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 Katie and the couple have accumulated quite a collection of animals in addition to the horses, with Molly, Yogi, Ace, Ralph, Floyd, Reagan, Lenny and Mouse (their many dogs!) joining their chickens to complete the menagerie at Monks Farm. Jody also has triplet boys, Harry, Archie and Oliver, although its looking unlikely that Dressage runs through into their blood so far.........!
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 individual or pairs turn out as well as all weather pens for when those renowned UK winter days restrict the field turnout. We have a full-size arena with an all weather, recently renewed surface, training mirrors and floodlights, 5 horse Claydon horse-walker, lunge pen and local the hacking is extensive and excellent.
About training and livery - We pride ourselves on providing 5* livery and training services which can be tailored to specific individual requirements. For more information please visit our Services page.
EVERY HORSE IS DIFFERENT AND REQUIRES A DIFFERENT APPROACH