Jody started his riding career at the age of 7, and at the age of 10 got his first pony, an 11.2hh ride and drive called ‘Little John’. Little John took him through Pony Club and the pair were included in teams across the disciplines. Sadly, (but not unexpectedly!) Jody outgrew Little John, and in the following years had continued success on various different horses. It was when Jody purchased ‘Talisman’, a bright chestnut KWPN colt by Lancet, that his interest and talent in dressage really emerged. This partnership took Jody to many regional and national championships and confirmed that not only did he enjoy this focus on dressage, he had a real flair for it! Since then, Jody has trained and competed many horses at all levels. He has a great skill for spotting potential in young horses and working with them to achieve it. He believes that every horse is individual and requires a different approach in their training with the same end goal in mind.
Away from the yard - Jody enjoys spending time with his wife Hannah, and their triplet boys. The family has accumulated quite a collection of animals in addition to the horses, with chickens, tortoises, 3 goats and Molly the spaniel. The boys are already in training with their Dad with the 2036 Olympics in mind - note to the selectors, only one reserve will be needed!
About Monks Farm - Monks Farm is set in 100 acres of Surrey - West Sussex borders countryside in between Dorking and Horsham. The yard is a stunning brick built courtyard with huge airy stables, tack room with kitchen area, plenty of storage and rug drying space, hot water wash down area and solarium. We have plenty of post and rail lined fields for turn out. We have a full-size arena with an all weather, recently renewed surface, training mirrors and floodlights, 5 horse Claydon horse-walker, and local hacking is excellent.
About training and livery - We pride ourselves on providing a 5* individualised livery service and training options to suit your needs. For more information on our services, please visit our Services page.
EVERY HORSE IS DIFFERENT AND REQUIRES A DIFFERENT APPROACH