Chance started his life as a showjumper but he knocked too many poles down so he was - luckily for us - sold.
We bought him for me to event and for Zak to learn on. Quite a special requirement - but then he is a very special horse. He is very well schooled and in his youth was fantastic across country.
He is the
legend of Saumort and is loved by all who meet him.
Vareck is a very special horse; he has spent his life at the Cadre Noir of Saumur - famed throughout the world for their spectacular displays of the classical art of high school dressage.
Vareck was trained as a ‘sauteur’ – a horse capable of the ‘airs above ground’. He performed in major shows with audiences of up to 40,000 people all over Europe.
In October 2007 Vareck was retired and was destined for the abbatoir - we heard about him and decided to give him a home for the rest of his days where he can live as a 'horse' for the first time in his life.
Jasper has been owned by the same people since he was two years old!
He was a family pony and competed in pony club dressage and jumping. When the children grew up he was offered to us on permanent loan and is still here.
He is the oldest member of our team and still does a little bit of work with some of our younger customers.
Ilona was bought from Holland where she had been a brood mare.
She has since produced two beautiful daughters, Freya and Alice, for us and was wonderful mother to both of them.
She now works in the school and can be a bit crazy (but great fun!) so is for the more advanced riders.
Katty was bought by our neighbours to keep their old pony company.
When the pony finally died Katty came to us. That night she promptly found a way out of the field and took herself all the way home. Luckily, on the second attempt, she made friends and has been very happy and settled here ever since.
She is a very sensible little girl and ideal for our younger riders.
Hermi was the first horse we bought for the riding school so we have been through a lot together.
She was previously working in a French riding school giving beach rides. She is very sensible and calm and likes to look after beginners. More recently, though, she has learnt to jump and with the right person will give anything a try.
She is has taught countless people to ride over the years and hence has a special place in many people's heart.
Flora began life as a showjumper - and a very good one indeed! She competed internationlly representing the island of Jersey with her owner, Jenny.
She has always had quite a complicated character so when she retired from jumping she came to us. She is challenging to handle but a joy to ride and is loved by many many people.
Cheyenne was working at a riding school when she had an accident. It was said she was hit and her left eye was injured. Sadly, it did not get treated properly and just in time a kind lady bought her and saved her by having her eye removed.
She is a very strong little person and it doesn't seem to bother her being blind on one side. Many people have had their first canter on Chayenne as she is so steady and reliable.
Freya was the first foal born at Saumort.
Her father is a stunning Friesian called Wobke and her mother is Ilona. When Freya was born the umbilical cord did not break correctly and made it very difficult for her to stand up as it kept getting caught around her legs. It is important for a young foal to stand and suckle within two hours so we broke the cord for her.
Freya was very nervous when she was younger but she has settled down nicely and is enjoying starting her working life.
Look was bought by Francoise as a 3 year old. She spent many years hacking him around the countryside and then took up dressage. She trained him well but Look struggled with the canter work so she decided to sell him and buy a more suitable horse for competition.
Look still loves to hack and he is a great jumper so we forgive him when he finds some of the canter work more difficult.
Nestly is tiny, so so cute and has a great personality, too.
Her owners 'inherited' her when they bought their house. For a while they tried keeping her in the garden but she kept escaping and getting up to mischief.
She is the smallest member of our team but is very lively and great fun to ride.
Sugar came over from England with a family and changed hands a few times before we were lucky enough to be offered him.
To begin with he was very frightened but time and patience paid off and he is now a great riding school pony. He is a good little jumper and is especially cute when plaited up for a show.
Valinska is a super mare who is a great all rounder. She belongs to our farrier who didn't have time to ride her so she came to us.
She is the boss of her field and is great friends with Bonnie.
Ismael was an ex racing trotter who was destined for the abbatoir. He was rescued by his precious owner, retrained and she enjoyed many years eventing him.
He was bought by Jessie and came to Saumort in 2008.
He is a safe, forward going allrounder and is loved by all lucky enough to ride him.
Dougie is a wonderful schoolmaster - he has been hunting and has competed in showjumping and cross country competitions.
He is a fantastic jumper and is a hot favourite for competitons. He is very handsome and he is the herd leader of his field.
Grace was bred by a local couple - she has the same Mum as Bill. Her Dad was the master of the hunt's horse.
When we bought Grace she had never been away from where she was born so it took her a while to settle in. She is currently being backed and is intelligent, forward going and athletic. We are very excited about her future here.
Bill is Grace's half sister - they have the same Mum but different Dads. He was born and backed in England then came to France as a 3 year old.
He is a very willing boy to ride and is progressing well in his training. He is quite a nervous jumper but he will get better with time and patience.
JJ is the perfect pink pony that came to live at Saumort in 2014 with his owner, Alex.
He is a schoolmaster who has been hunting in Ireland and competed in cross country and dressage.
While JJ loves his herd and is always playing with Bill in the field he still loves to come in and whinny at everyone to get lots of attention!
Sunni has very good breeding and was destined for the western show ring but unfortunately he had a nasty accident when he was young. His hind leg was scarred and he was sold.
He was rescued by a lady who backed him and enjoyed hacking with him.
When Janet lost her horse who she had owned for 20 years she bought him to keep Sammy company. Sunni is very calm and is enjoying his new job in the riding school.