been with the Osborne’s since the tender age of 6 months. He grew up in North Yorkshire alongside Sophie’s dear old horse, Bamba, with Sophie for 22 years, so Sol is a real link with the past! Sol competed to affiliated dressage to Advanced Medium and shows in Riding Horse classes. He is a super hack and ideal for BHS stage 2-4 riders in the arena. He is a much loved goofy character who enjoys a cuddle particularly when having a lie down, which is often!

Sydney, Elvis, Connor, Buddy

The Irish Draft x

Syd came to us in 2008 in order to teach Sophie’s husband, Andrew to ride. Syd is still here (age 26) but we like his sort so much that Elvis, Buddy and Connor all joined the team being similar big hunter types.  These horses are part of our fabulous Dartmoor gallop team and ideal for confident riders

Bruce

16,3hh, 2015, TB x WB

Bruce (17hh, 2014)  is one of our first home-bred horses. Sired by local event stallion Langhaller Starring Role. Bruce  is available to our more experienced riders for flat schooling or Moor hacking. He is always upskilling with outings to shows, dressage, hedge jumping in Taunton and may soon be available for sale to an experienced home.

Elvis

17hh 2006 Irish Draft x TB

Elvis is a perfect gentleman to hack on the moor or ride in arenas for beginner to novice and upwards. He is one of our super beach team of bigger horses.

Scooby

Welsh Section D,1995

Scooby joined us (on long term loan) in August 2010 whilst his owner is at University. We adore his handsome Welsh looks. Scooby is a popular in the school for beginner to novices but likes to jump for those more competent. He is a steady safe hack out on lanes and moor and takes the youngest for their first canter. A real good all rounder specialising in taking younger Pony Club riders but with the size and strength to carry taller and heavier riders too.

Frodo

Movie star hunk, 2005

An exceptionally cute cob-like character but so light on his feet! Affectionately known as Frodo the dodo and other comical names to reflect his charming persona! Frodo joined us as an untouched 3yo in 2008, trained by Sophie, he has a special place in our hearts! We know Frodo was bred on Bodmin moor and started life as a feral foal on the moor above Minions. Frodo is a part-bred Suffolk Punch (a now rare draft breed). A super versatile lunge horse for beginners, he loves the Moor, jumping a small fence and can take our heavier novices and more able riders too!  He is the stuff of legend!

Connor

16.2hh, Irish Draft x

Connor is a great member of the team. We found him at Exeter Auction and wondered what such a cracking stamp of horse was doing in an auction! We got him home and discovered he had a few confidence issues with being handled and bridled but with regular riding and correct handling he has overcome all these to become a great addition. Connor schools well and for advanced riders as a jumper (he used to affiliate). He is also a super hack being calm and mannered in the open.

Buying a horse or pony?

CFEC can help you find your dream horse! Occasionally we have horses and ponies for sale, we also hear via ‘the equine grapevine’ of various horses and ponies for sale locally.

We can give you advice on purchase and help you find that dream horse. We offer individual consultation courses on how to wisely and carefully go about horse purchase in ways that could save you a lot of money and heartache! Contact us to find out more.

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