Meet our Team
Widmer Livery Stables have an excellent team that supports our clients and horses.
Jodie (see pic) trains dressage horses at a top level, teaches and brings on young horses. We also offer schooling livery on request. Jodie not only rides at a high level but she provides great care, understanding, consideration and management supported by our very conscientious Head Girl and our loyal Grooms. Jodie has worked with horses for well over eight years.
Jodie's work experience has been varied to give a solid foundation in many of the disciplines within the equestrian industry including dressage, stud and youngsters. She has developed a love for dressage and we are extremely lucky to have her to support the running of Widmer stables as she is meticulous, trustworthy and hard working. Jodie provides a extremely high standard of riding, schooling, training and client / horse management.
Jodie is a BHSAI brings a high standard of training and teaching to Widmer and competes at Medium. She has a classical, sympathetic and practical approach to her training and teaching. Jodie provides quality training using excellent arena craft techniques to bring a natural softness, straightness and impulsion from the mount. She rides in a very still, positive and non-reactive way which encourages great results and nips bad habits in the bud. She brings a wealth of experience and skill so we can offer quality schooling livery and teaching at Widmer. Jodie and the team run the yard effortlessly in a very friendly and professional way.
Francesca Jones has owned and run Widmer for over 10 years. Francesca is a BHSAI who has run her own riding school for over 10 years and now runs Widmer as a quality, professional livery yard. Francesca has successfully completed her Monty Roberts introduction Training Program with Laira Gold and is specialising in problem solving from her foundation work on join up, long reining and ground manners. The language of Equus is fascinating and helps overcome some major issues of boxing, clipping, napping, pawing, door banging, mounting and even 14 year phobia's that can occur on yards. The Widmer team brings all-round quality support from all disciplines and training.
"Many owners spend 20 years trying to teach their horse English if only we spent a day learning Equus"
What people Say
Widmer Livery is a friendly yard in an excellent location. The yard looks great and the yard trainer is professional, competent and a great asset. They have excellent ideas to support the teaching side of their business.
Sue Edwards, British Eventing Accredited Coach
Widmer is a lovely place to teach! Friendly, relaxed atmosphere and good facilities in this well run venue making for happy horses and people to work among. Always a warm welcome and keen interest in the sessions
Pippa Haywood , Dressage rider & instructor
The Hodgemoor Riding Association is pleased to count Widmer Farm Stables in its membership. Widmer's good facilities, friendly atmosphere and proximity (2 minutes) to excellent off-road hacking in Hodgemoor Woods make the yard popular to horse-owners. It gives good support to the Association by helping to organise fund-raising events such as show jumping and cross country.
Susie Bicknell, HRA secretary
Widmer is well run professional livery yard with a fun and friendly atmosphere and happy horses. Regular events and improvements to the yard demonstrate the real interest Francesca takes in both her liveries and horses in her care.
Catriona McGarvie, EBW BSc (Hons) Osteopathy
Absolutely wonderful location, great facilities and fantastic staff! A friendly and sociable yard offering as much or as little as you want to be involved with. I have a very, very happy horse! The staff are always accommodating, flexible and approachable. You can have confidence in leaving your horse in their care as so many of us owners live in London . Local and very dedicated staff proved this during recent extreme weather conditions. Highly recommended, from a very fussy owner!
A fussy owner
Widmer gives personal attention to detail. All horses are catered for as individuals. All supplements, medication, medical care, vets, farriers' attendances are administered at no extra cost. Rugs are adjusted according to weather. Tack is cleaned; horses are groomed well and checked over every day. Manes are pulled and whiskers and feathers trimmed if I require it. My horses are well schooled and cared for.