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I’ve had my horse with Fiona for four months and it’s been the best ever four months of horse ownership. A lot of money and time has been invested in the yard and it’s now in great shape and surely the best facility for miles around, not to mention the incredible hacking. The yard is run with calm, military precision, yet with individual care. The staff, led by the lovely Josh, who never seems to switch off or have a bad day, all love what they do and are genuinely interested in the liveries and our horses. You don’t need to ask for a rug change - it will already have been thought of and done. My riding has progressed no end with lessons from Fiona who is always smiling and just as happy to teach nervous oldies like me as budding event riders. She herself works hard and is an inspiration. Best things : they have a solution for every problem, when it breaks it gets fixed, hot water wash, epic school, no silly rules, fabulous relaxed, professional atmosphere, advice and help always on hand I can highly recommend new Ponds, whatever your riding ambitions are. It’s not the cheapest but I’d say it’s the best. You’ll become part of a great group of like minded people, have a happy horse and peace of mind and that is priceless.

Jo Redbond

Jan 8, 2019

I’ve had my horse with Fiona for four months and it’s been the best ever four months of horse ownership. A lot of money and time has been invested in the yard and it’s now in great shape and surely the best facility for miles around, not to mention the incredible hacking. The yard is run with calm, military precision, yet with individual care. The staff, led by the lovely Josh, who never seems to switch off or have a bad day, all love what they do and are genuinely interested in the liveries and our horses. You don’t need to ask for a rug change - it will already have been thought of and done. My riding has progressed no end with lessons from Fiona who is always smiling and just as happy to teach nervous oldies like me as budding event riders. She herself works hard and is an inspiration. Best things : they have a solution for every problem, when it breaks it gets fixed, hot water wash, epic school, no silly rules, fabulous relaxed, professional atmosphere, advice and help always on hand I can highly recommend new Ponds, whatever your riding ambitions are. It’s not the cheapest but I’d say it’s the best. You’ll become part of a great group of like minded people, have a happy horse and peace of mind and that is priceless.

Lisa Vanoli

Jan 06, 2019

I have been a client of Fiona’s before she took over Mayor House Farm Livery Yard in 2007 and there was never a doubt in my mind that my horse and I would move with her. One cannot be anything other than inspired when entering her yard, so very tidy and clean with stunning views over the Surrey Hills. The ménage is situated in such a lovely location that even working hard and having lessons becomes a complete and utter pleasure. The team are great and incredibly experienced always willing to make time for you no matter what making every livery feel welcome and their horse very special. Most importantly every horse is beautifully kept and great care is taken to attend to their individual needs, which is why I never have any concerns regarding the wellbeing of my event horse Leo. It was here that I have gained so much more confidence from Fiona's teaching. Some time ago I needed to recuperate following surgery and was unable to ride for a number of months, yet on my return Fiona made herself available and helped me so much that in no time at all I was back to normal. She has an amazing way of gradually engaging you into attempting more without you realising it and then suddenly you are riding better and stronger than ever and doing things you never believed possible!

Nikki Neal

May 19, 2015

Fiona and her team run a professional, friendly yard. The atmosphere on the yard is always calm, which is remarkable considering how busy the team are, particularly during the eventing season. The horses are all beautifully kept and great care is taken to attend to their individual needs. Without exception every horse on the yard is settled, good to handle and happy in their work: testament to the hard work and experience of the team. The facilities are excellent and always well maintained, and the yard is surrounded by fantastic hacking on sandy soil. Fiona takes great interest in all her liveries regardless of their level of ambition, from happy hacker to keen eventer. I also benefit from regular lessons with Fiona. She is a hard task master (!) but her lessons are always extremely enjoyable. She takes great trouble to tailor her lessons according to our upcoming goals. She has a unique ability to push you to achieve more, without at any time stretching you too far. Since I moved my horse to Mayor House Farm Liveries my riding has improved, our confidence as a partnership has grown and, most importantly, we are having huge amounts of fun.

Claire Stratford

November 23, 2014

From the very start when Fiona came to pick up our lovely boy from Standstead Airport at 2.00am in the morning seven years ago (yes that time of day) having had an very long flight from Kentucky (US), she has been a calming influence to both horse and owner. Fiona has been tremendous and will do all that she can and more. She offers a very high level of training at all levels for both horse and rider. My Daughter Harriet has had the best of training and has grown into a confident horsewoman.

Mayor House has a great team working alongside Fiona, which makes it all the more special. From the day to day chores, you know that they understand every horse's needs and foibles. Each horse is an individual who is looked after 24/7. The team are extremely quick to pick up if something is not right with the horse's. They have your horses welfare at heart. We cannot be more happy and feel safe in the knowledge that Santa Cruz has them eating out of his hoofs....

Gill and Harriet Wilks

November 14, 2014

I have been a livery client of Fiona's at Mayor House Farm since she took over the yard in 2007. Fiona and her team do a fantastic job. The yard is always immaculately presented and the care of the horses is second to none. Each horse is cared for as an individual and at times when your horse needs a little extra care nothing is too much trouble for the team. When I am working during the week or away on holiday I never have to worry about anything being missed or overlooked. The facilities at the yard are excellent and the surrounding countryside is great for riding out. It truly is a five star yard and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

Anna Prouty

I have been at Mayor House Farm since 2009 and am delighted to recommend it. Fiona and her team run a professional, well organized and friendly yard. I now have two horses there and both are extremely well cared for and very settled. The facilities are excellent and well maintained, and of course the hacking must be the best in Surrey. I often travel for work and can always go away confident that both of my horses will be looked after to a high standard.

Jo Astor

As a dressage rider, I was a bit nervous moving to an event yard and didn't know if I would fit in. Not to worry! Even though it is a professional competition yard, Mayor House has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and I have never been made to feel anything less than welcome. I also appreciate the fact that the showjumps are rarely left out after use and the yard diary is kept up to date so that I know when a jumping session is taking place.

Fiona is sociable, approachable and sympathetic. She is one of those rare instructors who sees the horse and rider as a combination and is able to train both at the same time. She has the gift of being able to break down a movement into little understandable chunks in order to explain exactly how to do it. Fiona has a great eye and in my lessons she often says to me "There did you feel that?" even before I have registered what I have done (She is always ahead of me)! I really enjoy training with her and she imparts confidence in me.

Susie Watson